Franklin Square Cinemas

989 Hempstead Turnpike,
Franklin Square, NY 11010

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Franklin Square Cinemas

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Operating prior to 1941, the Franklin Theatre was a 955-seat neighborhood house showing a mix of second run with the occasional first run. The previous owners made it a quad and went first run.

Acquired a few years ago by Clearview Cinemas and made into a six-plex. In June 2013, Bow-Tie Cinemas took over as it took most Clearview locations.

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Mrmarkus on June 19, 2011 at 12:23 am

@ Ligg,yes they used to run shows even if it was empty in case someone really came in late.I know it didn’t make sense,adding more wear and tear on the equipment and using electricity.They did abandon that practice in lieu of a 10-minute rule,which a show didn’t start if no one showed up.After 10 mminutes,the show was cancelled,in order to avoid a late start of the next show.And strangely enough,there were some people who showed up 12,15,even 20 minutes late!Only to find out about the cancelled show,so they came for the next one or just came back another time. The independents got more first run movies in part because of Sumner Redstone’s lawsuit against the studios for more control over the first run picks,as explained in his book.Nevertheless,independents used the same booking agent,Lesser.By twinning,triplexing and quadding,you add more choices without bbeing stuck to a single film.That’s what happened to just about all the single screen theatres,before multiplexes grew to what they are now.You can count the number of single screens on LI on one hand! And of course,the drive-in became extinct! Yes,the stage/platform upstairs was structurally sound,it passed the Town of Hempstead Building Code.Touching the screens is a big no-no-oil from hands has an effect on picture quality,and the screens get chemically cleaned every 6 months. Also,Local 640 IATSE has some old pictures showing the curved marquee before it became rectangular.

robboehm on June 19, 2011 at 4:21 am

Would like to see some of those photos on CT since most of us are not privvy to union material

robboehm on June 19, 2011 at 6:29 pm

Yeh, Google finally got the front of the building.

willstan on March 6, 2013 at 12:27 pm

In 1954, Franklin, then a Century property on a particular day ran “Casanova’s Big Night” with Bob Hope, Joan Fontaine, Basil Rathbone and Hugh Marlowe.

willstan on March 9, 2013 at 12:18 pm

No. I do NOT have anything with which to co-oborate. I attended the screening then. I deeply regret that I did not meet the requirement of proof.

Mike (saps)
Mike (saps) on March 11, 2013 at 6:16 pm

Willstan, that’s pretty cool that you can remember seeing that movie so long ago. I saw a movie there a couple of years ago, but I have no idea what it was!

robboehm on March 11, 2013 at 8:09 pm

Movie going was different in the 50’s. There was only one screen and most people only went to their local theatre. Mine was the Bellerose. I could count on the fingers of one hand the movies that I saw in the adjacent villages, Queens Village and Floral Park.

robboehm on March 26, 2015 at 5:14 pm

Upload a photo of the current fa├žade. Would be nice to see one with the original marquee.

bmccinemash on November 26, 2015 at 9:03 pm

Once again some miss information The Franklin and Squire were both owned by Warren Whurtzberger who did the conversions using money he borrowed from Boston Concession as he was in financial trouble in 1996, he sold both to Clearview Cinemas. Bud Mayo and Paul Kay were 2 independent theatre owners though Bud had also been a Vice President for IBM for a long time in 1993 they started with 2 theatres in N.J. and in 1995 they brought 3 theatres in Long Island from Carmi Djiji called GG cinemas at the time , the Port Washington, Herricks and Grand Avenue, who I worked for and then we started buying independent theatre’s in New York and New Jersey as ell as buying smaller venues from major chains. There were no Loew’s people in Clearview at that timein 1998 we took over theatre’s from Cineplex which included Soundview Cinemas The Chelsea and a few more at that time we got a division manager from Cineplex It wasn’t until Bud sold to Cablevison and then left the company that we had people from Loews brought in to run the company in 2001. I was the Division Manager for Long Island and was part of building up the company from 1995 to 2001 when I left to form my own company in Florida with 2 partners. I started in the theatre business in 1970 as a concession attendant and by 1973 I was the asst. Manager of the U.A. Quartet in Flushing, then in 1975 I was the Manager in 1979 I went to work as an Asst. Manager at National Amusements Sunrise Cinemas for it’s opening raising to House Manager then I was put in charge of the construction site for National Amusements Commack Multiplex and then opened it as the Managing Director before being transferred to Whitestone Multiplex Cinemas. In 1991 I went to work for GG theatres as the Manager of Port Washington and District manage4r for the other 2 GG theatres and when Clearview took over in 1995 I continued as their District Manager for L.I. and as previous mentioned, I was very much involved in their growth into a 68 theatre chain. I would go to each theatre that was taken over and help to bring it online as a Clearview Cinema and for a while I was also in Charge of Concessions and Special Events for the company

markp on November 28, 2015 at 1:46 pm

I was the screen cleaner for clearview for a few years from about 1997 till 2004. I must have cleaned many of the screens in your theatres.

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