Roslyn Cinemas

20 Tower Place,
Roslyn, NY 11576

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Roslyn Cinemas

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 and had a big clock with blue neon around it which was placed right near the left-hand bottom corner of the screen, courtesy of the Roslyn Savings Bank.

In the spring of 1981 this was a twinned theatre, after having been a single-screener. It became a triple in 1994 and was made into a quad in 1998 when it was taken over by Clearview Cinemas.

In June 2013, it was taken over by Bow-Tie Cinemas, who took most Clearview locations. It was closed on April 11, 2019. It was reopened by a new operator on April 19, 2019.

Contributed by Seth

Recent comments (view all 22 comments)

kbhine
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
efriedmann on February 18, 2011 at 11:04 am

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

miclup
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
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
RobertR on May 26, 2015 at 9:38 am

Come on Bow Tie the marquee still looks like crap

robboehm
robboehm on August 31, 2018 at 7:59 am

They should have left the exterior the way it was in 1954 before they whitewashed the building and “modernized” the marquee. See photo section.

DARCYDT
DARCYDT on April 12, 2019 at 8:25 am

This is one of 2 cinemas owned by Bow Tie that closed yesterday, along with the Manhasset theater. The owner of the properties sold them in November, both to the same buyer.

DARCYDT
DARCYDT on April 18, 2019 at 12:35 pm

Apparently after closing last Thursday along with its sister cinema the Manhasset theater, they are both reopening tomorrow the 19th. It’s films are Dumbo, Teen Spirit (new to Long Island), The Mustang, Hotel Mumbai and The Aftermath. I have no idea who owns them now.

baysider73
baysider73 on April 19, 2019 at 5:07 pm

It’s the same operator as the Main Street Cinemas in Kew Garden Hills, Islip Cinemas and Grand Ave Cinemas. https://theislandnow.com/featured/manhasset-roslyn-theaters-reopen-under-new-operator/

ridethectrain
ridethectrain on November 10, 2019 at 4:10 pm

It became a twin in spring of 1981, became a triple in 1994 and in 1998 became a quad when Clearview Cinemas bought the theatre.

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