York Beach Cinema

6 Beach Street,
York Beach, ME 03910

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York Beach Cinema

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The York Beach Cinema closed after Labor Day 2006 and was demolished at the end of October 2006.

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Ron Newman
Ron Newman on August 15, 2006 at 4:30 am

Can you say more?

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on August 15, 2006 at 3:39 pm

This article dated January 18, 2006 talks about a proposal to raze the Beach Cinema. In case the link expires, here is the text:

Proposal to raze beach cinema moves ahead

By Jennifer L. Saunders

“YORK BEACH – The days of York Beach Cinema will soon be coming to an end.
At its meeting Thursday night, the Planning Board granted preliminary approval to an application to raze the theater building and construct a function hall for the nearby Union Bluff.

The property, which is located at 4 and 6 Beach St. and abuts Gull Street, is owned by the Ogunquit Beach Club.

The Planning Board’s vote came after a public hearing where residents from Gull Street spoke in favor of the project.

Bill Roche said that he and his neighbors use their seasonal residences about six months out of every year.

“As direct abutters of this theater project, this has a direct impact on our quality of life,” he said.

After meeting with Brent Merritt of the Union Bluff on their concerns, Roche said he and his neighbors felt he addressed all their concerns regarding such issues as sound buffering, landscaping and traffic.

The residents are seeking to close off access to Gull Street, except for emergency vehicles.

“Brent Merritt doesn’t have any problem with that concept and is going to be working with us,” Roche said. “ … Working with Brent Merritt has been a pleasure. He has been a good commercial neighbor.”

Fellow property owner Michael Passanisi echoed Roche’s comments.

“My wife and I fully support his project,” he said, describing Merritt as proactive and easy to work with toward the solutions.

Another seasonal resident, Walter Cashman, added he also fully supports the project.

The project will be at the same height of the current cinema building, and will include trolley service to and from functions to alleviate parking concerns.

Planning Board Vice Chairman Glen MacWilliams applauded the applicant for addressing the constant issue of parking lacking in the beach.

Planning Board member Tom Manzi said that while there is a net gain in the area in terms of parking, there is also a “net loss” in terms of the loss of public entertainment opportunities provided by the theater.

“This is not going to be a dinner theater substitute … it’s going to be private. The public entertainment potential is diminished on one hand, while we get more parking,” Manzi said. “ … It’s a bittersweet realization of the changing nature of the beach. … If that is a trend, it changes the social welfare and the uses of the beach.”

The board voted unanimously to approve the preliminary plan and will schedule the item for final review at a future meeting.

The Planning Board’s other business included:

A continued discussion of the application for Bayberry Ridge Elderly Congregate Housing, a proposed 17-unit elderly congregate housing subdivision with a community center.

A public hearing on proposed amendments to the board’s site plan and subdivision regulations and requirements for professional certification and inspections, driveway construction in subdivisions, timeframe for construction and impact statement requirement.
Another public hearing will be held on those items at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 26, at the York Public Library".

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on August 16, 2006 at 3:41 am

According to This article dated August 02, 2006, the York Beach Cinema will close after Labor Day weekend.

longislandmovies on August 16, 2006 at 4:10 am

we need pics………….

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on August 16, 2006 at 4:36 am

Here is a very small photo of this theater and this website has another. Anyone that lives or vacations in the area should see a movie here before it closes. And bring along a camera.

longislandmovies on August 16, 2006 at 10:49 am

looks like a neat theater

rdetzler on September 7, 2006 at 10:21 am

Take note New England, another piece of your history just went away. Sad that this had to happen. As an owner in the shallower pool of independent cinemas I know what a loss this is to everyone involved. The staff of the IOKA salutes all of you that worked so hard to support this cinema over the years. You will be missed.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on September 4, 2009 at 7:57 pm

Here is a photo taken about a month before the cinema was demolished.

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