Great Neck Cinemas at the Squire

115 Middle Neck Road,
Great Neck, NY 11021

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Great Neck Cinemas at the Squire

The Squire Theater was a small single screen cinema that opened around 1935. On March 25, 1983 United Artists converted it into a triplex with three shoe-box theaters (2 downstairs, 1 up).

After UA filed for bankruptcy, the Squire Theater sat closed for a couple of months, until being taken over by Wurtzburgh Theatre and was later reopened by Clearview Cinemas. They have since chopped up the auditorium again, and it now functions with 7 small screens.

In June 2013, Bow-Tie Cinemas took over most Clearview locations, including this one. From April 1, 2019 it is operated by an independent operator as the Great Neck Cinemas at the Squire.

Contributed by SteveSmith

Recent comments (view all 39 comments)

bmccinemash on November 27, 2015 at 4:19 am

The history of the Squire is a little off, U.A. did not close the theatre because of bankruptcy, they sold the building to a gentleman by the name of Warren Whurtzberger who then renovated the theatre to 7 screens and because of his money problems he sold the 7 plex to Clearview Cinemas in 1996. I know this because I was the Division Manager for Clearview Cinemas for Long Island at the time of the sale and was responsible for bringing the Squire into the fold as well as the Franklin also owned by Whurtzberger, who had overextended himself with loans from Boston Concession in order to by and renovate the Squire

bmccinemash on November 27, 2015 at 4:35 am

The strange thing about the Squire was that U.A. Eastern Theatres offices were on top of the Theatre when I worked for U.A. in the 70’s as a Manager at the U.A. Quartet so I spent a lot of time in the Squire, where at the time Mr. Al Lowey was the Manager of both the Squire and the Playhouse and Hope Masades was his Asst., So when Clearview took it over in 1996 it was like a old homecoming for me. I left Clearview in 2001 a year after Clearview was brought by Cablevision and they changed our operating procedures so I left to buy theatres in Florida and form my ow3n company with 2 partners

ridethectrain on April 1, 2019 at 9:43 pm

The theater was taken over by the former owners of Movieworld Douglaston

DARCYDT on April 12, 2019 at 4:31 pm

The former owners of the defunct Movieworld in Douglaston, NY have taken over the Squire.

robboehm on April 12, 2019 at 8:47 pm

The Squire was a leased property and Bow Tie was not the sole owner. Was just the management of the theater taken over or a purchase made? The original Squire lease only ran until 2020.

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wally 75 on April 13, 2019 at 3:23 pm

I was what UA called a “City Manager” of the Squire and Playhouse back in 70’s before moving on to the Rivoli N.Y. 1975. The only reason I mention it, was talking to someone about when it snowed on Easter Sunday…and there were lines down the block at both theatre’s. Maybe someone can remember the year and what was playing at the Squire and Playhouse.

ridethectrain on August 9, 2019 at 3:40 am

Please rename Great Neck CInemas

fred1 on August 9, 2019 at 8:19 am

Actually the official name is “The Great Neck Cinemas at the Squire” according to their website

ridethectrain on November 2, 2019 at 1:15 am

Please update, UA open it as a triplex on March 25, 1983

ridethectrain on November 9, 2019 at 8:25 pm

Please update, it was taken over by Wurtzburgh before Clearview bought his theatres.

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