UA Lynbrook 6

321 Merrick Road,
Lynbrook, NY 11563

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ridethectrain
ridethectrain on August 17, 2015 at 8:43 pm

When I use to use to live out their, the Lynbrook was my least favorite. The sound system was mostly mono until 2000. The got DTS sound in only two screens late. The seats were uncomfortable and if it was crowded, mainly late 80’s and early 90’s. Peoples heads block my view of the film. I always like the Fantasy when it was renovated in 1989. The only thing I don’t live their anymore, so I can’t take advantage of the recliner seats. Saw it once.

When the theatre reopens in 2016, it going to get busy like Fresh Meadows because they will the lazy boy recliner seats. With 13 screens and less seats, most auditorium probably only seat 100 people.

robboehm
robboehm on August 17, 2015 at 7:57 pm

And, of course, one could always go to the Fantasy in Rockville Centre which many people do now because the Lynbrook is such a dump.

Mike (saps)
Mike (saps) on August 17, 2015 at 10:25 am

OK, here’s the latest from the Lynbrook Herald on the proposed new theater:

A Q&A about the upcoming cinemas in Lynbrook by Mary Malloy

Due to a reporting error, in the story “Future attraction: Regal Cinemas 13,” it was erroneously stated the new movie theater in Lynbrook would increase its seating by 700 seats, when, at the time, it should have read 70 seats.

Since that story, the village reports that, based on revised drawings submitted by Regal, there will actually be a reduction in the number of seats — from the current 1,605 to 1,434 — 171 fewer seats. This was done to meet distance requirements from the power lines on the north side of Merrick Road, according to the Village.

Construction of Lynbrook’s long-awaited new movie theater will begin as soon as the project gets approval from the Nassau County Industrial Development Agency, and the work will keep the local cinema closed for more than a year, according to officials with the project’s contracting firm. The IDA will review the project’s impact on businesses in the area and approve any county tax exemptions. A decision to proceed with the work is expected soon. If approved, it would begin within three months, starting with the demolition of the existing theater.

Regal hired Blumenfeld Development Group for the planning and construction of the 77-foot tall building, which will feature new leather recliners and significantly enhanced lobby and concession areas.

To clarify the plans, and to address residents’ concerns and questions, Mayor Bill Hendrick and other village officials have agreed to address their concerns. The questions were culled from a combination of social media sites and conversations with residents, and the Lynbrook/East Rockaway Herald Facebook page.

      Q: The artist rendering looks huge! Will the new building be bigger in size, or just taller? How many parking spaces? Will there still be 13 screens with the 1,434 seats? 
              
                      A: The building will have 171 less seats and be 4 feet taller, plus a 5-foot parapet wall in the front. No additional parking will be provided, as the theater will accommodate fewer patrons. The 13 screens and 1,434 seats are far less than the 18 screens and 3,000 seats Regal originally wanted. The existing theater has 1,605 seats. 
              
                      Q: The current structure, which opened nearly a century ago, will be torn down after the project receives IDA approval. Isn’t this an historical building? Won’t this take away from the “quaint” feel of the village?
              
                      A: The building requires much maintenance and upgrades to repair roof leaks, plumbing and electric; although the building is old, it would not qualify for historical landmark status since there are no unique architectural characteristics or historic events.  As far as the quaint feel, we are always sensitive to maintaining Lynbrook’s suburban atmosphere. The Village will work with the architects on the final design.
              
                      Q: Will there be other landscaping done around the property? 
              
                      A: There will be additional landscaping on all four sides of the building, which include 25 large trees and over 350 small plantings.
              
                      Q: It was reported that Lynbrook would be without a movie theater for roughly 18 months. What other activities can residents take part in if they don’t want to go outside their community?
              
                      A: We have over 65 programs at Greis Park from basketball to yoga and arts and crafts! The library, too, offers an endless number of programs and resources for all ages.
                
ridethectrain
ridethectrain on August 17, 2015 at 10:20 am

It happened when the Fantasy was closed for their renovation

Mike (saps)
Mike (saps) on August 17, 2015 at 10:14 am

Malverne always shows first-run films, just not the usual Hollywood fare.

ridethectrain
ridethectrain on August 16, 2015 at 3:29 pm

Guess the AMC Fantasy will show Star Wars. That’s a first. The last Stars Film Return of the Jedi played in Rockville Centre. Guess Malverne might be showing some first run films also while Lynbrook is closed.

theatrefan
theatrefan on July 21, 2015 at 10:59 am

I understand, nothing was saved from the old Shore theatre for the new one, Thank You robboehm.

robboehm
robboehm on July 21, 2015 at 10:53 am

theatrefan – the original Shore was actually levelled. The new shared the same footprint.

theatrefan
theatrefan on July 21, 2015 at 8:04 am

robboehm, I see exactly what you mean, so much for adaptive reuse of an existing structure. It really does look like they ran out of money as it was being constructed.

robboehm
robboehm on July 21, 2015 at 6:54 am

theatrefan check out the old and the new Shore in Huntington, New York. An even worse box.

theatrefan
theatrefan on July 21, 2015 at 5:35 am

What an ugly new building, just a bland yucky new box to replace a charming beautiful old building with true character, grace & style. So much for progress. Guess it will never get the Midway treatment like it was supposed to.

robboehm
robboehm on July 19, 2015 at 9:09 am

Place your bets folks. What will be finished first: the new Lynbrook, LIRR access to Grand Central or the Second Avenue Subway in Manhattan? The latter two are actually in progress after decades of planning.

Mike (saps)
Mike (saps) on July 18, 2015 at 5:57 pm

Two photos added — Lynbrook current and Lynbrook proposed.

Mike (saps)
Mike (saps) on July 18, 2015 at 5:53 pm

New article from Lynbrook Herald:

Construction of Lynbrook’s long-awaited new movie theater will begin as soon as the project gets approval from the Nassau County Industrial Development Agency, and the work will keep the local cinema closed for more than a year, according to officials with the project’s contracting firm.

The IDA will review the project’s impact on businesses in the area and approve any county tax exemptions. A decision to proceed with the work is expected by the end of the month. If approved, it would begin within three months, starting with the demolition of the existing theater.

As reported in the Herald in April, the Lynbrook village board approved the demolition of the United Artists Lynbrook 6 theater on Merrick Road, owned and operated by Regal Cinemas, and its replacement with a state-of-the-art theater, at a cost of over $25 million. Mayor Bill Hendrick said that the new theater, which is expected to include 13 screens and 1,660 seats — seven more screens and nearly 700 more seats than the current theater — would be good news for residents and local businesses.

“Lynbrook is very lucky to get this movie theater,” Hendrick said. “I’m very happy with the plans … I think the new facility is going to be absolutely beautiful. … This is a giant leap forward in the right direction.”

According to Village Clerk John Giordano, the village’s engineering consultant and the county fire marshal are also reviewing the plans. The current structure, which opened nearly a century ago, will be torn down after the project receives IDA approval. A demolition permit is expected to be approved this fall, Giordano said.

Jerry Grewe, vice president of Regal Cinemas, said the renovation planning began over a decade ago — but didn’t include demolition of the building. “We initially planned to just renovate the current structure, but that didn’t turn out to be feasible,” he explained. “Instead, we’ll be building a new structure at the same site as the existing one.”

Regal tapped Blumenfeld Development Group for the planning and construction of the 77-foot tall building, which will feature new leather recliners and significantly enhanced lobby and concession areas. Upgrades will also be made to the small nearby Patrick Henry Park, including a new flagpole, a brick plaza and a seating area. The park is used by the village for the Christmas tree and menorah lightings, and other events.

Lynbrook will be without a movie theater for roughly 18 months, according to Seth Silver, a spokesman for Blumenfeld, and the project will be minimally invasive and will not have a large impact on traffic, according to an environmental impact survey done by VHB Engineering. Additionally, Chris Robinson, vice president of Blumenfeld, promised that the construction would not disrupt use of the park.

“The construction will not occupy any space currently occupied by the park,” Robinson said. “Instead we’ll just be renovating certain areas of the park to give it a facelift.”

Comments about this story? or share it online at www.liherald.com/lynbrook.

GeorgeStrum
GeorgeStrum on July 18, 2015 at 5:04 pm

Newsday, 7/18/15, page A8. Multiplex to replace theater. Lynbrook’s vintage movie theater will be demolished to make way for a multimillion dollar multiplex. The orbs in the photo above most likely indicate the old theater is haunted.

Mike (saps)
Mike (saps) on December 28, 2014 at 12:58 pm

The local paper Lynbrook/East Rockaway Herald says the theater will double in size in 2015. i’ll link the article when i can get to it.

RobertR
RobertR on October 7, 2014 at 7:30 am

This got even worse, Regal is no better then UA.

RobertR
RobertR on August 20, 2014 at 6:18 am

Now that the Fantasy has been renovated its going to be another nail for the Lynbrooks coffin.

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on June 18, 2014 at 3:54 am

Mike(Saps) One reason for a theatre being ‘updated’ is the change of the main photo on the page. Photos change due to the number of ‘hits’ each one receives.

Mike (saps)
Mike (saps) on June 17, 2014 at 7:46 pm

This theater is on the “updated” page but I don’t see hide nor hair of any difference in the listing.

How do theaters get on the updated list when they don’t seem to be actually updated?

Ed Solero
Ed Solero on October 8, 2013 at 6:37 am

Truth, Mike. Only new seats in the building are those in the two newest rooms – the stage area auditorium, and the tiny auditorium up front in the former retail space. In the 4 main rooms, are the same creaky red seats I remember sitting in for films like “1941,” “Rocky II,” “The Muppet Movie,” and “Dawn of the Dead” back in 1979!

Mike (saps)
Mike (saps) on October 7, 2013 at 7:12 pm

Meanwhile, the seats that were installed by Mr. Calderone himself haven’t been changed since, and the floors are extra sticky because there are still no cup holders. In 2013. At a first run Regal theater.

Yet they continue to charge full price, plus extra for 3D.

robboehm
robboehm on October 7, 2013 at 6:21 pm

Way back when when UA owned the theater the intention was to demolish it and start over. The problem was long tern tenants who could not be displaced. The saga of the Lynbrook is like the LIRR going to Grand Central Terminal and the completion of the Second Avenue Subway. At least they’re working on the latter two but the dates keep getting pushed away. Those two are 50 years in the making. The Lynbrook is only 20.

Ed Solero
Ed Solero on October 7, 2013 at 8:06 am

Here is a direct link to a page on the Lynbrook Village website, where one can open minutes from previous Board meetings. If one were to click on the link for the 8/12/2013 meeting (the latest meeting at this time), a PDF document will open. At the bottom of page 5, are the following minutes:

“Special Village Counsel Jack Libert introduced Regal Theatre/Bluenfled Development Group (RTBDG) to discuss their intended redevelopment of the Lynbrook Movie Theater at 325 Merrick Road. David Blumenfeld and Jerry Grewe, representing Regal Cinemas, discussed the existing condition of the Theatre. Mr Grewe indicated that the proposed project would encompass all parcels owned by Regal, and provide 15 screens with modern theatre amenities. Chris Robinson of RMS Engineering, representing RTBDG, advised that the existing structure would be demolished, and a new structure would be constructed having a front entrance facing east on Hempstead Avenue, a drop off traffic lane in Patrick Henry Park, and parking provided off site utilizing available spaces on streets and in municipal parking lots.”

After listing those who commented (with no details as to what those comments may have expressed), the minutes go on to read:

“Mr Grewe added that the existing theater has 1700 seats, and the porposed theatre would have 3150 seats, take 12 months to construct, have staggered movie times to minimize traffic congestion, and possible reprogramming of pedestrian crosswalk times on Merrick Road by Nassau County. The Mayor thanked all for their comments and requested that the applicants advise Jack Libert regularly on the status of filing of a formal application.”

So, we now know that the intention is to demolish and construct an entirely new structure. We also know that this is still pretty early in the process, although, it would appear that Regal has a finalized vision for the redevelopment. I wonder how the discussion went, between all those who commented. It might not have even been a discussion, merely various points of view from various Chamber of Commerce representatives and, perhaps, a few local business owners and/or citizens. I can’t imagine they would have been too happy with the projects proposal to utilize only off-site parking.

There really isn’t much by way of convenient street parking in the immediate vicinity. The municipal lot on Forrest Avenue, which serves the storefronts on Atlantic Avenue, would probably bear the brunt of the load – thus necessitating the reprogramming of pedestrian crosswalk lights. Crossing Merrick Avenue at that intersection has always been a tricky proposition.

fred1
fred1 on October 7, 2013 at 5:09 am

Point of note: On the Regal website ,there’s no metion of the explansion and RPX under “grand openings”