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The store was bought earlier this year by Dane Neller, founder of On Demand Books and CEO of Dean & Deluca. Shakespeare had been owned many years by Bill and Steve Kurland, with several locations, including its original store on Broadway on the Upper West Side.
The renovations include a new coffee shop, seating, a restroom and a section devoted to self-published authors. The bookstore will continue to carry textbooks for Hunter College and Marymount Manhattan College.
New NYC Arthouse Theater Will Have Bookstore
The Metrograph theater will have two screens, play 35 millimeter and digital films and have a restaurant and lounge in addition to the bookstore. IndieWire said the bookstore will be "cinema-dedicated." The theater will play "world-class independent, international, repertory films and exclusive premieres."
Metrograph's founder is Alexander Olch, a film director and designer of menswear accessories who owns a boutique one block from where the theater is being built in an old warehouse on Ludlow Street at Canal Street.