Manhasset Cinemas

430 Plandome Road,
Manhasset, NY 11030

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Manhasset Cinemas

Originally opened by the Century Circuit Inc. on November 23, 1936, it was managed by Skouras Theatres. The 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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celboy on August 24, 2010 at 2:40 am

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

miclup on August 29, 2011 at 9:01 pm

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 on April 12, 2019 at 8:30 am

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 on April 18, 2019 at 12:32 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 on April 18, 2019 at 1:15 pm

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

baysider73 on April 19, 2019 at 5:08 pm

It’s the same operator as the Main Street Cinemas in Kew Garden Hills, Islip Cinemas and Grand Ave Cinemas.

ridethectrain on November 10, 2019 at 1:17 am

Prior to Clearview CInemas operating the theatre, it was operated for years by United Artists Theatre Circuit. It was sold to Clearview during UA financial problems.

robboehm on November 10, 2019 at 10:05 am

And before that by Skouras.

Comfortably Cool
Comfortably Cool on December 2, 2019 at 10:26 am

According to trade journal research, the Manhasset Theatre opened on November 23rd, 1936, which was the Monday before Thanksgiving of that year. Although built by the Century Circuit simultaneously with the Elm and Quentin in Brooklyn, the Manhasset would be managed by Skouras Theatres, which, in 1935, had signed a “pooling” agreement with Century for all of their theatres in Queens and Long Island. George Skouras, head of that company, wanted to use the Manhasset as a test for ending double features in communities with a single theatre and no nearby competition…The overview to this listing claims that the Manhasset Theatre first opened in 1927, which could be true if it was “modernized” into the one of 1936. But nothing turned up in research to justify that possibility.

robboehm on December 2, 2019 at 12:49 pm

Aha. That explains joint movie ads in the past for Century and Skouras which always seemed odd to me. Century also had deals with Loew’s for the Prospect in Flushing and the Manor/Vogue in Brooklyn. Although they built the Suffolk in Riverhead there was some sort of swap with Prudential for the Huntington Station.

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