Bow-Tie Roslyn Cinemas

20 Tower Place,
Roslyn, NY 11576

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Bow-Tie Roslyn Cinemas

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The Roslyn Cinema is located on the main street in Roslyn, just a block or two away from the landmark Roslyn Clock Tower. Opened prior to 1941 when the Roslyn Theatre was operated by the Island Theater Circuit. It had 500 seats. In the 1980’s, this was a twinned theatre, after having been a single-screener. I think it’s been quadded.

In the 1980’s, a big clock with blue neon around it was placed right near the left-hand bottom corner of the screen, courtesy of the Roslyn Savings Bank.

In June 2013, it was taken over by Bow-Tie Cinemas, who took most Clearview locations.

Contributed by Seth

Recent comments (view all 17 comments)

lopez on February 9, 2006 at 11:51 am

I meant to add…no theatre on the North Shore in Nassau Couty would fit the bill…except for the guess you already made, the Cove…

Ed Solero
Ed Solero on February 9, 2006 at 4:54 pm

Thanks nova, but no, it wasn’t the Calderone – I’ve been there. And it definitely wasn’t My Father’s Place – which was all on one level without balcony. Maybe it was the Cove. I guess they could have run some concerts around that time as perhaps the whole dinner-theater concept they had going under the Northstage Theater Restaurant name might have been declining in popularity. I’m still in contact with one of the guys I went to the show with… I’ll have to see if his memory is a bit clearer than mine on the subject.

efriedmann on June 23, 2008 at 2:28 pm

I’ve only seen four (4) films here: TOOTSIE, 2010, ROCKY IV and DEAD POETS SOCIETY.

robboehm on February 19, 2009 at 12:44 pm

Sometime back I read something interesting – the theatre was on leased land. Clearview has purchased the land under its theatre. I wonder if that was a common practice.

fred1 on February 19, 2009 at 12:57 pm

The theater had been refirbished with new seats in all the cinemas recently

kbhine on July 10, 2009 at 5:31 am

My grandfather did some of the original woodwork inside of this theatre. He lived in an apartment on the top floor of what is now the nail salon, next door to the theatre. My father was born there. I would love to see pictures of the inside of both of these.

efriedmann on February 18, 2011 at 11:04 am

This theater was used in THE WORLD ACCORDING TO GARP (1982).

miclup on August 29, 2011 at 9:20 pm

The Roslyn Theater was such a gem. It’s still adorable on the outside with an amazing location but multiplexing has truly destroyed this gem. Programming is great though. But the old Roslyn was so special.

One correction to Seth’s comment above, the clock was not put in place in the 80s. As a kid, I regularly visited this theater and as early as 1974, that clock was already there. During MURDER ON THE ORIENT EXPRESS, it was so annoying. The film was so dark and the theater in a hush… but… then there was that clock. Big mistake to have it next to the screen. The original Roslyn was really a jewel.

RobertR on March 11, 2013 at 9:43 am

Clearview is letting this place fall apart at least on the outside. The marquee is mostly burned out so the cram all the letters to where the lights still work. In addition a lot of their letters are broken or the wrong size.

RobertR on May 26, 2015 at 9:38 am

Come on Bow Tie the marquee still looks like crap

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