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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NativeForestHiller
NativeForestHiller on February 3, 2015 at 8:05 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 7:00 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 12:21 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 4:35 pm

Save the Cinemart!!!!!

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

ridethectrain
ridethectrain on April 24, 2015 at 8:04 pm

Was their today, the Dolby Digital sound finally work

robboehm
robboehm on May 19, 2015 at 11:21 am

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

DARCYDT
DARCYDT on May 23, 2015 at 9:18 pm

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 6:22 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 4:42 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 5:31 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/

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