UA Lynbrook 6

321 Merrick Road,
Lynbrook, NY 11563

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xxlive9xx
xxlive9xx on August 30, 2007 at 4:01 pm

My problem is the overall point of this website and what it should be and what it isnt. That blurb clearly is not needed in the sense that its vague. The problem as I have said with remodeling is the layout of the building. As well as the village of Lynbrook not willing to coperate with the needs of the theatre. Regal currently owns over 540 theatres…Lynbrook is not a prime location to take so much concern over. The industry itself isnt exactly thriving and the importance of building in other areas that would be more profitable should be the target for now. Granted I do agree that UA had negleted many of there theatres I believe Regal has a better idea of how to go about these older houses. Regal has closed the unproffitable Meadowbrook, sold Douglaston, closing Patchogue on 9/9/07, and the new Deer Park theatre will open soon. Lynbrook is still to some extent profitable and because of that I think they will do something with it. I respect you’re desire to keep open the older theatre’s and have them retrofitted…it just isnt as simple as it seems.

Ed Solero
Ed Solero on August 30, 2007 at 12:57 pm

Mike… I think the state of the Lynbrook itself speaks to the lack of attention UA paid this once proud theater. Those uncomfortably padded wooden seats I sat in to watch “The Simpsons” earlier this month are probably the very same seats in which I watched “1941” back in December of ‘79! It has been the experience of many here on CT that UA allowed a number of its theaters (mostly older single-screen nabes split into 2, 3 or 4 screens) to suffer wear and tear with minimal maintenance – at least here in the NYC area. However, I don’t think that Regal has been in control long enough to fairly pass judgment on their care of the theater.

Perhaps the comments should be adjusted to reflect the promise of new ownership. At least the A/C has been fixed and the burned-out lights on the marquee replaced! If you go to the “About Us” link at the top of any CT page, you can send a message to the CT editors via the “Contact Us” link there.

xxlive9xx
xxlive9xx on August 30, 2007 at 1:45 am

I would love to know how to change the blurb at the top of the page. It would be nice if someone that knows and has worked at the theatre could put up something that isnt so anti-regal/ua.

xxlive9xx
xxlive9xx on August 22, 2007 at 12:00 am

Also Ed…I did run the Lynbrook for a brief time in 2005…I was 21 and still going to school so I couldnt watch it for too long. I’m currently an Assistant Manager at Lynbrook but split my time with Westbury as well. I will be leaving the company soon for a better opportunity.

xxlive9xx
xxlive9xx on August 21, 2007 at 11:53 pm

I’m not sure if you are referring to Lanny Brown. He has worked at the Lynbrook for over 25 years…and yes a true gentleman. If you do give us another chance please ask for me. I’d like to share some theatre knowledge with you. Thanks for the response!

Ed Solero
Ed Solero on August 21, 2007 at 11:41 pm

Hey Mike… I’m sure you know this already, but your theater’s greatest asset is the wonderful staff you have. Particularly the gentleman who presides up front where the tickets are ripped. A very friendly bunch and I hope you treat them well! If I ever bring myself to take another stab and test out the theater’s A/C, I’ll be sure to say hello to you.

xxlive9xx
xxlive9xx on August 21, 2007 at 10:57 pm

Ed…
The air conditioning has been fixed. Of course I can agree that I would like to see the building preserved. However, the issue as always is the cost. They have found that because of the layout of the theatre it would cost far more money to do that then just replace the existing theatre. I’ve heard someone mention the plumbing being a huge problem. It is a shame but I myself am begining to believe that this will end up being a situation where Regal just sucks what they can from this theatre and sells it when it is no longer profitable. Maybe they can use another bank on those five corners!

Ed Solero
Ed Solero on August 21, 2007 at 1:48 pm

I used to attend movies at the Lynbrook back in the 1980’s when it was a quartet. I’ve recently moved into Lynbrook from Queens and have visited the theater twice in the last few weeks. The first occasion was to see the movie “1408” which was playing in the pitifully small theater that has been constructed within former retail space just off the entrance foyer. Avoid this “screening room” at all costs if you like to see movies on a big screen – the room is a small square box and the screen anything but big. The night I went, the A/C was out in the main building but was working in the two newest theaters (the store front space I attended and the theater converted from the old backstage area).

Just a week or so ago, I took my son to the Lynbrook to see “The Simpsons Movie” and once again found that the A/C was not working in the main building. The wonderfully nice ticket-taker (an older gentleman who has worked there for years) was advising that the upstairs theaters were unbearably hot but that the two former orchestra auditoriums were reasonably comfortable. He allowed me to walk in to check out the room before I had to purchase our tickets. It seemed OK so I forged ahead. Little did I realize that I would be spending much of the movie swatting at the gnats that were buzzing around the theater in the humidity. I probably should have asked for my money back, even though we stuck it out to the end of the movie.

The place (particularly the older four theaters) has definitely been neglected over the years – the usual UA treatment. I would have guessed that the well worn padded wooden seats were the originals from 1923, but they probably only date back to the original division of the orchestra floor as they were clearly properly oriented towards the screen. Still, that means they date to the late 1970’s! Any decor that may remain from the theater’s original architecture is obscured by a thick red padding that now adorns the walls and a drap commercial drop ceiling in the lobby and foyer spaces. I haven’t been in the balcony theaters for many years, so I’m not sure if any original design elements are visible.

Mike… I appreciate your point of view as the theater’s manager, but I wonder if the place wouldn’t benefit from some TLC by Regal rather than bulldozing the structure and starting new. There is much history here and to have it unceremoniously razed – without even the consideration of upgrading the facilities – would be a shame. I would love it if any of the original design could be salvaged. Perhaps the drop ceiling could be removed to expose the original lobby decor – if any of it still exists. Even a gut job within the shell of the old theater with a restoration of the facade would be preferrable to a brand new structure. It’s really quite a handsome building and some of that character ought to be preserved.

And whatever happens – fix that air conditioning!

xxlive9xx
xxlive9xx on August 20, 2007 at 10:41 pm

I’m a little shocked that I’ve come across this site. I’m currently a manager at the UA Lynbrook and have been since February 2000. In June of 2005 I was transferred to the UA Westbury theatre but have recently split my time between these two theatres as well as the UA Patchogue theatre. While the condition of the theatre has clearly shown it’s age it hasnt been given fair treatment with reguards to ownership. Prior to 2002 United Artist’s had full intentions of giving Lynbrook a new 12 screen theatre. The village and CEO’s for United Artist’s were in constant talks and blueprints were even created. United Artist’s filed Chapter 11 in 2000 and Regal Cinemas (now known as Regal Entertainment Group) acquired Edwards theatre’s and United Artist’s in 2002. Plans for the new theatre were put on hold due to the fact that they have been unable to work out an agreement on parking, the restauraunt next door is an issue, and of course other projects. From what I have heard there is now no plans for at least the next two years to do anything with the theatre. They have replaced a large portion of the roof which cost around $30,000 as well as purchase 3 new compressors for the HVAC system….maybe $10,000….and have had some of the hallways in the past few weeks repainted and fixed. The theatre needs to be knocked down…and I hope that the company sees this soon before it’s too late.

As for the loss of the union projectionist’s…I’d like to add that most manager’s now are level 4 certified operators. We are capable of running the booth properly and have done a quality job since the loss of the union in most of our theatres. However, I will say that this does not make up for the experience that most union operators have. I would prefer for the union to be doing the job instead of me…but I don’t want people to believe that managers are incapable of threading up and running a show flawlessly.

guitarteen226
guitarteen226 on July 20, 2007 at 8:31 pm

hey we in lynbrook like our theartre ya it has fallen into disrepar but that can b fixd ,if u want 2 have more screens than when the resterant next door closes than add more but keep the orgininnal structure!!!
that theatre is historic, it dates back to around 1918
the stage uptairs is amasing, i was there 4 a friends bday party many years ago, most people dont even know their is a stage up their!!!!
yes their is plenty of room 4 improvement but it doesnt mean that it has 2 b rebuilt

many historic things in lynbrook r gone like the lynbrook airdome
half the reason the site was maid was to PRESERVE THEATRES so how about WE DO EXACTY THAT

guitarteen226
guitarteen226 on July 20, 2007 at 8:31 pm

hey we in lynbrook like our theartre ya it has fallen into disrepar but that can b fixd ,if u want 2 have more screens than when the resterant next door closes than add more but keep the orgininnal structure!!!
that theatre is historic, it dates back to around 1918
the stage uptairs is amasing, i was there 4 a friends bday party many years ago, most people dont even know their is a stage up their!!!!
yes their is plenty of room 4 improvement but it doesnt mean that it has 2 b rebuilt

many historic things in lynbrook r gone like the lynbrook airdome
half the reason the site was maid was to PRESERVE THEATRES so how about WE DO EXACTY THAT

dave-bronx™
dave-bronx™ on March 28, 2007 at 12:21 pm

EdSolero- Re: your 11/24 comments on the marquee, they re-did the marquee at the Criterion on Times Square in the same manner – United Artists across the top and ‘The Broadway’ on the bottom. I never knew what that was suppose to mean as they continued to advertise in the paper as United Artists Criterion.

Vito
Vito on March 28, 2007 at 9:21 am

The changeover to managers in the booth is spreading all over the country. IATSE Local 640 of Nassau and Suffolk counties has been able to keep the wolves from the door until now, but it has been common in New Jersey and Westchester for a while now. Only NY Local 306 is able to prevent this, due in part to the requirement by NYC law of an operator’s license. Although I suppose one could argue it’s only a matter of time before managers get licenses or the license is done away with. Optioning a license requires only a written exam; the practical booth exam has been done away with, and costs only$60 every two years. I retired in 2005 but still plan on renewing my license every two years.
Of course the quality of the projection goes down hill with ushers running the booth, but managers in some circuits are receiving projectionist training prior to going into the booth and as a result seem to be doing a fair job. The problems come about when managers are required to perform other duties simultaneous to their booth work, or when union operators are required to operate two locations at a time. I believe the projectionist should never leave the booth.
As for cost, of course it’s cheaper for the exhibitor to employ managers, and they are of the mindset if they lose a show or two it’s still cheaper than having a pro in the booth full time.
So the sad truth is, expect less and less professionals running the show and more and more mishaps on the screen. I do however believe it will be quite a while before you see that in city theatres, I hate to see that change anytime soon.

Mike (saps)
Mike (saps) on March 27, 2007 at 4:32 pm

I saw a movie at the Lynbrook this weekend and when I asked if Tom the projectionist was working that night, I was shocked to learn that they have fired all their projectionists, and now the “managers” are running the show. I spoke to a manager and she told me it happened about a month ago, to save money, and was happening at the smaller UA sites. This was always a union shop and I dread that the quality of presentation will now deteriorate. The night I was there, they couldn’t get the sound to work on the pre-show advertising (a blessing?) and I guess it’s all downhill from here.

Meredith, what say you?

BMitchell
BMitchell on March 2, 2007 at 10:39 pm

Lost Memory … awesome postcard photo. I worked in the Lynbrook quad for a couple of years in the early 80’s. Many, many fond memories. The old stage, and the “elephant doors” opening to Hempstead Avenue are gone I guess (WHAT a pity), but what about the basement changing rooms? I’ve been there since it was six-plex’d and there doesn’t appear to be any use now of the basement, but it is there. And the ghost stories … anyone?

RobertR
RobertR on January 29, 2007 at 3:42 pm

This Christmas 1954 as lists the Lynbrook as a Century Theatre, was it ever?
View link

Ed Solero
Ed Solero on November 24, 2006 at 7:44 pm

Here are couple of night shots I took recently:

The Lynbrook – long shot
The Lynbrook – tight shot

A few weeks ago when I passed by, the right half of the marquee was dark. Looks like they’ve fixed the lights behind the main panel, but the yellow border lighting on the right side still appear to be out.

Anyway… judging from the signage, looks like the official name of this theater is actually “United Artists Theatres The Lynbrook.”

Ed Solero
Ed Solero on June 12, 2006 at 8:19 am

Thanks Lost… looks almost identical to the postcard I posted from the cinematour.com site back on December 15th. According to the two features advertised on the marquee (“The Nth Commandement” and “Truxton King”) the photo from which this postcard was made dates from 1923. I wonder what is spelled out before the word “Lynbrook” on the front side of the marquee… can anyone make that out or care to make an educated guess?

Nice collection of images on that site… Unfortunately, I couldn’t find any for the Arcade/Studio 1 Theater that was located on Atlantic Ave around the corner from the Lynbrook.

Ed Solero
Ed Solero on May 9, 2006 at 12:02 pm

Here’s a new link to my Lynbrook Theater album on photobucket.

Ed Solero
Ed Solero on February 27, 2006 at 8:43 am

All the charm and atmosphere of the original interior appointments may be lost, but the exterior is still in good condition and I snapped a few photos of the place last week as I travelled with my camera around this area, as well as Valley Stream, Woodmere, Lawrence and Laurelton, Queens, to photograph some of the old theaters (and sites) I used to attend when I was a kid.

Long shot from the West
Theater facade
Marquee and entrance
Marquee and upper facade
Upper facade detail
Facade detail
Facade corner detail
Corner view from East

As I snapped these photos, I noticed a good number of children and their parents walking in for some matinee (probably Disney’s “Eight Below”). Whenever I stop in at the Cold Stone Creamery across the street, I notice many older kids and adults coming in and out of the theater – and usally adding to the very long Cold Stone queue for an after-movie dessert. From all observation, this theater is still very well attended.

A stage housing w/ fly space is evident in the long exterior shots of the building… I believe someone noted previously here that the former stage area and dressing rooms are still in existence.

I also took some shots of the former Laurelton Theater (including interior shots), RKO Lawrence and 5 Towns theaters as well as of the structures that are now in place where the former Studio 1, Valley Stream and [url=/theaters/8367/]Belair Twin[url] theaters once stood.

Meredith Rhule
Meredith Rhule on January 27, 2006 at 12:05 pm

I believe the place is non-union now.

Meredith Rhule
Meredith Rhule on January 8, 2006 at 3:13 pm

Hi Saps and Ed. Yes, I still pop in and check out the posts, only now I do it from South Carolina. Take Care y'ALL!!!

rbrewer
rbrewer on December 22, 2005 at 6:38 pm

FYI my nephew has taken a new 30 year lease on the former Cuban restaurant. There are no plans to demolish; however it is a separate property from the theater. I have never been in the theater but during my stay on LI (I helped renovate the restaurant) I noticed that it was doing a very enthusiastic business.

Ed Solero
Ed Solero on December 15, 2005 at 1:17 pm

The cinematour site has this vintage postcard rendering of the Lynbrook’s original exterior and marquee. I can’t recall if there was ever a structure on the corner to the right of the theater during the days I frequented the place, but the postcard indicates something was there. It’s currently a vacant lot with the full side elevation of the theater exposed to Hempstead Ave. And I believe the current marquee is flat with no canopy over the entrance to the building.

chconnol
chconnol on December 14, 2005 at 10:25 am

Used to be a grand theater.