Monday, February 6, 2017

The New Quad

A couple of years ago, the great little Quad cinema closed, sold to real-estate developer Charles S. Cohen--but with plans to renovate and use it to film selections from the Cohen Film Collection.

In this month's Surface magazine, there's an interview with Cohen about what's coming for the Quad.

According to the magazine, the cinema will reopen in April, after an extensive renovation that includes a wine bar, and it will be co-run by C. Mason Wells, the former film programmer for IFC.

“I always wanted a theater,” Cohen told Surface. “I tried to buy several different chains, but I was never successful. It was an opportunity to do something and use different skills—design, real estate, film."

One of the four screens at the Quad will be dedicated to classic films. The whole thing will be "a curated experience," with "soul."

“I think it’s going to be a game changer,” said Cohen. “I think it’s going to be one of the best places to see film in New York. The programmers will create a new standard. It’s what New York is missing.”


JQ LLC said...

It already was one of the best places to see films in NY. It's ludicrous the way these rich types laud their little investments and projects with total disregard for history. And why does it need a wine bar? Well, probably because they can gouge patrons like multiplexes do with popcorn candy and soda.

fortninety said...

"...It’s what New York is missing.”

Umm... with the IFC, Anthology, MoMI, Spectacle, Metrograph, Cinema Village, Angelika, Drafthouse, Sunshine, and others, if there's one thing New York is not missing it's a quality movie house.

Sorry, I was pretty excited by the return of the Quad and now I just have a bad taste in my mouth.

Edward Havens said...

I don't get offended by a little bit of puffery. Truth be told, there's always room for more counter-programming in New York's cinema world. It all depends on what Cohen is actually going to do with the Quad. That he wants to dedicate one of the four screens at the Quad to classic cinema is great. Although I no longer live in New York City, I look forward to seeing what he does with one of the city's most unique and interesting theatres.

meesalikeu said...

i don't mind the developer-speak either. the important thing is the quad is coming back as a moviehouse, not a condo or bank branch. i just went to the new metrograph last night (to see kedi, a cute documentary about istanbul's cats, recommended!) and they much the same, its the way it is today, especially for small run arthouse type film theaters. i just hope they dont have assigned seats, a weird trend like the metrograph and others are doing.