Cinemart Cinemas

106-03 Metropolitan Avenue,
Forest Hills, NY 11375

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johndereszewski
johndereszewski on March 20, 2017 at 8:24 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.

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/

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.

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 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.

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

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

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

Was their today, the Dolby Digital sound finally work

Bway
Bway on February 26, 2015 at 4:35 pm

Save the Cinemart!!!!!

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

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.

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.

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

johndereszewski
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.

johndereszewski
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!

optimist008
optimist008 on January 15, 2015 at 9:32 am

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???

RobertR
RobertR on January 15, 2015 at 7:52 am

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

NativeForestHiller
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” http://foresthillstimes.com/view/full_story/26362063/article-Major-film-to-determine-theater-s-future

Please share with all your contacts.

fred1
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

DARCYDT
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?

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.

Flynn
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.

DARCYDT
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.

Ed Miller
Ed Miller on May 27, 2010 at 6:36 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!

NativeForestHiller
NativeForestHiller on January 14, 2010 at 10:49 pm

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

johndereszewski
johndereszewski on September 7, 2009 at 3:07 pm

Great shot Warren, and welcome back.

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[Deleted] on September 4, 2009 at 1:58 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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