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. Bow-Tie closed the Grand Avenue Cinemas in November 2014, and it was taken over and reopened by an independent operator.

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chconnol on December 27, 2004 at 1:21 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 8:10 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 3:13 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 2:25 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 4, 2012 at 10:43 pm

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…

Mike (saps)
Mike (saps) on December 17, 2014 at 7:04 pm

Well, a couple of years ago Bow Tie took over this house from Clearview, and just a few weeks ago Bow Tie closed it.

But it just reopened under the auspices of the owners of several independent multiplexes, namely the Kew Gardens Cinemas, Cobble Hill Cinemas and Williamsburg Cinemas. (According to the box office cashier, anyway.)

They have a facebook page as the first step in promoting this place.

Good luck! Glad to see it open again.

robboehm on December 18, 2014 at 6:49 am

Bow Tie did not take over all the Clearview locations. The Grand Avenue must be at least the fourth they’ve dropped, most recently the Babylon. This one has life after Bow Tie.

Mike (saps)
Mike (saps) on December 18, 2014 at 7:04 am

Grand Avenue, Babylon, Middlebrook Galleria, and…?

markp on December 18, 2014 at 8:51 am

Didnt Bow Tie drop the 2 in Pennsylvania? The Bala and Anthony Wayne? Or were they dumped by cablevision?

Mike (saps)
Mike (saps) on December 18, 2014 at 9:37 am

Luckily the Grand Avenue and the Middlebrook Galleria were quickly reopened under new local (Grand Ave) and international (Middlebrook) independent owners.

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