1001 Airport Road,
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The Westbury Cinerama opened on Friday June 30, 1967. The first movie shown there was “Grand Prix”.
The theatre featured rocking back seats, a Super Cinerama screen, all purpose projection equipment, and all red decorations.
The Westbury Cinerama was later made into a twin. It advertised it was “Announcing the Birth of Twins” and on the grand reopening as a twin on Wednesday, December 22, 1976, free orchids were given away to the first 200 ladies to show up and free twin packs of cigars were given to the first 200 men.
Sources say that this theatre had seating with curved rows so that the seats pointed somewhat toward the center of the screen, and after the twinning, the seats were not moved and the seats in each new auditorium pointed toward the corners where the center of the original screen was.
The Westbury’s last night of operation was Sunday, October 9, 1983. It was sold and was to be converted into an office complex, but the tornado of November 1989 destroyed the building.
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