Uniondale Mini Cinema

886 Jerusalem Avenue,
Uniondale, NY 11553

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formerprojectionist on January 3, 2009 at 3:16 pm

Ok folks,
I took two pictures of the poster, one with flash, the other without. Here’s the links, ENJOY!
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formerprojectionist on December 31, 2008 at 2:02 pm

Sorry Terry, I got hung up with holiday madness. I’ll dig it out, snap a shot and post it early next week. I’ll inform you all when it’s up!
Happy New Year

TerryP on December 31, 2008 at 9:05 am

Happy New Year.

Any chance you posted the poster somewhere yet?

formerprojectionist on December 17, 2008 at 2:05 pm

You bet I will, I’ll try and have it posted early next week!

drbmbay on December 17, 2008 at 8:35 am

definitely let me know when you post the poster!

formerprojectionist on December 17, 2008 at 7:59 am

I actually have the original mini cinema poster featuring all the patrons, I will take a photograph and post it in the very near future. I knew quite a few of the guys who projected there. I also knew Joe Marzano, he acted and did voice overs for a few of my 16mm films. The cine capri in Old Bethpage I believe was run by a guy called Gee Gee, an Israeli, and I do recall he tried to turn all his art cinemas into porn houses but would run into trouble with the town boards in doing so. I saw Night of the Living Dead and Freaks at the Cine Capri around the 4th of July in 1978 (I have the ad for it, I’ll also snap that and post it in the near future). The Nassau Library system is now the strip mall, my wife is a librarian and they hold meetings there. The Uniondale mini cinema is a church that has made add on’s to the building.

nycosmo on February 25, 2008 at 2:44 pm

I worked the candy counter at the Mini (c. 1975), quite peripherally to Billy, Arlene, Josh and Randy. This was the place where I first saw Women in Love, Greasers Palace, Putney Swope, Day for Night, The Harder They Come, Pink Flamingos, Jimi Hendrix, and got my first flashes of film criticism. (Some guy went to great lengths one night to explain Chinatown as a parable of Watergate). I was there for Bob Downey’s appearance, too. Years later, when I revisited Animal Crackers for my book, OTTO KAHN: ART MONEY & MODERN TIME, I should have acknowledged the Mini, too. So, a belated thanks to the Donnellys, and the entire Mini crew, for some of the best of times, ever, on Long Island.

SusanfromBrookside on January 22, 2008 at 1:45 am

Gee, so many memories on this thread…here’s one more, about how I met Josh. In 7th grade, my best friend and I won a contest at Brookside JHS, for the best exhibit idea for a glass showcase in the school hallway: posting baby pictures of the school’s teachers. The prize was two free movie passes to the Uniondale Mini Cinema, provided by our English teacher, Sharon L. — who was the sister of Josh of the Uniondale Mini Cinema. Josh graciously allowed my friend and me to use those two free movie pass more than once – in fact, we used those passes for the next FIVE YEARS, until we graduated from high school. Harold and Maude, Brewster McCloud, all the Miss Marple mysteries, everything… What great memories…

frankdev on December 22, 2007 at 11:35 pm

I was truly sad to hear of Ralph’s passing. He will be missed on many levels. He and his lovley wife Gloria Were class people. And i enjoyed every minute I spent in thier company. My deepest symppathy
to his family. Frank Devlin

dave-bronx™ on December 22, 2007 at 11:14 am

Ralph was always a class act – something painfully absent from the business today. It was a privilege to have worked with him at Cinema 5 and City Cinemas.

kelistra on December 22, 2007 at 9:51 am

True, good and gentle all the way to the end, my Dad sincerely has left a legacy, within a month of his passing(and he was buried with not only photos but a tape of the Wizard of Oz) a tribute was give to him at the bookers club luncheon,I can not tell you the line up of successful people who needed to reach out with tears and tell my Mom and I how in different ways and oppourtunity’s if it hadn’t been for Ralph they wouldn’t be who they are, it was extremely warming.
He was of course a remakkable Grandfather, to both Myles and Kyra, because of him they too have a major appreciation for theatre, arts, music, and movies. Kyra remembers each and every play and takes musical Theatre in a performing arts highschool, and Myles actually made it this year, for the first time without his pop to Showeast…he lives in our hearts everysingle day, he will never be forgotten…Keli

KyraKeli on December 22, 2007 at 9:36 am

Thank you. my Mom and I really appreciate all of your kind words!

TerryP on December 18, 2007 at 3:06 pm

Ralph was an absolutely wonderful gentleman and a fantastic boss and colleague. I had the true honor of working for him at the Mini Cinema and for many years along side him at Variety – The Childrens Charity of New York. I am a better person for knowing him, and proud to call him a friend. He was a funny, smart, classy, warm and loving human being and heaven’s gain is our tremendous loss.

He loved the Mini Cinema, and all cinema.

KyraKeli on December 18, 2007 at 2:31 pm



KyraKeli on December 18, 2007 at 2:31 pm

Exhibitor Ralph E. Donnelly died Sept. 21 in Palm Harbor, Fla. He was 75.

~~Donnelly was a pioneer of specialized exhibition, and established the First Avenue Screening Room in Manhattan and the Mini Cinema in Uniondale, New York. ~~

He was a founder of the annual ShowEast convention. Starting in his teens as an usher, he ultimately became president of Cinema 5 Theaters in Manhattan. He was also head film buyer at City Cinemas, RKO-Stanley Warner Theaters, Creative Film Services and Associated Independent Theaters. A past president of the Variety Club and the Motion Picture Bookers Club, he was also a member of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences and was on the board of the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts. After Donnelly retired, he served as a shipboard host on cruises, screening films and leading discussions of film lore. He is survived by his wife, Gloria; a sister; three children and five grandchildren.

TerryP on December 14, 2007 at 9:15 am

Same to you all.

tisker on December 13, 2007 at 7:24 pm

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year everyone.

kcobain on August 16, 2007 at 11:51 am

We would see Pink Flamingo’s every week, smoke a little pot and buy some yogurt in the vending machine when we got the munchies…sigh, I’m so missing the 70’s

drbmbay on July 23, 2007 at 9:40 pm

for some reason I thought it was called simply “robert downey (a fool)”. apparently, according to imdb it had a couple of titles. it was a series of short skits.


also, do you remember when he brought Pablo Ferro’s 20 minute history of america that he did for, I think ABC, and they hated it, but it was an amazing compilation of clips.

yes, I was gone from long island by ‘76. was out of the midnight scene by the time rocky horror kicked in.

I mutter “bingo cheeseburger” all the time and when I try to explain where that comes from to kids, they think I’m nuts.

sadly, jessie was right. the world has been taken more and more over by the evil “bingo gas station motel cheeseburger with a side of aircraft noise and you’ll be gary indiana.” so it goes.

there was a punk band in the early 80’s named Borman 6 but they’re not listed at all music guide. I have a 12" of theirs somewhere.

Randyman on July 23, 2007 at 9:04 am

Dr. B – If you really needed the 3-D glasses, I just have to wonder whether were you really smoking enough.

Your list of flicks tells me that you were a mini fan during my era there (yes, brief as it lived there were distinct eras). I too long for my missing Mini Cinema poster. Just not an eBay item I guess.

Bob Downey visited the Mini during his tour to raise money to finish his film in progress. I remember the names Shithead & Granola. Those were the lead characters' names and perhaps the working title as well. Don’t remember much about it other than their cocaine binge. He wanted to talk about his new work but of course we all wanted to talk about Bingo Gas Station Motel Cheeseburger With A Side Of Aircraft Noise And You’ll Be Gary Indiana.

The Borman 6 Girl got to have soul!

drbmbay on July 22, 2007 at 11:01 pm

oh, yeah. one more thing.

to this day I’m still haunted by that voice from the 3-D movie — “put the mask on! put the mask on!” and I search vainly for a pair of 3-D glasses….

drbmbay on July 22, 2007 at 10:50 pm

one of the saddest moments in my life was when I moved once and upon unpacking somehow my mini-cinema poster was gone. I remain to this day proud that I was included in that poster of all the fans – twice. the only one who was. because I was there every freakin' weekend of my teenage years, I think.

It was the greatest haven for a moviestruck teenager relagated to having to put up with living in suburbia. I realize there’s been a lot tame talk about the mini but I remember people passing bongs around the place, so let’s be honest about one of the things that made that place so great. it was a really a magical playland where people could come, get high, eat fun food (mr. shiftee ice cream, anyone!), and watch really great movies.

I became such a regular that the guys started letting me in for free and I used to help out taking tickets sometimes, sometimes even watching the front door for bathroom breaks. it was never just about the movies. it was about the people there. people who were having fun sharing the things they loved with other lovers of the same damn thing. and for the people who worked there? what other kind of job could you possibly want to have?

I wish I could remember names. there was one guy who worked there, we were taking tickets for 200 motels, and there were two guys really, really stoned coming in and we started echo-talking to freak them out. ah, yes. how young we all were…

I remember the night the place was robbed. I came out to see the employees and everyone was really flipped out, but held it together and didn’t stop the movie, if I remember correctly. the show must go on.

I was with four friends in the parking lot one night. a car came by and two undercover cops flashed their badges at us. they pulled us out of the car and wanted to know what we were smoking. they pulled a roach out of the ashtray and threatened to arrest us. they frisked us. took the pot that one of the guys had. and drove off. end of that story.

the best thing in the world were the all-nighters. freaks, marx brothers, god knows what else, contests. I won a contest once. I told a really awful joke with a friend of mine and we won. the all-nighters were a great big sleep over party with no grown-ups. what wonderful memories to compensate for the chronic anxiety that is most of the time during one’s later teen years. and the guys that worked there were like older brothers to me. just being who they were let me know that those tough teen angst will pass and even though somethings may make more sense someday, other things will make even less.

but my favorite movies, my absolute favorite shows were robert downey films. greaser’s palace. putney swope. pound.

and downey would come and speak. here was a real movie director coming to speak to a bunch of stoned kids on long island. about 10 years ago, I was with a friend in a restaurant in LA and he pointed out downey sitting alone at another table. he was reading the racing charts. I had my friend who knew him introduce me. we talked about me seeing him at the mini back in the day. that was nice.

the entire place was a dreamland that shaped my life forever. I make films now. and the mini helped me to fall in love with films of all kinds. it was there I discovered fellini. from goddard to godzilla, the mini was the best film school in the world, with all the popcorn you could eat.

and I would have to say that my love of world music began the first time I saw the harder they come one midnight at the mini.

have you ever tried to tell people, explain to them, what it was like there? you can’t. that’s just the way it is. it was special and you can’t really point to anything one other thing and say it was just like that. the mini was and is beyond description.

if you were there, you know.

that’s about all…

MarzanoMiniPlayer on April 14, 2007 at 8:51 pm

Hi there everyone….Youtube pulled down my Videos due to some ignorant square state folks who flagged 3 of my works…im back up under Filmaker69 and im putting all the Rocky Horror Mini-Cinema & Mini-Movie stuff back up !

micohen on March 9, 2007 at 7:57 am

I agree – those videos were great. Especially the “Rocky Horror” parody. Mikeyboomer – please put them back! I assumed because there were no copyright issues they would be up forever, so I was taking my time going through them.