UA The Movies at Sunrise Mall

319 Sunrise Mall,
Massapequa, NY 11758

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paul baar
paul baar on June 1, 2017 at 2:28 pm

I won a prize package from radio station W.G.B.B for answering trivia questions.It included two tickets to the massapequa-mall showing of James Bond’s"Moonraker",plus:movie poster, a paper back book,a vinyl album sound track,and a souvenir program booklet.A dream come true for a big kid.

robboehm on April 10, 2017 at 11:40 am

Another reality of that site I don’t think there would be sufficient parking for a massive theater. The original theater was on the second floor of the mall. A little nothing.

optimist008 on April 9, 2017 at 9:04 pm

Maybe they come not come to terms regarding their lease. RKO Century had planed on building a theater in Yonkers, NY as part of the current Costco-Stew Leonards site. They ended up in court over many varied issues and it never was built.

robboehm on April 9, 2017 at 6:25 pm

Several years ago it was announced in the press that there would be a new theater at the Sunrise Mall. Nothing since. I found out about the intentions for a 2017 opening at the Regal site when I was looking to see when they planned on opening the new Lynbrook, which is now well under construction.

Since I was in the area of the Sunrise Mall I scouted to see where the theater would be. There was no new construction which would have been obvious for an IMAX and, I forget, around a dozen screens. That’s when I went back to the Regal site and saw the Massapequa Mall had been deleted.

With two large multiplexes in nearby Farmingdale I really don’t know why they had considered this site anyway.

optimist008 on April 9, 2017 at 10:55 am

robboehm. See if the local press will update on the theater. Or if near the construction site maybe somebody there will tell you. Maybe revised plans have been filed with the building dept??

robboehm on April 7, 2017 at 4:08 pm

The Regal site no longer contains information about a new theater at the Sunrise Mall.

robboehm on February 3, 2017 at 3:28 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.

robboehm on May 15, 2016 at 10:25 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 April 26, 2016 at 10:21 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.

Mike (saps)
Mike (saps) on April 26, 2016 at 10:13 am

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

robboehm on August 17, 2015 at 10:53 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.

ridethectrain on August 17, 2015 at 2:33 pm

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

NYer on May 13, 2015 at 10:25 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 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.