Malverne Cinema

350 Hempstead Avenue,
Malverne, NY 11565

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Malverne Cinema

The Malverne Theatre was opened May 26, 1947 with James Stewart in “It’s a Wonderful Life”. 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 Theatre 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 Theatre and Levittown Theatre)twinned it in 1981 and ran it into the ground. It was rarely heated or air conditioned.

The present owners came in and quaded it in 1996 making four cute little theatres that showed art films, foreign releases and an occasional mainstream moveover. In 1997 they added another tiny cinema 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 47 comments)

Ed Solero
Ed Solero on August 18, 2012 at 6:42 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 on May 18, 2013 at 8:15 pm

I saw “The Artist” there.

DARCYDT on July 15, 2013 at 10:55 pm

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

NickyG on June 16, 2015 at 12:43 pm

recently saw “the 100 year old man who…” at this cool little theater…it was $6 wednesday matinee special…oy the crowd!!

ChrisPlatt on July 3, 2015 at 5:27 pm

Ed Solero said:

… I’m happy that this theater is doing well enough to afford the changeover to digital…

Is that a good thing?

Mike (saps)
Mike (saps) on August 31, 2016 at 11:46 pm

I’m pretty sure this theater has five screens, not six…

robboehm on September 1, 2016 at 9:24 am

According to the Fandango Movie Times there are five films starting around 1PM. I think Mike is correct on his assumption.

Comfortably Cool
Comfortably Cool on January 26, 2018 at 11:22 am

Under development for five years and delayed by wartime restrictions, the Malverne Theatre finally opened on May 26th, 1947, with a single feature policy starting with the sub-run “It’s A Wonderful Life.” More details uploaded to the Photos Section.

ridethectrain on June 15, 2018 at 11:13 pm

It looks like when Lynbrook opens next week, the two theatres are going to compete. Malverne business might hurt because of the more comfortable seating at Lynbrook. Won’t You Be My Neighbor will be play dating with each other.

ridethectrain on November 10, 2019 at 3:09 am

Please update, became a twin in 1981, quad in 1996 and finally 5 screens in 1997. Theatre 5 was built on old store.

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