Loews Cineplex Cinema 5
183-15 Horace Harding Boulevard,
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Previous Names: Cinema City 5
Opened on December 17, 1982 by an independent who also owned the Arion, Surfside Twin and other local houses, he converted a former Bohack supermarket into Cinema City 5. The theatre located on the service road of the Long Island Expressway featured a huge mural on its front of Hollywood legends like Elizabeth Taylor, Charlie Chaplin and Judy Garland. Instead of one marquee there were five small ones each containing the title of the film in that auditorium.
The theatres themselves were not first rate, being long and narrow but the place was an immediate hit. When Cineplex acquired the Century Meadows and announced plans to gut and multiplex it, the owner panicked and put it up for sale. Cineplex not wanting competition bought it on September 1, 1989. They now had 13 screens in Fresh Meadows between the two.
On June 29, 1990 they re-modeled Cinema City and renamed it Cinema 5. The whole place was spruced up and given the Cineplex flair with pink neon and marble floors. The mural though had seen better days and instead of replacing it with a big sign or something flashy they painted it black.
The theatre closed on May 27, 2004 and was demolished in spring of 2005.
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