Bow-Tie Roslyn Cinemas

20 Tower Place,
Roslyn, NY 11576

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RobertR on May 26, 2015 at 9:38 am

Come on Bow Tie the marquee still looks like crap

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.

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.

efriedmann on February 18, 2011 at 11:04 am

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

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.

fred1 on February 19, 2009 at 12:57 pm

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

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.

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.

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.

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…

lopez on February 9, 2006 at 11:40 am

It definitely was not the Roslyn Theatre. They’ve had a few local bands play over the years on a tiny makeshift stage, and even ran midnight shows from time to time. However, the seats always remained intact downstairs, they never had a liquor license, and by ‘82 I think it had already been twinned. Based on the description you give, no theatre on the North Shore in Nassau County would fit the bill. Could it have been the Calderone in Hempstead, which ran live acts in the 70’s and early 80’s? Or perhaps you were at My Father’s Place on the other end of town in Roslyn?

Ed Solero
Ed Solero on February 9, 2006 at 10:17 am

I posted this on the Cove Theater site but figured I’d see if gets a response here:

There was a theater somewhere on the north shore where I saw the Greg Kihn Band and Marshall Crenshaw in 1982 (or thereabouts). It was definitely an old movie theater and obviously had stage facilities. They had removed all the seats from the orchestra level (at least in the front of the orchestra) while seating remained in the balcony. I remember that only people of drinking age (18 at the time) were allowed in the lower level, where alcohol was served. My two friends and I were only 16 or 17 so we were allowed only up in the balcony – but when the Kihn Band came out, we were able to sneak downstairs and get right up to the stage.

I seem to recall the place was up against an embankment and had a parking lot along its side and rear. The emankment might have been for a Long Island Rail Road trestle or perhaps an elevated road way such as the one for Route 25A as it goes through Roslyn. In fact, I thought it may have been a place called the Roslyn Theater, but I can find no such listing here. I was aware of the Northstage Theater Restaurant being in existence at the time – though I had never been there myself.

Can anyone from the area help me identify the theater? I remember a concert venue called My Father’s Place in Roslyn, but I believe that was converted from a bowling alley and I don’t recall ever being there. This place was an actual theater w/ balcony. Help?

RobertR on July 10, 2005 at 4:57 pm

Check out the sexy ad from 1963
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chconnol on January 6, 2005 at 10:15 am

This sucker is still OPEN?!! This was a class act all the way. Yep, it was small but it was very, very well maintained and they always had great art house stuff. I saw “A Room with a View” and “Babette’s Feast” here in the 80’s. Great place and I’m glad to hear that it’s still open.

longislandmovies on November 4, 2004 at 6:46 pm

Still a great theater the bellmore

RobertR on November 4, 2004 at 8:05 am

Kurt Brenner had a few theatres in the old days including Bellmore The Movies.

longislandmovies on November 3, 2004 at 6:12 pm

this for years was kb Roslyn