After a 35-year run, the theater may be forced to shutter due to its lease expiring
New York City is about to lose yet another one of its beloved institutions. The Upper West Side’s Lincoln Plaza Cinemas, located on the lower level of a residential building along Broadway and 62nd Street, is set to close in January due to its lease expiring, reports Deadline.
The theater has had a successful 35-year run and is highly regarded within the indie cinema scene, serving as one of the city’s go-to places for the debut of specialty films like Michael Moore’s Fahrenheit 9/11.
In an interview with Deadline, owner Dan Talbot and his wife said that they have done “everything we could ask for the lease to be extended,” but building owner, Milstein Properties, is only “looking to make money.”
If the theater isn’t successful in securing an extension on its lease, the doors will close for good on January 21. Per Indiewire, “multiple sources” say that Howard Milstein, chairman of Milstein Properties, has been looking to sell Lincoln Plaza so if true, a lease extension is probably unlikely.
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Source: FS – NYC Real Estate
Upper West Side’s beloved Lincoln Plaza Cinemas set to close in January