Posted on March 20, 2022 at 7:33 pm by West Aspect Rag
By Carol Tannenhauser
The Metro Theater on Broadway between 99th and 100th Streets, which has been closed for 17 yrs, is coming back as a “Community Leisure Middle,” with numerous “restaurant-theaters,” displaying movies and serving food stuff and alcohol, and supplying considerably more, West Aspect Rag uncovered from conversations with federal government officers and Albert Bialek, owner of the theater.
Bialek is not at liberty to reveal more specifics until Monday, when choices about the official announcement will be designed, he mentioned, but he confident WSR that all the important approvals for the new heart have been acquired.
Far more to appear!
UPDATE: Monday, 3/21, 5 pm — WSR just spoke to Albert Bialek all over again. He reiterated that the Metro will be a “multi-display cinema center, with restaurant services and conference rooms available on a rental foundation. And impartial film showings.”
The mysterious principals — “renowned people” — from California will not expose their id until finally they “file their options,” which they will do in just one to three weeks.
A spokesperson for the Office of Properties despatched WSR the following electronic mail:
I go through the story you published about the Previous Metro Theater. I wanted to arrive at out to let you know that no do the job permits have been issued by DOB at 2626 Broadway in Manhattan, and to make confident you have the adhering to facts:
On 3/19/2022, DOB executed an inspection of the internet site in response to a 311 complaint gained on 3/15/2022 for documented interior building do the job executed with no a permit. For the duration of the time of the inspection, no energetic building get the job done was getting position at the web site and no web page basic safety concerns had been observed by our inspectors.
DOB inspectors will be routed again to the scene to even more investigate these reviews of unpermitted development work at the spot.
Will this be an additional scenario of dashed hopes as has happened various situations in the earlier? Remember the Alamo Drafthouse? Blink Health?
Time and the Rag will tell.
Correction: We initially described that there will be “20 cafe-theaters,” but have considering the fact that uncovered that variety is to be determined.