UA The Movies at Sunrise Mall

319 Sunrise Mall,
Massapequa, NY 11758

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UA The Movies at Sunrise Mall

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This was one of Long Island’s first multiplexes. It opened in 1973, shortly after the Sunrise Mall opened. United Artists signed a twenty year lease. The box office was originally in front of the theatre. When it stated getting congested, they moved it to the center of the mall where there was plenty of room. It opened originally with five screens, and in 1977, expanded to seven screens, with auditorium 6 housing the new Dolby Stereo CP-50 processor with surround sound. In February 1984, they added two more screens.

The theatre closed in 1999, shortly after United Artists opened the new Farmingdale tenplex, and after the lease had expired.

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robboehm on June 22, 2011 at 5:57 am

Since the theatre was in the mall there was a sign which read, I believe, “The Movies” on the east facing wall closest to the entrance near the theatre, which was on the second level. When an exterior renovation took place that sign was not longer visible.

stevenstaples on March 24, 2013 at 8:27 am

TEENAGE MOTHER WAS FILMED ON LONG ISLAND?! That’s nuts. I have it on DVD. Will have to check that out.

ridethectrain on February 19, 2015 at 6:59 pm

The screens were small and heads would block the screen. Only 6 had Dolby and DTS in 1993. All others were MONO

NYer on May 13, 2015 at 7:25 pm

Far from a true Cinema Treasure, I will throw a little love her way. This was the only theater in the country as stated by Chip26 that first shows started at 10:00AM. It was perfect for students and seniors or even the lonely to catch an early show at bargain matinee prices. It was not an unusual sight to see a train of twenty or so wheelchairs with adults and kids heading for the theater for a day at the movies. I’m sure it was a welcome treat for people who obviously had difficult lives. I’m glad it was there for them.

When I started coming here in the late 70’s it was a well run machine with no nonsense matrons during the day and it was a clean, safe pleasure to see the latest feature on Friday morning before lunch. “Star Wars”? Nah, that was for the real Cinema Treasures but a “Caddyshack” or “Kramer vs. Kramer”? Sure and if in Theater 6 in Dolby Stereo all the better.

A lot of people complain about United Artists but many don’t know the corporate headquarters were right on Long Island and UA was at the time the largest theater chain in the country. UA Theaters were well kept up and had first class management. It was when UA was sold to some company in Colorado in the early 90’s that the company started to fail. That is when all the great single screens closed and upkeep was abandoned. So kudos to Prudential/United Artist Corp up into the 80’s for great theaters.

Opening and Reno ads in photo section.

ridethectrain on August 17, 2015 at 11:33 am

Regal is building a new theatre according to the web site. Originally UA was going to replace the complex in the 90s. Never happened

robboehm on August 17, 2015 at 7:53 pm

Last thing the area needs is another theater. Merrick, Bellmore, Seaford two multiplexes in Farmingdale. What kind of seating capacity are they talking about – many Regal auditoriums have fewer than 50 seats, albeit big lounge ones.

Mike (saps)
Mike (saps) on April 26, 2016 at 7:13 am

On its website Regal says a new multiplex coming here in 2017. link

robboehm on April 26, 2016 at 7:21 am

Knew about the Lynbrook (they still haven’t begun the demolition of the old theater) but another at Sunrise Mall? From the scope of it I would think a new building would be required rather than using space in the existing mall.

robboehm on May 15, 2016 at 7:25 pm

If they don’t repurpose the now closed Walmart location they will have to build by the Carmans Road entrance to the complex. Just came back from the mall and saw no signage about a new theater.

robboehm on February 3, 2017 at 12:28 pm

Went past the mall today and did a full circle. There is no new construction nor any signage re the theater which is supposed to open this year. A portion of the old Walmart is becoming a Dick’s Sporting Goods Store. Perhaps the balance will be repurposed for the theater.

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