Jamaica Multiplex Cinemas

159-02 Jamaica Avenue,
Jamaica, NY 11425

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deleted user
[Deleted] on February 18, 2005 at 7:03 am

I am relieved to read that the management agrees with me. LM and a few others such as Charles and TC have been very mean spirited and disrespectful towards myself and other members. Perhaps they should be removed from here for the benefit of everyone.
I have located the site of the Ridgewood Folly Theatre RobertR can you say the same. Perhaps your research skills need honing. Perhaps PeterK should take his own advice and indulge in a therapist and also be removed from this site.

PeterKoch on February 18, 2005 at 7:00 am

At the risk of “feeding the troll” :

TomScott, believing one’s self perfect is often the sign of a delusional mind. Be sure to take your medication, stay out of trouble, and report to your therapist and parole officer on time.

dave-bronx™ on February 18, 2005 at 1:39 am

Magic Johnson/Loews was originally negotiating for this site, but somewhere along the way talks broke off, National Amusements then got involved and they closed the deal.

Movieguy718 on February 17, 2005 at 11:25 pm

I’ve been here twice. they have one large auditorium that seats I’d say maybe 500. Other rooms vary from 100 odd to 225ish. Actually a nice place, but they won’t turn the lights down enough. It’s bright enough to read in the theatre as the movie is going on. the manager claims that it’s so they can “videotape the auditorium.” Whatever.

RobertR on February 17, 2005 at 8:14 pm

Oh gosh he’s one of those Ridgewood Folly psychos. Or is he the one who wanted everything turned into an opera house?

Ross Melnick
Ross Melnick on February 17, 2005 at 7:39 pm


Please remember that this site caters to everyone: historians, enthusiasts, etc. Instead of chastising other users for getting something wrong, wouldn’t it be more productive to supply the correct answer (courteously) and/or advise other users how to do more of this kind of research? (Libraries, newspapers, THSA, Film Daily Yearbooks, etc.)

There are many ways to share information (or correct other users) that isn’t “pampering” them — it’s just being courteous.

And, for the record, no one who is being courteous and friendly will be asked to leave this site — ever.

Cinema Treasures depends on everyone’s assistance to add to the database of theaters, update a listing, post a news item, etc.

We’re all passionate about theaters — let’s channel that enthusiasm constructively, if possible.

Ross Melnick
Cinema Treasures

deleted user
[Deleted] on February 17, 2005 at 6:29 pm

Vote me off here. HA! It is you who will be leaving not I. My knowledge is vastly superior. The others here recognize that fact. They would prefer that you leave. You chose to defend Charles. You do understand that I will never give you the location of the Ridgewood Folly Theatre now. You have traded that data away. Poor choice indeed. Leave theatre research to those who are qualified.

Bway on February 17, 2005 at 5:19 pm

I know I said I wasn’t saying anymore on this, but just this one thing. I certainly wouldn’t want to see him gone, as he has posted plenty of valuable infomation, and is informative. However, at the same time, so does Robert post interesting and valuable information, and he didn’t deserve to be attacked like that. Again, I welcome accurate information, but it should be posted in such away that it isn’t putting people down.
We all make mistakes in some things we post. A simple “I think this is incorrect, and it should be….” is all that’s needed.
We can all live together, as most of the people here have valuable information to share.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on February 17, 2005 at 4:58 pm

Its not that simple. He seems to enjoy showing up other people. Its like an ego trip to him. He believes that he knows much more than we do and it makes him feel superior to the rest of us. I tried ignoring him, replying nicely, replying in a sarcastic way and I even tried to make a joke out his nasty posts. Nothing works. If he continues putting people down, I say that we vote him off the island before the decent people on here start leaving.

Bway on February 17, 2005 at 4:33 pm

Sorry, typo, my first sentence above should have read:

I agree, a simple “I believe the above information is incorrect, the correct information is…..” is all that’s needed, not belittling remarks.

Bway on February 17, 2005 at 4:32 pm

I agree, a simple “I believe the above information is incorrect, the correct information is…..” is all that’s, not belittling remarks. This is supposed to be a community of people who want to talk about theaters, not a contest on who knows the most.
That is all I will say about this matter.

Ron Newman
Ron Newman on February 16, 2005 at 7:18 pm

If you see wrong information here or anywhere else on the site, it’s best to simply post a comment with the correct information. If the wrong information is in the theatre description, you should also fill out the Contact Us form specifying a Correction.

In any case, there is absolutely no need to insult someone who made a mistake or whose memory may be faulty.

deleted user
[Deleted] on February 16, 2005 at 5:05 pm

I rather enjoy the name ‘Mr Perfect’. Faulty data is not acceptable. People will accept it as fact and that is intolerable.

RobertR on February 16, 2005 at 1:04 pm

It’s nice we have the lonely shut in’s who have nothing better to do then nitpick over other peoples postings. “Mr. Perfect” should spend more time in Jamaica and tell us all about this “true cinema treasure”.

Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on February 16, 2005 at 10:37 am

The Jamaica and Savoy Theatres were fairly close to each other, on the south side of Jamaica Avenue (same side as Alden and Merrick). The Jamaica was just west of Parsons Boulevard, and the Savoy was roughly opposite the historic King Manor, which still stands. I think that the Savoy building survived into the 1980s or even 90s, but just standing there awaiting demolition.

Benjamin on February 16, 2005 at 10:22 am

Some questions:

Here is a list of the pre-Jamaica Multiplex movie theaters that were located in “downtown” Jamaica: the Savoy and the Fox Jamaica, (two theaters I know very little about); the Hilllside, the Merrick, the Alden and the Valencia (four theaters that I remember to some extent from the late 1950s and early 1960s). Were there ever any others in “downtown” Jamaica? And, if so, where were they located and what became of them?

I recall an empty theater on the south side of Jamaica Ave. just west of Parsons Blvd., which I believe is the Fox Jamaica referred to by Warren.

Where exactly was the Savoy, and what was on the site in the late 1950s or early 1960s?

Thanks in advance for any info that anyone has.

br91975 on February 16, 2005 at 9:02 am

In NYC, National Amusements operates as such — i.e., the National Amusements Whitestone Multiplex in The Bronx.

Ron Newman
Ron Newman on February 16, 2005 at 8:15 am

If you fill out the Contact Us form, specifying a “Correction” and including a link to this page, someone will come along to fix the name, number of screens, seat count, etc.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on February 16, 2005 at 8:09 am

I found a news article about this theater from 2002. It gives the opening date, seating, number of screens and the name of the theater. According to this article, “Mr. Perfect” Tom appears to be correct.

EDC President Andrew M. Alper Joins National Amusements to Open New Jamaica Multiplex Cinemas (5/14/2002)

“[Dedham, MA]â€"National Amusements, Inc., owner and operator of Showcase and Multiplex Cinemas, will officially open its new Jamaica Multiplex Cinemas located at 159-02 Jamaica Avenue on Thursday, May 16, 2002.

The new theatre will feature 15 climate-controlled auditoriums with stadium style seating. All auditoriums will have Dolby Digital Stereo Sound and Surround EX. Seating capacity is 3,100 with custom designed, rocking recliner seats with cup-holder armrests. All auditoriums are equipped with assistive infra-red audio equipment for the hearing impaired as well as barrier free seating. Parking is underground and will be offered at validated, discounted rates.

In addition to the first run films this new cinema will feature, movie goers at the Jamaica Multiplex Cinemas can preview upcoming films on plasma flat screen monitors in the lobby that feature music videos and coming attractions. The Jamaica Multiplex Cinema will also offer a number of programs to the community, such as the upcoming Bookworm Wednesdays, a summer reading initiative for children.

“We are so pleased to be celebrating both the opening of our new theatre and also the rejuvenation of the community of Jamaica,” noted Shari E. Redstone, president of National Amusements, Inc. “The investments made in Jamaica Center are a testimony to the strength and promise of this neighborhood. We are hopeful that the citizens of Jamaica will feel as we doâ€"that this new state-of-the-art theatre was well worth the wait!”

Aside from the typical concessions that are offered, The Jamaica Multiplex Cinemas features a wide variety of freshly prepared snacks and desserts. Items on the menu include everything from pizza to hot dogs, smoothies, ice cream sundaes and fresh baked pretzels.

Patrons can purchase tickets in advance over the phone, at the Kwik Tixâ„¢ ATM machines in the lobby, or online. For patrons who purchase their tickets online, this theatre will also offer at-home printing.

The Jamaica Multiplex Cinema is part of the highly anticipated Jamaica Center, developed by the Mattone Group of College Point, Queens. Jamaica Center is an $82 million development with 135,000 square feet of retail space on its first two floors. The 15-screen theatre will occupy the third floor.

“The opening of this 15-screen multiplex symbolizes the transformation that is taking hold in Jamaica, Queens,“ said Andrew M. Alper, President of the New York City Economic Development Corporation (EDC). "The City and EDC are proud to have played a role in making Jamaica Center a reality by contributing $11 million to the project. The Center will not only create 350 new jobs and generate revenue for the City of New York, but it will also bring quality entertainment and new retail to the area. I want to thank National Amusements and the Mattone Group for their commitment to the future of Jamaica and our City”.

Ron Newman
Ron Newman on February 16, 2005 at 7:57 am

I don’t know about NYC, but in the Boston area, National Amusements operates as ‘Showcase Cinemas’. Most of their theatres here have no name at all. They are listed in newspaper ads simply with the names of their towns — Woburn, Lowell, Lawrence, Revere, etc.

PeterKoch on February 16, 2005 at 6:41 am

How is it listed in the major NYC newspapers ? What name is on the building itself ?

Bway on February 15, 2005 at 4:54 pm

I don’t know anything about the proper name for this theater, as I have never even set foot in it, however, in tradition, National Amusements used to always call their multiplexes, in the past anyway:
“……..Multiplex Cinemas” as in Brookhaven Multiplex Cinemas (now closed), and Commack Multiplex Cinemas (soon closing). Currently NA has other ways of of naming them as they build the “de lux” theaters, but “Jamaica Multiplex Cinemas” probably should at least be the second name above, as that seems fitting to many of NA’s multiplexes, and the official National Amusements website lists it as “Jamaica Multiplex Cinemas”:
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National Amusements Jamaica Center could be the former name or another name that had been used at one time, so maybe it sould become the “secondary” name above.

deleted user
[Deleted] on February 15, 2005 at 4:29 pm

Perhaps you should inform National Amusements that their theatre has changed names as they are unaware of it at this time. Current movie lists also show this theatre as Jamaica Multiplex Cinemas. The fact remains that this theatre has 15 screens not 12 as shown above. Proper research would have shown you the correct number.

RobertR on February 15, 2005 at 10:59 am

Proper research on your part would have told you that National Amusements has altered the name since it opened.

deleted user
[Deleted] on February 15, 2005 at 10:35 am

The proper name for this theatre is Jamaica Multiplex Cinemas which has 15 screens not 12. Proper research leads to better knowledge.