Green Acres Cinemas

610 W. Sunrise Highway,
Valley Stream, NY 11581

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Green Acres Cinemas

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This was one of the Century Theaters chains' premiere Long Island theaters. 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 is now up to 25 screens. National Amusements eventually aquired this theater and booked the more upscale product here.

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

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Ed Solero
Ed Solero on May 30, 2012 at 8:09 pm

Hey saps… I took the hint and got over to the theater site today. Alas, it was too late to get any image that even vaguely resembles the old gal. Demolition is complete and the process of hauling away the twisted metal and debris is well underway. I uploaded a few shots anyway, showing what the area looked like as of late this afternoon.

paktype on October 17, 2012 at 2:43 pm

I think I saw “Return of the Jedi” here in 1983. I might be wrong about that, it could have been the Sunrise, though.

MusikFoxx on March 25, 2013 at 10:49 am

I loved this theater. It’s a shame that it’s no longer there. :( It certainly had more of an ‘'authentic’‘ movie theater feel than the larger rowdy ghetto movie theater (with the metal detectors mind you) at Green Acres. Now, in it’s place is a disgusting Olive Garden. I don’t know who in their right mind(s) would ever eat there. It sucks! Plus, people always seem to get sick when they eat Olive Gardens in general. I wouldn’t be caught dead there!

Ed Solero
Ed Solero on March 25, 2013 at 1:58 pm

Paktype, I think “Return of the Jedi” played the Sunrise Cinemas multiplex down the road. In 70mm, too, if I recall. Trying to remember what summer flick I may have seen at Green Acres that year… Maybe “Wargames?” That played here for sure that year. And I recall seeing “The Right Stuff” here, too, but I’m not sure when exactly that came out.

Richard on May 6, 2013 at 4:47 pm

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

buick8 on June 5, 2013 at 5:58 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.

hdtv267 on June 5, 2013 at 9:29 am

it’s a shame it is no longer there. Green Acres seemed to be the place to be!

Ed Miller
Ed Miller on January 22, 2015 at 7:56 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 8:00 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 9:45 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.

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