Manhasset Cinemas

430 Plandome Road,
Manhasset, NY 11030

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Manhasset Cinemas

Originally opened in 1927, the old Manhasset Theater was left to operate as one of the few remaining main street movie houses in Nassau County. Although the old auditorium has been carved up into three small screens, the Art Deco style facade and curved marquee remain beautifully intact.

Operated in recent years by Clearview Cinemas, in June 2013, Bow-Tie Cinemas took over most Clearview locations, including this one. It was closed on April 11, 2019. It was reopened by a new operator on April 19, 2019.

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PhilMiller
PhilMiller on July 7, 2009 at 1:38 pm

Re: the box office (Vohdin and Solero). This did indeed stand outside the entrance doors where the “M” is in the terrazo now. It was 7 or 8 ft. tall and the facade was wood, probably mahogany.
It was 3' wide, 4' deep, had glass windows on the front and sides (the side windows were partially curtained) and a door on the back.
The booth was heated and contained the ticket and change dispensing equipment, a phone, a buzzer to the manager’s office, an overhead light, and a high backed stool for the cashier. It was indeed a tight fit. You had to pull out the stool, load the ticket magazines, then in went the cashier followed by the stool.

PhilMiller
PhilMiller on July 7, 2009 at 1:56 pm

Then you went through the first set of doors and as described in previous posts moved toward the lobby doors where you ticket was taken. The lobby was totally art deco in design, furniture, carpeting, lighting. As you came in straight ahead was a faux fire place with a large mirror over it and upholstered arm chairs on either side. As previously noted the lobby dog legged to the right and the lay out is the same. Amazingly the water fountain is still there. In 1949, just to the left of the fountain, was a candy machine, the only refreshment stand in the theater, dispensing five items. This was to change in the next year 1950.

PhilMiller
PhilMiller on July 7, 2009 at 10:19 pm

In 1950 the chain installed a candy “cabinet”, with wings that folded in when shut, a large red Coca Cola cooler that held bottles of Coca Cola, and a counter to warm and serve popcorn. These were all positioned in front of the fireplace, and while the equipment may have changed I think the refreshment area is still in the same place. The candy machine was a thing of the past. The large oval recess in the lobby ceiling originally contained a large oval frosted glass art deco chandelier which cast most of the light up, and less down. There were also lamps around the lobby as well.

PhilMiller
PhilMiller on July 7, 2009 at 10:30 pm

I seem to recall another set of doors leading from the lobby to the back of the theater. To my knowledge these were never closed. On your right was the back wall of the theater, straight ahead on the right the stairs to the loge (balcony) and on your right the left, center and right aisles to the orchestra seats. The manager’s office was tucked under the balcony stairs and was tiny. The balcony was the only place in the theater where you could smoke, so there was an extra charge to sit up there. No child was permitted in the balcony without and adult.

celboy
celboy on August 24, 2010 at 10:40 am

They are closed for renovations. Are they getting upgraded to digital?

miclup
miclup on August 30, 2011 at 5:01 am

PhilMiller is absolutely correct, at the Manhasset Cinema, the auditorium opened up to a lovely corridor and then to doors that led out to the lobby and Plandome Road. This was a magnificent single screen theater until about 1977 when it was cut up into 3 screens. The programming remains amazing but the wonderful theater is sorely missed. I saw so many films here that I still remember the phone number which remains unchanged.

DARCYDT
DARCYDT on April 12, 2019 at 4:30 pm

This is one of 2 cinemas owned by Bow Tie that closed yesterday, along with the Roslyn theater. The owner of the properties sold them in November, both to the same buyer. Bow-ties' Great Neck theater was taken over April 1 by the former owners of Movieworld in Douglaston, Queens.

DARCYDT
DARCYDT on April 18, 2019 at 8:32 pm

After closing both this theater and the Roslyn theater last Thursday April 11th they are both reopening tomorrow the 19th. Manhasset is advertising on its marque next week’s Avengers film (which normally would not have played there). Tomorrow they have Amazing Grace, High Life and Wild Nights with Emily (all new to Long Island and more their speed).

celboy
celboy on April 18, 2019 at 9:15 pm

thanks for sharing—good to know there are options out there.

baysider73
baysider73 on April 20, 2019 at 1:08 am

It’s the same operator as the Main Street Cinemas in Kew Garden Hills, Islip Cinemas and Grand Ave Cinemas. https://theislandnow.com/featured/manhasset-roslyn-theaters-reopen-under-new-operator/

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