AMC Roosevelt Field 8

630 Old Country Road,
Garden City, NY 11530

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AMC Roosevelt Field 8

One of the largest of the Century Theaters chain built in parking lots of shopping malls in the 1950’s and 1960’s. The Roosevelt Field Theatres opened August 29, 1962 with 1,700 seats. Century Theaters twinned it and later when they were aquired by RKO, it was made into a quad. Later Cineplex Odeon made it an eight-plex by chopping some theatres and creating some from other space. Some of the houses are quite large and nice but others are small. Always played top notch first run, but now shares bookings with the newer AMC Loews Raceway 10 down the road.

It was closed for extensive renovations in March 2015 which required gutting the entire building. It reopened in November 2015.

Contributed by Robert R

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RobertR on July 7, 2016 at 9:17 am

Can someone who works or has worked at AMC explain the thinking behind no titles on marquees or on the building? All the free advertising, I used to drive by and see something was playing and go see it. I just don’t get it. As a former theater manager the marquee was so important, we even used to cram the next attractions up there when we could.

Scott Neff
Scott Neff on July 8, 2016 at 10:12 am

With the longevity of films it’s fairly unnecessary to advertise what’s playing. If it’s a first run theatre they’re playing all the new movies. Granted at an 8-plex they may not have ALL the new movies, they have most of them.

Besides — most people don’t just show up without already knowing what’s playing. They’ve checked showtimes on the internet and decided that this theatre is the one they’re going to at a certain time.

robboehm on July 8, 2016 at 4:06 pm

Also they’ve probably reserved seats. Are not the pylons still maintained at the entrances to the mall?

theatrefan on July 14, 2016 at 7:12 am

They also probably figure that their targeted audience of millennials will look everything up on their smartphones & will not even look up to see what titles are listed on the marquee of the theatre. Unfortunately it’s not just AMC as Cineplex is also doing the same thing up in Canada as they are renovating the older Famous Players Multiplexes they have owned since 2005.

DavidZornig on November 9, 2016 at 5:50 am

1963 marquee photo added courtesy of Al Ponte’s Time Machine – New York Facebook page.

Comfortably Cool
Comfortably Cool on November 22, 2016 at 9:12 am

Century’s Roosevelt Field first opened to the public on August 29h, 1962, with a gala charity event the night before. An ad has been posted in the Photos Section. Seating capacity for the single screen cinema was reported as 1,700.

Mike (saps)
Mike (saps) on July 20, 2017 at 10:00 pm

Since the “extensive renovations” entailed gutting the building to its walls and rebuilding from scratch, an updated introduction is necessary…

jeffpiatt on August 29, 2017 at 9:23 pm

the location is now the “AMC Roosevelt Field 8”. AMC is currently phasing out the Lowes brand as the locations are upgraded and changed over to one of there 3 current Brands.

Mike (saps)
Mike (saps) on April 11, 2019 at 7:39 pm

The most comfortable seat and posh appointments don’t mean bupkis if they let the projection bulbs burn down, which indeed they have. They started out nice and bright and now it’s a crapshoot if you can actually see the image as intended by the filmmakers.

markp on April 12, 2019 at 4:53 pm

Well there are no projectionists anymore. No one to keep track of bulb useage.

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