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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robboehm on July 21, 2015 at 8:54 am

theatrefan check out the old and the new Shore in Huntington, New York. An even worse box.

theatrefan on July 21, 2015 at 10:04 am

robboehm, I see exactly what you mean, so much for adaptive reuse of an existing structure. It really does look like they ran out of money as it was being constructed.

robboehm on July 21, 2015 at 12:53 pm

theatrefan – the original Shore was actually levelled. The new shared the same footprint.

theatrefan on July 21, 2015 at 12:59 pm

I understand, nothing was saved from the old Shore theatre for the new one, Thank You robboehm.

ridethectrain on August 16, 2015 at 5:29 pm

Guess the AMC Fantasy will show Star Wars. That’s a first. The last Stars Film Return of the Jedi played in Rockville Centre. Guess Malverne might be showing some first run films also while Lynbrook is closed.

Mike (saps)
Mike (saps) on August 17, 2015 at 12:14 pm

Malverne always shows first-run films, just not the usual Hollywood fare.

ridethectrain on August 17, 2015 at 12:20 pm

It happened when the Fantasy was closed for their renovation

Mike (saps)
Mike (saps) on August 17, 2015 at 12:25 pm

OK, here’s the latest from the Lynbrook Herald on the proposed new theater:

A Q&A about the upcoming cinemas in Lynbrook by Mary Malloy

Due to a reporting error, in the story “Future attraction: Regal Cinemas 13,” it was erroneously stated the new movie theater in Lynbrook would increase its seating by 700 seats, when, at the time, it should have read 70 seats.

Since that story, the village reports that, based on revised drawings submitted by Regal, there will actually be a reduction in the number of seats — from the current 1,605 to 1,434 — 171 fewer seats. This was done to meet distance requirements from the power lines on the north side of Merrick Road, according to the Village.

Construction of Lynbrook’s long-awaited new movie theater will begin as soon as the project gets approval from the Nassau County Industrial Development Agency, and the work will keep the local cinema closed for more than a year, according to officials with the project’s contracting firm. The IDA will review the project’s impact on businesses in the area and approve any county tax exemptions. A decision to proceed with the work is expected soon. If approved, it would begin within three months, starting with the demolition of the existing theater.

Regal hired Blumenfeld Development Group for the planning and construction of the 77-foot tall building, which will feature new leather recliners and significantly enhanced lobby and concession areas.

To clarify the plans, and to address residents’ concerns and questions, Mayor Bill Hendrick and other village officials have agreed to address their concerns. The questions were culled from a combination of social media sites and conversations with residents, and the Lynbrook/East Rockaway Herald Facebook page.

      Q: The artist rendering looks huge! Will the new building be bigger in size, or just taller? How many parking spaces? Will there still be 13 screens with the 1,434 seats? 
                        A: The building will have 171 less seats and be 4 feet taller, plus a 5-foot parapet wall in the front. No additional parking will be provided, as the theater will accommodate fewer patrons. The 13 screens and 1,434 seats are far less than the 18 screens and 3,000 seats Regal originally wanted. The existing theater has 1,605 seats. 
                        Q: The current structure, which opened nearly a century ago, will be torn down after the project receives IDA approval. Isn’t this an historical building? Won’t this take away from the “quaint” feel of the village?
                        A: The building requires much maintenance and upgrades to repair roof leaks, plumbing and electric; although the building is old, it would not qualify for historical landmark status since there are no unique architectural characteristics or historic events.  As far as the quaint feel, we are always sensitive to maintaining Lynbrook’s suburban atmosphere. The Village will work with the architects on the final design.
                        Q: Will there be other landscaping done around the property? 
                        A: There will be additional landscaping on all four sides of the building, which include 25 large trees and over 350 small plantings.
                        Q: It was reported that Lynbrook would be without a movie theater for roughly 18 months. What other activities can residents take part in if they don’t want to go outside their community?
                        A: We have over 65 programs at Greis Park from basketball to yoga and arts and crafts! The library, too, offers an endless number of programs and resources for all ages.
robboehm on August 17, 2015 at 9:57 pm

And, of course, one could always go to the Fantasy in Rockville Centre which many people do now because the Lynbrook is such a dump.

ridethectrain on August 17, 2015 at 10:43 pm

When I use to use to live out their, the Lynbrook was my least favorite. The sound system was mostly mono until 2000. The got DTS sound in only two screens late. The seats were uncomfortable and if it was crowded, mainly late 80’s and early 90’s. Peoples heads block my view of the film. I always like the Fantasy when it was renovated in 1989. The only thing I don’t live their anymore, so I can’t take advantage of the recliner seats. Saw it once.

When the theatre reopens in 2016, it going to get busy like Fresh Meadows because they will the lazy boy recliner seats. With 13 screens and less seats, most auditorium probably only seat 100 people.

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