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 Theatres in Nassau County to remain in operation as a movie theater, the Lynbrook Theatre has lost all of its old charm. The 1,500-seat Lynbrook Theatre was opened prior to 1926 and was operated by the Calderone Theatre Corp. By 1931 it was operated by Fox Theatres. It was operated by Century Theaters in the 1940’s and 1950’s. In the early-1960’s it was known as the New Lynbrook Theatre when it was operated by Skouras Theatres. 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. It was closed in January 2016 and demolished in June 2016.

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schlesmail
schlesmail on August 18, 2016 at 4:58 pm

Here’s what’s slated to replace it: http://www.newsday.com/business/lynbrook-vintage-movie-theater-to-be-replaced-by-25-million-13-screen-multiplex-1.10653045 .

Mike (saps)
Mike (saps) on August 18, 2016 at 5:29 pm

For what it’s worth, here’s the article dated July 17, 2015:

Lynbrook’s vintage movie theater will be demolished to make way for a multimillion-dollar multiplex.

Regal Entertainment Group plans to replace the 23,000- square-foot film palace at 321 Merrick Rd. in the village’s downtown with an 80,000- square-foot facility.

The new theater will have 13 screens and 1,600 seats, a spokesman for one of the developers confirmed Friday. He said the project would cost $25 million and take 18 months to complete.

Lynbrook officials approved the project in May. It is part of the village’s new arts and cultural district, established to revitalize the downtown. Village and Regal officials weren’t available to comment Friday afternoon.

Regal real estate vice president Jerry Grewe said in a statement after securing the village’s approval, “Through the state-of-the-art renovations at the Lynbrook Cinema, we will offer a whole new moviegoing experience featuring our plush recliners.

The new theater will serve a larger territory with January’s closing of Sunrise Multiplex Cinemas in Valley Stream. Also, Rockville Centre is down to one multiplex from two.

The existing Lynbrook theater is about 100 years old and hosted live performances before being converted to show films. It was a respected vaudeville house with ornate chandeliers in the lobby and dressing rooms for the actors on the second floor.

In 1929 the theater showed the first sound film, as well as the first “talkie” film on Long Island, “The Lights of New York.” Forty-four years later, when the theater showed “Last Tango in Paris,” village officials asked a court to intercede, calling the movie obscene.

The new theater is being built by Blumenfeld Development Group of Syosset and the Prusik Group of Manhattan. They have applied for tax breaks from the Nassau County Industrial Development Agency. A hearing scheduled for Monday has been postponed.

State law prohibits industrial development agencies from aiding retailers unless the project falls within an exception, such as drawing tourists to an area. The county IDA has backed previous Blumenfeld projects.

Developer David Blumenfeld said the project reflects his company’s “commitment to Long Island and its economic sustainability.”

Mike (saps)
Mike (saps) on November 2, 2016 at 12:54 pm

Construction well under way, two photos posted…

robboehm
robboehm on November 2, 2016 at 7:00 pm

Still waiting to see demo photos mentioned above.

Mike (saps)
Mike (saps) on April 7, 2017 at 4:20 am

New construction photo posted.

robboehm
robboehm on April 7, 2017 at 6:29 am

Gonna be a really ugly building.

robboehm
robboehm on April 21, 2017 at 8:04 pm

Really big and ugly. Uploaded a bunch of pix I took today. Presumably there is a parking garage in the building because there certainly isn’t any in the area on the street.

robboehm
robboehm on August 29, 2017 at 7:02 pm

According to the Regal website the Lynbrook 13 and RPX will open in 2018. Originally the opening was to be this year.

robboehm
robboehm on April 7, 2018 at 8:23 am

April and still not open. They are relying on area parking rather than incorporating it in the huge building.

Ed Solero
Ed Solero on April 7, 2018 at 12:03 pm

The signage is coming along. The backlighting on the sort of upside down “L” shaped sign at the corner of Merrick and Hempstead was abnormally bright before they affixed the lettering and logo! Also, I know I’ve been remiss in not uploading demolition pics of the old UA building I took a couple of years back, but I went on a European vacation shortly thereafter and then moved (still in Lynbrook, only about 6 blocks away) and haven’t yet been able to set up my office space and computer so I can easily go through and edit the pics! I’ll get there, robboehm!

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