AMC Fresh Meadows 7
190-02 Horace Harding Boulevard,
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This large theatre, which sits along the Long Island Expressway, began its life on November 23, 1949. It was a giant 2,184-seat suburban movie palace serving a 3,000-family, middle income housing project in Fresh Meadows, Queens, New York.
It was constructed by the firm of Voorhies, Walker, Foley & Smith and was built for Century Circuit Inc. which had the automobile in mind when it constructed an adjoining parking lot with space for 1,000 cars.
The theatre itself contained an enormous auditorium with a balcony, a large lobby and foyer, and a lounge in the theatre’s mezzanine.
The modern opulence of the Meadows, and its late-1940’s stylings, have been lost over the years, beginning on March 16, 1979 when it was twinned. As the former Century Theatres movie house has slowly morphed into a seven-screen multiplex operated by Cineplex Odeon on May 27, 1988.
Now operated by AMC Theatres, the ghost of its former operators, Cineplex Odeon, can still be seen in the theatre’s marquee.
The AMC Loews Fresh Meadows 7, became known as AMC Fresh Meadows 7 is located near a five-screen Loews theatre on the other side of the Long Island Expressway that recently closed. In the fall of 2019, following the installation of larger seats, the total seating capacity has been reduced to 633.
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