AMC Loews Fresh Meadows 7

190-02 Horace Harding Boulevard,
Fresh Meadows, NY 11365

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Loews Cineplex Fresh Meadows - 2002

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This large theater, 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 Theaters which had the automobile in mind when it constructed an adjoining parking lot with space for 1,000 cars.

The theater itself contained an enormous auditorium with a balcony, a large lobby and foyer, and a lounge in the theater’s mezzanine.

The modern opulence of the Meadows, and its late-1940’s stylings, have been lost over the years as the former Century Theatres movie house has slowly morphed into a seven-screen multiplex.

Now operated by AMC Theatres, the ghost of its former operators, Cineplex Odeon, can still be seen in the theater’s marquee.

The AMC Loews Fresh Meadows 7, as it is now known, was located near a five-screen Loews theater on the other side of the Long Island Expressway that recently closed.

Contributed by Ross Melnick

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RobertR
RobertR on March 11, 2014 at 9:40 am

The new marquee is DISGUSTING. If you don’t know its a movie theatre driving by on the LIE you wont now.

Jeffrey1955
Jeffrey1955 on March 11, 2014 at 9:50 am

CinemaDude, THANK YOU for that wonderful post!

DARCYDT
DARCYDT on June 3, 2014 at 8:00 pm

I seem to write this every few months now. A year ao I was shocked at prices here and I posted in January that the prices had gone up again. Here we are 5 months later and now the pre 11:50 am showings have risen to $8, the matinees till 3:50 have gone up another dollar to $13.25 and after 4 or so it’s now $15, $19 for 3D. Is this the priciest theater in New York City for regular showings at night?

CenturyBill
CenturyBill on August 7, 2014 at 11:37 pm

My first job was as an usher here in May 1972. We wore tuxedos and Mr. Bernard Decatsky was the manager. John Vess a was Chief of Staff with his brother Mike, Larry Ackerman and Ed Monahagn. Ed Bernhardt was managing the Prospect in Flushing and Mr Jackson was the DM. I became Mr. D’S Asst Mgr and we moved to the Prospect when it became a duplex. Eventually left and went to the Navy. Great times at this theater and at the Horn & Harare which became a Bagel Nosh. Sorry to hear that it’s down on it’s luck.

DARCYDT
DARCYDT on October 22, 2014 at 4:07 pm

Back on June 3rd I made comments about the price rises and how frequent they were. Today I went to “Fury” here and before 11:55 AM the prices are $8.99. Not even a rounded up dollar. The evening showings are now $15.99, $19.99 with 3D. The theater is crowded too at these prices as opposed to say the one in Glen Cove, recently renovated and only $6 till 5 PM. That theater hardly as anyone there, biggest recent crowd I saw was 11 for the Equalizer opening week. Flushing Main Street charges $5 for the first show and it never really has many people. The girl taking the tickets told the couple in front of me that there was no more senior discount either.

DARCYDT
DARCYDT on October 22, 2014 at 5:31 pm

According to Fandango there are senior rates still and lower rates for kids. Kids rate at night is $13.29.

NYer
NYer on November 2, 2014 at 1:13 pm

Charlton Heston & Co-Star Tina Chen made a live personal appearance on opening night of “The Hawaiians”, a sequel to “Hawaii” on July 17, 1970. Opening night add in Photo section.

CenturyBill
CenturyBill on November 2, 2014 at 5:23 pm

I remember Charlton Heston and going to that movie with my father. JHS 74 had our graduation there when they were showing Ryans Daughter. Thinking back I didn’t know that my first job would be there and be such a part of my life!

moviebuff82
moviebuff82 on April 4, 2015 at 4:21 pm

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/furious-7-demand-prompts-new-786414

hdtv267
hdtv267 on April 4, 2015 at 4:32 pm

Thanks for the link- but the point of the story above is that due to demand, the complex has been staying open 24/7 due to customer demand for Furious 7

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