UA Sunrise Mall 9

319 Sunrise Mall,
Massapequa, NY 11758

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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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KingBiscuits
KingBiscuits on January 4, 2009 at 5:50 pm

Opening Engagements:
1: The Reincarnation Of Peter Proud
2: Young Frankenstein
3: A Brief Vacation (dubbed version)
4: Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore
5: can’t seem to find it in the New York Times archives, I may need some help here

Bloop
Bloop on March 6, 2011 at 9:24 pm

Anyone interested in seeing evidence of the MASSAPEQUA DRIVE IN THEATER: This is a low budget exploitation movie called “Teenage Mother” (1968) This movie was filmed on Long Island. One scene is FILMED at the Massapequa Drive In! You see a shot of the marquee and an action scene is filmed at night in the drive it! I think Something Weird Video has it for $10.00 OR look for it on YouTube.

Mrmarkus
Mrmarkus on June 19, 2011 at 2:04 am

I grew up there.My father was a projectionist there shortly after it opened,until he retired in 1995.I worked there as well.Fond memories. Correction:the lease had expired in 1998,and shortly after the United Artists Farmingdale opened,they closed it in 1999.However,because of rent issues after the expired lease,they trashed the equipment rather than remove it. In a way that didn’t matter since the projectors were German imports and parts were difficult to get,and the platter/lamphouses manufacturer went out of business. I explored the back area several years ago,and could see the holes in the cement where the seats were anchored down.

NYer
NYer on June 19, 2011 at 4:11 am

The fifth movie opening week I believe was a re-issue of “Jaws” which played in the smallest theater. And I believe in all there was only 9 screens. Original 1-5 in the main lobby, 6&7 down the left hall and 8&9 down the right hallway. Did they add a tenth somewhere?

donidarko
donidarko on June 20, 2011 at 9:08 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 9:11 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 9:17 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 10:36 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 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
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.

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