UA Lynbrook 6

321 Merrick Road,
Lynbrook, NY 11563

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UA Lynbrook 6

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The last of the Calderone Theaters in Nassau County to remain in operation as a movie theater, the Lynbrook Theatre has lost all of its old charm. It was operated by Century Theaters in the 1940’s and 1950’s. Over the years, it has been multiplexed into six shoebox theaters.

It fell into disrepair as it went neglected by the UA chain, but was taken over by Regal Cinemas in around 2002.

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fred1 on October 7, 2013 at 5:09 am

Point of note: On the Regal website ,there’s no metion of the explansion and RPX under “grand openings”

Ed Solero
Ed Solero on October 7, 2013 at 8:06 am

Here is a direct link to a page on the Lynbrook Village website, where one can open minutes from previous Board meetings. If one were to click on the link for the 8/12/2013 meeting (the latest meeting at this time), a PDF document will open. At the bottom of page 5, are the following minutes:

“Special Village Counsel Jack Libert introduced Regal Theatre/Bluenfled Development Group (RTBDG) to discuss their intended redevelopment of the Lynbrook Movie Theater at 325 Merrick Road. David Blumenfeld and Jerry Grewe, representing Regal Cinemas, discussed the existing condition of the Theatre. Mr Grewe indicated that the proposed project would encompass all parcels owned by Regal, and provide 15 screens with modern theatre amenities. Chris Robinson of RMS Engineering, representing RTBDG, advised that the existing structure would be demolished, and a new structure would be constructed having a front entrance facing east on Hempstead Avenue, a drop off traffic lane in Patrick Henry Park, and parking provided off site utilizing available spaces on streets and in municipal parking lots.”

After listing those who commented (with no details as to what those comments may have expressed), the minutes go on to read:

“Mr Grewe added that the existing theater has 1700 seats, and the porposed theatre would have 3150 seats, take 12 months to construct, have staggered movie times to minimize traffic congestion, and possible reprogramming of pedestrian crosswalk times on Merrick Road by Nassau County. The Mayor thanked all for their comments and requested that the applicants advise Jack Libert regularly on the status of filing of a formal application.”

So, we now know that the intention is to demolish and construct an entirely new structure. We also know that this is still pretty early in the process, although, it would appear that Regal has a finalized vision for the redevelopment. I wonder how the discussion went, between all those who commented. It might not have even been a discussion, merely various points of view from various Chamber of Commerce representatives and, perhaps, a few local business owners and/or citizens. I can’t imagine they would have been too happy with the projects proposal to utilize only off-site parking.

There really isn’t much by way of convenient street parking in the immediate vicinity. The municipal lot on Forrest Avenue, which serves the storefronts on Atlantic Avenue, would probably bear the brunt of the load – thus necessitating the reprogramming of pedestrian crosswalk lights. Crossing Merrick Avenue at that intersection has always been a tricky proposition.

robboehm on October 7, 2013 at 6:21 pm

Way back when when UA owned the theater the intention was to demolish it and start over. The problem was long tern tenants who could not be displaced. The saga of the Lynbrook is like the LIRR going to Grand Central Terminal and the completion of the Second Avenue Subway. At least they’re working on the latter two but the dates keep getting pushed away. Those two are 50 years in the making. The Lynbrook is only 20.

Mike (saps)
Mike (saps) on October 7, 2013 at 7:12 pm

Meanwhile, the seats that were installed by Mr. Calderone himself haven’t been changed since, and the floors are extra sticky because there are still no cup holders. In 2013. At a first run Regal theater.

Yet they continue to charge full price, plus extra for 3D.

Ed Solero
Ed Solero on October 8, 2013 at 6:37 am

Truth, Mike. Only new seats in the building are those in the two newest rooms – the stage area auditorium, and the tiny auditorium up front in the former retail space. In the 4 main rooms, are the same creaky red seats I remember sitting in for films like “1941,” “Rocky II,” “The Muppet Movie,” and “Dawn of the Dead” back in 1979!

Mike (saps)
Mike (saps) on June 17, 2014 at 7:46 pm

This theater is on the “updated” page but I don’t see hide nor hair of any difference in the listing.

How do theaters get on the updated list when they don’t seem to be actually updated?

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on June 18, 2014 at 3:54 am

Mike(Saps) One reason for a theatre being ‘updated’ is the change of the main photo on the page. Photos change due to the number of ‘hits’ each one receives.

RobertR on August 20, 2014 at 6:18 am

Now that the Fantasy has been renovated its going to be another nail for the Lynbrooks coffin.

RobertR on October 7, 2014 at 7:30 am

This got even worse, Regal is no better then UA.

Mike (saps)
Mike (saps) on December 28, 2014 at 12:58 pm

The local paper Lynbrook/East Rockaway Herald says the theater will double in size in 2015. i’ll link the article when i can get to it.

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