Green Acres Cinemas

610 W. Sunrise Highway,
Valley Stream, NY 11581

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Scott Neff
Scott Neff on September 24, 2011 at 6:01 pm

Having never gone inside, I didn’t realize it was all Cineplex Odeon-ey still. I would have assumed National would have Showcased it up a bit.

robboehm
robboehm on September 21, 2011 at 5:56 pm

All that now remains of the Century Circuit are the Meadows (now Fresh Meadows), Roosevelt Field, Franklin Square (formerly Franklin), Lynbrook (which was a leased property), Fantasy and retention of the name Shore on the theatre replacing the one built by Century.

taketheatrain
taketheatrain on September 21, 2011 at 2:35 pm

The theatre just closed on September 18, 2011

robboehm
robboehm on August 17, 2011 at 7:15 pm

Using curtains in the presentations was a common Century practice used to great advantage by some. See my references at the Bellerose site.

Ed Solero
Ed Solero on August 17, 2011 at 10:53 am

Too bad. This was a nice theater in its day, before the rooms were cut up – and certainly before it was gutted for multiplexing. Nothing fancy inside, but a deluxe house with a big wide screen and curtains used in the presentations.

RobertR
RobertR on August 17, 2011 at 10:27 am

Sadly NA ignores this theatre for the cinder block mess next door.

ridethectrain
ridethectrain on February 8, 2011 at 10:19 am

The theatre still under neglect from National Amusements, the SONY 4K Digital is coming to the Sunrise Cinemas next door, not the Green Acres.

MarkieS
MarkieS on September 26, 2010 at 1:07 pm

I remember the old Sunrise Drive In that was here. I can’t find it on this site though.

moviefriend73
moviefriend73 on September 18, 2010 at 11:50 am

Meredith Rhule I remember the guy, he was very nice and helped out alot when needed. His booth was a sight to see he had some very cool posters and action figures from the 50’s 60’s and 70’s b-horror flicks era. I remember towards the end of my stay there they had him take some stuff down cause it was inappropriate. I wonder if he still works there.

blkdog
blkdog on January 20, 2010 at 10:29 am

OMG, LOST MEMORY! I saw both J. of The Nile there and made out with a girl at Youngblood there to! thanks for that pic! Rob Lowe flicks were great to take girls to! hehehe

RobertR
RobertR on April 17, 2009 at 8:15 am

It was still a class house even as a triplex

robboehm
robboehm on February 22, 2009 at 6:57 pm

While we’re sharing memories, way back when when it was a single screen theatre, Gone With the Wind was being revived. And didn’t we have a hurricane and one panel of the marquee blew off but the letters remained in tact proclaiming “Gone With the Wind”.

Meredith Rhule
Meredith Rhule on December 18, 2008 at 7:16 pm

moviefriend73, do you remember the projectionist’s stuff in the booth about B-rated horror films? ehh, hehehe. I was the projection techinican there. His booth is like walking into a director’s louge. Nice Italian guy, but what a riot.

RobertR
RobertR on September 9, 2008 at 2:19 pm

Another re-issue for Christmas 1971
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Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on November 9, 2007 at 9:54 am

Century’s Green Acres first opened on September 15th, 1961. The theatre’s motto was “Acres of Free Parking,” but they were anything but green and shared with the adjacent shopping mall. Every night but Saturdays, the last complete show started at 8:40, but with the main feature coming first for the convenience of those who didn’t want to sit through a double bill.

ridethectrain
ridethectrain on December 1, 2006 at 3:04 pm

National Amusements didn’t do any upgrading on the theatre. They don’t have cupholders. The Fantasy has the same type seats with cupholders.

None of the houses have don’t have Dolby Digital or DTS Digital Sound.

RobertR
RobertR on September 26, 2006 at 5:36 pm

November 1971 re-release
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Ed Solero
Ed Solero on July 26, 2006 at 5:47 pm

Wow… you’re really jogging my memory, blkdog! Would that be House of Chang? I think that was the place. I don’t recall going to that restaurant (the taste for good Chinese food developed much later in life for me). Usually, a trip to either the Green Acres Theater or the Sunrise Cinemas multiplex down the road involved a stop at Columbia Corner’s Pizzaria on Francis Lewis and Brookville Blvd near the Cross Island Pkwy (we lived in Laurelton).

I also remember going to the Red Lobster a few times. And remember the Cookie’s Steakhouse that was in a building that looked like a castle? Around 1980 or ‘81 my buddies and I used to go to the Bowling Alley after a flick for a few illicit beverages (illicit only because we were not yet 18 and the bartender at Green Acres Bowling never never proofed us) at the bar. We never bowled much, but would play video games in the arcade downstairs. I loved that place. It was huge. I remember the signs on the building… with the name of the place in large dark green letters and below in smaller red letters “48 Lanes” “Cocktail Lounge”. We were there the night the old place closed – in 1982 I think. My three buddies and I really tied one on that night and went back in the wee hours and hoisted each other onto the canopy over the entrance to wrench free from the facade the letters in those signs that represented each of our intials. I also stole – for reasons I’ll never fully understand – the traffic sign on the service road for the mall that passed behind the bowling alley. It read “All traffic use right lane”. The cops showed up at some point and gave us a scare, but in the end it all worked out harmlessly enough.

Over time I lost the giant “E” and “S” from the building’s facade, but I still have that traffic sign. And I only recently removed it from the iron stand it was bolted to (yup – ripped that sucker right out of the ground). I can’t bring myself to get rid of the damn thing!

blkdog
blkdog on July 25, 2006 at 4:03 pm

My parents too me to see Jaws and Midway there when I was REALLY young. We always went to that Chinese place that was next door. Anyone remember that place? This is such a cool site to jar your brain and remember your past!

moviefriend73
moviefriend73 on April 20, 2006 at 11:33 am

I worked there for a few years. It is a nice quiet theater that the older crowds go to. Most who go there would rather die than goto the theater next door (Sunrise). They did cut back alot to keep it running. There is a p/t projectionist who works Thursday and Sunday. A maintance person from Sunrise comes around once a week to do maintance. 2 managers that work opposite shifts. Only 15 employees. The upstairs stand was only open once on Christmas day in the 3 years I was there.

We did show silver screen movies (like someone posted above) sometimes they are in good condition and other times they are horrible. The film gets moved alot from theater to theater (NA does this with most of their theatres). The ratio is off with the older films but I use to just center it as best as possible and no one would complain (why would they, they only pay a dollar and get a small bag of popcorn, drink and 2 cookies for free).

I heard rumors while I was there that next year it will close. The lease with NA expires at the end of the year as well as the union contract with the projectionist. The only reason that theater was kept open for so long was becasue of the lease and NA was afraid another theater chain would come in and fix it up and give Sunrise competition (also an NA theater). But I heard that some retail stores are looking at the property and I don’t Green Acres Mall wouldn’t mind getting a big retail chain there. The theater did some business but 95% of the time most auds. would have between 0-10 people per show. The only time I was there and it was packed was Memorial Day weekend two years ago when Shrek 2, Day After Tomorrow were there. That theater was slow but when it was crowed it was packed. Only because we couldn’t handle large crowds.

I don’t work there anymore, threats of closing and getting married made me find a steadier job. The hours were bad and working holidays and getting phone calls from your family wishing you a happy holiday while you worked sucked.

Ed Solero
Ed Solero on April 18, 2006 at 5:03 pm

I haven’t been to this theater in over 20 years, but I’ve been back to Green Acres Mall on a few occasions in recent years. I know some suburbanites probably aren’t too pleased with the current ethnic mix that patronizes the mall, but I don’t know that I ever felt in any danger. There were definitely problems at the Sunrise Cinemas down the road even when I was still in the area living in Laurelton and I know things got rougher later on with some intense rowdiness during the 1986 engagement of the Run-DMC movie “Tougher Than Leather” and a shooting incident in 1990 when “Godfather III” played there. I am unaware of any such incidents at the Green Acres Theater.

While the mall and theaters might still attract their share of rowdy kids on a Friday or Saturday night, I think the village of Valley Stream is still pretty quaint and friendly. When I think of dangerous theaters, I think of the old RKO Alden in Jamaica or the Harris and Anco Theaters on 42nd Street.

DonRosen
DonRosen on April 17, 2006 at 8:40 am

When I was a kid in the 1960s, this was THE theatre to see a movie. I hear the neigborhood ain’t what it used to be…in other words, dangerous. True?

Mike (saps)
Mike (saps) on March 24, 2006 at 7:47 pm

I recently attended some first-run movies here, and while the place seems a little worn it is still in pretty good shape.

The theatre has “Silver Screen Classics” that happens the first Monday of the month at 1pm. (I haven’t yet been to any screenings, so I don’t know the condition of the prints, the aspect ratio used, whether there’s an intermission or an entr'acte, or any of the many other concerns voiced regularly on the Ziegfeld page!)

Their recent schedule:

My Sister Eileen on Monday, January 9, 2006;

On the Waterfront on Monday, February 6, 2006;

Funny Girl on Monday, March 6, 2006;

Angels Over Broadway (from 1940, with Douglas Fairbanks Jr., Rita Hayworth and Thomas Mitchell) will be screened Monday, April 3, 2006 at 1pm. I’ve never heard of this movie but I will be checking it out. Ben Hecht was nominated for Best Original Screenplay, so I’m sure it’s worth a look-see. I wonder if anyone reading this will be going there, too.

Oh, by the way, admission to this film series is ONE DOLLAR!

See you there.