AMC Fantasy 5

18 N. Park Avenue,
Rockville Centre, NY 11570

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Operated by: AMC Theatres

Previously operated by: Century Theaters, Cineplex Odeon, Loews

Architects: R. Thomas Short

Functions: Movies (First Run)

Styles: Art Deco

Previous Names: Fantasy Theatre, Century Fantasy Theatre, RKO Century Fantasy Theatre, Loews Cineplex Fantasy

Phone Numbers: Box Office: 516.764.8240

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AMC Fantasy 5

The Fantasy Theatre was opened in 1929 with 1,584 seats. It was taken over by Century Theatres followed by RKO Century, followed by Cinepex Odeon who closed it on January 28, 1988. Cineplex Odeon converted it into a five-plex, reopening on September 2, 1988.

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ridethectrain on August 28, 2019 at 8:09 am

Please update in the description, it open as a fiveplex under Cineplex Odeon and September 2, 1988 (one week late due to delays). AMC put Rocking Chairs and refurbished the theatre a few years ago.

ridethectrain on October 31, 2019 at 12:47 pm

Please update the description, the theatre was a Century Theatre and became RKO Century Fantasy theatre. Cineplex Odeon did operate the theatre as a single screen when the purchase the RKO Century Warner chain. It closed as a single screen with a balcony on January 28, 1988. The last feature to play a single screen was Three Men And A Baby. It reopened as 5 screens on September 2, 1988. 2 screens on the ground floor and 3 screens on the 2nd floor. The theatre was rebuilt. When the theatre open on September 2, 1988, all screens Dolby Stereo and Theatre 1 had 70MM projection.

Only two films played in 70MM at the Fantasy, Indiana Jones and The Last Crusade and Far And Away.

AMC which merge with Loews Cineplex, renovated the theatre sometime in 2002 and installed AMC Rocking Chairs that don’t recline.

During the RKO Century days, the theatre show a lot of James Bond films and Back To The Future films. Unfortunately, when it was a single screen, it never got Dolby Stereo.

ridethectrain on November 8, 2019 at 3:05 pm

Please update total seats too 565. Theatre capacity reduced due to AMC Rocking Chairs installed in 2014

larry6803 on December 29, 2019 at 10:09 am

I worked there as an Asst Manager and Manager in the late 70’s and 80’s when it was Century and RKO Century. Hired by Century in 1978.The last film I can recall raking it in was ‘’ The In Laws'‘ with Alan Arkin and Peter Falk.Today the Theatre is part of AMC.Just by going to movies the business is not what it was.I think the rise of Netflix and You Tube could be forseen even as far back as 1980. Cable was starting to emerge. Cineplex had the wrong idea. The CEO believed people would travel to these Cinemas for real butter on the popcorn and real ice cubes in beverages.That did not last and I don’t believe they still do that in their Canadian theatres.They never did feasibility studies. They spent a fortune to five plex a Cinemas in Clearwater,Florida The Sunshine Mall 5. Only to turn it eventually into a dollar cinema which destroyed it.Eventually it and the shopping center were torn down and Condos are on that site.

Mike (saps)
Mike (saps) on December 29, 2019 at 5:45 pm

The neon and the lettering have recently been removed from the vertical blade; I have not yet spoken to anyone so I don’t know its future plans.

Ed Solero
Ed Solero on December 30, 2019 at 12:14 pm

The facade has been shorn of all neon and marquee boards, and now sports the same bland, generic reddish AMC logo over the entrance, common to just about all AMC multiplexes these days.

robboehm on December 30, 2019 at 12:20 pm

When AMC did their exterior rebranding of the Shore 8 in Huntington they left the old Cineplex Odeon vertical but it now has AMC at the top and theaters vertically. See my photos on that site.

Ed Solero
Ed Solero on October 25, 2020 at 8:53 am

Not sure if the name FANTASY on the blade had been removed back when I posted 12/30/2019, but it is gone now. Photo added.

ridethectrain on March 16, 2021 at 2:52 pm

Please update RKO to RKO Century Warner in previous operators, it was never a solo RKO owned, only as RKO Century.

rivest266 on June 3, 2021 at 9:24 am

This was to reopen on August 28th, 1988 but was delayed a week. Two more ads posted.

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