Not a lot of people noticed, but an era just ended... New Yorker Films has ceased operations.
Half-a-century ago, Dan Talbot was a personal hero of mine... he operated, on Broadway between 88th and 89th, the New Yorker Theater1, a revival house with programming almost as eclectic as the Thalia, seven blocks uptown and around the corner on 95th Street.
The latter, a mildly claustrophobia-inducing 292-seat movie house, would, from May through October, have a different double-feature each day of foreign and independent domestic films... remember, this was decades before the ubiquity of content-hungry cable channels, DVDs or even VHS/BetaMax casettes... this type of celluloid fare was only available "at the movies!"
Talbot's New Yorker, on the other hand, was spacious, and while it didn't have a fresh twin-bill of off-beat movies every day, some of its programming was esoteria extremis, with Monday Midnight 16mm screenings of works (often in progress) by Stan Brakhage, Jack Smith, Hollis Frampton and Andy Warhol... before he discovered there was big bucks in soup cans!
Around the corner on a second floor, was the affiliated bookstore which had the best collection of movie books anywhere! I could spend hours browsing in there.
(The only one I ever found which ever surpassed it was in the reconstructed "city" beneath Seattle! I spent two full days in it back in October '88.)
In '65, necessity required that Talbot start his independent distribution enterprise as an outgrowth of the movie house.
Quite simply, he needed "product," so he began importing movies on his own. New Yorker Films was soon acknowledged to be "the preeminent distributor of foreign art films in the United States from the mid-1960s really into the '80s.2"
The provider of much of the "on-season" film fare at The Hampton Arts from the mid-'60s 'til the unlikely "miracle of Murder on the Orient Express" over Christmas 1974, was Talbot's New Yorker Films.
And in the '80s when the New Yorker closed its doors... the wrecking ball was waiting in the wings... Talbot moved his exhibition venue 25 blocks south to Lincoln Plaza Cinemas where the multiple-screens allow for the eclectic as well as the more mainstream.
And now the distribution company is closed, and a relatively short but supremely influential era is ended.
I remember that one very well. Saw some good flicks there when I was in college in the mid-'70s.
Didn't know the owner imported Foreign films as well.