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.

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on June 4, 2011 at 3:25 pm

The comment by saps, December 20, 2006, suggests that the Lido Theatre might have been demolished and replaced by an entirely new building. Judging from the bird’s-eye view of the building at Bing Maps, the original theater building’s shell, including the roof, still exists.

The Cinema 4 occupies two buildings, and it looks like the one at the corner of Long Beach Boulevard could be of recent construction, but the original auditorium building still has a gabled roof, the peak of which can be glimpsed in this 1951 photo (the same photo lost memory linked to early in this thread.) An entirely new building would not have that sort of roof.

The photo shows only a small part of the corner building, but it’s clear that it was once lower than the theater. The current street view shows that it is now the same height. My guess would be that the original corner building was demolished, rather than extended upward, and an addition to the theater was built on its site.

I also suspect that, as the theater’s footprint was just about doubled by the addition, its current seating capacity is probably more than the 540 this page currently lists, even taking into consideration the likelihood that the current seats are larger than the Lido’s seats were, and the rows probably spaced farther apart.

ChrisPlatt
ChrisPlatt on June 6, 2011 at 5:43 pm

I telephoned this evening. A recorded message states that the theater will have a “grand reopening on Friday June 10th”, and no further information.

Bway
Bway on June 27, 2011 at 11:17 am

So did the theater reopen?

robboehm
robboehm on June 27, 2011 at 8:30 pm

Newsday carried movie times in the June 26, 2011 paper, so, presumably, it’s open. Whether it opened on the 10th is a moot point so long as it’s open.

CSWalczak
CSWalczak on November 29, 2012 at 8:40 pm

Currently closed as a result of Hurricane Sandy, the owners have indicated that the theater will eventually reopen: View article

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.

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