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. It was closed in January 2016.

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theatrefan
theatrefan on February 10, 2016 at 9:40 am

Is really is a shame that even the front facade could not somehow be salvaged and reincorporated into the new multiplex to somehow give it a little bit of personality.

robboehm
robboehm on February 10, 2016 at 12:25 pm

I concur. It’s been done elsewhere if the facade was given landmark status. It’s bad enough current office buildings are just glass boxes. See my comments above on this subject and check out the picture of the ugly current Shore in Huntington.

theatrefan
theatrefan on February 10, 2016 at 1:08 pm

Wow, the Shore is just a plain ugly grey box, it looks like they ran out of money during the design and construction phase. Some of the Canadian complexes opened during the same era were much better in terms of design and aesthetics. No wonder they had to merge with Loews to survive. It’s a shame the original Shore had to be demolished.

RobertR
RobertR on February 10, 2016 at 1:32 pm

Last of the Calderone movie houses

robboehm
robboehm on February 11, 2016 at 12:05 pm

The last theater opened by Calderone was the namesake showplace in Hempstead. Building still exists. Church was supposed to be renovating the auditorium.

The former Westbury, now The Space, is still a functioning venue, albeit mostly for concerts.

A smaller space operated by Calderone in St. James on Second Avenue still exists but as an office building. See references with photos elsewhere on CT.

Ed Solero
Ed Solero on February 11, 2016 at 5:44 pm

Well, this was certainly the last Calderone theater still in operation. The Westbury auditorium was completely gutted to the bare brick walls and the lobby and storefronts were stripped down to the wooden framing members. That leaves the namesake Calderone in Franklin Ave in Hempstead as the sole physically intact (or as close as can be) survivor – or at least it will be once the Lynbrook is demolished.

I’m going to try to contact Lynbrook historian Arthur Mattson with the suggestion that he see if he can get permission to take photographs of any existing original interior decoration, once the false ceilings and partition walls are taken down, and before they are pounded to dust and forever lost. No interior photography or artistic renderings of the original lobby and auditorium appear to be extant. If he’s in the least bit interested, I figure he’d have sufficient prominence or clout with the village to be able to facilitate such an endeavor. Worth a shot.

robboehm
robboehm on February 12, 2016 at 5:50 am

Ed, Hofstra has a whole Calderone archive. Some of it can be seen online. For the rest you have to make an appointment. Never actually been there. Might be some Lynbrook interior photos there.

theatrefan
theatrefan on February 13, 2016 at 6:38 am

I have checked the Calderone Theatres digital collection and unfortunately the Lynbrook is not one of the theatres that they have photo’s of. The collection does however contain lot of vintage photos of the Calderone, Cove, Heampstead, Mineola, Rivoli & Valley Stream Theatres.

robboehm
robboehm on February 13, 2016 at 7:09 am

The index of materials physically at Hofstra includes other than those listed by theatrefan. I remember that Calderone’s Strand in Hempstead was listed. Perhaps there is something on the Lynbrook. Always wanted to get there to take a photo of the Strand image to put on CT.

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