AMC Loews Fresh Meadows 7

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

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CenturyBill
CenturyBill on August 7, 2014 at 8:37 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 June 3, 2014 at 5:00 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?

Jeffrey1955
Jeffrey1955 on March 11, 2014 at 6:50 am

CinemaDude, THANK YOU for that wonderful post!

RobertR
RobertR on March 11, 2014 at 6:40 am

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

robboehm
robboehm on March 1, 2014 at 8:27 am

If you ever get to eastern Long Island try to attend a performance or a film at the Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center (Westhampton Theater). It’s not huge but it’s intact and a jewel box. Sag Harbor has a nice interior too (see photos on CT).

CinemaDude
CinemaDude on March 1, 2014 at 3:14 am

No idea why they ditched the expansive, lighted marquee, but all that is left of what is seen in the picture above is what looks like a crude painted board with the big letters AMC covering the original marquee. No film titles are displayed. The original FRESH MEADOWS neon sign on the top of the brick north facing wall is only partially lit with the letters ADO dark. It truly has gone down hill while the prices, as noted here, have soared.

This Century Fresh Meadows and the Skouras Bayside Theatre were my two theatre haunts as a kid growing up in Bayside. The Bayside was a second run house while Century’s Fresh Meadows was first run and they made no bones about claiming it was a Century “Flagship Theatre.” And indeed it was.

Like Michael K, my mom took me to see THE HOUES OF WAX in 3D with stereo sound; my first 3d experience. If movies were magic and indeed for me they were, then 3D was magic on steroids. I was mesmerized by the feeling of depth of 3D just as much as I had been listening to my first stereophonic recording (an experimental simulcast on WQXR on their AM (right ear) and FM (left ear) stations. For me 3D was as enthralling for my sight as stereo sound was for sound; I have been a fan of 3D ever since THE HOUSE OF WAX — having the new 3D BluRay THOW release now available to play at home, well, it’s just come full circle.

Back then I couldn’t for the life of understand what I considered totally insane complaints about “the glasses” (they still seem insane — people wear sunglasses all the time with nary a complaint); as far as I was concerned, these people were just wusses — my complaining parents included. As I kid I knew I would wear a space helmet if it would give me the incredible experience of 3D space. I forced my poor mom to sit thru THOW twice and then I went back Saturday and Sunday to see it over and over. I remember saying to my mom, “Now all movies will be like this…in 3D?” She said she didn’t know and seemed to care less, while I, on the other hand sought out everything I could find about 3D and how it worked, all due to that experience in the Century Fresh Meadows Theatre, Queens NY circa 1953.

Anyway, the Meadows was my home away from home and when it closed for more than a week to install CinemaScope, I would go down to the theatre every afternoon after school to see if I could sneak in. The workers would leave the side doors open, and I got my first look at what this “Miracle You See Without Glasses” was all about. This was Fox’s obvious ploy to make people think it was, in fact 3D.

The workers were constructing the screen frame; usually I’d get shooed away, but not before I got a glimpse of the new CinemaScope installation. When they finally opened with THE ROBE, this time my Dad took me and yes, when it hit the screen, that beautiful new cream colored satin curtain opened wider and wider and the sound fill the theatre all around me. It was impressive, but it WASN’T 3D. I kept pull at my dad’s jacket, “Daddy, this isn’t 3D.” Finally he told me to shut up and watch the move. I wan’t a happy pup. Then again, I was impressed with CinemaScope, just cheated by the marketing nonsense. And I LOVED that new curtain.

Later in life, when I designed the cinema installation at a performing arts center in Brooklyn, I insisted that we have a white cream satin curtain with the same blue and red lighting that the Meadows used along the top and bottom of the curtain to catch the light and mix into various hues of blue and purple and red. A tribute I suppose to my youth and those wonderful formative years and hours spent in the great single screens of a time gone by, what I call the Golden Age of the Movie Palace.

When the Fresh Meadows as butchered into a 7 screen plex, I went there one time only; the rooms were small, dank, holes-in-the-walls, characterless, lifeless and hurtfully depressing — movie theatres by assembly line. That was the first and last time went. Now I just pass it on the LIE and I give it a nod, remembering what it used to be and my connection to it.

When you think of what the movie experience was like going to those great ladies — the Fresh Meadows, the RKO Keiths, the Paramount on Main Street, the Loews Valencia in Jamaica and on and on…even the lowly Bayside Theatre which, even when it had gotten a bit worn around the edges, it had it’s own unique style; it had class. They each even had their own unique scent — you knew you were in a theatre the minute you walked in the lobby. When you think about those days, it is easy to understand how much has really been lost….quite literally, an era Gone With The Wind.

DARCYDT
DARCYDT on January 15, 2014 at 10:06 am

Went to see “Legend of Hercules” here this morning. I was sitting on the left side in the back row, 4 seats in the row. 3 of those new cushion seats had their seat numbers broken off already.

markp
markp on January 14, 2014 at 5:37 am

DARCYDT, I worked for an independent operator in Nj for years. All the while he complained how the union projectionist contract kept forcing him to raise his prices. Well guess what, after he got rid of the union, prices still went up. Just the nature of the beast.

robboehm
robboehm on January 12, 2014 at 12:24 pm

Michael – most upscale store was Bloomingdale’s. My favorite was Womrath’s Book Store. Would often stop by on my way home from classes at Queens College.

DARCYDT
DARCYDT on January 12, 2014 at 7:17 am

Just checking Fandango and apparently the theater has raised its prices since the last time I was here in mid December. The pre 12 PM showings have had their price increased 50 cents to $7.50. The matinee showings starting say from 11:55 AM to 3:55 PM have gone from an already outrageous $10.25 to $12.25 (2 dollars!). Evening performances went up $1.75 to $14 now. Are you kidding me? 3D add $4 and night shows are $18!!!! This is in Queens, not Manhattan.

michaelkaplan
michaelkaplan on January 4, 2014 at 3:38 pm

My Dad took me to see the 1953 Queens premiere of House of Wax, in 3D and WarnerPhonic (stereo) sound. There was a long line to get tickets and the theater was packed. As an 11 year old seeing a 3D movie for the first time, I was enchanted. The Century Meadows was the newest and most modern theater in Queens, located in a shopping center that included a Horn and Hardart restaurant and other upscaled shops.

DARCYDT
DARCYDT on April 29, 2013 at 2:35 pm

I went a week and a half ago to “Oblivion” in the afternoon and paid $9. Today I went in the early afternoon to see “Pain & Gain” and the price had risen to $10.25 for a matinee. Nightime is now $12 plus the pre 11:55 am showings are now $7. The stubs card when you made $100 in rewards would give you $10. It wouldn’t even cover a matinee price now. $16 at night and $14.50 in the afternoon for a 3D showing too.

robboehm
robboehm on April 21, 2013 at 4:33 am

I’m amazed at the ongoing facilities problems at this site.

Ed Solero
Ed Solero on April 20, 2013 at 8:43 pm

No sure those are water-tight, Tinseltoes. I can tell you from experience, excessive amounts of “buttery topping” are apt to leak through right on to your trousers!

Tinseltoes
Tinseltoes on April 20, 2013 at 1:20 pm

Oh, well, you can always use an empty popcorn container if there’s no other place to “go.”

hdtv267
hdtv267 on April 20, 2013 at 12:06 pm

Have the authorities been contacted?

DARCYDT
DARCYDT on April 19, 2013 at 11:50 am

Currently half the men’s bathroom is missing (something due to the landlord). All the urinals are missing and only 3 stalls are there, 1 has the seat missing.

robboehm
robboehm on March 14, 2013 at 4:26 pm

Same with the Shore in Huntington.

fred1
fred1 on March 14, 2013 at 6:54 am

The inchanged Cineplex Odeon signage make it seams that they were to cheap to change it to AMC

Ed Solero
Ed Solero on March 14, 2013 at 5:48 am

I passed by on the LIE last night and it seemed to me that the big marquee was being redone. It looked like it was completely stripped down to its metal frame.

DARCYDT
DARCYDT on January 5, 2013 at 9:45 pm

That should read there are levels for each row too.

DARCYDT
DARCYDT on January 5, 2013 at 9:44 pm

The theaters are the same size but the seats are bigger and with the capability of putting your legs up maybe take 3 rows. There is levels for each row too, so G in theater 7 is above F and F is above E, guess stadium seating. Never thought AMC’s Bay Terrace 6 would sit more people now.

robboehm
robboehm on January 3, 2013 at 7:28 pm

A far cry from when it opened as a single screen theatre and the capacity was 2,200.

Jeffrey1955
Jeffrey1955 on January 3, 2013 at 8:25 am

The size of these auditoriums is now approaching that of some living rooms! Can’t believe the largest one holds only 175.

Tinseltoes
Tinseltoes on January 3, 2013 at 7:53 am

Not if they increase the ticket prices, which wouldn’t surprise me.