UA Sunrise Mall 9

319 Sunrise Mall,
Massapequa, NY 11758

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ridethectrain on February 19, 2015 at 9:59 pm

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

stevenstaples on March 24, 2013 at 11:27 am

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

robboehm on June 22, 2011 at 8:57 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.

Coate on June 21, 2011 at 1:36 am

“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.

donidarko on June 21, 2011 at 12:17 am

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.

donidarko on June 21, 2011 at 12:11 am

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

donidarko on June 21, 2011 at 12:08 am

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

NYer on June 19, 2011 at 7:11 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?

Mrmarkus on June 19, 2011 at 5:04 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.

Bloop on March 7, 2011 at 12:24 am

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.

KingBiscuits on January 4, 2009 at 8:50 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

DixonSteele on September 6, 2007 at 5:32 pm

Grew up in N. Massapequa and as a movie nut, went here the very first night it opened, mid-week, and saw, of all things, Vittorio DeSica’s A BRIEF VACATION in 1975.

drayaway on June 20, 2007 at 4:18 am

There was a body shop on the corner of sunrise an carmen..Futher down carmen was a oil dist called duncan petroleum Then a large laundry plant and then a gulf station This was in the 50’s and earley 60’s

Meredith Rhule
Meredith Rhule on August 8, 2005 at 7:13 pm

nellieF, did you ever work at the Lynbrook?

kfa on August 8, 2005 at 6:37 pm

having worked at the Sunrise Mall theatres and still alive to talk about it, I would have to say it was the biggest shithole I have ever seen. Roaches, unbelievably filthy floors, some of the strangest coke head weirdos I have ever encountered who were the managers, etc… But what really sticks out in my mind was what had taken root to the bottom of the punch/lemonade machine. It was like a mutant form of sea monkeys that we were afraid to clean without hazmat suits on for fear if we ever had children, they would have three eyes and a triangle shaped head.

moviegoer on May 5, 2005 at 12:25 am

I saw one film at this theater, Tombstone. It was about as bad a time as I’ve ever had at the movies. The tiniest screens you can imagine and no slope to the theater. It’s not surprising that it didn’t last long.

Z on March 7, 2005 at 6:30 pm

Maybe off topic for the mall theatre, but I did sell the last tickets for the Drive-in. The last car admitted came a bit late, after the show had been running for a while, I let them in free.

DonRosen on March 2, 2005 at 2:55 pm

By the way, the rebuilt Amity had a powder blue facade.

DonRosen on March 2, 2005 at 2:48 pm

The Amity Theatre was on Carmans Road in South Farmingdale. It was a single screen that burned down in 1968. It was rebuilt and opened with “Planet of the Apes” a few months later.

The Massapequa Drive-in was on Sunrise Highway where Lucille Roberts is now. Was a Prudential, then UA. Spent hundreds of evenings there.

RobertR on March 2, 2005 at 1:18 pm

I went to the Johnny All Weather Drive-In many times but dont remember Massapequa DI at all. Does anyone know around when it closed?

chip26 on March 2, 2005 at 10:45 am

Does anybody remember the theatre that used to be in a shopping center on Carmans Road about a mile or so north of the Sunrise Mall. I think it was still considered Massapequa. If my memory is correct, I believe the exterior was blue. I believe it was a twin. I just can’t remember the name.

DonRosen on March 2, 2005 at 9:36 am

Here’s a little history of exactly where the Sunrise Mall Theatres were located. I grew up a block from where the mall sits. It used to be a huge sand pit where people would dump old cars and teens would hang out. In the early 70s, construction began. The site was never anything but a mall site with the original 5-plex. They were real shoebox theatres. Simply awful. The other theatres in the Massapequa area included:

-Amity Theatre (Carmen Road, South Farmingdale) an A.I.T. Theatre located in a strip mall.

-Amityville Theatre (Main Street, Amityville) A real class theatre complete with big screen and balcony.

-Pequa Theatre (Sunrise Hwy, Massapequa) Real nice theatre with a comfy rocking chair section. (we used sneak into that section as kids!)

-Bar Harbour Theatre (Merrick Road, Massapequa Park) an A.I.T. stand alone theatre in a shopping center that spealized in art house stuff.

-North Massapequa Theatre (North Massapequa) another tiny A.I.T. Theatre right below a dance studio in a shopping center.

-Massapequa Drive-In (Massapequa) a simple no frills drive-in near the corner of Sunrise Hwy and Unqua Road.

-Johnny All Weather Drive-in (Sunrise Hwy, Copiague) one of America’s best and largest drive-ins.

-Jerry Lewis Twins (Sunrise Hwy, Massapequa) built just east of where the Massapequa Drive-in was located.

Everyone of them are gone. Great memories, though.

Z on February 3, 2005 at 7:32 pm

The Movies at Sunrise Mall introduced me to a new concept
in theater design, no slope/pitch in the auditoriums, this added a nice
touch, your movie going experience now included having to look through the heads in front to see the film.

The manager had to count the cups because once you were sent a box of cups, it was valued as if it was sold at the overpriced candystand rate. The manager was held responsible for this, so if you lost a box of let’s say 1,000 cups that could have been used to hold drinks that might have sold for $1.50, you owed UA $1,500 of your candy commission. You were “carrying a shortage.” The same held true for all the other concessions items. Theater employees usually were instructed to bring in their own cups and did not use the ones that were sold. Movie patrons did not understand why they couldn’t ever get an extra cup.
Sometimes, maintenance workers or a relief projectionist would unawarely take some cups. Nothing could ruin you more than a few pennies worth of missing cups. You were compensated for your labors in the same manner as a donkey with a carrot on a stick dangling in front.

Employees were required to periodically sloicit donations from movie patrons. When it came donation time, the chain got the recognition
for such a charitable effort when it was movie patrons who paid, and the theater staff who took on the added tasks of begging and then processing.
Yes, It is quite possible that some of the collected money was taken,
but that might happen with all organized charities.

As for being one of the worst run, besides the design, in those
days going to the shopping mall was exploding into being a huge part of youth culture and recreation. Those youths in the mall went to the Movies at Sunrise Mall. One can only control kids so much when they are out
on their own having fun. Too much life force.

Judy275 on November 23, 2004 at 7:11 pm

The Farmingdale theater was very large and not a bad theater at all. It shutdown around nineteen eighty two.

RobertR on November 23, 2004 at 3:43 pm

It was just UA Farmingdale