Merrick Mall Cinema

2161 Merrick Road,
Merrick, NY 11566

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Merrick Mall Cinema

Although it was not in a mall, this modern theatre was opened on December 12, 1967 with Audrey Hepburn in “Wait Until Dark”. It featured a wide modern marquee similar to the RKO Rockville Center. Inside, the theatre had 625 seats in three sections all on one level and a large ‘scope screen.

The theatre closed in 1980 and reopened and closed a few times (including a two week stint showing XXX) before going dark for good in 1985.

Contributed by Robert R

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stannc on June 4, 2007 at 5:43 pm

This listing is incorrect.

The Merrick Mall Cinema was in the 100-200 block of Merrick Avenue. The reason it was called Merrick Mall was because of the open air “mall” row of stores behind the theater, anchored by L.H. Martin and Beefsteak Charlie’s.

The address 1692 Merrick Road was for the Holiday Park (Twin) Cinema.

RobertR on April 17, 2009 at 2:21 pm

A shot right after it stopped showing movies
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Ed Solero
Ed Solero on August 30, 2011 at 8:57 am

The Merrick Mall Cinema is now predominantly occupied by a restaurant called Thai Station, with an address of 2161 Merrick Avenue. There is also a bridal shop and hair salon in storefronts along the former lobby portion of the building. The bridal shop has an address of 2165 Merrick Ave, while the hair salon, which occupies what would have been the actual entrance to the cinema, is listed at the old address of 44 North Merrick Avenue. Seems that the village has been re-numbering addresses along both Merrick Avenue and Merrick Road – see comments in the listing for the Gables Theatre.

My guess is the hair salon was allowed to grandfather the old address for business purposes and that 44 N. Merrick Ave may have been the theater’s address.

Ed Solero
Ed Solero on August 30, 2011 at 8:58 am

Also corrected the street view image. We won’t be able to change the google map location without utilizing a valid address for the building.

robboehm on March 26, 2015 at 5:34 pm

Photo after closure but before conversion to retail

rivest266 on June 2, 2021 at 4:13 pm

The Merrick Mall Cinema opened on December 12th, 1967 with “Wait Until Dark”. Grand opening ad posted.

RobertR on June 7, 2021 at 6:20 am

Even at the end this was a really nice house that never seemed to thrive.

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