Long Beach Cinema 4

179 East Park Avenue,
Long Beach, NY 11561

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Long Beach Cinema 4

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In the 1970’s, this was the Lido Theater. I drove out to this theater because they were running a horror triple bill of three Hammer classics from the 1960’s. The theater was as decrepit as could be, but had the most incredible neon marquee. I wish I had a picture of it, because for a small neighborhood house it was quite special.

The theater closed and the neighborhoods improvement saw another owner reopen it as the Park Avenue Theater. They later twinned it and then quaded it. The most recent owners have renamed it Long Beach Cinema 4.

It was suddenly closed in April 2011, but reopened shortly thereafter. It was closed in November 2012 due to flooding caused by Hurricane Sandy. It is being renovated with a proposed July 2015 reopening.

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Mike (saps)
Mike (saps) on January 16, 2013 at 2:29 pm

Still closed — doors, marquee and display cases all covered in plywood.

Eaglo
Eaglo on March 10, 2013 at 5:57 pm

The Long Beach Cinema remains closed, having been damaged by three feet of flood waters. Local newspaper reports that a leaky roof caused substantial damage to projection equipment.

As mentioned in posts above, the west side of the structure was built in the original shell of the Lido Theater. The entire interior was cleared out – gutted with little remaining other than the roof and west wall. The eastern half of the building is indeed new construction, replacing a single story frame real estate office.

robboehm
robboehm on September 9, 2013 at 6:27 pm

Any update on the status?

Mike (saps)
Mike (saps) on March 30, 2014 at 9:07 pm

Passed by tonight and the “cinema” sign was lit and the side marquee said “watch 4 grand re-opening” so that’s something at least.

robboehm
robboehm on March 31, 2014 at 6:33 am

The recovery in Long Beach has been slow.

robboehm
robboehm on March 25, 2015 at 8:24 pm

Theater is supposed to be opening Spring/Summer 2015. All seats and screens being replaced plus other upgrades. Long delay because of reimbursement problems, a usual Sandy story.

robboehm
robboehm on March 26, 2015 at 5:03 pm

Photo as Park Avenue added.

robboehm
robboehm on June 14, 2015 at 12:39 pm

Good news. It was announced that the theater would reopen by July 4th. The damage from Superstorm Sandy was so extensive that the screens had to be removed and most of the ground floor of the theater rebuilt. There are new digital and 3D projectors in each of the theaters.

Noting the trend by the big distributors for larger, more luxurious seats the replacements will reduce the capacity to 436.

No indication of the cost of the rebuilding was given by the owner who regarded it as a “labor of love”.

There will also be a new ticket reservation system.

robboehm
robboehm on June 14, 2015 at 12:41 pm

Last week the new marquee advertised a hiring fair.

Mike (saps)
Mike (saps) on June 14, 2015 at 12:45 pm

Still four screens?

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