AMC Fresh Meadows 7

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

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ridethectrain on November 8, 2019 at 5:46 pm

The seat reduction was in either 2013 or 2014, that was one of AMC Recliner theatres.

robboehm on November 8, 2019 at 5:44 pm

2,200 for a single screen theater built on Long Island after World War II was a big thing. A number of Hollywood stars were there for the opening. I remember seeing the newsreel of the opening that Century showed in it’s theaters after the event.

Comfortably Cool
Comfortably Cool on November 8, 2019 at 3:44 pm

Even with its original 2,200 seats, it was hardly “giant” sized or even a “movie palace” in the sense of grandiose cinemas built in the 1920s into the early 1930s. And the free parking facilities were shared with the entire shopping complex, and not restricted to theatre patrons.

robboehm on November 8, 2019 at 10:11 am

Far cry from the 2,200 it started life with.

ridethectrain on November 8, 2019 at 3:48 am

Seating capacity 1. 62 2. 74 3. 84 4. 123 (IMAX) 5. 94 6. 100 7. 96 Total seats 633 Please update total seat count

Comfortably Cool
Comfortably Cool on September 29, 2019 at 10:04 am

The largest single-screen cinema built in the NYC borough of Queens after the end of WW2 will be 70 years old in November of this year. Many photos taken by patrons of the current multiplex can be viewed here

ridethectrain on September 4, 2019 at 8:39 pm

Please update, Went to 7 screens on May 27, 1988 under Cineplex Odeon. AMC added recliners a few years ago and the only IMAX theatre that not stadium seating.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on June 23, 2019 at 9:10 pm

I was General Manager for the Cineplex Odeon multiplex re-opening in 1988. Ex-manager Edward Bernhardt, who refused to run a multiplex version of the theatre, became my assistant, bedrock, co-conspirator and best friend.

Look at this, Eddie!

robboehm on June 23, 2019 at 8:49 pm

Comfortably Cool- unfortunately the link works for me. I remember when it was first open. A beautiful place. Now it’s the same crap that everybody else has.

Mike (saps)
Mike (saps) on June 23, 2019 at 2:49 pm

OK, so I’ll try a different browser

Jeffrey1955 on June 23, 2019 at 2:41 pm

It takes me to a page that has multiple views of the interior and exterior of the theater — no problem.

Mike (saps)
Mike (saps) on June 23, 2019 at 2:01 pm

The link takes me to a Google maps page that allows the user to report content violations. It does, however, have one picture of the lobby…

Comfortably Cool
Comfortably Cool on June 23, 2019 at 10:40 am

Numerous exterior and interior views of the current multiplex can be found here

robboehm on April 13, 2019 at 10:44 am

Johnfromthe80s- also still around are the Main Street Playhouse and the Bombay (formerly Mayfair).

moviebuff82 on April 13, 2019 at 10:06 am

DARCYDT noticed that already when i was browsing showtimes for Endgame on fandango.

Johnfromthe80s on May 26, 2018 at 12:39 pm

This place has been around for ages, other than Movieworld its probably the only theater in the area that is still there. I remember it used to a two screen theater. Saw Raiders of the Lost Ark here and Young Sherlock Holmes, then later on it became a multiplex, then went another renovation in the 2000s, and a few years ago went yet another renovation.

DARCYDT on March 28, 2018 at 7:44 pm

Screen 4 is being converted to Imax

jeffpiatt on November 24, 2017 at 9:01 am

RobertR That’s the new standard marquee for all AMC locations after there upgraded. the yellow circle patterned metal plates is what there putting up to cover up the old “flex” sign spaces on the older locations generally to mount the new AMC signage all locations are getting under the new Branding push AMC is doing. having the showing films up on the entrance has been downplayed by internet listings most of my local theaters removed the Auditorium numbers and have the sign give the theater site to get showtimes. the theater was also renamed again to AMC Fresh Meadows 7 as the AMC Loews nameing is being phased out.

Mike (saps)
Mike (saps) on April 4, 2016 at 8:53 pm

Regular shows starting before noon are $8.99, but there aren’t too many that start before noon…

DARCYDT on April 4, 2016 at 6:20 pm

Now $16.49 in the afternoons and $17.99 at night. With 3D figure $20.49 in afternoon and $21.99 at night, ridiculous.

Jerrr26 on November 1, 2015 at 3:10 pm

My family moved from Manhattan to Fresh Meadows in 1950 so this became our local theater. My first date with a girl was to the Meadows and I saw my first 3-D film there… Bwana Devil! Seeing my first 3-D there was very important in my life as 3-D has been my career for the past 40 years now. (I directed three 3-D music videos for the Rolling Stones and now teach Stereoscopic 3-D to grad students.)

I only remember the Meadows as one large theater, the concept of breaking up a theater did not exist then.

The quality of 3-D projection in the 50’s was awful. The poster before me, theatrefan, spoke up for the beauty of actual film over digital. This may be true for normal 2-D movies but, for 3-D, digital is so very superior that is might be highly irresponsible to show 3-D from film today.

There was a Horn & Hardart cafeteria diagonally facing the theater’s entrance and that was part of the experience. Also a large Bloomingdales was right nearby. I wonder what those are now? Maybe a trip is in order. I learned to ride a bike in a Fresh Meadows parking lot, and, a few years later, to drive a car in that same lot!

By the way, I discovered this site just last week and I posted some other memories under Carnegie Hall Cinema.

theatrefan on July 19, 2015 at 2:58 pm

That’s a great story Fred, Thank You. Reel Film (pardon the pun) almost has an organic quality to it that just can’t be easily replicated with a bunch of bits & bytes from a DCP version, in the same way vinyl records had a warmth and texture to them that no CD ever matched. I also to make it a point to check the program of any repertory film house program to make sure it;s being shown in 35mm or 70mm format, when this type of film presentation is done well, nothing else can even come close.

Fredhadley on July 19, 2015 at 9:11 am

Meadows 2

I first saw the “Mighty Meadows” in 1965 at a special Sneak Preview of “A Thousand Clowns.” I was 17 and worked at Century’s Prospect in Flushing. Whenever the Meadows had a big event, they would borrow ushers from the Prospect to augment their staff. This was in the days of single-screens, so two thousand + patrons would come pouring out at once.

The Prospect manager was Walter Leyendecker, who had replaced Mr. Mc Eachern or “Mac,” formerly of the Meadows. The first thing I noticed, was that the auditorium exit signs, instead of glowing red, glowed a sexy violet.

When I became 21, I became a projectionist with NYC Local 306 IATSE. Because of low seniority, I took a job at RKO Alden on Jamaica Avenue in the mid ‘70s. It was in decline in a dangerous neighborhood. In 1978, the Alden was converted from one screen to a quad. My pay went from $13 to $22 per hour as I had to run all 4 screens.

In 1983 after the Alden Quad closed because of poor business, I became eligible for “circuit seniority” and claimed the Meadows and got it over other older projectionists because I had lost my job through no fault of my own. The manager was Ed Bernhardt who was allowed to keep a small dog, named Charlie in the manager’s office. Charlie never barked and knew never to venture out into the lobby.

The Meadows was a twin by that point with the huge original auditorium divided longitudinally by a wall and serviced from the original booth in the upper rear of the building. This booth was amazing! Very large with picture windows that had louvers beneath to get fresh air. The view was of the LIE, just yards away. There was a dumbwaiter at the north end for hoisting the heavy film shipping cases.

The old “preview magazines” that enabled double-system “work prints” to be screened for audience testing had been removed and were stored near the dumbwaiter. The equipment was 4 35 MM Simplex X-L with Ashcraft carbon arc lamphouses that had been retrofitted for Xenon bulbs. The soundheads were RCA. We spliced three 18-minute reels together and ran 6,000 foot hour-long reels with one changeover in the middle of the movie.

In the 90’s the Meadows was acquired by Cineplex Odeon and its CEO, Garth Drabinsky (he put real butter back on the popcorn) decided to make a sevenplex. Platters were brought in (see photos), and two new booths that ran the long way (east-west) were built. Six 35 MM and one 35/70 MM Simplexes were put in. Three cinemas (1,2&3) had small screens in the basement mounted along the long south wall.

Three medium screens were in Cinemas 5,6&7 on the upper level and Cinema 4, the “presentation” house with 35/70 was in the basement with a large screen near where the original 1949 screen was along the east wall.

In 2003 the union started allowing the managers to run the projectors on Mon, Tue & Weds, so I left the Meadows and “bid” for Regal’s Sheepshead Bay 14-plex, still 100% union. I retired in 2008. My final shift was the first day of a new cutback. The projectionist would go home after starting the last shows and the manager would shut down. I clocked out at 10:30 PM for the last time. I had just turned 60 and was eligible for early retirement, so I went to Boca Raton, FL.

Two years later, the Sheepshead Bay went digital and the projectionists were replaced by manager/projectionists. Now there are but a handful of theatres, mostly repertory, still union. Sad.


moviebuff82 on April 4, 2015 at 4:21 pm

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!