Cinemart Cinemas

106-03 Metropolitan Avenue,
Forest Hills, NY 11375

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Cinemart Marquee for Fame 1980

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Opened as the Metropolis Theatre on March 10, 1927. It closed in the late 1950’s as the Inwood Theatre. The renamed Cinemart enjoyed huge popularity as a dollar house showing second run double bills, revivals and foreign films. In 1982 it was twinned and modernized and then in 1995 it was totally redone as a top-notch five-plex. It now shows first run and leans toward offbeat and foreign releases.

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[Deleted] on September 4, 2009 at 3:58 pm

This scan of a printed copy of the Queens Chronicle provides a more detailed image of the Inwood than the one at their website. The marquee looks original except for the side attraction panels, which probably have been changed from a black background with white lettering to the more modern reverse. The entrance doors and poster cases also look original. The Inwood’s current program was the sub-run “Caught” and a revival of “Penny Serenade”:
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johndereszewski on September 7, 2009 at 5:07 pm

Great shot Warren, and welcome back.

NativeForestHiller on January 15, 2010 at 12:49 am

Warren, can you please re-post your scan from Sept 4th?

Ed Miller
Ed Miller on May 27, 2010 at 8:36 pm

My memory of the Cinemart of the 70s and 80s is that it was a shabby dump. The movies that we saw there were on their last run, which fits the dollar format. “On a Clear Day” (the fifth time I saw it!) “Airplane,” and “Flashdance” are the ones I remember seeing there, though I know there were more. Nice to see it’s been reborn, and no reason why it shoudn’t be. Great neighborhood!

Tinseltoes on December 9, 2010 at 3:54 pm

Fifty years ago tomorrow, the Inwood Art Cinema opened an exclusive one-week engagement of “Ecstasy” in what was claimed to be the original uncut, uncensored version of the 1933 Czech melodrama that helped to turn featured actress Hedwig Kiesler into a world sex symbol known as Hedy Lamarr. Added to the program was “Naughty Paris Nights,” featuring stars of the Folies Bergere, Moulin Rouge, Casino de Paris, and the Lido, and climaxing with “the most amazing Can-Can ever filmed.” Last complete shows started at 10:30 pm, with “Ecstasy” screening at midnight. Advertising boasted of “Ample Parking,” but didn’t specify where or for how much.

DARCYDT on December 15, 2010 at 8:56 pm

After seeing 17824 cinema releases in my life (tons on TV),and 12 years living in Queens, I finally saw my first film at the Cinemart. It was a documentary called “Inside Job” and has 1 showing a day in their 92 seat theater. Theater didn’t seem that small, 11 rows of 4 on each side with 4 by themselves in the back. Never saw a theater with screens behind others. Usually screens are side by side,opposite one another or on top of one another. Here 1 and 2 are seperated by a hall which leads to 3, 4 & 5.

Flynn on April 4, 2012 at 11:51 pm

An August 31st, 1953 New York Times article reads:

SIGN ASSAILS THEATRE TAX; Forest Hills Show Owner Says It Forced Closing of House.

A sign reading, “Thank You, Mr. Eisenhower, your 20 per cent tax closed this theatre,” was prominently displayed yesterday outside the Inwood Theatre at 106-03 Metropolitan Avenue, Forest Hills, Queens. The theatre gave its last movie show last night.

So now you all know the exact closing date.

Ed Miller
Ed Miller on April 6, 2012 at 12:14 am

Very cool, Flynn. That fits with the PSA two-reeler that I’ve seen on TCM, where theater owners and managers assail the government for the enormous taxes levied on movie theaters. I think the date of that film is also circa 1953, and shows a remarkable number of vintage theaters.

DARCYDT on October 21, 2012 at 11:20 pm

I notice the Cinemart has no weekday showings this week before 4 PM. What’s going on here?

fred1 on October 22, 2012 at 9:00 am

At this time of the year some theaters to control thier costs will close during the day and open on the weekends. I’m sure this theater is under use during the week

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