UA Lynbrook 6

321 Merrick Road,
Lynbrook, NY 11563

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theatrefan
theatrefan on February 13, 2016 at 6:38 am

I have checked the Calderone Theatres digital collection and unfortunately the Lynbrook is not one of the theatres that they have photo’s of. The collection does however contain lot of vintage photos of the Calderone, Cove, Heampstead, Mineola, Rivoli & Valley Stream Theatres.

robboehm
robboehm on February 12, 2016 at 5:50 am

Ed, Hofstra has a whole Calderone archive. Some of it can be seen online. For the rest you have to make an appointment. Never actually been there. Might be some Lynbrook interior photos there.

Ed Solero
Ed Solero on February 11, 2016 at 5:44 pm

Well, this was certainly the last Calderone theater still in operation. The Westbury auditorium was completely gutted to the bare brick walls and the lobby and storefronts were stripped down to the wooden framing members. That leaves the namesake Calderone in Franklin Ave in Hempstead as the sole physically intact (or as close as can be) survivor – or at least it will be once the Lynbrook is demolished.

I’m going to try to contact Lynbrook historian Arthur Mattson with the suggestion that he see if he can get permission to take photographs of any existing original interior decoration, once the false ceilings and partition walls are taken down, and before they are pounded to dust and forever lost. No interior photography or artistic renderings of the original lobby and auditorium appear to be extant. If he’s in the least bit interested, I figure he’d have sufficient prominence or clout with the village to be able to facilitate such an endeavor. Worth a shot.

robboehm
robboehm on February 11, 2016 at 12:05 pm

The last theater opened by Calderone was the namesake showplace in Hempstead. Building still exists. Church was supposed to be renovating the auditorium.

The former Westbury, now The Space, is still a functioning venue, albeit mostly for concerts.

A smaller space operated by Calderone in St. James on Second Avenue still exists but as an office building. See references with photos elsewhere on CT.

RobertR
RobertR on February 10, 2016 at 1:32 pm

Last of the Calderone movie houses

theatrefan
theatrefan on February 10, 2016 at 1:08 pm

Wow, the Shore is just a plain ugly grey box, it looks like they ran out of money during the design and construction phase. Some of the Canadian complexes opened during the same era were much better in terms of design and aesthetics. No wonder they had to merge with Loews to survive. It’s a shame the original Shore had to be demolished.

robboehm
robboehm on February 10, 2016 at 12:25 pm

I concur. It’s been done elsewhere if the facade was given landmark status. It’s bad enough current office buildings are just glass boxes. See my comments above on this subject and check out the picture of the ugly current Shore in Huntington.

theatrefan
theatrefan on February 10, 2016 at 9:40 am

Is really is a shame that even the front facade could not somehow be salvaged and reincorporated into the new multiplex to somehow give it a little bit of personality.

Mike (saps)
Mike (saps) on February 9, 2016 at 6:21 pm

More…

Local reviews

People on social media had a lot to say when the Herald asked, “What do you think about [the new owners] tearing down the current theater to build a new state-of-the art structure? What memories do you have of the Lynbrook UA theater?

•“The fondest memory I have is taking my kids there for the free movie “Baby’s Day Out” on Breakfast with Santa Day in Lynbrook.” — Carol Anne Walter

•“It needed to be done … plus it will bring a much-needed boost to the Lynbrook business district.” — Craig Caparelli

•“We are excited to see this new theater being built. We moved here a year ago, and this is one of many upgrades to the area that we’re looking forward to.” —Ivy A. Reilly

•“In 1976, when I was in Lynbrook High School, I won tickets to the premiere of “Rocky.” The theatre is a landmark — it’s a shame that it was not kept up.” — Dolores Gilmurray

•“I remember seeing live performers there! The theater was so packed we sat on the floor in the balcony. Those days are long gone, and the theater was left in disrepair … will be sad to see another landmark obliterated.” — Patricia Petrich Overs

*“I remember that movie theatre fondly. My mom and I went to see On Golden Pond there back in the 80’s. That is the last movie I remember seeing with her before she passed away. I’m sure we saw other movies but that is the one and that is the theatre that sticks in my mind. Great memory. I wish they could or would somehow keep the facade of the existing theatre. People are so quick to demolish old structures which unfortunately destroys the history and some beautiful structures.” — Debra Ford

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Mike (saps)
Mike (saps) on February 9, 2016 at 6:15 pm

Continued…

Local business owners say they are eager to have the new theater up and running as soon as possible, to capitalize on the added foot traffic in the area. Barbara Ferrufino, co-manager of the Cuzco Peru, which is attached to the theater, said that business has already taken a hit in the three weeks since it closed. “We weren’t really prepared for this,” she said, adding that couples often came to the restaurant before or after a screening. In an effort to compensate for the theater’s closing, she said, the restaurant would have to start spending money on advertising to attract more people, though she said she was optimistic that the new theater will ultimately help the business.

Erika Rojas, assistant manager of Cold Stone Creamery, on Broadway, said she estimated that sales have dropped by 15 percent since the theater closed, which wasn’t as bad as she had anticipated. “We just hope it comes faster,” she said with a laugh.

Chris Holmes, assistant manager of Burger Bandit, also on Broadway, said his business gets a lot of Rockville Centre moviegoers, and he didn’t think the closing would hurt business too much. He anticipated that the construction could even bring workers in for lunch. “They really just have to get better movies, to be honest,” Holmes said. “This one didn’t get ‘Avengers 2’ until like a month after it came out.”

Joe Carusone, owner of Vincent’s Pizzeria and Restaurant and Carvel, both on Atlantic Avenue, said he wasn’t concerned about the construction process. January is a slow month for most businesses anyway, he said, and ultimately, the new theater will be a good thing for the village. “In the future, I think it’s going to drive more people to the area,” Carusone said. “I think it’s going to be a great thing for the town as a whole.”

Mike (saps)
Mike (saps) on February 9, 2016 at 6:12 pm

Article from the local paper the Lynbrook Herald, by Nick Ciccone

Movie house to be demolished

After more than a decade of discussion about its fate, the United Artists movie theater on Merrick Road in Lynbrook closed its doors for good on Jan. 10 — the start of an expected 16-month renovation that its new ownership, the Regal Entertainment Group, promises will bring a state-of-the art movie experience to the village.

“You want to grow with the times, but in a smart way,” said Mayor Bill Hendrick, adding that he hoped the updated theater would improve the village’s commercial area. “I’m getting calls all the time — people want Lynbrook,” he said.

Regal first took an interest in the property in 2011, and its developer, Blumenfeld Development Group, considered several building designs over the years. The new theater will feature luxury reclining seats in all screening rooms, along with surround sound and bright 2D and 3D images.

The project, funded by Regal, will cost an estimated $25 million. The existing structure will be demolished, and the new theater will wrap around the Cuzco Peru Restaurant in a U shape. The municipal parking on the west side of the theater will no longer exist, which will mean a loss of 51 parking spaces. But Building Department Superintendent Brian Stanton said there would be 171 fewer seats in the new theater — a total of 1,434 — and parking regulations on Atlantic Avenue can be amended to accommodate peak movie hours.

Gutting the building

Stanton said that before the building can be demolished, ALL Construction Inc. will disconnect interior electrical and gas hookups and rip out the seats. A demolition permit cannot be issued, he said, until the interior work is completed. The building is expected to be demolished in late summer.

Once that work begins, Hendrick said, any traffic issues that arise will be addressed. “The fact that we have our own Police Department helps us greatly,” he said. “We can re-route and do what we have to do with the [Department of Public Works] and police that other places can’t do.”

Members of Hose Co. No. 1, the firehouse on Blake Avenue, behind the theater, will be given parking spaces on the theater property during the construction.

Ed Solero
Ed Solero on January 17, 2016 at 6:23 pm

Photo added, to illustrate that development.

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.