Paris, Beekman theaters get new management

Two of New York’s independent movie theaters are under new management: City Cinemas has acquired the Paris Theater, one of the country’s oldest arthouses, and the Beekman Theater.

The Paris Theater will mark its 61st year next month. The cinema specialized in French movies when it opened in 1948 and still screens Gallic fare today, though contempo U.S. pics are more frequent now (Renee Zellweger starrer “My One and Only” is currently showing).

Single-screen cinemas are hard to keep in the black: The Beekman, a much younger theater, carries the name of another venerable venue that was demolished in 2005.

Jeffrey Jacobs, former manager of the Paris and buyer for both theaters, announced his departure officially on Monday of this week, but sources at the Paris say that they’ve been searching for a new manager for about a month since Jacobs announced his resignation internally.

The Angelika, another Gotham indie, is the flagship theater in City Cinemas’ growing stable. Other holdings include Cinemas 1-2-3, Village East Cinemas, and East 86th Street Cinemas. The group’s parent company, Reading Intl., owns and leases both film and live performance venues, including Off Broadway houses the Minetta Lane Theater, the Union Square Theater and the Orpheum, all in Manhattan.

“After seven years as the film buyer for the Angelika and 12 years supervising the management and being the film buyer for the Paris, it was time for a change,” Jacobs told Daily Variety. “I still am the film buyer for 50 screens nationally, which keeps me very busy.”

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