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 on December 15, 2010 at 6:56 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 9:51 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 5, 2012 at 10:14 pm

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 9:20 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 7:00 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

NativeForestHiller on January 14, 2015 at 8:28 pm

PRESERVATION ALERT – Save The Historic Cinemart Theatre by seeing a major film screening this week!!! Please share & buy tickets for “American Sniper”

Please share with all your contacts.

RobertR on January 15, 2015 at 7:52 am

optimist008 on January 15, 2015 at 9:32 am

I just read the story in 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 on January 15, 2015 at 11:50 am

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 on January 19, 2015 at 1:07 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.

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