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optimist008 commented about Parmatown Mall Cinemas on May 25, 2017 at 5:51 am


Good, amusing posting above !!!

FYI: Google Ron Lesser vs. General Cinema to see the lawsuit mentioned in my post above and join the Facebook General Cinema Memories group.

optimist008 commented about Parmatown Mall Cinemas on May 24, 2017 at 5:51 am

dave-bronx, Can only guess that either GCC outbidded the others for Star Wars or they were in collusion with Fox that previously gave them the Westchester County, NY exclusive run of “The Towering Inferno” at Central Plaza, Yonkers, NY resulting in court case brought by Lesser Cinemas who wanted to run it at their Beach Cinema in Peekskill, NY. Google and that lawsuit is online.

optimist008 commented about Parmatown Mall Cinemas on May 24, 2017 at 5:45 am


optimist008 commented about UA The Movies at Sunrise Mall on Apr 9, 2017 at 6:04 pm

Maybe they come not come to terms regarding their lease. RKO Century had planed on building a theater in Yonkers, NY as part of the current Costco-Stew Leonards site. They ended up in court over many varied issues and it never was built.

optimist008 commented about UA The Movies at Sunrise Mall on Apr 9, 2017 at 7:55 am

robboehm. See if the local press will update on the theater. Or if near the construction site maybe somebody there will tell you. Maybe revised plans have been filed with the building dept??

optimist008 commented about AMC 34th Street 14 on Mar 21, 2017 at 5:57 am


Not sure about the above theater chain project in the financial district, but the NY Post reported months back that either Cinemark or Cinepolis may build a basement theater in a soon to be revamped office building next to the Federal Reserve. Anybody heard if a theater planned for Hudson Yards mega project??

optimist008 commented about Cinema Shoppers World on Mar 7, 2017 at 6:10 am

It was actually invented in the early 1950’s by Ben Schlanger. Google it’s official name : RCA Synchro Screen.

optimist008 commented about Showcase Cinemas Bridgeport on Jan 23, 2017 at 1:24 pm

Guessing that maybe the older theater will close when their lease is over and they are just waiting it out.

optimist008 commented about Staten Island, NY - UA movie theater and Toys R Us to close in Hylan Plaza on Jan 16, 2017 at 7:58 pm

What theater chain is coming in?? Also, FYI: There are several subscription upcoming construction websites such as Dodge Reports, Bidclerk, CMD construction, etc that post detailed project plans( yes, new movie theaters and recliner remodeling jobs) for the purpose of soliciting contractor bids.

optimist008 commented about AMC Loews Lincoln Square 13 with IMAX on Jan 4, 2017 at 5:17 pm

Was the showing of Dunkirk a test, advanced or just a private screening??? I previously went to a few tests screenngs here when they were more common, and have not seen the folks outside from NRG or wherever doing the invites lately…or maybe I am looking at the wrong time of day???

optimist008 commented about Central Plaza Cinema on Dec 30, 2016 at 9:40 am

Comfortably Cool, many thanks for posting the ad above and which newspaper site did you get it from please???

optimist008 commented about AMC Essex Green on Dec 27, 2016 at 9:53 am

What a shame that AMC just does not care…and to think their major NYC theaters have problems after we all thought they would be so great…They need a major wake up call.

optimist008 commented about Bloomington, MN - Mall of America to close movie theater this year on Dec 23, 2016 at 5:59 am

Hard too imagine that another theater will not be opened considering how mall developers are re purposing their spaces into food or entertainment related tenants due to the retail downturn. And is it true that this was one of General Cinema’s top grossing locations way back???

optimist008 commented about City Center 15: Cinema de Lux on Dec 2, 2016 at 1:30 pm

Official seat count as per their hardcopy Show clock schedule:

1-158 2-156 3-131 4-112 5-341 6-215 7-222 8-200 ( Director’s Hall auditorium-a complete over hyped rip off… 9-191
10-409 11-170 12-126 13-339—IMAX 14-211 15-200

optimist008 commented about Bow-Tie Wayne Preakness Cinemas on Nov 22, 2016 at 1:41 pm


Since they installed recliners, then they surely would have renewed their lease before doing so. In some states, commercial leases are filed with the county clerk and are a matter of public record. Not sure if that includes NJ…

optimist008 commented about City Cinemas Cinema 1, 2, and 3 on Nov 21, 2016 at 10:31 am


Thank you for posting the above. Boxoffice magazine had gotten it all wrong, or maybe I DID…this was probably the first twin in the NYC tri state area….and maybe all of NY State???

optimist008 commented about City Cinemas Cinema 1, 2, and 3 on Nov 21, 2016 at 8:47 am

Yes, this was the very first new twin theatre in America when owned by the Rogoff chain. And the mass media still wrongly states that AMC built the first twin theater. General Cinema was doing it also back then.

optimist008 commented about Clearview's First & 62nd on Nov 16, 2016 at 11:26 am

How many floors did it have not counting the lobby please???

optimist008 commented about Coral Gables, FL - Luxury movie theater opening soon at Merrick Park but is it needed? on Sep 29, 2016 at 9:27 am

Because of the retail store downturn, shopping center owners are courting alternative uses such as entertainment and restaurant tenants. This has been widely written about in the Wall St Journal, so theater chains now have an advantage when negotiating leases. Anchor stores are now passé….

optimist008 commented about Washington Township Cinemas on Sep 16, 2016 at 7:44 pm

Maybe a building permit has been filed by the new operators for renovation work. Or possibly the shopping center owners or management company, or local media may have some info. Wonder why Bow Tie did not renew their lease???

optimist008 commented about Mercer Mall Cinema on Jul 12, 2016 at 9:53 am

Good posting above and GCC’s other problem was that they were stuck in leases for theaters that became obsolete when other chains like National Amusements started multiplexing…

optimist008 commented about Cinepolis Chelsea Cinemas on Jul 7, 2016 at 9:56 am

John Fink, please message me via : , also, thought that clearances have only been ended by a few studios. Glad to see Cinepolis coming to town and they are also opening in Stratford, CT.

optimist008 commented about City Cinemas Cinema 1, 2, and 3 on Jun 21, 2016 at 5:44 am

Correct me if mistaken, but this might have been the very first twin cinema in America, yes, before AMC claims to have done so in Kansas City.

optimist008 commented about Paramus Picture Show on Jun 13, 2016 at 10:04 am


Excellent information above, but in some court cases,way back in the 1960’s, the courts ruled that splits were illegal. I had seen articles about them in the online issues of Boxoffice magazine.

Were tracks and splits basically the same thing as clearances which are now under the Justice Dept radar. ???

optimist008 commented about Deerbrook Cinema on May 27, 2016 at 10:08 am

Spoke to a National Amusements Managing Director who said the their schedule is supposed to be a 50 hour week, but usually ends up being 60 hours. An assistant manager in the same theater told me he worked a double shift from 9AM to 1AM in one day. Divide these hours by their salaries and it must be quite pitiful. The typical working hours in these multiplexes are worse than ever…imagine a female manager locking up at 3:30 AM as is the case now..