UA Lynbrook 6

321 Merrick Road,
Lynbrook, NY 11563

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

Still waiting to see demo photos mentioned above.

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

Construction well under way, two photos posted…

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.”

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 .

robboehm
robboehm on August 2, 2016 at 1:45 pm

Ed still waiting for your June photos

Mike (saps)
Mike (saps) on July 27, 2016 at 7:35 am

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

robboehm
robboehm on July 27, 2016 at 7:25 am

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

Mike (saps)
Mike (saps) on June 20, 2016 at 9:31 am

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

robboehm
robboehm on June 20, 2016 at 7:58 am

Ed still waiting to see your pix.

Mike (saps)
Mike (saps) on June 6, 2016 at 5:41 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…!

Ed Miller
Ed Miller on June 6, 2016 at 3:51 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.

robboehm
robboehm on June 4, 2016 at 3:44 pm

Uploaded a 1918 postcard image of the Lynbrook. One from the 1920’s as the William Fox Lynbrook was previously on CT.

Ed Solero
Ed Solero on June 4, 2016 at 3:14 pm

Well… You can definitely change the status on this to demolished. All that remains standing as of this morning is the stage house structure. You can see the old proscenium opening, which is entirely obstructed by the cinder block wall they constructed for the screen they had added there some years back. I’ll be uploading a few pictures I took with my cell phone over the last week or two, showing a few stages of demolition. I’ll post back when the are all up.

robboehm
robboehm on May 26, 2016 at 11:57 am

I’ve uploaded another photo of the monstrosity which will replace the Lynbrook. It has all the appeal of an LA Fitness.

fred1
fred1 on April 26, 2016 at 5:20 am

On the Regal theaters website , under grand openings there a total of 5 venues in the NYC metro area . I wonder if all of them will open in the next 2 years

Mike (saps)
Mike (saps) on April 25, 2016 at 6:39 pm

There is now a construction fence around the entire building and adjacent parking lot.

robboehm
robboehm on April 13, 2016 at 11:12 am

Can anyone “swipe” some memorabilia?

Mike (saps)
Mike (saps) on April 13, 2016 at 10:26 am

There is paper covering the front doors and a “Asbestos abatement” notice taped to the glass. There is an opening in the paper and I looked and saw dozens of theater seats piled in the lobby.

The adjacent parking lot is closed and there was a dumpster and a crane next to the theater; a worker there said they were removing the stage house roof (although he didn’t call it that…lol)

The beginning of the end.

Photos of the “progress” would be appreciated…

robboehm
robboehm on April 11, 2016 at 6:53 pm

Still standing? No demolition as yet?

Mikeoaklandpark
Mikeoaklandpark on February 29, 2016 at 1:08 pm

Is Regal still going to operate this theater or another theater chain? Looking at the pictures it looked like it really was time to get a new theater. What a shame they took and chopped that theater up. I saw the photo where they had the roadshow engagement of Camelot in 70MM

NYer
NYer on February 29, 2016 at 12:42 pm

April 1964 Chubby Checker makes an appearance on stage opening day of his picture “Don’t Knock The Twist”. Ad in Photos section.

Jeffwitt
Jeffwitt on February 20, 2016 at 7:37 am

Sirs: Also I would like to see agAin is Studio 1 movie theater fully restored for the 21st ACentury ! It would be very nice to have that theater again! I saw two films in that theater: they were :‘Jason and the Argonuts (1963) and 'The Haunting ’(1963).

Jeffwitt
Jeffwitt on February 20, 2016 at 7:11 am

Sirs: I hope thart they will restore UALynbrook Theater fot the 21st Century,which is part regal Group.

robboehm
robboehm on February 16, 2016 at 4:23 pm

So when is Mylie Cyrus coming with her wrecking ball to get this long awaited project started?