After numerous false starts over the years, it seems that Lynbrook’s old movie theater will finally be getting the high-tech facelift residents say it needs.
The total and complete renovation of the UA Lynbrook 6, located at 321 Merrick Road, was the subject of an in-depth presentation at Monday's board of trustees meeting.
The theater, which is owned by Regal Entertainment Group, has been considered to be in dire need of a makeover for quite some time now by both Lynbrook residents and government.
Jack L. Libert, Special Zoning Counsel to the Village, introduced the speakers and noted that the evening’s presentation was for public informational purposes before the official hearings begin on the project, which has been in the works for several years now.
“They are talking about a brand-new theater, and they’ve put together a very good team to accomplish this,” he said. “Assuming that there is a general consensus tonight that this looks like a good project, we’ll start working traffic and environmental impact studies as well as the actual zoning laws.”
David Blumenfeld, owner of Blumenfeld Development Group, is the developer of the project along with RMS Engineering.
Blumenfeld offered a slideshow presentation to the village board to outline the proposed structural changes slated to take place should the renovation project move forward, which includes a new 15-screen movie house featuring more than 3,000 seats.
“We’re changing the layout of the theater, the number of screens, the entrances and exits, and of course we’ll be upgrading the entire theater itself,” he said. “We will take down the old building and build a much larger building that will incorporate the parking lot next to it.”
Gerald M. Grewe, Vide President of Real Estate for Regal Entertainment Group, gave a run-down of the planned upgrades for the new movie theater, which includes:
- Stadium stating – rocker seats with cup holders.
- Wall-to-wall screens with all-digital 4K projection.
- Regal Crown Club rewards program for frequent guests.
- Party rooms.
- Sony Entertainment Access System to allow hearing and visually impaired guests to enjoy movies.
- Start of the art concession stand.
“This building is close to 100 years old, and it presented many challenges to make it into something that we thought you would enjoy for your community,” he said. “We have a fantastic team of consultants that have helped us refine what makes the most sense for this community, and offers an experience like some of our newer theaters.”
In addition, various changes will be made to the surrounding area of the building to make traffic conditions safer for pedestrians, including improvements to stop light timing and crosswalks and the creation of a theatergoer drop-off area along Hempstead Avenue near Patrick Henry Park.
Bill Gaylor, Lynbrook Chamber of Commerce Vice President of Government affairs and a long-time Past President of the organization, praised the proposed renovation of the movie theater, saying it would help to revitalize the downtown area.
“I can’t wait to see the re-development plans for the Regal Theater,” he said. “I think that we can all agree that it is time to upgrade the current theater ... Regal Entertainment has always been a close friend of the Lynbrook Chamber of Commerce, and we support this project fully.”
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