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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optimist008
optimist008 on January 15, 2015 at 12:32 pm

I just read the story in queenscourier.com and wondered why won’t the major studios license him anymore major product if “American Sniper” fails?? This is the only theater for many miles so what do the distributors have to lose by licensing the owner more feature films???

johndereszewski
johndereszewski on January 15, 2015 at 2:50 pm

I think one of the problems facing this theater was that – until very recently – the owner of the Cinemart did not upgrade his screens to accommodate the digital technology. Since the major distributors are now only going digital, this posed a real – and possibly fatal – problem. But, as noted in an article in today’s NYC DNA, the owner is making this investment. This should hopefully enable the Cinemart to stay competitive – as long as we locals continue to patronize it.

So, by all means, let’s try to pack the place over the next few weeks, and beyond!

johndereszewski
johndereszewski on January 19, 2015 at 4:07 pm

My wife and I braved the rainstorm yesterday and saw Birdman at the Cinemart. It was a very enjoyable experience – and the movie is VERY good. In fact, in addition to “American Sniper” and “Birdman”, at least two other of the leading films of 2014 are currently on display here. The theater was very well attended – nearly sold out – at our matinee performance. So, at least at the outset, things are looking very good here. I hope many of you will also visit the Cinimart during the next critical weeks.

NativeForestHiller
NativeForestHiller on February 3, 2015 at 11:05 pm

As a result of the Cinemart Cinemas Preservation Campaign, the owner’s dedication, and the screening of “American Sniper” (a first-run film!), the Cinemart achieved a record number of ticket sales: http://www.queensledger.com/view/full_story/26391453/article-Cinemart-Cinemas-achieves-record-ticket-sales

The good fight is far from over. As a preservationist who is assisting the owner, we are determined to succeed.For ideas and preservation leads, please email Michael Perlman of Rego-Forest Preservation Council at

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.

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