Art house Lincoln Plaza Cinemas to close

For three decades, the movie theater house known as the Lincoln Plaza Cinemas introduced New Yorkers to independent and foreign films.

But the landlord, Milstein Properties, decided not to renew the lease. The general manager said he got the news last week. The theater's final curtain call will be in January.

The six-screen theater opened in 1981 by Daniel and Toby Talbot. GM Ewnetu Admassu said patrons appreciate that the staff carefully selects every film the theater shows.

Some people are so upset Lincoln Plaza Cinemas is closing, a petition has started circulating in hopes of preventing it from being shut down. So far, more than 2,800 people have added their name.

Fox 5 called Milstein Properties for comment but we haven't heard back.

Lincoln Plaza Cinemas is scheduled to close January 31, 2018.