Grand Avenue Cinemas

1841 Grand Avenue,
Baldwin, NY 11510

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Grand Avenue Cinemas

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Small shopping mall theatre was independant for many years taken over by Clearview in the late-1990’s and multiplexed. The theatres are tiny but have nice screens and stereo. In June 2013, Bow-Tie Cinemas took over as they took most Clearview locations.

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chconnol on December 27, 2004 at 2:03 pm

How do these theaters come to agreements on things like this? Is there some kind of committee? Are there booking agents that control something like this?

RobertR on December 27, 2004 at 2:53 pm

The Oceanside is not even in the picture, they play all moveover product unless it’s a grade-Z first run.

RobertR on December 27, 2004 at 3:01 pm

It seems the only day and date that is happening right now between Rockville Center and Baldwin is “Darkness”. It’s suprising but right now the tiny Grand Avenue has better bookings then Rockville Center. This could be fought, these theatres seem far enough away to play day and date. Before Loews closed the Elmwood it could day and date with the Cinemart in Forest Hills and the Center on Queens Blvd.

chconnol on December 27, 2004 at 3:50 pm

“It’s suprising but right now the tiny Grand Avenue has better bookings then Rockville Center.”

RobertR: not arguing with you but how could this be? I hated what they did to the Fantasy but it was inevitable and I felt it was better to keep it going as a screening room mulitplex than have it close all together. But how could the totally lackluster Grand Avenue get better films than the Fantasy? Any theories?

If I still lived on LI, I would NEVER go to the Grand Ave no matter what was playing. It wasn’t all that great when it was a single and it was mediocre as a double. I can’t imagine what it’s like now…

RobertR on December 27, 2004 at 4:10 pm

I would have thought Loews had better booking power then Clearview and the Fantasy auditoriums are so much bigger. More seats to sell higher grosses. Sometimes this just happens with the tracks that each theatre plays. If one or two companies have big hits and they are on the usual track then that theatre wins out. Look right now at the features in the Grand Avenue VS the Fantasy. Where do you live now, did you leave long island?

chconnol on December 27, 2004 at 4:21 pm

Did I leave LI? Oh, yeah. I’m in Northern NJ now. Work in NYC right in Times Square so I get to walk around and see where all these theaters on this site used to be or are for maybe a little while longer.

I really hate LI now but like a lapsed Catholic, it’s like once you’re a Long Islander, you never get it out of your system. I can close my eyes and see how things used to be out there: the last few farms out on Route 110 and the other one on the north side of the LIE just west of 110. Now I understand that they’re all megaplexes now. How ironic. And where I am now just doesn’t seem to have all the theaters that LI had. Most of them are gone.

So many of my memories of LI are based on movie theaters and movie going that it’s weird

I remember how my Dad reflexivly used to turn his head while driving on Merrick Road past the Fantasy to see what was playing. It had a high marquee. Or the funky neon sign for the Grand Ave that (I think) is still there. It had these “moving” arrows" the flashed toward the theater. Seeing “Carrie” at the Grand Ave and my older brother screaming his head off when Carrie’s hand comes up from her grave. Schlepping out to Hicksville to see “Star Wars” at the Mid Island Plaza South (THE best place to see event films…) and being nearly the first on line and marvelling as the line got bigger and bigger and bigger to the point where you couldn’t see where it ended. There were big, lovely theaters on LI that were a thrill to watch a movie at: The Lynbrook, Green Acres, The Fantasy and then those wonderful, well maintained cute-as-hell neighborhood theaters that I remember more fondly than some of the big ones. The one on Wantagh Ave was a great neighborhood theater. Even the Grand Ave was OK when it was a single screener.

Sorry about the rant…I’m in a nostalgic mood today. Maybe it’s the holidays….

taketheatrai on May 28, 2005 at 11:10 am

Grand Avenue usually plays 20th Century Fox and New Line like Lynbrook does and some Dreamworks and Disney. Rockville Centre and the Fantasy usually get films from Paramount, Universal and Warner Brothers and some Dreamworks and Disney films.

Grand Avenue could show the same films with the Regal Lynbrook Sixplex.

7traintoshea on November 23, 2007 at 6:13 pm

The Seating capacities are;
1. 46 SMART
2. 78 SMART
3, 89 SMART
4. 118 dts/DS
5. 123 dts/SMART
Exept for Screen 1, the seats are tight. They need to put new seats like Port Washington and the Chelsea Cinemas have

rivoli157 on November 18, 2011 at 5:25 pm

well those theatres are teeny. When it was a single screen I saw “Patton” and in 1969 an end of run engagement of “Star!”

Mike (saps)
Mike (saps) on February 5, 2012 at 1:43 am

They recently added a nice new marquee out front on Grand Avenue, so people driving by will actually know there’s a theater there. Ed? We’re waiting…

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