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Patch Question: Lynbrook Movie Theater

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The Lynbrook Movie Theater has received a lot of criticism from not just Lynbrook residents, but moviegoers from around Nassau County.

Talks of a new theater have popped up several times over the last decade, with nothing coming of it. Back in January, Village officials were on the possible building of a state-of-the-art facility.

Local residents have grown tired of the talk and are looking for a new theater. Readers have commented on Patch citing the theaters "decrepit conditions" as the major problem, and that a new theater "would be a big help to our downtown."

We want to know, how badly does Lynbrook need a new, or at least renovated, movie theater? Why is it in such need of renovations?

Tell us in the comment section below!

Annmarie Rudolph August 16, 2011 at 02:23 PM
The Lynbrook movie theatre Is an absolute disgrace. They should be ashamed of themselves for operating such a dysfunctional business. I used to go only if they were the only place around with a movie I wanted to see but after the air conditioner didst work in the upstairs theatre this summer I have said never again. The time before that there was no popcorn and no one said anything until you got to the counter after standing in line for 20 minutes. They never have enough workers at the concession area and there is no handicap access to the upstairs. I could go on and on. I recently posted on Facebook that I will never go back and within minutes I had roughly 30 responses agreeing with me. We deserve better especially for the prices they have the nerve to charge.
Mike August 16, 2011 at 02:44 PM
Maybe the patch could post a number of the theater owners so residents could complain to the them about the poor conditions
Rich August 16, 2011 at 03:30 PM
Last Saturday I took my three small children to the Lynbrook movie theater to see the new Smurfs movie. We paid and entered the theater (mistake #1). We were instructed to go to the theater that is in the rear of the building which takes you down a long hallway. It wasn't really a hallway, more like a lazy river. We had to trek through about 20 feet of water 6 inch deep to get to the theater. Yes, there was a heavy rain storm that day, but don't tell me this is the first time these things have happened, and as a business you must be prepared for these things. Upon entering the theater, we are met with three 45 gallon garbage pails catching water from the leaky roof above. "Hmmm...odd", I say, and proceed to our seats remote from the leaks. We settle into our seats and ready ourselves for the film. LOOK OUT BELOW!!!! Six ceiling tiles soaked with water fall about twenty five feet onto the people below. With this, an employee enters and tapes off the seats with the fallen ceiling tiles with yellow caution tape (doesn't clean them up) and leaves. I wasn't believing what I was seeing. It was almost like they are used to this stuff and do it all the time. It wasn't until the people with the ceiling tile hats approached the manager where things changed. He was forced to cancel the show and refunds everyone's tickets. Years and years of neglect have taken its toll on the theater. Knock it down or rebuild. That's the ONLY way I will return.
John Mirandy August 16, 2011 at 04:19 PM
I went on Saturday night and it wasn't a great experience. The seats are about as outdated and uncomfortable as it gets. The floors were very sticky. The sound on the movie was low. We could hear the movie in the next theater. The air conditioning didn't work (we were in the upstairs theater on the left side). It's such a great location, but it just isn't what it should be.
Margaret Schutta Grismer August 16, 2011 at 05:45 PM
The Lynbrook theater is a disgraceful waste of space. I took my young daughter there to see her first movie over a year ago. The number of flies was greater than patrons. The chairs were ripped and the floors were sticky. I have heard from numerous people that there has been no noticeable effort made to change these deplorable conditions. I recently held a movie birthday party for my daughter and would have loved to have taken her friends to the Lynbrook theater seeing as how the movie was playing there but instead went out of town. I would rather support this community I live in. The location of the theater is ideal for an afternoon or evening outing that could benefit other businesses as well (dinner/lunch from the restaurants on Atlantic Ave and Merrick Road that are within walking distance, a relaxing movie after perusing the shops, etc.). Sadly, I will continue to go elsewhere unless major changes are made.
Tom Miccio August 16, 2011 at 05:52 PM
United Artists (now Regal) first approached the Board about a new theater in 1997. I remember meeting with their local representatives several times when I was a Trustee. I can tell you that Mayor Scarpato spoke to them virtually every month about their plans for the new theater. Here we are 14 years later and nothing has happened. In my opinion, Regal is just not serious about spending 8 to 12 million dollars at this site unless they gain 250 or more parking spaces. That is the only way they can justify the magnitude of the investment. Any notion that they are going to incur additional debt to add parking is unrealistic. They expect the Village to foot the bill for these spaces. At a cost of $20,000 or more per space that equates to a 5 million dollar debt to the taxpayers to gain a new theater. My question to all of you is quite simple . Is it worth it?
Matthew Hogan August 16, 2011 at 11:27 PM
Wow, wish you had snapped some pictures of that! Thanks for sharing, Rich!
trish daly August 17, 2011 at 12:15 AM
Perhaps the town can put in metered parking like they do in rockville centre across from the theatre. this would increase revenues. having a movie theatre in our town is a huge financial asset because it draws more people into the town, which in turn, will generate more revenue to the businesses in the area.
terrific August 17, 2011 at 12:48 AM
The theatre is an absolute embarassment. I go to Rockville Centre. Where else can I go? By the way where is the Big Kahuna voice when we need him
Annmarie Rudolph August 17, 2011 at 02:17 AM
My response to Tom is when you have ceiling tiles falling on patrons, maybe it's time to tell Regal to put up or get out. We don't need a theatre that is hazardous to our children.
Julie O'Connell August 17, 2011 at 02:55 AM
I have happily lived in this town for the last 12 years. I make every effort to support the businesses in Lynbrook because I love this town and I want to see the businesses stick around. With that said, this is the ONLY place I refuse to support. I have probably only been in it to see a movie over the last 12 years four or five times. The last time I went, I swore I would never return. The disgusting conditions of this movie theatre are embarrassing to our wonderful community. This should be a focal point...a place we all want to go to, but instead it is a place many of us avoid. Just last week my children were asking to see The Smurfs. When I looked up where it was playing, I could have driven 3 minutes to the Lynbrook theatre, but instead drove to Roosevelt Field to see it. I spent roughly $60 to see this movie...money that would have been better spent in our community. I don't know what the answer is, but I think perhaps that Lynbrook residents should not support the theatre. Maybe if no one goes, the owners may take a long, hard look and do something about it.
Kevin O'Reilly August 17, 2011 at 04:18 AM
No
Kevin O'Reilly August 17, 2011 at 04:19 AM
Are you speaking of a certain insurance salesman?
icarumba August 17, 2011 at 12:47 PM
theres no excuse for the current lybrook theatre to be in such deplorable conditions. no other theatre ive been in comes close. regal is a bunch of cheapskates who see the village as a cash register. the current economic conditions dont justify spending all that $$ to gain extra parking spaces. now rockville centre has free parking after 6 pm-and a much nicer theatre to boot. the theatres at the old roosevelt raceway site and roosevelt field are a 20 min ride away. so in the meantime regal fix up the place and quit stalling. lynbrook residents-go park in the lot on forest avenue. its 3hrs and its free. 90% of the parking problems in lynbrook are caused by laziness-sorry.
tricia August 17, 2011 at 02:06 PM
It is such a shame that we cannot have a decent movie theater here in Lynbrook. Put it where the feather factor is so then it is easier to walk around and you do not have to cross Merrick road to get something to eat or shop on Atlantic Ave. Many people go elsewhere and spend their money. Why don't we want to keep people here? it really doesn't make sense! It is such a nice place to live. If we have a nice movie theatre to draw people to our town then maybe we can get other establishments to set up shop in all the vacant stores here.
icarumba August 17, 2011 at 06:41 PM
when all is said and done, does it really pay for a family of four or more to go to the movies? having to find parking,cost of gas,tickets,drinks and snacks...in the long run they'd be better off getting a 40" or more hdtv and a netflix subscription. Best Buy's Dynex brand has a 40" model for $350 and netflix's one at a time plan is $ 8 a month as of 9/1. maybe its time to admit that movie theatres are becoming like land line phones- things soon to be past technology.
Joann DiMaggio August 17, 2011 at 06:50 PM
I lived in Long Beach many years ago when they had the same problem. The city invested money to build the theater they have there today. This would help the local restaurants in the area as well. The place is so filtly and last time I was there, we could not find four seats in a row that did not have one broken one. Maybe the town of Lynbrook could consider using funds to help improve and refurbish this town attraction.
icarumba August 17, 2011 at 07:28 PM
according to the long beach patch their cinema 4 closed its doors at the beginning of may. lynbrook is not going to spend $$ it doesnt have- theres no $$ in this economy;everyone is tapped out.
Louise Gillespie August 18, 2011 at 03:22 AM
I make my son take his clothes off and put them in the wash when we return from that theater. I'll never forget how devastated I was when Rockville Ctr didn't get the last Potter movie. it was only my love for HP that made me step foot in the Lynbrook theater. I actually covered my seat with my jacket, then boiled it when I got home. Close that theater if we have to. It's so disgusting and I refuse to give them another dime of my money. (except of course if there's an HP part 8)
STEPHEN WANGEL August 18, 2011 at 02:47 PM
This theater, and other economic improvements in and around the village have been a thorn in the sides of everyone for years! I have stood on the side-lines while Regal Theaters rattled their sabres, asking for this and that to be done, I have seen the village officials bend over backwards to accommodate Regal so that our downtown can have a respectable anchor to attract visitors. It's time for Regal to get off the pot, and be a respectable corporate citizen. Some things just NEED to be done, despite what it looks like on a balance sheet!
Jason August 18, 2011 at 02:53 PM
The answer is simple, avoid the theatre, then we will see either improvements or sale for the better!
Allison Sitzman August 18, 2011 at 09:07 PM
Wow, I am not surprised to read all of your disgusting comments. I have not been to Lynbrook theater in years. I drew the line when I took my niece to see Enchanted there a few years ago in the dead of the winter and there was no heat. We froze even with our coats on and what made it even worse was when we had to use the cold bathroom with no heat, half of the lightbulbs were burnt out over the stalls, no soap and ice water to wash our hands. We drew the line that day and never went back! I drive to Merrick Movie Theater on Mondays and Wednesdays because it's clean and they even offer deals on those days.
Anne August 24, 2011 at 07:08 PM
People need to stop going there, why should they fix the dump if people will still pay money to go there. Stopped 10 years ago after a huge roach walked across the seat in front of me at the free Christmas movie I could have started a stampede if I yelled like I wanted to. Franklin Square has a nice theatre 10 minutes from Lynbrook and there is free parking on the street.

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