Jerry Lewis Cinemas

2166 Forest Avenue,
Staten Island, NY 10303

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Garth
Garth on September 11, 2012 at 5:19 am

I recall seeing ‘The Drowning Pool’ here.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on January 6, 2012 at 7:33 pm

Uploaded a Variety ad for Jerry Lewis Cinemas.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on August 6, 2010 at 3:49 pm

See JERRY LEWIS CINEMA, Canton,Ct on Lewis'own words about his failed cinemas.

Garth
Garth on February 19, 2010 at 11:27 am

The book Going To The Movies On Staten Island wrongly states both this and the Richmond theatre were demolished after closing. I went on Google maps street view and the building is still there. Evidently the Entenmann’s Bakery went out of business and there is a “For Lease” sign on the fence in front.

rivest266
rivest266 on March 16, 2008 at 5:08 pm

This theatre was at 2166 forest avenue.

Bill Hebner
Bill Hebner on August 27, 2007 at 9:49 am

The theater that went OTB on the Island was the Rae Twin in New Dorp.

wally 75
wally 75 on August 26, 2007 at 8:31 pm

there was a jerry lewis twin in lake ronkonkoma long island

went porno now an o t b…

wonder what it will be in it’s next vise!

LouB
LouB on August 25, 2007 at 8:32 pm

There was a Jerry Lewis Twin in Niagara Falls,NY. It closed and the auditoriums are used for off-track betting. The lobby was used by an optician but is now vacant.

wally 75
wally 75 on August 25, 2007 at 8:08 pm

just want to flash back to vito june 6th…

what i was talking about was when jerry lewis and the head of ua east

formed some kind of relationship i never gave a date…but, it was early 70’s….

the prototype was some place in queens…that’s all i was saying..

i can’t remember the the operators name that…maybe someone will

…john? maybe…in the prototype was platters…they showed how a twin could use one platter of film could feed two screens…

bookem vito

Bill Hebner
Bill Hebner on August 24, 2007 at 11:08 pm

I remember the bloopers being shown at the Island.
The only movie I saw at the Jerry Lewis was Stripes. It was a single at the time. What also sucked about it was that there was nothing to do in the immediate vicinity after the movie, especially at night.

Ed Solero
Ed Solero on July 11, 2006 at 6:55 am

Here’s a clipping from the Daily News in December 1980:

Movie Guide 12/9/80

The Jerry Lewis is listed way at the bottom as the sole entry for Staten Island. The address shown is 2166 Forest Ave, though I’m sure these guides were prone to typo’s. Lost… where’d you get the 2176 address?

Anyway… check out the programming. “Best of 60’s Rock”. I guess they ran some of those video-to-film transfers of shows like Shindig and other music programs that were fairly popular in the mid to late ‘60’s? Sounds like this may have been a midnight show. I remember some theaters on Long Island used to show “Bloopers” at midnight. “Star Trek” (the TV series) bloopers in particular were a popular part of those programs. Anyone remember those?

Vito
Vito on June 9, 2006 at 8:27 am

Actually Wally, the JL twin I worked in Hawaii, which opened in 1972, had what was called a film transport system that utilized huge 15k reels, (roughly two hours and twenty minutes of film) that were mounted on the rear of the projector. Platters came along a year or two later I believe. Yikes, those reels were heavy, but you could rewind right on the projector. It was the second complex in Hawaii to use Xenon lamps,the first being the now closed Waikiki twins.

longislandwally75
longislandwally75 on June 9, 2006 at 5:45 am

most if not all j.l.c.’s were twins…also very small

ua/jerry lewis partnered on the invention of minitec…

most set up the person who sells the ticket…sells the candy..

starts the show…it was also the start of the platter system..

wally1975

Garth
Garth on May 11, 2006 at 10:25 am

Anthony , i don’t recall the theatre ever being twinned. it was too small and no additions were ever added , the building looks the same today as when it was built.

AnthonyS1957
AnthonyS1957 on May 11, 2006 at 8:53 am

If I remember correctly, they made this theater a twin after a while before it eventually closed.

Garth
Garth on October 7, 2005 at 11:45 am

i recall the popcorn tasting like cardboard.

Garth
Garth on October 7, 2005 at 11:45 am

i recall the popcorn tasting like cardboard.

OldSchool
OldSchool on May 22, 2005 at 7:54 am

That theater was a bandbox. I would have made one of the smallest theaters in a cineplex. Could it have had more than 100 seats in there? It is now where the current Entemanns bakery outlet. Last movie that I saw there was “Zombie”. I think it was a George Romero flix.

Garth
Garth on December 7, 2004 at 1:26 pm

i caught a brief glimpse passing by the other day, the former theatre appeared to be some kind of discount food outlet, i didnt catch a name so cannot verify that it is still an entenmann’s bakery outlet.

Garth
Garth on August 20, 2004 at 4:35 pm

i recall it being a sub-par theatre,constructed cheaply.even the popcorn was lousy.

joemasher
joemasher on July 20, 2004 at 4:33 am

There are two former Jerry Lewis Theatres still open in North Jersey—the Valleyview Twin in Wayne, and the Kinnelon 1-2-3 in Kinnelon (a.k.a. Meadtown Cinema).

MovieTony
MovieTony on July 19, 2004 at 4:19 pm

This one closed over 15 years ago. It’s now an Entemann’s outlet bakery. It had a small parking lot, maybe 30 cars. In 1987 the United Artists Multiplex (near the garbage dump), opening, killing it and many other smaller area theatres. In 1983 I saw an Eddie Murphy double feature of 48HRS and Trading Places. It was always a single screen venue but had first run movies.

Tony Isoldi / movietony.com

MovieTony
MovieTony on July 19, 2004 at 4:18 pm

This one closed over 15 years ago. It’s now an Entemann’s outlet bakery. It has a small parking lot, maybe 30 cars. In 1987 the United Artists Multiplex (near the garbage dump), opening, killing t and many other area smaller theatres.In 1983 I saw an Eddie Murphy double feature of 48HRS and Trading Places. I was always a single screen venue but had first run movies.

Tony Isoldi / movietony.com

Vito
Vito on June 13, 2004 at 12:02 pm

Jerry’s policy of showing only PG/PG-13 films was doomed from the start. By the mid 70s most if not all the theatres were either closed or sold.