Green Acres Cinemas

610 W. Sunrise Highway,
Valley Stream, NY 11581

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Green Acres Cinemas

This was one of the Century Theaters chains' premiere Long Island theaters. The 1,683-seat Green Acres Cinema was opened on September 15, 1961 with Sophia Loren in “Two Women”. It always played big movies and I remember seeing “The Towering Inferno” here in 70mm. Century Theaters first cut it up to three screens.

RKO and later Cineplex had stiff competition here because National Amusements built the Sunrise Sixplex which was up to 25 screens when it closed on January 19, 2015. National Amusements eventually aquired the Green Acres Cinemas and booked the more upscale product here.

The Green Acres Cinemas was closed on September 18, 2011, and was demolished in May-June 2012.

Contributed by RobertR

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Richard on May 6, 2013 at 6:47 pm

This was my hometown theater. Sad to have seen it go.

buick8 on June 5, 2013 at 7:58 am

I remember seeing High Plains Drifter there back in the early 70’s. Real hot summer say and I went with my brother and Dad. I was yearning for a pair of cowboy boots after the show because I was too young to get Colt Peacemaker. Had to move from the area in the Mid 70’s as the population in the area was changing for the worse.

Ed Miller
Ed Miller on January 22, 2015 at 9:56 am

This theater should be tagged as “demolished,” rather than “closed,” because it WAS demolished. Olive Garden now stands on its site.

Ed Miller
Ed Miller on January 22, 2015 at 10:00 am

I just read buick8’s comment, and I have a big scoop for him (or her). Making thinly veiled racist comments is unacceptable here, and I have further news for buick8. Neighborhoods wouldn’t “change for the worse” if ignorant people didn’t panic and move away at the sight of the first person of color.

robboehm on January 22, 2015 at 11:45 am

And now the adjacent Sunrise Multiplex has closed. After the shooting and the installation of metal detectors things took a downturn. Also the opening of the Jamaica Multiplex probably cut into their business since people in eastern Queens had an alternative.

Persons of color were long a part of the Valley Stream makeup. So it’s more of the demeanor of the people coming in.

RobertR on May 24, 2016 at 9:23 am

Boy had this place hung on a bit it could have been a top grosser again

Mike (saps)
Mike (saps) on May 24, 2016 at 9:29 am

Intro should mention that The Sunrise Multiplex Cinemas was closed January 19, 2015.

dallasmovietheaters on May 6, 2019 at 6:00 am

Century’s Green Acres Theatre launched September 15, 1961 with “Two Women” on a 50-year lease. The theatre had 1,683 seats at its opening with a single screen. It was located in the Green Acres Shopping Center and closed at the end of lease on September 18, 2011.

robboehm on May 6, 2019 at 8:49 am

Doubt if any of the current leases are more than twenty years if you look at some of the entries on CT.

davidcoppock on May 6, 2019 at 10:44 am

No longer the place to be!!

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