Bow-Tie Franklin Square Cinemas

989 Hempstead Turnpike,
Franklin Square, NY 11010

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chconnol on February 10, 2005 at 1:10 pm

I saw the terrible John Ritter film “Problem Child” in one of the upstairs “theaters”. Yep, you’re right: the place was tiny. But it was packed. The neighborhood, Franklin Square, is still decent and there are a lot of homes within walking distance not to mention the shopping district on Hempstead Turnpike is very well maintained with little vacancies. Thus I can see why this place is still open and doing well.

MrK on February 10, 2005 at 1:05 pm

In the early ‘80’s the Franklin Square Theater was purchased by the same gentleman who owned the Deer Park and North Babylon Theaters (see my posts for those theaters). He had sold the Old Bethpage and Levittown Twins and quickly twinned this theater. My father was GM for this gentleman’s theaters and I, as well as my entire family, worked many of the theaters. Eventually he turned it into a quad by splitting the balcony. The two small screens upstairs sat approximately 50 patrons at best (very, very small). At one point, around 1986, he picked up the store next door at made it a video store, Cinema 5 Video. I worked there as well for a spell in college. From what I’ve heard, the gentleman who owned it now has about two or three theaters way out in LI. For a while, in the early '80’s, he was huge with theaters throughout LI, Queens, Upstate, the Bronx and even Florida. There is nothing like the feel of these neighborhood theaters. Loyal patrons week after week and the local kids that worked there, what a way to grow up.

chconnol on December 7, 2004 at 11:10 am

This theater was virtually identical to the Century’s Baldwin EXCEPT that the balcony (which was removed from the Baldwin) was intact here. That’s the reason why I think the Baldwin closed and this one remained to be multiplexed. This one’s still sucessful because there aren’t many (any?) theaters in the area. The Argo in Elmont was about the only one that might’ve given it competition but the neighborhood declined and so did that theater…

RobertR on December 7, 2004 at 10:18 am

This is one Nassau County theatre I have never been to.