Grand Avenue Cinemas

1841 Grand Avenue,
Baldwin, NY 11510

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Mike (saps)
Mike (saps) on February 5, 2012 at 6:43 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…

rivoli157
rivoli157 on November 18, 2011 at 10:25 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!”

7traintoshea
7traintoshea on November 23, 2007 at 11:13 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

taketheatrai
taketheatrai on May 28, 2005 at 4:10 pm

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.

chconnol
chconnol on December 27, 2004 at 9:21 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….

RobertR
RobertR on December 27, 2004 at 9:10 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
chconnol on December 27, 2004 at 8:50 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
RobertR on December 27, 2004 at 8:01 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.

RobertR
RobertR on December 27, 2004 at 7:53 pm

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

chconnol
chconnol on December 27, 2004 at 7:03 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?

joemasher
joemasher on December 27, 2004 at 6:58 pm

The Grand Avenue Cinema is NOT in a ‘free zone’ for booking. It cannot play day-and-date with the Loews Cineplex Fantasy or Oceanside.

chconnol
chconnol on December 27, 2004 at 5:35 pm

RbertR…thanks for the info. I kind of assumed that was the answer but I just wanted to make sure. Nope…there’s no other theater for (I would estimate) two to three miles, maybe more in all directions. That’s why the Grand Avenue Cinemas stays open. Pity.

Regarding Astyanax' comment, the only time you see the limited release patterns of years past is around THIS time of year when the high brow product that’s deemed “Oscar-bait” comes out. From what I understand, the studios want to get their BIG pictures in all the theraters and multiplexes they can. Their Oscar-arty stuff is released in just one or two theaters (usually in NY or LA) simply to qualify for the oh-so-important Oscars.

Astyanax
Astyanax on December 27, 2004 at 5:31 pm

Booking day & date may make economic sense. The more screens, the sooner a studio can cash in on a hit. Too bad since not too many years ago, a movie opened as an exclusive and got to build by word of mouth. Chicago may have been the last major release that began as an exclusive at the Ziegfeld, before going into wide release several weeks later. It’s a pity that Cinema I is now also just another neighborhood screen. The hype about seeing a movie in it’s exclusive run at a select (and luxurious) theater is now gone.

RobertR
RobertR on December 27, 2004 at 2:30 pm

CConnolly

A free booking zone means there are no other first run theatres in the same booking area that causes the product to be split. An example would be in Valley Stream when RKO-Cineplex had the Green Acres and Redstone had Sunrise Cinemas they competed for the same product. Now that Redstone has the both theatres then can place what they want in each theatre. It’s shocking in Manhattan that the Ziegfeld plays day and date with E-Walk. In the old days the Ziegfeld played exclusive in Manhattan. Then as time went on they were exclusive for the midtown area. Now it’s usually just booked as another screen.

Rob

chconnol
chconnol on December 27, 2004 at 2:23 pm

RobertR: what is a free booking zone and how does if effect a theater’s films?

RobertR
RobertR on December 22, 2004 at 7:00 pm

They are in a free booking zone they can pretty much play anything they want.

chconnol
chconnol on December 22, 2004 at 5:55 pm

46 seats? This wasn’t exactly huge when it was a single screener. Did they take more space from the retail around them like the pizza place? How pathetic. And people must be going here because it’s still open.

taketheatrai
taketheatrai on December 22, 2004 at 4:00 am

The theatre is small houses. The two big screens are cinema 4 and 5 which has 125 seats. Theatres 2 and 3 have 80 seats and Theatre 1 has 46 seats. It probadly the msllest capacity in Long Island.

DTS sound is in screens 4 and 5

The seats are a tight squeeze and the small house cinema 1 has the most comfortable seats of all five

chconnol
chconnol on December 6, 2004 at 2:13 pm

As much as I did not like this theater and preferred the Century’s Baldwin over this one, I did see a lot of movies here. The one strange thing about the place that go to me even as a kid was the fact that there were no doors to the auditorium. The box office was on the left as you entered the front doors. Then you went into a smallish lobby where there was one concession stand and to the right of that was the restrooms. The auditorium was just a few feet up from the concession stand and there were no doors. There was a wide entry area right behind the rear seats. At some point I guess the owners realized the stupidity of this so they installed (get this) louvered doors…you know the kind that fold up against the wall. When the movie would start, they’d pull it closed. But they had to leave part of it open so people could leave and go to the bathroom or concession stand. I remember a lot of times having light flood into the auditorium when someone would go out. It was annoying and I could never figure out why they designed it like that.

rcdt55b
rcdt55b on December 2, 2004 at 4:39 am

Movieman007 is right, 4 ¼ oh sorry 4 ½ screens.

chconnol
chconnol on November 19, 2004 at 9:29 pm

How the HELL this place manages to stay open while the older, nicer Century’s Baldwin closed in the mid 80’s is beyond me.

This was a smallish theater when it was a single screener. I never went there after they multiplexed it.

movieman007
movieman007 on August 28, 2004 at 12:58 am

tthe theater is 4 and a half screens, hee hee hee, realy it is 5.