Thrice as Nice at the New CineBistro

by Kelly Laffey Photographed by Paul Bruinooge/PMC
Thursday, November 8, 2018

A star was born on Wednesday night, as the new CMX CineBistro hosted a grand opening on the Upper East Side. 

The event featured three screenings for guests to choose from—BlacKkKlansman, which was presented by director Spike Lee, who asked that everyone put down and turn off their cell phones just before the showing; City Lights, which was presented by star Charlie Chaplin’s granddaughter, Kiera Chaplin; and Pretty Baby, which was presented by Brooke Shields, who starred  in the film at the age of 12.

After the movies ended, guests enjoyed parties at each floor that themed around the three eras—1930s, 1970s and modern day. With a jazz band and Charlie Chaplin lookalike, the glamour of the 1930s party fit the ultra-luxury theater experience. CineBistro has been open for a few weeks, and the concept focuses on high-end dining to complement the theater experience. The lounge seats come equip with a swivel table and an always-necessary USB for phone charging. 

Of course, it was the ’70s party with its DJ and light up dance floor that kept the energy going well into the night. As Whitney Houston belted out that she wanted to dance with somebody, many of the attendees obliged.


Attendees, many of who live in the neighborhood and were no doubt excited for the new UES addition, included Katie Couric & John Molner, Cuba Gooding, Jr., Grace Hightower De Niro, Paul Sorvino, Jay McInerney & Anne Hearst, Lizzie Tisch, Dolly Wells, Rosanna Scotto, Davi Santos, Damon Gillespie, Richard Phillips, Drew Nieporent, Debbie Bancroft, Mary Snow, Lise Evans, Alex Lundqvist, Nancy Jarecki, Tove Nord, Monique Pean, Charl Brown, Leon Robinson, Jazmin Grimaldi & Ian Mellencamp, Jessica Barta Lam, Marinet Matthee, Kea Ho, Jamie Cepero, Antoine Verglas, Timo Weiland, Easter Sunday and Cinema Society founder Andrew Saffir.


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