UA Lynbrook 6

321 Merrick Road,
Lynbrook, NY 11563

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Mike (saps)
Mike (saps) on January 17, 2016 at 4:16 pm

The marquee is still up, but the words United Artists have been removed.

Ed Solero
Ed Solero on January 14, 2016 at 9:02 am

Just uploaded a pic of the theater I took yesterday morning, on the way to work. When I drove past again last night, the marquee was dark. I presume prep work for demolition will be starting any day, if it hasn’t already begun. Glass entrance doors had not yet been whitewashed as of last night. I wonder if I’d be able to persuade a worker to let me in when all the partitions and false ceilings are down, just to see if anything remains of the original interior design, before it’s all eradicated for good! Might be tough with my work schedule, to arrange for that, so if anyone else cares to try…

Mike (saps)
Mike (saps) on January 11, 2016 at 11:19 pm

Theater is closed. Marquee says “closed. New theater coming soon.”

I believe the building is coming down and a new one will be erected.

Time to get some photos of the old girl, especially with the current marquee.

Ed…?

robboehm
robboehm on January 10, 2016 at 4:57 pm

Renovated or torn down and rebuilt? That’s been the plan for the last decade or so.

ridethectrain
ridethectrain on January 10, 2016 at 3:05 pm

Starting January 11. the theatre is finally getting renovated. That why Malverne is showing The Ravenant

robboehm
robboehm on September 14, 2015 at 7:01 am

The Nassau County Industrial Development Agency has approved tax benefits for this $32 million project. Benefits might include a sales tax exemption of up to $567,000 on the purchase of construction materials and equipment, a mortgage recording tax exemption of more than $284,000 and a 20 year payment-in-lieu of taxes agreement that freezes taxes for the first two years and then raises them incrementally for the remainder of the term. This from LI Business in Newsday.

Another words the public is going to get screwed.

robboehm
robboehm on September 14, 2015 at 6:53 am

The Southampton used the original facade when they rebuilt also the AMC in Manhattan and the former Henry Miller’s.

Ed Solero
Ed Solero on September 4, 2015 at 4:34 pm

I was hoping for the same, theatrefan. The Village responded to worries about how the new ugly box will fit in with the architectural “charm” of Lynbrook by saying that the renderings seen thus far are only suggestions, and that the finished facade would have to meet with their approval. They also claimed that they will have considerable input on the final exterior design.

However, that really doesn’t offer much solace. If you take a look at the new Zwanger Peseri Radiology facility that recently opened on Sunrise Hwy, between Atlantic and Union, you’ll realize that the Village doesn’t give a good damn about a structure blending in with the rest of the local environs. I’d also point to the newer portion of the Lynbrook Public Library as contrasted with the original building to which it is appended.

theatrefan
theatrefan on September 4, 2015 at 11:30 am

Is there not anyway they could save the front Facade of the Lynbrook Theatre & incorporate it into the new structure? It’s such a same a architecturally significant structure will be replaced by the big ugly box, with no personality, charm or character whatsoever. What ever happened to adaptive reuse?

ridethectrain
ridethectrain on August 17, 2015 at 8:43 pm

When I use to use to live out their, the Lynbrook was my least favorite. The sound system was mostly mono until 2000. The got DTS sound in only two screens late. The seats were uncomfortable and if it was crowded, mainly late 80’s and early 90’s. Peoples heads block my view of the film. I always like the Fantasy when it was renovated in 1989. The only thing I don’t live their anymore, so I can’t take advantage of the recliner seats. Saw it once.

When the theatre reopens in 2016, it going to get busy like Fresh Meadows because they will the lazy boy recliner seats. With 13 screens and less seats, most auditorium probably only seat 100 people.

robboehm
robboehm on August 17, 2015 at 7:57 pm

And, of course, one could always go to the Fantasy in Rockville Centre which many people do now because the Lynbrook is such a dump.

Mike (saps)
Mike (saps) on August 17, 2015 at 10:25 am

OK, here’s the latest from the Lynbrook Herald on the proposed new theater:

A Q&A about the upcoming cinemas in Lynbrook by Mary Malloy

Due to a reporting error, in the story “Future attraction: Regal Cinemas 13,” it was erroneously stated the new movie theater in Lynbrook would increase its seating by 700 seats, when, at the time, it should have read 70 seats.

Since that story, the village reports that, based on revised drawings submitted by Regal, there will actually be a reduction in the number of seats — from the current 1,605 to 1,434 — 171 fewer seats. This was done to meet distance requirements from the power lines on the north side of Merrick Road, according to the Village.

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 soon. If approved, it would begin within three months, starting with the demolition of the existing theater.

Regal hired 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.

To clarify the plans, and to address residents’ concerns and questions, Mayor Bill Hendrick and other village officials have agreed to address their concerns. The questions were culled from a combination of social media sites and conversations with residents, and the Lynbrook/East Rockaway Herald Facebook page.

      Q: The artist rendering looks huge! Will the new building be bigger in size, or just taller? How many parking spaces? Will there still be 13 screens with the 1,434 seats? 
              
                      A: The building will have 171 less seats and be 4 feet taller, plus a 5-foot parapet wall in the front. No additional parking will be provided, as the theater will accommodate fewer patrons. The 13 screens and 1,434 seats are far less than the 18 screens and 3,000 seats Regal originally wanted. The existing theater has 1,605 seats. 
              
                      Q: The current structure, which opened nearly a century ago, will be torn down after the project receives IDA approval. Isn’t this an historical building? Won’t this take away from the “quaint” feel of the village?
              
                      A: The building requires much maintenance and upgrades to repair roof leaks, plumbing and electric; although the building is old, it would not qualify for historical landmark status since there are no unique architectural characteristics or historic events.  As far as the quaint feel, we are always sensitive to maintaining Lynbrook’s suburban atmosphere. The Village will work with the architects on the final design.
              
                      Q: Will there be other landscaping done around the property? 
              
                      A: There will be additional landscaping on all four sides of the building, which include 25 large trees and over 350 small plantings.
              
                      Q: It was reported that Lynbrook would be without a movie theater for roughly 18 months. What other activities can residents take part in if they don’t want to go outside their community?
              
                      A: We have over 65 programs at Greis Park from basketball to yoga and arts and crafts! The library, too, offers an endless number of programs and resources for all ages.
                
ridethectrain
ridethectrain on August 17, 2015 at 10:20 am

It happened when the Fantasy was closed for their renovation

Mike (saps)
Mike (saps) on August 17, 2015 at 10:14 am

Malverne always shows first-run films, just not the usual Hollywood fare.

ridethectrain
ridethectrain on August 16, 2015 at 3:29 pm

Guess the AMC Fantasy will show Star Wars. That’s a first. The last Stars Film Return of the Jedi played in Rockville Centre. Guess Malverne might be showing some first run films also while Lynbrook is closed.

theatrefan
theatrefan on July 21, 2015 at 10:59 am

I understand, nothing was saved from the old Shore theatre for the new one, Thank You robboehm.

robboehm
robboehm on July 21, 2015 at 10:53 am

theatrefan – the original Shore was actually levelled. The new shared the same footprint.

theatrefan
theatrefan on July 21, 2015 at 8:04 am

robboehm, I see exactly what you mean, so much for adaptive reuse of an existing structure. It really does look like they ran out of money as it was being constructed.

robboehm
robboehm on July 21, 2015 at 6:54 am

theatrefan check out the old and the new Shore in Huntington, New York. An even worse box.

theatrefan
theatrefan on July 21, 2015 at 5:35 am

What an ugly new building, just a bland yucky new box to replace a charming beautiful old building with true character, grace & style. So much for progress. Guess it will never get the Midway treatment like it was supposed to.

robboehm
robboehm on July 19, 2015 at 9:09 am

Place your bets folks. What will be finished first: the new Lynbrook, LIRR access to Grand Central or the Second Avenue Subway in Manhattan? The latter two are actually in progress after decades of planning.

Mike (saps)
Mike (saps) on July 18, 2015 at 5:57 pm

Two photos added — Lynbrook current and Lynbrook proposed.

Mike (saps)
Mike (saps) on July 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.”

Comments about this story? or share it online at www.liherald.com/lynbrook.

GeorgeStrum
GeorgeStrum on July 18, 2015 at 5:04 pm

Newsday, 7/18/15, page A8. Multiplex to replace theater. Lynbrook’s vintage movie theater will be demolished to make way for a multimillion dollar multiplex. The orbs in the photo above most likely indicate the old theater is haunted.

Mike (saps)
Mike (saps) on December 28, 2014 at 12:58 pm

The local paper Lynbrook/East Rockaway Herald says the theater will double in size in 2015. i’ll link the article when i can get to it.