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. 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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Ed Miller
Ed Miller on June 6, 2016 at 6:51 pm

I agree with Ed; it’s history. I was on a bus this afternoon and was dumbfounded at the sight, because I had no idea of the theater’s impending doom. I have vivid memories of seeing “Whatever Happened to Baby Jane?” there with my best friend, in the fall of 1962, when we were both 12. We lived in Valley Stream; my mother drove us there, and his father picked us up, and now I’m the only one living who remembers that event. Sorry, but I didn’t get any photos. I was unprepared for the sight of the rubble, and by the time I got my phone out, the bus was moving east. Coming home, the bus was too crowded for me to grab any photos.

Mike (saps)
Mike (saps) on June 6, 2016 at 8:41 pm

Walked by today, got a good look at the proscenium and stagehouse through a gap in the fence netting. You can see the arch above the stage area and the cinder blocks they used to create the wall for a new screening room.

Ed, post your pics…!

robboehm on June 20, 2016 at 10:58 am

Ed still waiting to see your pix.

Mike (saps)
Mike (saps) on June 20, 2016 at 12:31 pm

Passed by last night, stage house almost completely demolished since Friday…

robboehm on July 27, 2016 at 10:25 am

Still no pictures of demo in progress. What is the current status of the site?

Mike (saps)
Mike (saps) on July 27, 2016 at 10:35 am

It’s a big vacant lot, cleared of most debris. Surrounded by a cyclone fence with green netting.

robboehm on August 2, 2016 at 4:45 pm

Ed still waiting for your June photos

schlesmail on August 18, 2016 at 7:58 pm

Here’s what’s slated to replace it: .

Mike (saps)
Mike (saps) on August 18, 2016 at 8:22 pm

That article (behind a paywall no less) is over a year old.

Mike (saps)
Mike (saps) on August 18, 2016 at 8:29 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.”

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