Soundview Cinemas

7 Soundview Market Place,
Port Washington, NY 11050

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robboehm
robboehm on May 6, 2013 at 9:54 am

In the day themes were all the rage. In the era of multiplexes it’s a series of boxes for about 20 years until they tear them down. It’s all part of the leasing rather than building ones own.

fred1
fred1 on May 6, 2013 at 9:40 am

The only other theaters with a theme moniff are the Movico/Cinemark24 in Maryland (Egyptain), and Westbrook 12 in Westbrook CT (Sci-Fi).Im sure there’s more. The Soundview is a good anternitive to the mega multiplexes

robboehm
robboehm on April 27, 2013 at 2:47 pm

If you think the theater is wild check out the web page.

Ed Solero
Ed Solero on April 26, 2013 at 9:52 pm

That’s a fair point, robboehm… Can’t be much more than a mile away, if that.

robboehm
robboehm on April 26, 2013 at 7:11 pm

Isn’t Falaise in the area? Perhaps they’re trying to pay homage to that.

DARCYDT
DARCYDT on April 26, 2013 at 5:55 pm

Went to the film “The Big Wedding” (terrible movie) at the grand reopening of theater today. $9 matinees, $12 at night. Theater was still putting new floor in and castle like images around movie posters for uupcoming films. Theater is wild, they have done a medieval motif or design if you wall. The walls have wallpaper like a stone castle wall and all the theaters are designed as if you’re entering a castle. The seats I presume are all new (can’t remember the old ones) all have cup holders and they’re cushioned. There are statues of Knights standing around and a dragon also. The bathrooms I kid not have toilet paper holders that are actually knight figurines holding the toilet paper for you. The faucets at the sinks are shaped like dragons. They also sell french fries at the concession stand and sell about 10 different sodas including Cherry Pepsi and Dr. Pepper. Sadly only 7 people at “The Big Wedding” 12:30 PM performance.

DARCYDT
DARCYDT on April 24, 2013 at 6:31 pm

It’s reopening on schedule. They have a lineup on Fandango. Friday they reopen with new films “The Big Wedding” and “Pain & Gain” and oldies “Evil Dead”, “Admission”, “Olympus Has Fallen”, “Spring Breakers” and “Oz, the Great and Powerful”.

DARCYDT
DARCYDT on April 6, 2013 at 9:51 pm

So it’s finally coming, April 26 you say.

CSWalczak
CSWalczak on August 26, 2012 at 10:16 pm

The reopening is on hold; the potential new operators are forced to wait until a court determines the outcome of a foreclosure action pending against the owners of the strip mall of which the theater is a part. View article

DARCYDT
DARCYDT on August 8, 2012 at 10:03 pm

It’s August now and as we drove by there today nothing is happening, it’s just deserted.

CSWalczak
CSWalczak on April 7, 2012 at 1:54 am

Plans have been announced to reopen this theater. View link

robboehm
robboehm on October 6, 2010 at 8:47 am

The Port Washington is a rental property? I remember when Clearview bought the property under the Roslyn. I presumed they owned the handful of free standing theatres they operated on Long Island.

stryfe
stryfe on October 6, 2010 at 4:10 am

I can tell you that the rent at the Clearview Soundview theater was approximately $60,000 a month. Clearview was just losing money there. With the lease agreement having expired, I’m sure the landlord was trying to up the rent. The Soundview Marketplace in which it was located is becoming a ghost town with vacant storefronts. In comparison, the Clearview Port Washington theater on Main St. is only about $20,000 a month. Not that I like the Dolans but that seems like a pretty easy decision. They renovated the Clearview Port Washington theater back in the Fall of 2007 so the seats there are actually nicer then the ones at the Soundview theater. However lack of parking and the fact that not all the theaters are handicapped accessible can be troublesome. The Soundview theater had six big screens while the Port Washington theater has seven screens (two big, three medium sized and two small ones).

DARCYDT
DARCYDT on October 4, 2010 at 8:07 pm

I’ve been there a few times and ironically the last film my wife and I saw there was Going the Distance on Labor Day. This is the film they state was also the last one to play there. It’s sad, it’s near great views of the water and beside a major supermarket. I think there used to be a Blockbuster there that went out of business too.

John Fink
John Fink on October 2, 2010 at 9:44 am

While I can’t defend Clearview, which is a chain that I think has done some serious damage to the movie going culture in Northern New Jersey (Kinnelon is unforgivable mess, the second worst theater in terms of projection I’ve seen), I will say after reading the articles the problem may be high taxes in town, thus rents were raised, tenants left, and so forth. Still a theater is a major draw as an anchor for any shopping center. Perhaps another operator could come in here and strike a more favorable lease, remodel the theater a bit and reopen it. This is not uncommon, but is more so in down south I feel, where you read about old AMC and General Cinema sites getting gutted and rebuilt with stadium seating. It’s less common in the North East for whatever reason.

I’d be willing to bet Bow Tie is reviewing the economies of operating Soundview right now. Otherwise I suppose if the attendance numbers are strong an indie might consider making a go of it.

CSWalczak
CSWalczak on October 2, 2010 at 9:31 am

They are the owners of Cablevision Systems Corporation; Clearview Cinemas is owned by Cablevision.

JohnMessick
JohnMessick on October 2, 2010 at 4:31 am

who are the Dolans?

markp
markp on September 28, 2010 at 1:20 pm

I remember when I cleaned the screens here back in the early 2000’s. Was a real nice place then. I agree with the above post by Ed S. that the other theatre in town they own is kind of crappy, as far as screen size, parking etc. But as he said, thats the Dolans. I had first hand expierience with their stupidity.

edlewusa
edlewusa on September 28, 2010 at 11:55 am

As an area resident, I can say everyone is surprised and saddened by the closing of the Soundview Cinemas. While the theater needs a renovation, it is still clean and comfortable with lots of easy parking. The shopping center is losing tenants and the owner should have made a deal to keep a major anchor tenant. A Carvel and pizza shop that recently opened are probably very upset.

The only other theater in town is owned by Clearview, but is an older traditional theater converted into approximately 6 screens. Two are decent sized rooms and screens, but the rest are small. This theater does not have easy parking and is on Main Street, so drop off/pick up is always a problem.

Closing Soundview is a big mistake, but that’s the Dolans.

CSWalczak
CSWalczak on September 28, 2010 at 2:45 am

Was Clearview running this theater as a discount house toward the end? At least two of those films were released in July.

KingBiscuits
KingBiscuits on September 28, 2010 at 2:05 am

Last movies shown:

Despicable Me
Inception
The American
Going The Distance
Alpha and Omega
Easy A
Eat Pray Love

robboehm
robboehm on September 27, 2010 at 10:20 pm

Port Washington is a L O N G distance from any big multiplex. Other tenants have been clearing out of this shopping center, could be the rent. Fred, above, said it was a money loser. It’s not in town but it did have the advantage of parking. Not likely to be resurrected by any other chain.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on September 27, 2010 at 5:32 pm

The article mentioned high rent.couldn’t something have been done with the landlord to keep this theatre open.Money loser? People in the article seem upset it is closing.Must be other reasons,Bad side of Town? Lousy service at the theatre?poor projection?I bet a big ugly 20 plex opened up down the road.The article was more of a tease,no real facts presented to the reader.

fred1
fred1 on September 27, 2010 at 2:23 pm

The theater was a moneyloser for the clearview , high rent to boot

CSWalczak
CSWalczak on September 27, 2010 at 9:20 am

There are several pictures of the theater on its page at CinemaTour: http://www.cinematour.com/tour/us/7801.html Here is an article about the closing: View link