Cinemart Cinemas

106-03 Metropolitan Avenue,
Forest Hills, NY 11375

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Cinemart Marquee from across Metropolitan Avenue, 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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DARCYDT
DARCYDT on February 18, 2015 at 10:00 am

So 6 weekends after they got “American Sniper” they have yet to have any further first run releases. Being surrounded by Regal’s Midway and Atlas Mall doesn’t help; I’m sure that chain has first dib on all new releases.

johndereszewski
johndereszewski on February 18, 2015 at 3:21 pm

With the closing of the Branden on Austin St. – which did show (mostly poor) first run movies – and the fact that the Atlas Mall Cinema, which has its own problems, is not really a direct competitor – the Cinemart is well positioned to be offered more first run releases. The fact that the owner finally invested the funds to upgrade to digital should further help things. Since most first run movies released in January and February are crap, this should not make the lack of such releases a big deal, at least for now. In fact, the Cinemart is probably doing better business in showing second run Oscar nominated films like “Birdman” than in screening anything newer.

Beyond the search for first run releases, the Cinemart should pursue the screening of interesting and provocative Indy movies. There is a market for these films that is not totally sated by the Kew Gardens Cinema. Also, I am sure many Forest Hills residents would be very interested in this market. Just a thought.

Bway
Bway on February 26, 2015 at 7:35 pm

Save the Cinemart!!!!!

http://queenscourier.com/hollywood-gives-forest-hills-historic-theater-last-chance/

ridethectrain
ridethectrain on April 24, 2015 at 11:04 pm

Was their today, the Dolby Digital sound finally work

robboehm
robboehm on May 19, 2015 at 2:21 pm

Then (as Metropolis) and now (as Cinemart) photo uploaded.

DARCYDT
DARCYDT on May 24, 2015 at 12:18 am

Only 1 major release this month here, Hot Pursuit and it hasn’t done too well at the box office.

DARCYDT
DARCYDT on March 25, 2016 at 9:22 pm

Per their website currently only 2 screens are open as they transition to recliner seats, a new bathroom and other improvements.

DARCYDT
DARCYDT on May 16, 2016 at 7:42 pm

Actually closed at the moment from April 25 to May 25 for more renovations. Theater reopens May 26 with X-Men: Apocalypse on 2 screens and Love and Friendship on Friday the 27th. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles arrives June 2. There will be reclining seats and the other 2 screens are still to come.

Comfortably Cool
Comfortably Cool on May 27, 2016 at 8:31 am

News article on the re-opening: http://qns.com/story/2016/05/26/iconic-forest-hills-movie-theater-will-reopen-tonight-with-comfy-new-chairs-and-other-renovations-tonight/

johndereszewski
johndereszewski on March 20, 2017 at 11:24 am

My wife and I enjoyed seeing “Get Out” yesterday at the Cinemart. The reclining seats have now been installed in all five theaters. While this has reduced the capacity significantly, it appears to be very popular with the public, since most seats were filled.

In addition to “Get Out”, three of the five screens were showing “Beauty and the Beast on its opening weekend. So it seems the Cinemart has been successful in landing more than a few first run movies.

All in all, this was a most encouraging visit to this real survivor of a movie house.

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