Monday, June 17, 2024

Spike Lee, Brooke Shields, Kiera Chaplin Revisit Classic Films at Star Studded UES Theater Opening


It was quite an opening night for the new plush CMX CineBistro on East 62nd St. between First and York.

There are actually several state of the art movie theaters on three levels in CMX, where you sit in luxe leather chairs and eat designer food. (We had lamb chops and Cracker Jacks. Mmmm.)

For the opening, the owners got Spike Lee, Brooke Shields, and Charlie Chaplin’s beautiful granddaughter, Kiera, to present three films associated with them. Spike brought his Oscar-bound “Blackkklansman.” Brooke showed Louis Malle’s “Pretty Baby,” in which she was 12 years old and caused a scandale. Kiera Chaplin introduced “City Lights,” which was so popular that all the seats were taken, including one by Cuba Gooding Jr. on an off night from “Chicago” on Broadway. “City Lights” was released in 1931 and was smarter, by the way, than almost anything current. And more artful.


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Other celebs milled in the lobbies, nibbling on shrimp, steak, and fried cauliflower. In the basement lobby, there was a jazz band with a female lead singer dressed to look like it was the Copa in the 1950s. Beautiful young ladies, dressed scantily (but within parameters) fan-danced and gyrated in a five foot high martini glass. A Charlie Chaplin imitator toodled around in full Trump with a swing cane and a mustache.

Suddenly, the UES has a movie destination. CMX is perfect for private parties, screenings, regular showings, mini film festivals. Now if only we had one downtown!

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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