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Movie Theater Talks Continue

Glen Cove has been without its theater since March.

Glen Cove Movie Theater. Credit: Adina Genn
Glen Cove Movie Theater. Credit: Adina Genn

Progress is being made to re-open the shuttered Glen Cove movie theater.

While no time frame has been firmed up, Mayor Ralph Suozzi says that efforts are under way to improve and reopen a Glen Cove fixture that has been closed since March.

Suozzi said that he is in direct contact with both the equity group purchaser of the theater’s note and the theater’s prior operator.

The mayor said the new investor’s “interests align with the city in returning the theater to the community as quickly as possible.”

Financial assistance and incentives have been offered to both parties through the city’s resources, including the Industrial Development Agency, for construction and job creation, Suozzi said.

“I’m ready, willing and able to help when they are ready,” the mayor said.

Discussions are already underway with the Downtown Business Improvement District and Chamber of Commerce for a welcome back plan.

A re-opened theater would be a boon to local restaurants, which Suozzi noted, said they’ve lost business since the theater closed. 

Frank July 29, 2013 at 08:47 AM
GC theatre: hope it comes back, but it will never be a money maker . Unless in a mall etc . Theaters are going the way of the pay phone because of screaming on demand and Netflix. When the waterfront opens there will be much more traffic no reason to drive 8 miles North of the expressway to see a movie for out of towner's.
florence zias July 29, 2013 at 08:51 AM
Good News !! Very encouraging News ! Good luck Mayor !! :-)
Linda July 29, 2013 at 09:13 AM
Great News!!! We need the Movie Theater back. There is nothing to do in Glen Cove.
cc July 29, 2013 at 02:53 PM
If a movie theater is the best thing to we have to offer in GC then we are in deeper trouble then I thought. I guarantee the deal will be done the night before the election just like city contracts were signed right before the election the last time. Just another ploy by the mayor.
Mark666 July 29, 2013 at 04:53 PM
I'm all for reopening the theater. But, they really have too update the interior. Those seats are not comfortable for anybody these days. If you can't sit for 2 to 3 hours without squirming in your seat because it is too hard or small, you can't enjoy the movie.
Carl Todd July 30, 2013 at 12:38 PM
Convert the theater to live stage performances. Remember when the Helen Hayes summer theater was in Sea Cliff? Bring in off B"Way , Gilbert & Sullivan Players, etc. and have an auxiliary police patrol in the parking garage till 1:00 AM and on School St.
Ms. A.J July 30, 2013 at 10:47 PM
WHATEVER day a contract is signed, IT WILL BE A GOOD DAY!! Businesses need this theater, seniors need this theater and kids need this theater. Back in the day, it took a very long time to get it here in the first place. Thank you Mayor Suozzi for doing your best to get it reopened again. Thought might be given to some other uses for it as well. Local concerts such as the Downtown Concerts or a Morgan Beach indoor concert once a month..local name stars do a show once in awhile ..some newer ideas to generate business and profit.
Gary Trimarchi August 17, 2013 at 01:45 PM
Personally, I hope this theater is able to stay open. It was a staple of my childhood and I still frequent it often when my girlfriend and I don't want to head out to the obnoxious mall theaters and oversized stadiums like Hicksville and Westbury, respectively. This place always had a classic feel to it. Love the building itself. But, you can tell by the paper tickets and blurry projectors, that there was a reason people weren't coming out. The equipment and seats need to be updated, for sure. My biggest recommendation is to go the way of Manhasset and Roslyn. Show more independent films and gain a new audience. There's at least one dud in every batch of a week's release that could be replaced by an independent film. I went to see Sleepwalk With Me in Manhasset and the place was packed, as opposed to seeing Our Idiot Brother (which I liked, but didn't do business) in an empty theater. I also recommend foreign language films and community events. The reason why a lot of comic book stores on Long Island are surviving is because they have community tournaments for card games and aren't relying on their initial product. I wish Mayor Suozzi luck in getting this place back on its feet.
Brian Mannix August 19, 2013 at 04:25 PM
I would like to pivot on the traditional old movie theatre concept and turn the Glen Cove Theatres into an ecletic mix of music, cocktails and dining. Instead of simply going to the movies, the residents of Glen Cove and beyond could come and enjoy a cabaret/hip hop/eclectic mix of music and alcohol in the current lobby area. Then the experience would move into the theatres where the re-designed seats would have tables where people could get food and drink. It would be an entirely new experience. One of the theatres definitely would need to be upgraded to digital (which all theatres have to do at the end of this year) and the rest could be kept for a wide variety of independent movies, classic movies from the 30's to the 2000's as well as local documentaries and more. Would really love to make this happen. Probably run upwards of $500,000 to do it right. Have some people in the industry interested and am thinking about running a Kickstarter campaign to see who is interested. What do you think? mannixlab [at] gmail [dot] com

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