350 Hempstead Avenue,
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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.
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