UA Sunrise Mall 9

319 Sunrise Mall,
Massapequa, NY 11758

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UA Sunrise Mall 9

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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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donidarko
donidarko on June 20, 2011 at 6:08 pm

The theater opened in the Mall in July 1975, and was expanded to 7 theaters in late 1979.

donidarko
donidarko on June 20, 2011 at 6:11 pm

The theater opened in the Mall in July 1975, and was expanded to 7 theaters in late 1979.

donidarko
donidarko on June 20, 2011 at 6:17 pm

Theater 5 was my favorite. It was slighly larger than the average living room at the time. Remember seeing GRIZZLY, AIRPORT 1975/EARTHQUAKE double feature and JAWS in that tiny theater. Very cool to sit in the first couple rows and be overwhelmed by the screen being just 10 feet away. It didn’t take much to impress a fourteen year old kid.

Coate
Coate on June 20, 2011 at 7:36 pm

“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.” <<<

This theater does NOT appear in Dolby’s installation records during the 1977-78 timeframe, suggesting the Dolby install happened later than what is being recalled in the intro write-up.

robboehm
robboehm on June 22, 2011 at 2:57 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
stevenstaples on March 24, 2013 at 5:27 am

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

ridethectrain
ridethectrain on February 19, 2015 at 4:59 pm

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

NYer
NYer on May 13, 2015 at 4:25 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
ridethectrain on August 17, 2015 at 8:33 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
robboehm on August 17, 2015 at 4:53 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.

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