The auspiciously named Midtown was a gem of a movie house on Broadway and 99th Street that played first-run films (Ann Harding! William Powell!)
By the 1950s and 1960s, it had switched to foreign movies, showing European flicks like Belle de Jour, Breathless, Repulsion, and other non-mainstream fare.
After a resurgence as an art house venue in the 1980s (and a name change to the Metro), it served as a first-run theater in the 1990s, only to shut its doors in 2004.
Over the years, new tenants were announced—including retail outlets and a movie theater chain that serves beer—yet never moved in.
A piece of another era, the theater haunts the upper Upper West Side, a reminder of something lovely that entertained the community.
A word about the theater’s original name, the Midtown: I suppose the owners thought that this corner at 99th Street and Broadway would soon be the city’s new midtown?
[Photos: top, New York Public Library Digital Collection; second: New York Architectural Images]