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 was renovated and reopened July 2, 2015.

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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 July 1, 2015 at 7:12 pm

Opened today. Details to follow…

Mike (saps)
Mike (saps) on July 4, 2015 at 7:13 am

From the Long Island Press

Long Beach has been without a movie theater since Superstorm Sandy flooded the aisles of the Long Beach Cinemas nearly three years ago, but moviegoers have some good news coming soon.

Last year a glimmer of hope appeared when a sign was posted outside the closed venue, advising the deprived moviegoers to “Look 4 Grand Reopening.” But they still had a very long wait in store. Showtime finally arrived Wednesday, meaning Long Beach officially got its cinemas back before the Fourth of July.

“I think we’re very much the symbol of what was destroyed when Sandy came,” said Seth Pilevsky, co-president of Philips International, which owns the cinemas. “We want to open strong and stay open.”

Not only will the cinema be re-opened, but it will be revitalized. New 3D and digital projectors, as well as larger leather cushion seats, will be added to the four-screen theater at the corner of East Park Avenue and Long Beach Boulevard.

The delays have been frustrating for the owners and moviegoers alike.

“It took over a year to get any money from the insurance company,” said Pilevsky. “We had to fight to get the money for the theater.”

But now, with the cinemas’ reopening, the City by the Sea can continue to move on from the devastation leftover by the 2012 superstorm.

Aside from symbolizing the city’s restoration, with the cinema’s return Long Beach natives will finally once again be able to save a lot of unnecessary travel time to movie theaters farther away.

“It’s another positive step in for our city’s recovery and yet another sign that Long Beach continues to move forward,” said City Councilman Anthony Eramo. “My wife and I are looking forward to taking our kids to the Long Beach theater for the first time since Sandy.”

His colleagues agreed.

“This has been a long time coming,” observed City Councilman Scott J. Mandel. “Having our movie theater back is a real boost to the community and a great symbol of Long Beach’s comeback.”

Long Beach moviegoers couldn’t agree more.

“I’m very excited about the theater coming back,” said Dan Bulger, a Long Beach native. “We won’t have to travel all the way to Rockville Center anymore and even have the option of walking there using the boardwalk again.”

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