Malverne Cinema

350 Hempstead Avenue,
Malverne, NY 11565

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Malverne Cinema

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The Malverne Theatre was opened in 1946. Built for the Kenney Amusement Corporation, it had a seating capacity for 688 on a single floor. There was a 12-seat cry room located on the left side of the projection booth. Interior decoration were carried out by the Rambusch Decorating Company.

It took over as one of Long Island’s premiere art theatres after Westbury was run into oblivion and closed. The theatre was one of Long Island’s oldest neighborhood discount houses. The previous owner (who also had the Roslyn and Levittown)twinned it and ran it into the ground. It was rarely heated or air conditioned.

The present owners came in and quaded it making four cute little theatres that showed art films, foreign releases and an occasional mainstream moveover. They later added two more tiny cinemas in a former retail space.

A wonderful place to see offbeat films, always clean and well managed. Plus they run cartoons and family films on Saturday and Sunday mornings.

Contributed by RobertR

Recent comments (view all 40 comments)

blkdog
blkdog on January 20, 2010 at 11:34 am

Ahhh…I remember seeing movies there and then going to Itgens for cool bugers and icecream.

Mike (saps)
Mike (saps) on January 20, 2010 at 11:41 am

It’s the best place to catch up on the artier Oscar nominees.

ChrisPlatt
ChrisPlatt on February 23, 2011 at 5:32 pm

The Malverne is a great local theater showing interesting films.
Too bad the Baskin Robbins next door closed a few years ago…

Chris

Lenox
Lenox on April 30, 2011 at 2:17 pm

This has been my favorite LI movie theater for the past 8 years .

Mike (saps)
Mike (saps) on April 20, 2012 at 8:25 am

There’s an underground bowling alley (San-Dee Lanes)right around the corner — in the Malverne’s basement?

DARCYDT
DARCYDT on August 10, 2012 at 3:33 pm

Due to the inclement weather today my wife wanted to see “The Intouchables” and we went here. This was my first visit to this theater. Does not give out free posters like the Kew Gardens theater nor independent film news like the one in Manhassett.

Mike (saps)
Mike (saps) on August 16, 2012 at 6:48 pm

But they do give out photocopied reviews of every movie playing, and they have a weekly email newsletter one may subscribe to.

Speaking of which, please note this item in this week’s email:

“Please note the curtailed schedule while we transition to all digital from 35mm projection. We are proud to say that process is now complete at our Bellmore Cinema. We’ll always love film; however, digital is the wave of the future. Some people say it’s the tsunami of the future in the industry.”

Ed Solero
Ed Solero on August 18, 2012 at 4:42 am

Saps, I’m happy that this theater is doing well enough to afford the changeover to digital. I’m not enamoured with the screen sizes, but I do feel it is vital for movie lovers (can hardly say “film lovers” anymore) that suburban art houses like this, and the one in Kew Gardens, survive and continue to thrive.

Richard
Richard on May 18, 2013 at 6:15 pm

I saw “The Artist” there.

DARCYDT
DARCYDT on July 15, 2013 at 8:55 pm

This is my wife’s favorite theater. She goes to more movies now because of this place.

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