UA Movies at Staten Island 14

145 E. Service Road,
Travis-Chelsea, NY 10314

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Located in the Travis-Chelsea district of Staten Island. Opened around 1980 by United Artists, the UA Movies at Staten Island 14 was closed by Regal Cinemas on October 11, 2005.

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AdamBomb1701
AdamBomb1701 on November 15, 2007 at 9:22 am

I believe it’s open now as LA Fitness; the marquee was replaced with the “LA Fitness” sign.
I saw “Collateral” there in the summer of 2004, and “Star Wars Ep. III – Revenge Of The Sith” in 2005. For big movies like those, the theater was practically empty. It was not a good sign. I’m sad; the theater was pretty easy to get to. More so than the Forest Avenue theater is

Garth
Garth on November 15, 2007 at 9:34 am

Adam , after going to the Hylan Plaza last weekend I predict that one will be the next to close , there was only a handful of people in any of the 5 theatres…

AdamBomb1701
AdamBomb1701 on November 15, 2007 at 10:06 am

A shame, Garth. Admittedly, I don’t go to the movies a lot any more; there’s just nothing out there that makes me want to get off my duff and go to a theater. I just wait for the movie to come to HBO, Showtime or Starz. I’m going to the Regal Cinema on Forest tonight for a “Star Trek” event. It’s a bit hypocritical, isn’t it – I won’t see new movies, but I’ll go to a theater and pay $12.50 to see a TV episode I’ve seen a million times before, and own on DVD.
I went to the UA Multiplex the day before it officially opened. There were free screenings of older films (I saw “Aliens” for the third time that way) as well as free popcorn and soda. I went back
the next day; its official opening, to see “Innerspace.” I actually liked that movie theater being less crowded, but I guess that over 20 years, it became dated.
The Travis theater was the first on Staten Island to run films daily in a long time. Most Staten Island theaters ran evening shows daily, with Wednesday matinees and continuous daytime shows only on weekends. If you wanted to see a movie in the daytime, you had to go to the Amboy Cinemas in Jersey. The Travis theater changed that.

AdamBomb1701
AdamBomb1701 on February 22, 2008 at 11:02 am

The status line still says “Open,” it should read “Closed.”

Garth
Garth on September 28, 2009 at 1:44 pm

Does anyone remember the hot girl that worked there with the super-long nails? She used to work the box office

GaryCohen
GaryCohen on February 5, 2011 at 9:52 am

This was an okay theater. It was convenient to get to and never really crowded. I saw numerous films there including Spiderman, Batman Begins, etc. My wife, son and I went to see Polar Express there during the holidaay season with snow on the ground when the heat went out. It was as cold as the North Pole featured in the film. The employees weren’t that bright and I once had an incident with an obnoxious security guard and a not too bright assistant manager. I eventually complained to the United Artists Regional Manager and got some free tickets and a letter of apology from the manager of this theater. As stated, it was never all that crowded and I’m sure that there were many performances after 10PM where there was no one or one or two people in the theater. When the UA Regal 16 opened a few miles away, this theater’s days were numbered. I think there is a gym there now.

FredSchreiber
FredSchreiber on February 5, 2011 at 11:57 am

There a health and fitness club where the theater once stood.

Bill Hebner
Bill Hebner on July 18, 2011 at 10:51 pm

Back in the 80’s, I knew one of the security guys. I would get on line for tickets and he would come over and ask what we were seeing. Unless it was opening weekend for a blockbuster, we were all escorted in, no charge.

AdamBomb1701
AdamBomb1701 on August 28, 2013 at 10:33 am

The description says that this theater opened around 1980. That’s not correct; it opened on July 1, 1987. I should know; like I wrote on 11/15/07, I saw “Innerspace” there on the film’s opening day.

Garth
Garth on August 28, 2013 at 2:03 pm

Adam, that may have been the films opening day but not the theatre’s. I saw “Popeye” here when it first opened – in 1980.

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