Movieworld Douglaston

242-02 61st Avenue,
Douglaston, NY 11362

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B.S. Moss opened this seven-screen theatre in 1983 in the Korvettes Mall. The theatres were nothing special and ranged in size from 450 to 90 seats. The agreement with the mall prevented any movies from running past 1AM on Friday and Saturday nights.

Shortly after this B.S. Moss had UA operating the theatre. While B.S. Moss was still involved, the theatre was kept up, and it had a big overhaul in the early-1990’s, which added stereo to all seven screens, new concession stands and preview monitors around the lobby. After that UA let the theatre fall apart and they dropped it in the spring of 2004. It last operated as an independent and closed on April 26, 2008. It reopened under new management on June 27, 2008.

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RobertR
RobertR on June 30, 2008 at 7:32 am

Here is that story before the link stops working.

Movieworld to return
BY VICTOR G. MIMONI
Wednesday, June 25, 2008 8:00 PM EDT
To those moviegoers who were shocked when the Movieworld multiplex theater in the Douglaston Plaza shopping center abruptly closed – fear not, your summer is saved.

The seven-screen picture palace has scheduled its grand re-opening for Friday, June 27, managed by an independent partnership of local entrepreneurs, according to partner Mark Serale. “We’ll be showing a variety of films for kids and adults,” Serale said.

Their opening bill includes the new Disney film “Wall-e” on two screens, along with summer fare from kid-friendly “Kung Fu Panda,” and comedy “Get Smart” to explosive thrillers “The Hulk” and “Wanted” to “Sex and the City.”

“We only signed the lease about three weeks ago,” said Serale. “We’ve put a state-of-the-art digital sound system in all seven theaters, and all new seats in three of them,” he said, adding, “The others will be getting new seating soon.”

The group had sought to take over the theater when the previous operator “walked away,” almost three months ago, according to Serale, but were rebuffed at first. “The landlord called us back about a month ago saying it was available, so we took it.”

In order to get back into operation as soon as possible, management concentrated on sprucing up and put in a whole new “caf/” service bar.

“We’ll be serving premium Italian ices, gelati, ice cream and pastries under the ‘D’Angelo’s of N.Y.C.’ label,” said partner Sal Corrente. “These are family recipes being made here in the city,” he said. “You can make an evening of it or even book a party, right here.”

Managing partner Jay Levinson already operates a movie theater on Long Island. “We grew up in Roslyn,” said his brother Stuart, also a partner, “We love this location – it’s like our back yard.”

Serale, who grew up in Fresh Meadows, expressed excitement at the chance to offer Queens some of what’s been missing in film entertainment.

“We have several ideas, such as morning shows for moms, where they can bring their stroller right into the theater,” he said, adding. “They deserve the break.”

“We also want to have something of an ‘art house’ here, showing films that you’d otherwise have to go to Manhattan to see,” he said.

Among their ideas, management wants to bring back “classic 70 millimeter films in stereo,” like “Lawrence of Arabia” and “West Side Story,” and would “love to have midnight showings of cult films.”

Serale admits that some of their planned innovations, like digital projection to match the digital audio, will have to wait until after the summer movie season, or, like late night showings, would involve negotiations.

“We signed a long lease and we’re in it for the long haul,” he promised.

DARCYDT
DARCYDT on August 15, 2008 at 7:02 am

The newspaper has the new Star Wars cartoon advertised as playing here in the IMAX format. Does this theater have the capabilty of doing that now. I also notice that though the Dark Knight made 26 million last weekend it is no longer here, nor in Sunnyside or the Flushing Main Street. Why would they all drop a still potent box office film?

Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on September 19, 2008 at 1:29 pm

This now has an official website at www.movieworlddouglaston.com with “Hooray for Hollywood” as background music.

DARCYDT
DARCYDT on March 12, 2009 at 1:57 pm

How come Columbia/Sony pictures never have bargain rates? I might be wrong but I think this same deal goes with the Main Street Flushing theater also,

markp
markp on March 12, 2009 at 2:28 pm

Columbia won’t allow it. Its the same at the joint I work at here in New Jersey. I think after 4 weeks they will allow bargain days, but by then the movie is dead anyway.

dsslaw
dsslaw on July 3, 2009 at 11:07 am

Don’t bother going to the “official website” listed above (although, I suppose a click or two isn’t too much to ask to satisfy your curiosity). Like so much else having to do with this venue over the years, the website has clearly lapsed, and now serves only as a placeholder with numerous listings having absolutely nothing to do with the MovieWorld multiplex. The theater however is open, with all 7 screens running first run films.

DARCYDT
DARCYDT on May 3, 2010 at 8:06 pm

The website is back up, they have all pictures playing and the coming soon column with Iron Man 2, Robin Hood, Shrek 4 Ever After, Just Write and Letters to Juliet.

rlev13
rlev13 on December 30, 2012 at 6:52 pm

They recently went all digital…still offer the lowest pricesI have seen around here.

Willburg145
Willburg145 on April 2, 2013 at 6:56 pm

My friends and I recently discovered this movie theatre. While it’s nothing to write about, décor-wise, it still has a sort of small town movie theatre feel to it.

rlev13
rlev13 on October 20, 2013 at 6:52 pm

New seats in all theaters just added.

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