Malverne Cinema

350 Hempstead Avenue,
Malverne, NY 11565

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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.

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

I saw “The Artist” there.

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.

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.”

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.

Tinseltoes
Tinseltoes on July 1, 2012 at 11:57 am

The Malverne was described in this 1947 trade article: boxofficemagazine

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?

Tinseltoes
Tinseltoes on April 20, 2012 at 8:12 am

This appears to have been an innocent victim of America’s entry into World War Two. A report in Newsday of August 25, 1941, says that Charles Kenny had purchased land adjacent to his new Malverne Theatre to use as a parking lot for up to 500 cars. The theatre was expected to open in a few months, though construction was progressing slowly due to a steel shortage. The building project would include a 16-lane bowling alley to be managed by Nassau County bowling champion George Young. Just over three months later, America went to war with even stiffer rationing of building materials, so the Malverne apparently had to be left uncompleted until peacetime.

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

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

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

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.

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.

rcdt55b
rcdt55b on November 29, 2009 at 4:29 pm

Finally going to start upgrading to stereo in existing screens. Woohoo!!!!

Mike (saps)
Mike (saps) on May 6, 2009 at 2:30 pm

Creative programming in a cozy environment. Friendly staff and owners, too.

Ed Solero
Ed Solero on November 5, 2008 at 7:41 pm

I forgot one more notable thing about the Malverne experience – at least at the screening for “W” tonight at 7pm: No trailers! Slide show, lights down and then – bam – right into the movie.

Ed Solero
Ed Solero on November 5, 2008 at 7:40 pm

So… I finally got to the Malverne for a flick tonight. Saw “W” in theater 1. I knew going in that the screen would be small, but the price was right and with the weather, we decided to keep it local. I think my brother in law has just as big a screen for his basement projection TV at his house!

I poked around and was able to peer into a few of the other rooms before I left. Theaters 2 and 4 are the best of the lot – with at least reasonably sized screens for the size of the rooms. Problem with all of the rooms is the center aisle, rendering all seats at least slightly off from center screen. Another advantage to the two larger rooms would be the screens seem to be more or less head-on with respect to the seating array.

In theater 1, the screen is right of center on the back wall (partly to accommodate a fire exit) and angled slightly away from the seats on the left side of the aisle as you walk in. This is due to where the projection ports are located at the rear of the auditorium. The screen is also mounted without matting in a 1.85:1 ratio – so a scope film (like “W”) is projected on only a portion of the screen – almost like an unmatted letterbox with blank space at the top and bottom. Not to mention that the far left and right edges of the image were somewhat over-projected beyond the screen’s borders. This was all fairly distracting – at least for me. But, in the course of a 2 hour movie, you wind up getting used to it. Happily, the room did feature nice stereo sound.

Seems that the building retains the original auditorium slope in the two roooms (1 and 2) occupying the former rear of the original theater as well as in the hallway between the two rooms that lead to screens 3 and 4. I wasn’t able to peak into the screening room (#5), but it must be really tiny. Probably very similar to the small screen at the UA Lynbrook – which also occupies former retail space just off the lobby. The door to the projection room for #5 was open, and as my wife was purchasing some popcorn at the candy counter, I watched the big platter at work.

All the rooms seem reasonably appointed with relatively comfortable seats and light-absorbing dark red upholstery on the walls. Overall, the place seemed very clean and well maintained. The $5.50 Weds special is a great bargain – if you can contend with the small screens – and even the concession stand prices are very reasonable. It wouldn’t be my first choice, but on a slow Wednesday evening, I’d probably allow my wife to twist my arm into going again.

Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on May 11, 2008 at 8:17 am

Here are new links to images described above on 10/20/05:
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7traintoshea
7traintoshea on March 16, 2008 at 8:09 pm

I was at Malverne Today and Theatres 3 and 4 are not going to done anytime soon

rcdt55b
rcdt55b on December 31, 2007 at 8:10 am

Dolby stereo. No digital.

7traintoshea
7traintoshea on December 30, 2007 at 9:39 pm

Is the new sound system in Theatre 2 Dolby Stereo or Dolby Digital.

Ed Solero
Ed Solero on October 28, 2007 at 11:25 am

Appreciate the encouragement, saps, but there are few things about today’s moviegoing experience that detracts from my enjoyment more than an underwhelmingly sized screen and auditorium.

Mike (saps)
Mike (saps) on October 27, 2007 at 8:41 pm

Just go. Jeez. Wednesdays are $5.50 all day. Want me to leave a ticket at the box office?

Ed Solero
Ed Solero on October 26, 2007 at 8:30 pm

A number of excellent photographs by Adam Martin have been added recently to the Malverne’s CinemaTour page. These include interior shots of the lobby and some of the screens. Judging from the photos, those screens seem awfully small. I now live only a mile or two away from the Malverne (having moved to Lynbrook this past May) and I’d love to support a local independent like this – but I’d probably spend much of the time muttering obscenities to myself over the diminutive size of those screens! And the dropped ceiling in the lobby is a bit depressing. I wonder what sort of shape the original ceiling is in above the drop grid…

rcdt55b
rcdt55b on October 21, 2007 at 12:38 pm

The new sound system will be finished tomorrow night in theater #2. Also, some much needed projector repairs will start tomorrow. After that, the remaining theaters will start the sound upgrades.