Roslyn Cinemas

20 Tower Place,
Roslyn, NY 11576

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DARCYDT on January 14, 2022 at 10:16 pm

This theater has apparently closed down again. There is a note on the door that the theater is closed due to them having no heat. The schedule is on the door with no performances listed after Sunday, December 12. This cinema had been open 2 weekdays between Mon - Thu, along with weekends, but here all performances for the rest of the week were x’d out. So I guess December 12 was the last day they were open. Final pictures on the schedule and the marquee are House of Gucci, King Richard, Ghostbusters: Afterlife and Clifford, the Big Red Dog

ridethectrain on September 2, 2021 at 1:37 am

Theater reopened August 6. Grand reopening ad in photos

DARCYDT on August 31, 2021 at 8:15 pm

Theater has reopened.

ridethectrain on July 22, 2021 at 4:12 am

Please update, became a triplex on June 3, 1994 and a quad on June 26, 1998, Clearview Cinemas added the 4th screen June 26,1998 (No Grand Opening ads except as a twin in photos section).

ridethectrain on June 7, 2021 at 12:55 am

Please update, became a twin on May 15, 1981, not grand opening ad

ridethectrain on December 22, 2020 at 5:17 am

From website Manhasset Cinemas Sues Landlord For Breach Of Surrender Agreement The movie theatre has been closed since March

By Marco Schaden -November 25, 20200
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Manhasset Cinema, 430 Plandome Rd. (Photos by Marco Schaden) Manhasset Movie Theatre, also known as Manhasset Cinemas, and Roslyn Movie Theatre filed a lawsuit on May 26, 2020, against their landlord Gilman Management Corporation for not abiding by a surrender agreement that was signed on Dec. 16, 2019. The lessee and operator of the two theatres, Rudy Toolaprashad, approached Gilman in the fall of 2019 to enter a surrender agreement of the lease that would come into effect on April 30, 2020, and pay Toolaprashad $157,500 for the movie theatre equipment he purchased from Gilman.

On April 30, 2020, Toolaprashad went ahead with the surrender agreement despite lack of feedback and no representation from Gilman at the theatres for inspection of the properties. At that point, both movie theatres had been closed due to Governor Cuomo’s executive order closing all movie theatre’s in the state. Both movie theatres have not been open at any point since March despite the governor reopening theatres with limited capacity.

Toolaprashad never received the monies he was owed by Gilman as part of the surrender agreement and proceeded to file a lawsuit. Through court proceedings, Judge Steven Jaeger has sent the two parties into mediation, scheduled at some point in December to resolve the matter. Gilman and their attorneys did not respond to requests for comment.

“They don’t want to pay my client, they want to control the timing of everything that happens and when it happens and what they want to do is put the entire burden of coronavirus on my client,” Toolaprashad’s lawyer Vincent Lentini said. “My client performed all their obligations under the agreement and the defendants have not. Defendant’s only obligation was to pay and they have not done that.”

The theatre’s new tenant started its lease in April, but by the fall of 2019 the tenant decided to enter a surrender agreement that would nullify the lease as of April 30, 2020, and pay the tenant $157,500 for the movie equipment previously bought. In court documents that were filed in the Nassau County Supreme Court, Gilman argues that Toolaprashad is violating the surrender agreement because a new tenant must be in place to take over the movie theatres. Lentini, states in court documents that his client was training a Gilman employee, “Steve,” to learn the business of running a movie theatre as part of the surrender agreement as Gilman planned on running their own movie theatres in the two locations and not look for another tenant.

“[Gilman] formed two new companies that were going to run these movie theaters. [Gilman] was going to operate it [themselves],” Lentini said. “From December through March, my client trained Steve on how to run a movie theater, how to run projectors, how to do ticketing, how to order the movies, how to speak to the booker. If they were getting another tenant in, I wouldn’t need to train anybody.”

In an email to Vincent Lentini dated April 16, 2020, Doug Spector, a Gilman lawyer, states “My client’s position is that no one is closing a movie theatre that is not allowed to be open in the first place. His position is that in these unprecedented times we are facing a public health crisis and are under a statewide order to stay at home that is a more than reasonable position. As soon as the theater is permitted to open, he is prepared to arrange for an orderly surrender.”

Toolaprashad opened the two movie theatres on April 13, 2019, after a lease between Gilman and Bow Tie Cinemas expired. Toolaprashad also owns other movie theatres in the area and resides in the Village of Lake Success.

ridethectrain on November 11, 2019 at 12:10 am

It became a twin in spring of 1981, became a triple in 1994 and in 1998 became a quad when Clearview Cinemas bought the theatre.

baysider73 on April 20, 2019 at 1:07 am

It’s the same operator as the Main Street Cinemas in Kew Garden Hills, Islip Cinemas and Grand Ave Cinemas.

DARCYDT on April 18, 2019 at 8:35 pm

Apparently after closing last Thursday along with its sister cinema the Manhasset theater, they are both reopening tomorrow the 19th. It’s films are Dumbo, Teen Spirit (new to Long Island), The Mustang, Hotel Mumbai and The Aftermath. I have no idea who owns them now.

DARCYDT on April 12, 2019 at 4:25 pm

This is one of 2 cinemas owned by Bow Tie that closed yesterday, along with the Manhasset theater. The owner of the properties sold them in November, both to the same buyer.

robboehm on August 31, 2018 at 3:59 pm

They should have left the exterior the way it was in 1954 before they whitewashed the building and “modernized” the marquee. See photo section.

RobertR on May 26, 2015 at 5:38 pm

Come on Bow Tie the marquee still looks like crap

RobertR on March 11, 2013 at 4:43 pm

Clearview is letting this place fall apart at least on the outside. The marquee is mostly burned out so the cram all the letters to where the lights still work. In addition a lot of their letters are broken or the wrong size.

miclup on August 30, 2011 at 5:20 am

The Roslyn Theater was such a gem. It’s still adorable on the outside with an amazing location but multiplexing has truly destroyed this gem. Programming is great though. But the old Roslyn was so special.

One correction to Seth’s comment above, the clock was not put in place in the 80s. As a kid, I regularly visited this theater and as early as 1974, that clock was already there. During MURDER ON THE ORIENT EXPRESS, it was so annoying. The film was so dark and the theater in a hush… but… then there was that clock. Big mistake to have it next to the screen. The original Roslyn was really a jewel.

efriedmann on February 18, 2011 at 7:04 pm

This theater was used in THE WORLD ACCORDING TO GARP (1982).

kbhine on July 10, 2009 at 1:31 pm

My grandfather did some of the original woodwork inside of this theatre. He lived in an apartment on the top floor of what is now the nail salon, next door to the theatre. My father was born there. I would love to see pictures of the inside of both of these.

fred1 on February 19, 2009 at 8:57 pm

The theater had been refirbished with new seats in all the cinemas recently

robboehm on February 19, 2009 at 8:44 pm

Sometime back I read something interesting – the theatre was on leased land. Clearview has purchased the land under its theatre. I wonder if that was a common practice.

efriedmann on June 23, 2008 at 10:28 pm

I’ve only seen four (4) films here: TOOTSIE, 2010, ROCKY IV and DEAD POETS SOCIETY.

Ed Solero
Ed Solero on February 10, 2006 at 12:54 am

Thanks nova, but no, it wasn’t the Calderone – I’ve been there. And it definitely wasn’t My Father’s Place – which was all on one level without balcony. Maybe it was the Cove. I guess they could have run some concerts around that time as perhaps the whole dinner-theater concept they had going under the Northstage Theater Restaurant name might have been declining in popularity. I’m still in contact with one of the guys I went to the show with… I’ll have to see if his memory is a bit clearer than mine on the subject.

lopez on February 9, 2006 at 7:51 pm

I meant to add…no theatre on the North Shore in Nassau Couty would fit the bill…except for the guess you already made, the Cove…

lopez on February 9, 2006 at 7:40 pm

It definitely was not the Roslyn Theatre. They’ve had a few local bands play over the years on a tiny makeshift stage, and even ran midnight shows from time to time. However, the seats always remained intact downstairs, they never had a liquor license, and by ‘82 I think it had already been twinned. Based on the description you give, no theatre on the North Shore in Nassau County would fit the bill. Could it have been the Calderone in Hempstead, which ran live acts in the 70’s and early 80’s? Or perhaps you were at My Father’s Place on the other end of town in Roslyn?

Ed Solero
Ed Solero on February 9, 2006 at 6:17 pm

I posted this on the Cove Theater site but figured I’d see if gets a response here:

There was a theater somewhere on the north shore where I saw the Greg Kihn Band and Marshall Crenshaw in 1982 (or thereabouts). It was definitely an old movie theater and obviously had stage facilities. They had removed all the seats from the orchestra level (at least in the front of the orchestra) while seating remained in the balcony. I remember that only people of drinking age (18 at the time) were allowed in the lower level, where alcohol was served. My two friends and I were only 16 or 17 so we were allowed only up in the balcony – but when the Kihn Band came out, we were able to sneak downstairs and get right up to the stage.

I seem to recall the place was up against an embankment and had a parking lot along its side and rear. The emankment might have been for a Long Island Rail Road trestle or perhaps an elevated road way such as the one for Route 25A as it goes through Roslyn. In fact, I thought it may have been a place called the Roslyn Theater, but I can find no such listing here. I was aware of the Northstage Theater Restaurant being in existence at the time – though I had never been there myself.

Can anyone from the area help me identify the theater? I remember a concert venue called My Father’s Place in Roslyn, but I believe that was converted from a bowling alley and I don’t recall ever being there. This place was an actual theater w/ balcony. Help?

RobertR on July 11, 2005 at 12:57 am

Check out the sexy ad from 1963
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chconnol on January 6, 2005 at 6:15 pm

This sucker is still OPEN?!! This was a class act all the way. Yep, it was small but it was very, very well maintained and they always had great art house stuff. I saw “A Room with a View” and “Babette’s Feast” here in the 80’s. Great place and I’m glad to hear that it’s still open.