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 on December 14, 1983. On June 22, 1988 it became a sixplex.

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 acquired the Green Acres Cinemas in 1991 and booked the more upscale product here.

The 1,471-seat Green Acres Cinemas was closed on September 18, 2011, and was demolished in May-June 2012.

Contributed by RobertR

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davidcoppock
davidcoppock on May 6, 2019 at 11:44 am

No longer the place to be!!

ridethectrain
ridethectrain on August 31, 2019 at 9:25 pm

National Amusements took control sometime in 1991. They would sometime show new pictures or films that originally played at the Sunrise. In the late years, both theatres show the same films (so people that didn’t want to go through metal detectors would chose the Green Acres).

The company was so cheap, it wouldn’t upgrade the theatre. They would refuse to put in either Dolby Digital or DTS Sound. Also, wouldn’t put cupholders on the seats. When digital projections came out, the Sunrise Cinemas got all screen digital projection.

National Amusements if they would of spent money upgrading this theatre, maybe it still open.

robboehm
robboehm on September 1, 2019 at 2:01 pm

ridethetrain but the Sunrise Cinemas also closed.

ridethectrain
ridethectrain on October 31, 2019 at 12:29 am

Please update, National Amusements took over the Green Acres from Cineplex Odeon on June 15, 1990. Just update the display ads

davidcoppock
davidcoppock on October 31, 2019 at 3:46 am

Reopened by Cineplex Odeon(date unknown?)(3 screens?) with “Who framed Roger Rabbit”, “Licence to drive” and “Arthur 2 on the rocks”.

davidcoppock
davidcoppock on October 31, 2019 at 3:47 am

A Italian restaurant(Olive Garden) is being built on this site.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on October 31, 2019 at 9:15 am

It re-opened as a sixplex but Cineplex Odeon opened a few screens while work was still going on in the others.

Mike (saps)
Mike (saps) on October 31, 2019 at 10:42 am

Good grief, that Olive Garden has been open for years already…

ridethectrain
ridethectrain on October 31, 2019 at 3:02 pm

June 22, 1988 with Who Frammed Roger Rabit. Theatre 4, 5 and 6 a month later

ridethectrain
ridethectrain on October 25, 2020 at 9:58 pm

Please update total seats 1471 six cinemas based on National Amusements timetable, became a triplex on December 14, 1983 and finally six screens on June 22, 1988 (downstairs 3 screens and the remaining 3 screens upstairs a month later).

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