AMC Roosevelt Field 8

630 Old Country Road,
Garden City, NY 11530

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ridethectrain on November 8, 2019 at 3:33 pm

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

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.

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?

markp on April 12, 2019 at 4:53 pm

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

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.

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 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…

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.

DavidZornig on November 9, 2016 at 5:50 am

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

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.

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?

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.

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.

robboehm on December 29, 2015 at 7:06 am

So what’s it like after the long reno?

John Fink
John Fink on December 18, 2015 at 9:04 pm

Currently back open per AMC’s website

R68Dtrain2500 on March 27, 2015 at 1:44 pm

Check out the pictures I took of the older seats from this theater before the renovation of this theater

robboehm on March 26, 2015 at 5:51 pm

Photo of pylon when Century’s added

R68Dtrain2500 on March 18, 2015 at 6:59 pm

This theater is gonna be renovating for real?

robboehm on March 15, 2015 at 9:40 am

Is this a reno or a tear down and rebuild?

robboehm on March 15, 2015 at 5:02 am

Theater was built in less time than the eight month reno.

fred1 on March 15, 2015 at 3:51 am

The theater is closed until November for extensive renovations

robboehm on July 17, 2014 at 7:03 am

Probably will be part of the $600 million reseating project mentioned on the CT home page.

RobertR on July 16, 2014 at 6:29 am

Have any updates been done here?

Richard on May 6, 2013 at 4:55 pm

I remember seeing “Avatar” and “The Pirates! Band of Misifits” there.

robboehm on June 22, 2011 at 6:51 pm

Haven’t been in the area for years but I remember thinking it odd that the theatre had two box offices. Handy in view of all the chopping up.