By Daniel Krieger
When Lincoln Plaza Cinemas on 63nd Street closed in 2018, the neighborhood grieved the loss after a 37-year run during which Upper West Siders got a steady diet of art-house films. After the closing, a group of local movie lovers, “seniors and retirees,” according to the New York Times, who just couldn’t let go, took matters into their own hands and founded its successor – New Plaza Cinema.
The group bounced from venue to venue, including the JCC and Symphony Space. They were flooded out of the New York Institute of Technology in January, 2020. Then, earlier this year, theatergoers celebrated the post-pandemic reopening of New Plaza Cinema on West 86th street at the Church of St. Paul and St. Andrew.
But that’s not the end of the story. On Monday, New Plaza Cinema announced that it has formed a partnership with and found a new home at Macaulay Honors College, a branch of CUNY, at 35 West 67th Street, where it will continue Lincoln Plaza’s tradition of showing independent, foreign and classic films. It will launch on September 30th, with an opening lineup in the 72-seat screening room that includes: Fire of Love,Three Minutes – A Lengthening, The Good Boss, Taming the Garden, and Hold Me Tight.
“This is a terrific opportunity for New Plaza Cinema to return to screening top foreign and independent films in the neighborhood of our late, lamented Lincoln Plaza, in a first-rate venue,” said Gary Palmucci, New Plaza Cinema’s Film Curator and General Manager.
And Dean Dara N. Byrne, of Macaulay Honors College, said: “This is an important new relationship for Macaulay. And we’re thrilled that our students will be able to see firsthand how activism in support of a shared passion can sustain a community in the longterm.”
Schedule, pricing, and ticket purchasing details are available on the New Plaza Cinema website: www.newplazacinema.org