Sunrise Multiplex Cinemas
750 W. Sunrise Highway,
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This multiplex was built on the site of the old Sunrise Drive-In. When it opened on December 7, 1979, it had six screens (each with 600-seats) which was quite radical back then. Each theater was enormous and very well appointed. Over the years, the owners Redstone Cinemas (National Amusements) added more theaters and divided up some of the original ones. The theaters were setup in along a long corridor.
For a while (early to mid-1980’s), this was THE place to see a movie if you lived on the western south shore of Nassau County on Long Island. The first movie I saw here was the first “Star Trek” movie. Also saw “Airplane”, “Starman”, as well as countless others. But the theater’s proximity to some less than desirable neighborhoods just over the Queens line in NYC began to have it’s effect on it.
The last movie I saw here was Scorcese’s “After Hours” in 1985. The Sunrise Multiplex had this late night movie which started at or around 12:30 or so. So that was the time we saw this. We sat through the movie and as we were leaving, the place was understandably deserted. What we did notice was that a large plate glass window was gone. For some reason, we didn’t think anything of it. Well, the next day, we found out that while we were watching “After Hours” a full scale riot had occurred involving patrons watching a movie called “Krush Groove”. In addition to guns being displayed, a patron was thrown through the plate glass window. I never saw a movie there again.
In 1990, at least one person was killed during a gun battle which occurred during a showing of “The Godfather, Part III”. I was not surprised.
The Sunrise Multiplex Cinemas was closed January 19, 2015.
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