Sunrise Multiplex Cinemas

750 W. Sunrise Highway,
Valley Stream, NY 11581

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optimist008 on January 29, 2015 at 12:01 pm

Scott Neff

FYI: National Amusements does not own it Yonkers and Hawthorne, NY locations, but does own the entire property of their Greenburgh Multiplex in Elmsford, NY. Still wondering if they willingly broke their lease or not at this Valley Stream location…

robboehm on January 29, 2015 at 10:45 am

According to an article in today’s Newsday the Green Acres Commons, which is an expansion of the Green Acres Shopping Center will cost $83 million. The two story, 220,600 square foot building will take two years to complete. There will also be additional 163,330 square feet of additional restaurant and retail space. According to property records the cost of acquisition of the theater was $22.5 million. Previously $500 million was paid for the Green Acres Shopping Center proper which, I’m presuming, did not include the Green Acres theater. The original mall is undergoing extensive renovation.

Also, relating to an earlier comment of mine, it is anticipated that the shopping center attracts almost 75% of it’s business outside of Nassau County. I would imagine the percentage of “outside” theatergoers from the theater would have also been large.

robboehm on January 22, 2015 at 6:45 pm

And, theoretically, they’re supposed to start tearing down the Lynbrook to build a new one. Of course that has been pending for about a dozen years.

fred1 on January 22, 2015 at 4:39 pm

The nearest theater is the Lynbrook 6. There an abundance of of space for some retail and a modern cinema. Im sure many people who want to see a movie will never go to Sunrise because of past history

Mike (saps)
Mike (saps) on January 22, 2015 at 3:15 pm

There is a “Thank you for all your patronage” message on the marquee now. Someone (Ed?) should take a photo and post it here, for posterity…

Scott Neff
Scott Neff on January 22, 2015 at 11:33 am

I’m sure National Amusements owns this property. I can’t imagine they don’t.

optimist008 on January 22, 2015 at 10:43 am

Did they terminate their lease earlier than it’s official end date??? If so, then maybe they were not making enough money to continue operating it…

Mike (saps)
Mike (saps) on January 18, 2015 at 4:32 pm

There are showtimes listed for the 19th but none beyond that.

robboehm on January 18, 2015 at 11:14 am

That’s dumb. Shopping centers are a dying breed along with theaters.

Mike (saps)
Mike (saps) on January 17, 2015 at 9:54 pm

Sign on the marquee says it’s closing on January 19. Signs in front say a new shopping center is coming soon…

markp on January 16, 2015 at 11:40 am

This theatre, along with the Amboys Multiplex Cinemas, were built and opened at the same time. Amboys closed 10 years ago this coming May after the lobby floor caved in. Its a shame this one is gonna close. Hope something good happens to it. The Amboys is just sitting there rotting away.

robboehm on January 16, 2015 at 10:40 am

Commack had a couple of things against it; the design (the add ons) and the opening of the new multiplex at the Arches. New Theater in, old theater out. The Commack killed the twin RKO and the Mayfair, at the very least.

Orlando on January 16, 2015 at 10:15 am

I wasn’t finished with my comment, to continue. I didn’t tell you the weekly salary was $150.00 a week and they had us working between 60-70 a week! After Century hired me they offered me $200.00 a week and placed me in the 3 Huntington theatres they had, The Whitman, York and Shore which was atriplex at the time. I worked 5 days as an assistant manager with Friday and Saturdays OFF and one Sunday a month (with pay!), how could I resist. I loved all those theatres and their staffs. When Redstone opened the Commack Mutiplex with 10 screens and 4,200 seats it was the largest theatre on all New York. It came close to being #1 several times but settled into the #2 spot. Redstone coaxed me away from Century Theatres by offering me $400.00 a week in 1983. How could I resist. Unbeknowst to them was that I had reported them to the labor board in 1980. I worked hard for them for a year and a half without taking any vacation time. When in 1985, I put in vacation time due to exhaustion, my request was denied and I was let go. That was there loss and from then on the Commack went downhill til it closed several years ago. I have fond memories of all the employees I worked with at both multiplexes. I remember Sunrise Multiplex’s first St. Patrick’s Day Party, It was a blast. I would like to hear from any one working at Sunrise from 19979-1980 & Commack from Oct. 27 1983 to summer of 1985. Goodbye Sunrise Multiplex.

robboehm on January 16, 2015 at 10:09 am

Orlando, from your comments on various theater sites you must have had a very extensive career.

Orlando on January 16, 2015 at 9:38 am

I was one of six assistant managers to open the place in December of 1979. It was a nice sixplex but Redstone Managemnet were notoriusly CHEAP with the salaries of management and worked them to the bone. 6 day work weeks with 4- 12 hour days and 2 14-16 hour days. The parttime employees made more. I left for Century’s Green Acres and reported Redstone to labor board. After a while, the labor board closed in and management got raises. An innocent manager got fired for my reporting them.

longislandmovies on January 16, 2015 at 7:40 am

Just announce theatre to close January 2015. Once one of the busiest theaters in the nation .

moviebuff82 on March 15, 2014 at 8:28 am

hopefully they put in stadium seating…i like stadium seating when i go to movies

robboehm on March 15, 2014 at 6:52 am

The metal detector was installed after an incident several years ago.

MissAmanda on March 14, 2014 at 7:17 pm

I don’t understand how they remain open. Nice large auditoriums with comfortable leather rocker-style seats, but only a handful of patrons at best. They still make you pass through a metal detector at the door — why? No one is going to bring a gun in — no one is going to go in, actually. If they got rid of these, maybe attendance would improve.

AshnWrfre on July 2, 2013 at 11:27 pm

I have sooo many childhood memories from this theatre and this area alone. Growing up in Valley Stream, I saw a lot of movies here, but only remember a few. After the shooting here, I remember walking through the metal detectors only once, but I remember the lobby being huge! To get to green acres mall, I remember having to drive through the back of this theatre. I remember driving past the front of the theatre and mall, but whenever we went to the theatre or mall we drove through the back. I remember eating out with my family at the Roy Rogers just up the street from here a lot before it closed. For whatever reason, we ended up going to Garden State Plaza more often as I became a teenager, probably because of shooting at the theatre.

KennyCarr on March 1, 2013 at 6:10 am

This is so cool! I grew up 6 houses away from the Drive-in/ Sunrise Cinemas in Rosedale. I just finished a book that discusses how I used what I learned as a kid sneaking into Sunrise Cinemas to sneak into 12/12/12 and other huge concerts all around the country and beyond. It’s called Confessions of a Sneak-In Artist. I’ll keep you posted on when it comes out. You can find more information about the book under Confessions of a Sneak-In Artist or Kenny Carr on Facebook.

Here’s an excerpt:

I grew up on a dead end street six houses away from a drive-in movie theater. A giant, solid eight foot metal fence at the end of my block surrounded the theater grounds. The older kids on the block would always have a hole dug somewhere under the fence so they could sneak in. Like tunnels out of a P.O.W. camp, it was constantly being found by security and had to be moved often. From an early age I prided myself on always knowing where the hole was located. I spent summer nights on the swings in front of the screen watching classic movies like Star Wars, Grease, Jaws and Bruce Lee triple features.

When I was eight, the drive-in was demolished and turned into a six theater multiplex. Throughout all phases of the demolition and construction of the new theater, the site was our playground. As the theater was being built we felt, as it was with the drive-in, that it was in some way ours. We knew that place from top to bottom, like the back of our hands. We knew it better than anybody. We even took pride in how nice the construction of the building had turned out. If it wasn’t ours then whose was it?

I remember there were about ten of us that went to the first showing of the first movie to ever play there. We all bought tickets and sat in the seats along the back row of the theater for Star Trek, the Original Motion Picture*. It was 1979. I was eight and a half. It was the worst movie I had seen up to that point in my young life and I was pissed. We had been looking forward to that experience for months. The two dollars we each spent on a ticket would have gone a long way at our corner store back in those days. Someone had to pay. It was after mulling it over, munching out on some snacks on the steps of our corner store on Hook Creek Boulevard that I decided I would never pay for another movie in my theater again.

Over the next couple of years, I spent countless hours honing my skills at sneaking into the movies. I learned what worked and what didn’t. I learned how to trust my instincts and how to move on them. There were a few of us that would do it a lot more than others. We must have snuck in to see Airplane at least a hundred times. Each time we would get a different joke or see something we hadn’t seen before and point it out to each other laughing hysterically. While most of my friends were involved in some form of organized sport, I sat through Follow That Bird (at an age when that was just not cool) just to be able to say that I snuck into every movie playing at, what was by that time, my thirteen theater multiplex.

You know the expression, “Everything I need to know I learned in kindergarten.”? Everything I need to know about sneaking in I learned in those years at the Sunrise Cinemas.

*Roller Boogie was technically the first, but it only played on the weekends in one of the six theaters while they finished up construction.

Here’s more about Confessions of a Sneak-In Artist:

I grew up next door to a thirteen movie theater multiplex. As a kid I developed and perfected techniques for sneaking into the movies. As an adult I have used those skills and techniques to sneak into the biggest concerts held at some of the world’s most secure venues at will, or more accurately, by will. In Confessions of a Sneak-in Artist, I not only explore how I got into many of these events in great detail and what is required for others to do the same, but why those events meant so much to me in the first place and why I felt compelled to be there.

Confessions of a Sneak-in Artist is an informative collection of eleven engaging and amusing interrelated vignettes that read like the highlights of a really cool memoir. Each story is chockfull of sage like wisdom on the subject of sneaking in and pop culture references, but what seemed like a fun, funny ride gets flipped upside down near the end when a traumatic event is revealed. The reader is given the last piece to what they didn’t even know was a puzzle, enabling them to see the book’s bigger picture and underlying message of hope. This new information forces the curious reader to reexamine the timeline of events and the hopscotched chronological order in which the stories are told and want to read it again keeping that revelation in mind.

The 12/12/12 Concert for Sandy relief was pretty much everyone’s rock n’ roll fantasy. The world tuned in and were blown away by passionate performances by what Mick Jagger called from the stage, “…the largest collection of old English musicians ever assembled in Madison Square Garden”. The money poured in and went right towards helping the people that really needed it. The concert also marked the crowning achievement of my sneaking in career. Because of my personal connection to Long Beach, New York, a town destroyed by the Hurricane that was being helped and honored that night, and for the reasons why it was no longer my home, it was an emotional night for me. There was no way I could have afforded a ticket to that show, but there was no way I could have missed it. I felt I deserved to be there more than most of the people who were there because they had more money than I did. Long Beach had been my family’s home since 1990.

What I want everyone to know, simply, is that what I have done can be done and that they can do it too if they really want to. Where there is a will there is a way. Everyone has the ability to focus, channel their energy and use it to somehow, anyhow, make it happen. I have snuck into hundreds of events. It’s not luck. It is technique. In this book I explore numerous ways my techniques have worked for me and how they could work to help anyone do the same.

Thanks for the posts and for checking out mine! I love reading posts from the ushers from back when we used to do our thing! I’m very interested in learning more about how Sumner Redstone started his empire from “my theater”! Someone once told me it was the drive-in they used in Grease. Anybody know anything about that? No mention of the flea markets in the back? Anybody remember the only armed guard at the multiplex in the early to mid Eighties? We called him Stiff. He had a fused spine or something that made it so he couldn’t turn his head without turning his whole body. He was my arch nemesis! I’d love to get his perspective on things back then. Hopefully there’s no hard feelings! It was all in fun!

robboehm on February 26, 2011 at 6:13 am

MarkieS the old drive in is listed. Do a lookup by city – Valley Stream and it’s there.

markp on February 25, 2011 at 9:48 pm

News story on local tv channels today about armed robberies taking place in the parking lot the past few days.

MarkieS on January 4, 2010 at 7:21 pm

why is there no listing on this website for the old Sunrise Drive In which stood on this site?