UA Lynbrook 6

321 Merrick Road,
Lynbrook, NY 11563

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

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

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 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 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 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 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 on April 11, 2016 at 6:53 pm

Still standing? No demolition as yet?

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 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 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 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 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?

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.

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 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.

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 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.

RobertR on February 10, 2016 at 1:32 pm

Last of the Calderone movie houses