North Shore Towers Cinema

27240 Grand Central Parkway,
Douglaston, NY 11005

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North Shore Towers Cinema

Located in Douglaston, Queens, NY in the lower promenade level of the upscale North Shore Towers. The North Shore Towers Cinema was opened in the mid-1970’s. This theatre shows a varying bunch of moveovers, second run and art films. Sometimes they book a few movies and charge seperate admission prices. The theatre is quite large and has a nice ‘scope screen and Dolby Stereo. The only complaint is the lack of a decent concession stand.

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RobertR on July 30, 2005 at 3:17 am

Two years ago it was being kept up very nice, I have not been there since.

Ed Solero
Ed Solero on December 11, 2006 at 3:17 pm

As M76L commented back in January of last year, the Daily News lists this as the North Shore Tower Twin. Perhaps they are confused by the theater’s creative scheduling policy which allows a number of different films to be run throughout the day – creating a single screen multiplex, if you will, for Towers' residents. For example, the theater’s Sunday lineup was as follows:

“Bobby” at 12:30pm; “51 Birch Street” at 2:30; “The Illusionist” at 4:00; “The Departed” at 6:00; and, once again, “51 Birch Street,” at 8:30.

That schedule sure is tight. “Bobby” clocks in at 2 hours and “The Departed” at 2:29. They must practically run the films right up against each other with no previews or adverts. I guess they cater to a very narrow audience and fly under the industry radar? During the week, the theater reduces its screenings to two each evening, staggering those same films on different nights.

I have not yet seen “The Departed” and there is a screening here at 8:30 tomorrow… I might take the opportunity to catch up with that film and check out this theater as well.

efriedmann on May 9, 2007 at 7:42 am

I lived in North Shore Towers as a kid from 1977 to 1979. Imagine what a thrill it was to have a movie theater right downstairs at the lower level. Back then, the theater was NOT open to the public and it showed mostly second-run films. My parents didn’t let us go all that often, but these are the movies I remember seeing there:

  • SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER (my very first R-rated movie, by the way)

I live in Great Neck now. One of these days, I’ll have to make the effort to go see a movie there and relive that theater.

longislandmovies on January 7, 2008 at 11:44 pm

Nice to see this place still going!

Mike (saps)
Mike (saps) on March 11, 2012 at 10:59 am

A call to the box office recording (718-229-7702) states that there are shows at 1, 3, 5 7 and 9, with no overlapping or duplicate showtimes, indicating a single screen theater.

The North Shore Towers website states that there is a 460 seat movie theater on the premises and shows a picture of it.

robboehm on March 11, 2012 at 7:49 pm

This is a one screen theatre which books multiple films, as does the Sag Harbor. The recording probably included several films for the weekend including the Iron Lady and the Descendents which continue into next week.

ridethectrain on February 19, 2015 at 7:21 pm

The locations is being taken over by the owners of Malverne in a couple of weeks

robboehm on March 26, 2015 at 11:33 am

Photo uploaded from the website.

DARCYDT on February 20, 2017 at 7:40 pm

Have lived in Queens for 19 years and never visited this theater today to see the Oscar Nominated shorts. Surprised it was so big, very nice. Concessions seems only to be $2 popcorn freshly made at Malverne theater which I go to on a regular basis.

ridethectrain on November 10, 2019 at 1:29 pm

Please update, theatre open in mid 1970’s when the apartment complex was completed.

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