By Carol Tannenhauser
Something is happening with the Metro Theater — and, after a decade of false starts, it is substantive.
A notice was posted on the entrance to the long-shut theater this week announcing that there will be a Public Hearing via Zoom on Wednesday, September 14, at 6:30 pm, regarding a “new application to the SLA [State Liquor Authority] for a two-year liquor license” by an entity called Metrocinema 1, operating at the Metro Theater address.
We don’t know the name yet — we’re awaiting a callback from Metro owner Albert Bialek — but we do know that the 90-year-old theater, located on Broadway between 99th and 100th Streets, is reopening as a “Community Entertainment Center, with multiple restaurant-theaters, showing films and serving food and alcohol,” Bialek told WSR, and Borough President Mark Levine confirmed, in March.
The Metro, originally called The Midtown, opened in 1933. In 1989, its Art Deco facade was landmarked, although the interior was not, leading to it being gutted in 2006. Over the years, The Metro showed first-run, art-house, and porn films.
To find out what its next iteration will be, register for the Zoom at the link below:
Thanks to Mark Elliot for the tip.