Center Cinemas

42-17 Queens Boulevard,
Sunnyside, NY 11104

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Center Cinemas

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Small neighborhood house has withstood the test of time. Originally twinned down the middle in the 1980’s. Then one of the sides was cut in half to make it a triplex. Then space was created in the basement for cinemas 4-5-6. The theatres are small but the great Queens Boulevard location gives it plenty of exposure. Once upon a time it played second run double features but now its all first run.

Contributed by RobertR

Recent comments (view all 27 comments)

fred1 on February 15, 2013 at 11:21 am

Always a pleasure to see the Center cinemas while passing it from the 7 train

zoetmb on March 2, 2014 at 1:08 pm

@LuisV: Well, it’s a year later and it’s still there, but almost all theaters are endangered, because from a real-estate perspective, theaters are a lousy business. They’re in use only part of the day, they take up a lot of space, there’s slow turnover, and in the early weeks of a movie (and today there are only early weeks to a movie), the distributor takes 90% of the money. Digital projection or not, theaters have to do a better job than what people can obtain at home, otherwise they’re not going to get any business. NYC has lost 80 screens in the last 13 years.

There are rumors that the Cinema 1,2,3 and the Union Square 14 are next on the chopping block, although those rumors have been around for a while.

mhvbear on March 2, 2014 at 2:10 pm

Doubt very much the Union Square would close. It is probably the only theater complex on the East side that does any significant business.

RobertR on July 14, 2014 at 9:16 am

Any theatre no matter how much business it does is in danger if the landlord has someone willing to pay more then a theatre can. The Pacific-City Cinemas people DROOL over the money to be made for Cinema 1-2-3 it will happen as soon as the right offer comes along.

Greenpoint on December 7, 2014 at 9:18 pm

January 4th 2015 is the last day for the Center and will break my mother’s heart…

Greenpoint on December 7, 2014 at 9:18 pm

robboehm on December 8, 2014 at 9:00 am

I believe these are the people who brought back the Islip. Wonder how that’s going.

Metropolite on December 10, 2014 at 6:19 am

The theater will be demolished for Affordable Housing.

fred1 on December 10, 2014 at 11:32 am

The place is a gridhouse . How it lasted is anybody guess.

fred1 on December 11, 2014 at 3:44 pm

The owner of the property has granted the theater a reprieve

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