Uniondale Mini Cinema

886 Jerusalem Avenue,
Uniondale, NY 11553

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The Uniondale Mini Cinema was opened July 24, 1970 with Clint Eastwood in “Two Mules for Sister Sara”. This was Long Island’s answer to the 8th Street Playhouse in central Manhattan. They played revivals and midnight shows. “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” also started at this theater. The former theater now houses a church.

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RichD on March 31, 2011 at 2:40 pm

WOW…I wondered if the Mini Cinema would be on this website, and it sure as hell is! I was only there twice, in my very early high school days. As you can imagine from reading some of these posts, it really wasn’t a kid-friendly place to go. Since I lived too far away (in Elmont) to get to the Mini on my own, my attendance there depended on the adults in my family.
The first time we ever went there was to see “The Creature From The Black Lagoon” and “It Came from Outer Space” in glorious old-fashioned red-and-green-glasses 3D! The only other time I was there was another sci-fi double bill, “Invaders From Mars” and “The Thing From Another World”! Oh, MEMORIES!!

RichD on March 31, 2011 at 2:50 pm

Oh, and by the way, a related story…Does anyone remember the store “Movie Things”, which was (I think) also in Uniondale? It was at this memorabilia shop that I first heard about the Mini Cinema, by picking up a copy of “Sam”, their newspaper-like schedule. Man, I still have just about everything I ever bought in that place, including an old theater seat from some defunct movie palace. The fellow at the store who sold it to me did not know what theater it came from. Can anybody answer THAT question??

julito59 on December 20, 2011 at 2:39 pm

I don’t know what made me want to look up the mini cinema so many years later, but today I did! Such memories. I saw old footage with Jeff and – OMG- April Thompson. Amazing. Rocky Horror was such a big part of my life in the 70s. I even remember the first poster here – DC. I actually had an intimate nighr with him. What can I say, we were all pretty looped in those days. I am now 52 and super conservative, but I wouldn’t give up my mini memories for the world. I was so sad when it closed. – Julie

DC1 on December 21, 2011 at 12:28 pm

Julie, hi this is D.C. I am still in touch with some of the old crowd from the Mini. Send me your email address. I like knowing how we all turned out.

tudderj on April 20, 2012 at 11:54 pm

I was a musician with a day job at B&H Instrument. We made the Christy Electric 35mm projector. All the new machines got their checkout in the booth at the Mini. I remember watching Rocky Horror and many other classics. Great Memories!

batsdude on October 11, 2013 at 7:28 am

I worked there, hell, lived there practically for about 3 years. Always wondered what ever happened to my coworker buddies Jeff (mgr-cough cough)and his wonder dog (our mascot),Donna, Kevin, Heidi, Josh, Michael(the tall frizzy haired jewish one- NOT O’D – thats me), Spyder, and Dennis who was the mgr before Jeff H.

They were some killer times. And whoever made the comment bout lightin up in the house, yeah. We had to stop it sometimes. Th NCPD were making a heavy presence toward the end of my time there (i quit when I stupidly got married. DUH!) But the way we usually handled it was when cops’d show their badges to get in, we’d buzz Tom the full time projectionist so he’d wait for a flashlight signal from in front of the screen, where he’d stop the film, bring up the lights so that we could make the speech,“ Ladies and gentleman, if you’re burning something illegal, please put it out! There are badges in the audience and no one wants to go to jail. Thank you”. Whereby Tom would restart, the audience would cheer, the PD would get pissed off and leave, and the staff would go back to drinkin Heinekin. We had zero probs with partyin as long as there weren’t needles involved. Liquor, beer, and wine were also welcome.

After the last shows(towards the end there were always midnite shows, tho earlier on it was only Fri and Sat nites), we used to lock up, crank up the stereo (we had 2 voice of the theater altecs up front, and 2- i think they were epi- sound towers in the rear, which two rows of seats were removed for in ‘74 or '75. A LOT of power for basically a large projection room!), and walk all the rows scouring for dropped goodies, AND THERE WERE A LOT OF DROPPED GOODIES!!! All kinds of alcohol, weed, blotter, mesc, peyote, psilocybin, uppers, downers, screamers, and laughers. Amazin we ever made it outa there sometimes. Actually, sometimes we’d find things gift wrapped- true!– so hard sayin things were dropped all the time. WLIR jox used to come by a lot, and we’d sometimes go to their studios where much incoherance occurred after 2am. Good collaborations. oh yeah. Hey DeBella- I did snag that mic! Lol.

If any of the old crew are still out there, “Hey! It’s mike on the Peugeot!”. And if Carlton (Stein) Israel H. or Heidi’s Max are still around, “HEY!” If any of the old crew read this write me if you’re still kickin. Peace.

robboehm on October 11, 2013 at 8:03 am

Sounds like there were maxi times at the mini cinema.

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davidcoppock on November 10, 2018 at 10:38 am

Opened on 24/7/1970 with “Two mules for Sister Sara”.

paul baar
paul baar on September 20, 2019 at 4:59 am

This tiny theater was one of the greatest theaters on the planet Earth!

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