UA Lynbrook 6

321 Merrick Road,
Lynbrook, NY 11563

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taketheatrain on October 13, 2011 at 7:43 am

All theatres are Sony 4K Digital except the upstairs theatres don’t have suround sound. Don’t pay to see 3D in theatre 4 and pay extra with no surround sound. The surround sound works very well in Theatre 1 and Theatre 2. YES, I think they are the same seats from 1982 when I saw the “The Wiz” when I was 12 years old. Also, If you go when it’s sold out, the head in front will block the view of the screen.

Ed Solero
Ed Solero on September 25, 2011 at 10:15 am

RichD… posted some info that might interest you over on the Rivoli Theatre page.

Ed Solero
Ed Solero on September 21, 2011 at 9:57 am

Just remembered that I also saw “Nighthawks” with Sylvester Stallone at the Rivoli (also the 2nd time seeing that movie) and the theater was still a single at the time – which was in the Spring of 1981 ( lists a premiere date of April 4th). I’ll try and do some research, Rich, and will report back on the Rivoli’s CT page.

Ed Solero
Ed Solero on September 21, 2011 at 9:41 am

Rich… If you go to the Rivoli page, the introduction states the theater was twinned in December, 1981. The theatre was definitely a single when “Dawn of the Dead” played there in early 1979 and I can also tell you from personal experience that it was still a single screen when I saw “1941” (another Lynbrook connection) in January 1980 and “Flash Gordon” in December of 1980. I have newspaper clippings from March of 1982 that clearly indicate the theater had already been twinned, so the date in the introductory comments would seem to be pretty well supported.

RichD on September 21, 2011 at 12:18 am

Ed, it’s funny you mentioned the Rivoli in connection to “Dawn of the Dead”. The first time I saw “Dawn” was at the Lynbrook, and the second time was a few weeks later at the Rivoli!

Now, Tinseltoes, I have a question for you…I know I saw “Dawn” there before the Rivoli was cut into twins, but my memory is that “Dawn of the Dead” was the last movie shown there before the conversion. Do you (or anybody else) know if that’s true?

robboehm on September 20, 2011 at 11:32 am

In some circles the original seats are a plus. The Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center reupolstered the seats originating from the time the theatre originally opened in the 1930s. The place is such a jewel box that anything else would be out of place.

Ed Solero
Ed Solero on September 20, 2011 at 2:30 am

Rich… I should revise my comments to read “where I saw PART OF ‘Dawn of the Dead’”… Being a couple of years under 17, and unable to convince the box office girl that we were of age, we purchased tickets to “Rocky II” or someother PG-rated film and then snuck into “Dawn…” Within about 15 minutes, this dorky usher came in looking to see our ticket stubs and tossed us out to the curb! Finally saw the flick in its entirety a couple of weeks later at the Rivoli Theatre in Times Square – where age requirements were taken a little less seriously.

But those seats, with the black painted metal backs and fixed wooden arm-rests, definitely date back to the Lynbrook’s quartet days!

RichD on September 20, 2011 at 1:13 am

YES! That is most certainly the auditorium I saw “Dawn of the Dead” in as well! And they sure look like the same old seats to me as well!

Ed Solero
Ed Solero on September 18, 2011 at 10:09 am

Well… the articles I posted about date from January and April and there has been no movement since – not even news of ongoing discussions between the village and Regal. I have a feeling patrons of this theater (however many that may be) will continue to suffer the gnats, broken A/C, falling ceiling tiles, rain flooded hallways (those last two complaints per reader comments posted in the Lynbrook Patch) and lousy sound system for at least a few more years to come. And I will continue to take my moviegoing business away from Lynbrook and into Westbury or Rockville Centre.

I mean just look at the shabby condition of the auditorium depicted in the photo at the top of this page! Looks like the room on the right side of the old orchestra level (would that be theater 2)? This would be the auditorium where I saw “Dawn of the Dead” in 1979 and I swear those are the very same seats my friends and I sat in 32 years ago!

robboehm on September 17, 2011 at 8:08 pm

The demolition of the Lynbrook is not a new idea. UA had planned on doing it but had a problem getting the tenants out. Apparently they are still there after all these years. Maybe that’s why they let the place go, ha, ha.

taketheatrain on September 17, 2011 at 9:55 am

I saw “Straw Dogs” in theatre3. It was Sony 4K Digital Projection but only sound in the front. Theatres 3 and 4 don’t have surround sound and if you see Real 3D, don’t go to screen 4. You pay an extra $4. and no surround sound.

Ed Solero
Ed Solero on April 12, 2011 at 10:42 am

The door to nowhere seems to be a typical feature of the former fly space on many old movie & stage houses – and, evidently, the Lynbrook is no exception.

Ed Solero
Ed Solero on April 1, 2011 at 11:07 pm

Here’s an article from a local Five Towns online news site regarding the plans for the Lynbrook. This one has a quote from a Regal Cinemas representative and seems to strongly suggest that this will be a complete knock down and build from the ground up project. Too bad. Still… no official word on any deal being finalized.

Love how the article notes the Lynbrook is the closest movie theater to Five Towns. I can remember when you had theaters in Cedarhurst, Hewlett, Woodmere and Lawrence. Never went to the Central Theater in Cedarhurst or the Hewlett Theater, but used to see late-run movies at discount prices at the Five Towns Theater in Woodmere and remember seeing several first run flicks at the RKO Twin in Lawrence.

Ed Solero
Ed Solero on April 1, 2011 at 9:37 pm

Those were good times, Bloop. Part of the reason I love this site so much is that it brings up all these great memories when life was a lot simpler! Meanwhile, 7 years after the idea of knocking this theater down was first mentioned at the top of the page by Meredith Rhule, the Lynbrook still stands! Of course, it looks as though we may actually be getting close to seeing some sort of action on replacing or rebuilding the theater, now that the Village’s new administration seems to have reached an agreement with Regal.

Here’s another memory of the Lynbrook: I saw Speilberg’s “1941” here TWICE in December of 1979. It played in what is now theater #1, left side downstairs room. Since at the time my friends and I had to take a bus to get to the Lynbrook, we came in late for the movie – the scene where John Belushi is lost, flying his plane over the Grand Canyon and struggling with his map in the cockpit. We stayed for the next showing until the movie reached the point we had first come in. About a week or two later, we came back to see it again, once again running late and once again walking in at the EXACT SAME MOMENT! Finally saw “1941” in its proper order from opening title to closing credits in January of 1980 at the Rivoli Theater in Times Square. The funny thing there is how it parallels my initial abortive attempt to watch “Dawn of the Dead” at the Lynbrook (and getting thrown out of the theater in the process) and then finally catching that movie in its entirety at the very same Rivoli Theater a few weeks later!

And if I may induldge some further free association, there used to be a TV & appliance store called Rivoli on Merrick Rd in Valley Stream, on the corner of Central Avenue where a TD Bank now stands. It was an old fashioned store with TV’s in the display window that were left running. I remember passing it the time that my buddies and I missed the last bus from the Lynbrook back to Queens and had to walk all the way home. Tongues were dragging by the time we hit Central Ave that night!

Bloop on April 1, 2011 at 12:08 pm

“Dawn of the Dead” was released May 1979 by the way.

Bloop on April 1, 2011 at 12:07 pm

Ed Solero! Thank you for those “Dawn of the Dead” stories! I first saw it at the Commack Drive in, and it was the only time that I went back and the same movie the following week! It’s one of my all time favorites. Ever better story; one of my best friends lives in Massapequa and saw “Dawn…” at the Sunrise Mall! At the time, the Sunrise Mall looked very similar to the “Dawn of the Dead” mall—ironic to say the least.

RichD on April 1, 2011 at 5:09 am

The only movie I saw at the Lynbrook before it was first chopped up was “Le Mans”. Even in my memory today, I don’t recall seeing anything else so big that it overshadows all my other pre-multiplex days of the Lynbrook! (I saw dozens since it went to a twin, then a quad, but have never been back there since.)

ridethectrain on February 8, 2011 at 10:16 am

The theatre definately needs to be rebuild or similar to the Midway. The current seats are their from the late 70’s when I was going to grade school. The upstairs theatres are NOT ADA and even with Sony 4K, is their Dolby Digital Surround Sound. I saw no side speakers in 3 and 4 has REAL 3D. I would hate to pay entra for 3D and get no digital surround sound.

The project was in the talk to rebuild at the same time Sheepshead Bay got rebuilt. This was in the talk when United Artists was running the theatre.

Sadly, National Amusements is only going to put SONY 4K Digital in the Sunrise in Valley Stream and let the Green Acres run on a 1990 film projection, Dolby Stereo, NO DIGITAL SOUND

Ed Solero
Ed Solero on January 15, 2011 at 10:45 pm

It’s been so long since I’ve been regularly posting, I’ve forgotten how to add links or pictures here! However, I read two articles today that discuss future plans for this site – one an interview from December 20th with outgoing Lynbrook Mayor Brian Curran, the other an article in the current Lynbrook/East Rockaway Herald that quotes the new Mayor, William Hendrick. Mayor Hendrick noted the theater as one of three areas of revitalization for the village that loom large on his agenda. No further details were provided, but the interview with Mayor Curran (now State Assemblyman Curran) notes that there is a commitment on Regal’s behalf to essentially knock down the old theater and build a new one with parking facilities. He compared the scenario to that of the Fantasy Theatre in Rockville Centre. With no other details offered, I’m not sure if that means the old Lynbrook Theatre will definitely be knocked down and replaced or it it will be gutted to its outer walls and remodeled, like the Fantasy was. I’d really hate to see the handsome facade go… Even with a gutted theater, at least the preserved exterior would serve as a deserving nod to the history of this old gal.

Don Lewis
Don Lewis on December 7, 2010 at 1:45 pm

From the early 1920s a postcard view of the Lynbrook Theater in Lynbrook NY.

ridethectrain on October 3, 2010 at 8:33 am

I can’t beleive all six screens has Sony Digital Projection and Dolby Digital. Screens 3 and 4 has been MONO for years. Regal wanted to rebuild the location. Is it true the upstairs screens are now better auditoriums

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on July 15, 2010 at 9:57 am

Some pretty good stories on what sounds to be a dying theatre.

CConnolly1 on June 17, 2010 at 7:43 pm

What’s happening with this theater? I grew up on LI and now live in NJ and I thought I read that this theater was going to be redone. Is that still planned? This theater is in a good location.

Xmaspresnt on June 4, 2009 at 11:31 pm

As one of your staff members for about six months in 1986, I will happily accept your kind compliments! The staff WAS awesome, and even at $3.35/hr, I still fondly think of it as my favorite job ever — lovely brown polyester uniforms notwithstanding. :o) And you’re right — Midnight Madness was just the best!

Ed Solero
Ed Solero on April 18, 2009 at 11:51 am

Thanks RobertR… those 1986 shots – though maybe 2 or 3 years after I was a regular here – depict the marquee and storefronts as I remember them.