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Mike (saps) commented about UA Lynbrook 6 on Jul 18, 2015 at 5:57 pm

Two photos added — Lynbrook current and Lynbrook proposed.

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Mike (saps) commented about UA Lynbrook 6 on Jul 18, 2015 at 5:53 pm

New article from Lynbrook Herald:

Construction of Lynbrook’s long-awaited new movie theater will begin as soon as the project gets approval from the Nassau County Industrial Development Agency, and the work will keep the local cinema closed for more than a year, according to officials with the project’s contracting firm.

The IDA will review the project’s impact on businesses in the area and approve any county tax exemptions. A decision to proceed with the work is expected by the end of the month. If approved, it would begin within three months, starting with the demolition of the existing theater.

As reported in the Herald in April, the Lynbrook village board approved the demolition of the United Artists Lynbrook 6 theater on Merrick Road, owned and operated by Regal Cinemas, and its replacement with a state-of-the-art theater, at a cost of over $25 million. Mayor Bill Hendrick said that the new theater, which is expected to include 13 screens and 1,660 seats — seven more screens and nearly 700 more seats than the current theater — would be good news for residents and local businesses.

“Lynbrook is very lucky to get this movie theater,” Hendrick said. “I’m very happy with the plans … I think the new facility is going to be absolutely beautiful. … This is a giant leap forward in the right direction.”

According to Village Clerk John Giordano, the village’s engineering consultant and the county fire marshal are also reviewing the plans. The current structure, which opened nearly a century ago, will be torn down after the project receives IDA approval. A demolition permit is expected to be approved this fall, Giordano said.

Jerry Grewe, vice president of Regal Cinemas, said the renovation planning began over a decade ago — but didn’t include demolition of the building. “We initially planned to just renovate the current structure, but that didn’t turn out to be feasible,” he explained. “Instead, we’ll be building a new structure at the same site as the existing one.”

Regal tapped Blumenfeld Development Group for the planning and construction of the 77-foot tall building, which will feature new leather recliners and significantly enhanced lobby and concession areas. Upgrades will also be made to the small nearby Patrick Henry Park, including a new flagpole, a brick plaza and a seating area. The park is used by the village for the Christmas tree and menorah lightings, and other events.

Lynbrook will be without a movie theater for roughly 18 months, according to Seth Silver, a spokesman for Blumenfeld, and the project will be minimally invasive and will not have a large impact on traffic, according to an environmental impact survey done by VHB Engineering. Additionally, Chris Robinson, vice president of Blumenfeld, promised that the construction would not disrupt use of the park.

“The construction will not occupy any space currently occupied by the park,” Robinson said. “Instead we’ll just be renovating certain areas of the park to give it a facelift.”

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Mike (saps) commented about Lunt-Fontanne Theatre on Jul 16, 2015 at 9:00 am

I added a comment on the photo posted March 29, 2014…

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Mike (saps) commented about Man in Times Square January 11, 1934 Photo credit & courtesy of Duke University Collection. on Jul 16, 2015 at 8:55 am

A lot of move-overs and second runs in this 1934 photo:The Impatient Virgin (aka Impatient Maiden) had opened in 1932 at the Mayfair; The Racketeer (an early Carole Lombard talkie) dates from 1929; Dishonored premiered at the Rialto in 1931, and Up the River (first screen appearances of both Spencer Tracy and Humphrey Bogart) had first unspooled at the Roxy in 1930…

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Mike (saps) commented about Long Beach Cinema 4 on Jul 4, 2015 at 7:13 am

From the Long Island Press

Long Beach has been without a movie theater since Superstorm Sandy flooded the aisles of the Long Beach Cinemas nearly three years ago, but moviegoers have some good news coming soon.

Last year a glimmer of hope appeared when a sign was posted outside the closed venue, advising the deprived moviegoers to “Look 4 Grand Reopening.” But they still had a very long wait in store. Showtime finally arrived Wednesday, meaning Long Beach officially got its cinemas back before the Fourth of July.

“I think we’re very much the symbol of what was destroyed when Sandy came,” said Seth Pilevsky, co-president of Philips International, which owns the cinemas. “We want to open strong and stay open.”

Not only will the cinema be re-opened, but it will be revitalized. New 3D and digital projectors, as well as larger leather cushion seats, will be added to the four-screen theater at the corner of East Park Avenue and Long Beach Boulevard.

The delays have been frustrating for the owners and moviegoers alike.

“It took over a year to get any money from the insurance company,” said Pilevsky. “We had to fight to get the money for the theater.”

But now, with the cinemas’ reopening, the City by the Sea can continue to move on from the devastation leftover by the 2012 superstorm.

Aside from symbolizing the city’s restoration, with the cinema’s return Long Beach natives will finally once again be able to save a lot of unnecessary travel time to movie theaters farther away.

“It’s another positive step in for our city’s recovery and yet another sign that Long Beach continues to move forward,” said City Councilman Anthony Eramo. “My wife and I are looking forward to taking our kids to the Long Beach theater for the first time since Sandy.”

His colleagues agreed.

“This has been a long time coming,” observed City Councilman Scott J. Mandel. “Having our movie theater back is a real boost to the community and a great symbol of Long Beach’s comeback.”

Long Beach moviegoers couldn’t agree more.

“I’m very excited about the theater coming back,” said Dan Bulger, a Long Beach native. “We won’t have to travel all the way to Rockville Center anymore and even have the option of walking there using the boardwalk again.”

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Mike (saps) commented about Long Beach Cinema 4 on Jul 1, 2015 at 7:12 pm

Opened today. Details to follow…

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Mike (saps) commented about Ziegfeld Theatre on Jun 24, 2015 at 5:18 pm

And how to push the button to close the frikkin curtain…

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Mike (saps) commented about Loew's State Theatre on Jun 21, 2015 at 11:07 pm

It seems hdtv267 means that Times Square was more fun in the 70s and 80s than in its current incarnation as “an appealing place to go to have fun.”

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Mike (saps) commented about Kings Theatre on Jun 18, 2015 at 10:49 am

Hey fellas, I wasn’t thinking that, I was just quoting Orlando.

I actually WANT to see a new vertical sign installed, lighting up Flatbush Avenue and visible from blocks away!

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Mike (saps) commented about Kings Theatre on Jun 16, 2015 at 8:15 pm

On February 14, 2015, Orlando wrote: “A new replica of the vertical sign will read K I N G S with Theatre below it when it is installed at a later date. Personally, I think I would like to see the terra cotta without any sign on it.”

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Mike (saps) commented about Quad Cinema on Jun 8, 2015 at 12:38 pm

I look forward to its reopening — the space is so tight I wonder what the seating capacities will be.

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Mike (saps) commented about Radio City Music Hall on Jun 6, 2015 at 1:32 pm

Vindanpar, welcome to CinemaTreasures… Please continue to post your thoughts and memories of the great (and not so great) cinema treasures of years past. And add some photos, too, if you have any to share.

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Mike (saps) commented about Criterion Theatre on Jun 6, 2015 at 1:29 pm

Are we sure that isn’t the line of people trying to get OUT of the Criterion after sitting through the worst sequel and worst movie of the 1970s?

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Mike (saps) commented about New Mission Theater on May 28, 2015 at 5:28 pm

Under reconstruction May 2015 photo added.

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Mike (saps) commented about Under reconstruction May 2015 on May 28, 2015 at 5:27 pm

Under reconstruction May 2015

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Mike (saps) commented about Loew's Metropolitan Theatre on May 17, 2015 at 4:22 pm

There was a seldom-used entrance on Livingston Street, but usually the Livingston Street marquee was used to advertise the current attraction.

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Mike (saps) commented about AMC Empire 25 on May 7, 2015 at 7:15 am

The marquee has a lot of burned-out light bulbs, especially in the sign that says “Theatres”

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Mike (saps) commented about Rialto Theatre on Apr 23, 2015 at 8:01 pm

After this theater was demolished, a new Rialto link was built on this corner and operated as a movie theater from 1935 to 1990 and for many years specialized in two-fisted melodramas and horror movies. Its manager once said his theater, both in styling and presentations, sought to satisfy the “ancient and unquenchable male thirst for mystery, menace and manslaughter.”

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Mike (saps) commented about Saban Theatre on Apr 20, 2015 at 8:40 am

The TVLand 2015 Awards were filmed here, and the place looked great.

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Mike (saps) commented about Kings Theatre on Apr 18, 2015 at 9:48 am

Orlando, it’s true than an eyewitness is often the best source of first-hand accounts, but there are many ways to arrive at the truth.

If there are errors in the introduction, I suggest you inform the site through the proper channels (which I’m sure you have done) and leave out the personal attacks on parties unknown. Your comment of April 16 at 9:40am was probably written out of frustration but it really should be deleted. You are working your dream job and have accomplished a lot, so these petty spats just sully this website.

And JamesD, your response of April 17, 5:36am was a bit out of line as well.

Let’s all delete this section of the comments before the webmaster has to do it for us.

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Mike (saps) commented about Radio City Music Hall on Apr 17, 2015 at 7:33 pm

I love that term “picture sheet.” Thanks for using it…!

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Mike (saps) commented about Ziegfeld Theatre on Apr 15, 2015 at 3:08 pm

One booking change to this house I have notice is that they no longer hold their features forever; they seem to get a new picture every couple of weeks…

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Mike (saps) commented about Ziegfeld Theatre on Apr 15, 2015 at 3:04 pm

Does the Dolby Theater in LA show movies on a regular basis?

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Mike (saps) commented about Tannehill Premiere Cinema 14 on Apr 10, 2015 at 8:59 pm

This theater was featured in an Inside Edition episode tonight (4/10/15) in a report about rude kids at a screening of Cinderella.

Link here to the Inside Edition story, but I don’t think the report was actually filmed at this exact site, since they all went out afterwards at a New York restaurant…!

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Mike (saps) commented about New Mission Theater on Apr 10, 2015 at 6:25 pm

Mike Keegan — can we add your photos to our database here at Cinema Treasures? For posterity and all…