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 September 4, 2015 at 7:30 pm

Is there not anyway they could save the front Facade of the Lynbrook Theatre & incorporate it into the new structure? It’s such a same a architecturally significant structure will be replaced by the big ugly box, with no personality, charm or character whatsoever. What ever happened to adaptive reuse?

Ed Solero
Ed Solero on September 5, 2015 at 12:34 am

I was hoping for the same, theatrefan. The Village responded to worries about how the new ugly box will fit in with the architectural “charm” of Lynbrook by saying that the renderings seen thus far are only suggestions, and that the finished facade would have to meet with their approval. They also claimed that they will have considerable input on the final exterior design.

However, that really doesn’t offer much solace. If you take a look at the new Zwanger Peseri Radiology facility that recently opened on Sunrise Hwy, between Atlantic and Union, you’ll realize that the Village doesn’t give a good damn about a structure blending in with the rest of the local environs. I’d also point to the newer portion of the Lynbrook Public Library as contrasted with the original building to which it is appended.

robboehm
robboehm on September 14, 2015 at 2:53 pm

The Southampton used the original facade when they rebuilt also the AMC in Manhattan and the former Henry Miller’s.

robboehm
robboehm on September 14, 2015 at 3:01 pm

The Nassau County Industrial Development Agency has approved tax benefits for this $32 million project. Benefits might include a sales tax exemption of up to $567,000 on the purchase of construction materials and equipment, a mortgage recording tax exemption of more than $284,000 and a 20 year payment-in-lieu of taxes agreement that freezes taxes for the first two years and then raises them incrementally for the remainder of the term. This from LI Business in Newsday.

Another words the public is going to get screwed.

ridethectrain
ridethectrain on January 10, 2016 at 11:05 pm

Starting January 11. the theatre is finally getting renovated. That why Malverne is showing The Ravenant

robboehm
robboehm on January 11, 2016 at 12:57 am

Renovated or torn down and rebuilt? That’s been the plan for the last decade or so.

Mike (saps)
Mike (saps) on January 12, 2016 at 7:19 am

Theater is closed. Marquee says “closed. New theater coming soon.”

I believe the building is coming down and a new one will be erected.

Time to get some photos of the old girl, especially with the current marquee.

Ed…?

Ed Solero
Ed Solero on January 14, 2016 at 5:02 pm

Just uploaded a pic of the theater I took yesterday morning, on the way to work. When I drove past again last night, the marquee was dark. I presume prep work for demolition will be starting any day, if it hasn’t already begun. Glass entrance doors had not yet been whitewashed as of last night. I wonder if I’d be able to persuade a worker to let me in when all the partitions and false ceilings are down, just to see if anything remains of the original interior design, before it’s all eradicated for good! Might be tough with my work schedule, to arrange for that, so if anyone else cares to try…

Mike (saps)
Mike (saps) on January 18, 2016 at 12:16 am

The marquee is still up, but the words United Artists have been removed.

Ed Solero
Ed Solero on January 18, 2016 at 2:23 am

Photo added, to illustrate that development.

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