UA Movies at Staten Island 14

145 E. Service Road,
Staten Island, NY 10314

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ridethectrain on November 11, 2021 at 9:21 am

Please update, expanded to 14 screens on September 15, 1995. No official ad of the expansion. The September 22, 1995, the ad said it additional 4 screens. Updated ads posted.

rivest266 on November 6, 2021 at 4:34 pm

Expanded to 14 screens on October 14th, 1995. Another ad posted.

rivest266 on October 23, 2016 at 1:32 pm

July 3rd, 1987 grand opening ad in the photo section.

AdamBomb1701 on August 28, 2013 at 1:33 pm

The description says that this theater opened around 1980. That’s not correct; it opened on July 1, 1987. I should know; like I wrote on 11/15/07, I saw “Innerspace” there on the film’s opening day.

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Bill Hebner on July 19, 2011 at 1:51 am

Back in the 80’s, I knew one of the security guys. I would get on line for tickets and he would come over and ask what we were seeing. Unless it was opening weekend for a blockbuster, we were all escorted in, no charge.

FredSchreiber on February 5, 2011 at 1:57 pm

There a health and fitness club where the theater once stood.

GaryCohen on February 5, 2011 at 11:52 am

This was an okay theater. It was convenient to get to and never really crowded. I saw numerous films there including Spiderman, Batman Begins, etc. My wife, son and I went to see Polar Express there during the holidaay season with snow on the ground when the heat went out. It was as cold as the North Pole featured in the film. The employees weren’t that bright and I once had an incident with an obnoxious security guard and a not too bright assistant manager. I eventually complained to the United Artists Regional Manager and got some free tickets and a letter of apology from the manager of this theater. As stated, it was never all that crowded and I’m sure that there were many performances after 10PM where there was no one or one or two people in the theater. When the UA Regal 16 opened a few miles away, this theater’s days were numbered. I think there is a gym there now.

Garth on September 28, 2009 at 4:44 pm

Does anyone remember the hot girl that worked there with the super-long nails? She used to work the box office

AdamBomb1701 on November 15, 2007 at 12:06 pm

A shame, Garth. Admittedly, I don’t go to the movies a lot any more; there’s just nothing out there that makes me want to get off my duff and go to a theater. I just wait for the movie to come to HBO, Showtime or Starz. I’m going to the Regal Cinema on Forest tonight for a “Star Trek” event. It’s a bit hypocritical, isn’t it – I won’t see new movies, but I’ll go to a theater and pay $12.50 to see a TV episode I’ve seen a million times before, and own on DVD.
I went to the UA Multiplex the day before it officially opened. There were free screenings of older films (I saw “Aliens” for the third time that way) as well as free popcorn and soda. I went back
the next day; its official opening, to see “Innerspace.” I actually liked that movie theater being less crowded, but I guess that over 20 years, it became dated.
The Travis theater was the first on Staten Island to run films daily in a long time. Most Staten Island theaters ran evening shows daily, with Wednesday matinees and continuous daytime shows only on weekends. If you wanted to see a movie in the daytime, you had to go to the Amboy Cinemas in Jersey. The Travis theater changed that.

Garth on November 15, 2007 at 11:34 am

Adam , after going to the Hylan Plaza last weekend I predict that one will be the next to close , there was only a handful of people in any of the 5 theatres…

AdamBomb1701 on November 15, 2007 at 11:22 am

I believe it’s open now as LA Fitness; the marquee was replaced with the “LA Fitness” sign.
I saw “Collateral” there in the summer of 2004, and “Star Wars Ep. III – Revenge Of The Sith” in 2005. For big movies like those, the theater was practically empty. It was not a good sign. I’m sad; the theater was pretty easy to get to. More so than the Forest Avenue theater is

Garth on September 18, 2006 at 9:21 am

my mistake , it is leased to LA fitness and is selling for $21 million. the folks who bought it last year paid $7 mill.

Garth on September 18, 2006 at 9:18 am

i just saw it on NY1 , part of it had already been sold to LA fitness for 7 million and the rest is going for 21 million as DFC said.

dfc on September 18, 2006 at 9:14 am

The theater property is for sale, asking price $21 million.

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AnthonyS1957 on May 17, 2006 at 7:41 am

This was taken over by Regal before it closed, but lost business once the Stadium 16 opened on Forest Avenue.

Garth on October 13, 2005 at 2:39 pm

the theatre has officially closed as of october 11 , according to the staten island advance.

Garth on October 7, 2005 at 7:10 am

the s.i. advance states the building has been sold and the theatre “may” close , i’d say that’s a pretty safe bet.

Garth on June 13, 2005 at 1:32 pm

i believe it is now regal , UA is done i think. i was there the opening weekend of star wars 3 and there were 10 people at the screening! i believe the writing is on the wall. the reopening of the adjacent bowling alley doesn’t seem to be paying off. ironically , this theatre’s opening resulted in the demise of the still standing twin and single screen houses on s.i. now it is being killed by the stadium 16…..

RobertR on June 13, 2005 at 1:18 pm

They don’t even bother putting the titles on the marquee anymore, it says to call 777-Film for titles and showtimes. Even for UA thats PATHETIC.

Garth on June 13, 2005 at 1:13 pm

once the premier theatre on staten island , it has fallen on hard times. i would be surprised if it survives this year.