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 in late-1978 and later when they were aquired by RKO, it was made into a triple on April 15, 1983. In 1986 they expanded it to an 8-screen by chopping some theatres and creating some from other space and a total seating capacity of 2,300-seats. It was taken over by Cineplex-Odeon, and then acquired by Loews. 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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theatrefan
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
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
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
markp on April 12, 2019 at 4:53 pm

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

robboehm
robboehm on November 2, 2019 at 6:16 am

Most people don’t remember but, way back when, Loew’s was looking to acquire Century. Didn’t happen. After Century was taken over by Almi, RKO and Cineplex Odeon, Loew’s actually accomplished this only to be wiped out by AMC. Ever notice that the serial management of theaters parallels that of banks?

ridethectrain
ridethectrain on November 2, 2019 at 1:09 pm

Please update, RKO Century open it as a triplex on April 15, 1983. On June 6, 1986 it became a quad. It became 8 screens on December 19-26, 1986 under RKO Century controlling the theatre. It was taken over by Loews in the summer of 1987 after the Cineplex Odeon take over of RKO Century.

Century Theatres made it a twin sometime in late 1978.

Once I finish my research, I give you the date it became a quad and then eight. Sometime in 1986, RKO Century announced plans to expand it from 3 to 8. It was quad for a short time until the expansion open. The eight plex expansion was by RKO Century before Cineplex Odeon bought the chain. When Loews acquired the theatre on June 19, 1987, they had to finish the interior work that wasn’t finish by RKO Century.

When it was a triplex, the lower theatre split in half and theatre 3 was the balcony. In 1986, it was split in the balcony ¾ for theatre 3 and ¼ for theatre 4. Theatre 5 and 6 was the lower level to the expansion and theatre 7 and 8 were on the 2nd level of the new wing.

When the expansion was done, there was an escalator that took you from the lobby for theatres 7 and 8. Theatres 3 and 4 were not ADA accessible at that time. The capacities in 1987 was Theatre 1 424 Theatre 2 419 Theatre 3 296 Theatre 4 219 Theatre 5 171 Theatre 6 250 Theatre 7 183 Theatre 8 259

After 2015 when AMC put their Signature Recliners, the theatre retain the old century layout but the theatre became fully ADA accessible.

The new capacity are base on AMC RSVP ticketing system: Theatre 1 135 Theatre 2 155 Theatre 3 70 (that was old Theatre 5 on the added space) Theatre 4 111 (that was old Theatre 6 on the added space) Theatre 5 111 (old Theatre 3 balcony, but you now enter in the back of theatre) Theatre 6 47 (old Theatre 4 balcony, but you now enter in the back of theatre) Theatre 7 83 same location as in 1987 Theatre 8 94 same location as in 1987 Source of the redo numbers based on pictures veiw on Yelp, Google and Foursquare Upstairs screens now are fully ADA and has an escaltor built near Theatre 1

I went a few times in the 1980 until 2005. I was their the first weekend when Loews took over control from Cineplex Odeon, the interior work wasn’t finish.

ridethectrain
ridethectrain on November 8, 2019 at 3:33 pm

Total capacity, 806 seats. When it was last renovated, AMC installed their Signature Recliners.

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