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Mike (saps) commented about AMC Empire 25 on Apr 21, 2016 at 6:55 am


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Mike (saps) commented about Radio City Music Hall on Apr 19, 2016 at 10:10 am

The “A Chorus Line” ad shows the original New York engagements, but I cannot make out which theaters it was playing at…

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Mike (saps) commented about Virginia Theatre on Apr 14, 2016 at 7:15 pm

EbertFest 18 now underway…

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Mike (saps) commented about Paramount on Apr 14, 2016 at 6:48 pm

This is where I saw the Robert Redford picture The Hot Rock way back in the 20th century.

Next week I’m seeing Olivia Newton-John here in concert; I wonder if any of the old place still exists…

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Mike (saps) commented about Whitman Theatre on Apr 14, 2016 at 6:32 pm

I passed here yesterday and was sad to see the sign was finally gone

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Mike (saps) commented about UA Lynbrook 6 on Apr 13, 2016 at 10:26 am

There is paper covering the front doors and a “Asbestos abatement” notice taped to the glass. There is an opening in the paper and I looked and saw dozens of theater seats piled in the lobby.

The adjacent parking lot is closed and there was a dumpster and a crane next to the theater; a worker there said they were removing the stage house roof (although he didn’t call it that…lol)

The beginning of the end.

Photos of the “progress” would be appreciated…

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Mike (saps) commented about Kings Theatre on Apr 12, 2016 at 12:25 pm

For what it’s worth, the article says “All three of the films will be presented in their 1997 re-release format.”

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Mike (saps) commented about Kings Theatre on Apr 12, 2016 at 11:58 am

Direct link to Star Wars Trilogy info

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Mike (saps) commented about AMC Loews Fresh Meadows 7 on Apr 4, 2016 at 5:53 pm

Regular shows starting before noon are $8.99, but there aren’t too many that start before noon…

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Mike (saps) commented about Regal Union Square Stadium 14 on Mar 25, 2016 at 3:46 pm

Mark, did your family object to glorious Technicolor, breathtaking CinemaScope and stereophonic sound too? link

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Mike (saps) commented about Regal Union Square Stadium 14 on Mar 23, 2016 at 10:11 pm

Text if the article about 4DX:

It’s an amazing (if increasingly expensive) time to be a downtown cinefile, folks. First the East Village’s AMC got recliners, then Metrograph opened on the Lower East Side, and now the news that’s really going to knock you off your feet: 4DX, the South Korean technology that causes your seat to buck and sway with the action, is finally, finally set to debut at the Regal Union Square Stadium 14. The first film to use the technology in New York City, Batman v. Superman, opens March 25. A second auditorium will open in Times Square in April.

Let’s not forget: this goes beyond just hydraulic seats that pitch you forward mechanical-bull-style every time Superman takes a nose dive or sideways every time he dodges a meteor. Scents piped into the theater will presumably reproduce the smell of Clark Kent’s cologne while puffs of water from the seat in front of you will likely simulate the feeling of being spritzed with it. (Sorry, all of my Superman references are from the ’80s. You expect me to watch a Superman movie as a grown man? Actually, with 4DX in play, I just might.) To get an idea of what the 4DX experience is like, read our writeup of a Star Wars screening in Bogota. As noted when we broke news of 4DX’s arrival (originally expected by the end of 2015), the technology even shows you what it’s like to be pissed on by a monkey.

The 4DX auditorium at Union Square will be followed by the opening, on April 28, of another at the Regal E-Walk 13, in Times Square. They’re just the third and fourth in the nation to undergo the costly conversion to 4DX, which exists in some 228 theaters in 37 countries. The first US auditorium opened in Los Angeles in 2014 and generated $1.7 million in revenue, triple that of the previous year.

You’re probably wondering how much tickets will cost. That’s still uncertain, according to a spokesperson for CJ 4DPLEX. Last time we checked, 4DX tickets in Los Angeles were $16. It’s safe to assume they’ll cost more than that at Regal Union Square, where regular tickets are $15.60 to begin with. One word: brace!

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Mike (saps) commented about Radio City Music Hall on Mar 20, 2016 at 6:12 pm

I’m happy that the Music Hall will be getting some movie traffic

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Mike (saps) commented about Ziegfeld Theatre on Mar 14, 2016 at 5:38 pm

Loews Lincoln Center has the same crappy presentation all AMCs do with Real D filters left on for 2D).

What do you mean by this? How can a patron look out for this happening?

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Mike (saps) commented about AMC Empire 25 on Mar 14, 2016 at 1:25 pm

So how many seats does Theatre 1 have? (I couldn’t tell from the posts above…)

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Mike (saps) commented about Ziegfeld Theatre on Mar 1, 2016 at 2:01 pm

I don’t think the Ziegfeld ever had a traditional open-ended exclusive run, but you can review the lists I re-posted earlier of nearly every movie that played here and check the dates of the engagements.

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Mike (saps) commented about UA Lynbrook 6 on Feb 29, 2016 at 1:28 pm

See how they never re-aligned the seats after the downstairs was twinned? The screen was now dead-center in the smaller space but the seats were still on an angle.

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Mike (saps) commented about UA Lynbrook 6 on Feb 29, 2016 at 1:26 pm

Stage seating

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Mike (saps) commented about 1970 Map of Midtown Manhattan, with theaters highlighted on Feb 25, 2016 at 6:02 pm

None of the 42nd Street movie theaters are shown…

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Mike (saps) commented about Ziegfeld Theatre on Feb 12, 2016 at 9:57 am

The first movie to play here – Marooned – is on TCM this afternoon at 5:45pm (eastern). Watch it on your laptop or iwatch and weep for what we’ve lost…

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Mike (saps) commented about UA Lynbrook 6 on Feb 11, 2016 at 7:23 pm

You the man, Ed…

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Mike (saps) commented about Ziegfeld Theatre on Feb 10, 2016 at 12:44 pm

OMG, I just posted the saddest pic in the photo section

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Mike (saps) commented about St. Marks Cinema on Feb 9, 2016 at 6:32 pm

Loved the double bills and the midnight shows. I saw the original Blade Runner (with narration) here several times.

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Mike (saps) commented about UA Lynbrook 6 on Feb 9, 2016 at 6:21 pm


Local reviews

People on social media had a lot to say when the Herald asked, “What do you think about [the new owners] tearing down the current theater to build a new state-of-the art structure? What memories do you have of the Lynbrook UA theater?

•“The fondest memory I have is taking my kids there for the free movie “Baby’s Day Out” on Breakfast with Santa Day in Lynbrook.” — Carol Anne Walter

•“It needed to be done … plus it will bring a much-needed boost to the Lynbrook business district.” — Craig Caparelli

•“We are excited to see this new theater being built. We moved here a year ago, and this is one of many upgrades to the area that we’re looking forward to.” —Ivy A. Reilly

•“In 1976, when I was in Lynbrook High School, I won tickets to the premiere of “Rocky.” The theatre is a landmark — it’s a shame that it was not kept up.” — Dolores Gilmurray

•“I remember seeing live performers there! The theater was so packed we sat on the floor in the balcony. Those days are long gone, and the theater was left in disrepair … will be sad to see another landmark obliterated.” — Patricia Petrich Overs

*“I remember that movie theatre fondly. My mom and I went to see On Golden Pond there back in the 80’s. That is the last movie I remember seeing with her before she passed away. I’m sure we saw other movies but that is the one and that is the theatre that sticks in my mind. Great memory. I wish they could or would somehow keep the facade of the existing theatre. People are so quick to demolish old structures which unfortunately destroys the history and some beautiful structures.” — Debra Ford

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Mike (saps) commented about UA Lynbrook 6 on Feb 9, 2016 at 6:15 pm


Local business owners say they are eager to have the new theater up and running as soon as possible, to capitalize on the added foot traffic in the area. Barbara Ferrufino, co-manager of the Cuzco Peru, which is attached to the theater, said that business has already taken a hit in the three weeks since it closed. “We weren’t really prepared for this,” she said, adding that couples often came to the restaurant before or after a screening. In an effort to compensate for the theater’s closing, she said, the restaurant would have to start spending money on advertising to attract more people, though she said she was optimistic that the new theater will ultimately help the business.

Erika Rojas, assistant manager of Cold Stone Creamery, on Broadway, said she estimated that sales have dropped by 15 percent since the theater closed, which wasn’t as bad as she had anticipated. “We just hope it comes faster,” she said with a laugh.

Chris Holmes, assistant manager of Burger Bandit, also on Broadway, said his business gets a lot of Rockville Centre moviegoers, and he didn’t think the closing would hurt business too much. He anticipated that the construction could even bring workers in for lunch. “They really just have to get better movies, to be honest,” Holmes said. “This one didn’t get ‘Avengers 2’ until like a month after it came out.”

Joe Carusone, owner of Vincent’s Pizzeria and Restaurant and Carvel, both on Atlantic Avenue, said he wasn’t concerned about the construction process. January is a slow month for most businesses anyway, he said, and ultimately, the new theater will be a good thing for the village. “In the future, I think it’s going to drive more people to the area,” Carusone said. “I think it’s going to be a great thing for the town as a whole.”

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Mike (saps) commented about UA Lynbrook 6 on Feb 9, 2016 at 6:12 pm

Article from the local paper the Lynbrook Herald, by Nick Ciccone

Movie house to be demolished

After more than a decade of discussion about its fate, the United Artists movie theater on Merrick Road in Lynbrook closed its doors for good on Jan. 10 — the start of an expected 16-month renovation that its new ownership, the Regal Entertainment Group, promises will bring a state-of-the art movie experience to the village.

“You want to grow with the times, but in a smart way,” said Mayor Bill Hendrick, adding that he hoped the updated theater would improve the village’s commercial area. “I’m getting calls all the time — people want Lynbrook,” he said.

Regal first took an interest in the property in 2011, and its developer, Blumenfeld Development Group, considered several building designs over the years. The new theater will feature luxury reclining seats in all screening rooms, along with surround sound and bright 2D and 3D images.

The project, funded by Regal, will cost an estimated $25 million. The existing structure will be demolished, and the new theater will wrap around the Cuzco Peru Restaurant in a U shape. The municipal parking on the west side of the theater will no longer exist, which will mean a loss of 51 parking spaces. But Building Department Superintendent Brian Stanton said there would be 171 fewer seats in the new theater — a total of 1,434 — and parking regulations on Atlantic Avenue can be amended to accommodate peak movie hours.

Gutting the building

Stanton said that before the building can be demolished, ALL Construction Inc. will disconnect interior electrical and gas hookups and rip out the seats. A demolition permit cannot be issued, he said, until the interior work is completed. The building is expected to be demolished in late summer.

Once that work begins, Hendrick said, any traffic issues that arise will be addressed. “The fact that we have our own Police Department helps us greatly,” he said. “We can re-route and do what we have to do with the [Department of Public Works] and police that other places can’t do.”

Members of Hose Co. No. 1, the firehouse on Blake Avenue, behind the theater, will be given parking spaces on the theater property during the construction.