Franklin Square Cinemas

989 Hempstead Turnpike,
Franklin Square, NY 11010

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hotaru
hotaru on July 17, 2006 at 7:37 am

Hey!
I had no idea! Thanks sooo much for the tip, Ligg!

Ligg
Ligg on July 15, 2006 at 1:03 pm

Here is something you all should know. I know the theater will never live up to what it used to be. But if you still live on Long Island and have Cablevision “triple play” digital cable, internet, and voice, got to www.optimumrewards.com and apply for a rewards card. With the card, Clearview Cinemas such as the Franklin, Herricks, Manhasset, Great Neck, Port Washington etc, check under www.clearviewcinemas.com, then you are entitled to this rewards card, that gives you free movie tickets for a family of 4 on Tuesdays(EVERY TUESDAY!) and $6 adult tickets, even on Saturday evenings throughout the week. It also gives you presales, to big concerts at MSG and Radio City.

This is not an advertisement for Cablevision. I HATE THEM! The control too much and speaking of old movie houses, for old movies they have kept Turner Classics and other networks that compete with networks like the defunct American Movie Classics, now American Movie Channel, in an unfair monopoly! At least get the reward cards and make sure you go to the movies on Tuesdays whenever you can can and use the discount card whenever you go to a Clearview movie theater. If you are going anyway, at least take money out of their EVIL CORPORATE POCKETS!

hotaru
hotaru on July 14, 2006 at 6:00 pm

I practically lived in this theater when I was 17 and my best friend worked at the concession stand. I remember thinking it was an oddly laid-out place until I realized that it had been a single screen house long before that. We came of age in the multi- and megaplex era, when the neighborhood theaters were either shuttered and in ruins, or being turned into offices, condos(!), churches(!!), and the like. Some had undergone sub-subdivisions, like the Franklin Quad, as it was known then. I remember going to a lot of these places as a kid when they were simply halved and called “twins”, but by the mid-eighties, twins were on their way out around here. That’s what I loved about the Franklin, that it managed to survive its subdivisions and remain a neighborhood hangout. I have fond memories of the upstairs balcony theaters, which on slow nights, were like private screening rooms. Bad weather was a super bonus, as far as “privacy” was concerned when the boyfriends were around and the upstairs became neckers' paradise. Even though the balcony theaters were tiny, they were great. I haven’t been back since they added 2 screens; God knows how small the screens must be now. I’ll have to go check it out.

RobertR
RobertR on July 5, 2005 at 4:55 pm

In 1977 as a Century’s house it opened “Tentacles"
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JakeGittes
JakeGittes on July 3, 2005 at 9:48 am

I covered for this theatre one day in mid ‘79 when working for Century Theatres. This place was a small ONE screen operation. How did they get it to multi-screens?

RobertR
RobertR on June 15, 2005 at 3:45 pm

It seems in 1959 this was a Century’s house.

Ligg
Ligg on May 28, 2005 at 2:56 am

I remember as a 12 year old, they close for renovations to make it a quad. I remember it was close for quite a while to make the twin a quad. Like most of those kind of neighborhood theaters, they built the giant wall down the middle the theater to twin it. So they had two theaters each with a balcony. After smoking came out of failure in the smoking balcony as (well not just for young lovers to make out hot and heavy causing smoke) but the smoking area. It was very disappointing when it finally opened. Calling this a quad was an overstatement. The balcony was always small even as single theater so it fit 100 people tops, with quading they just close off the entire balcony on both sits and put in two screens. I always thought it would have been better as a triple because how much money can you make from 50 people sitting there for two hours unless, they really pushed the concession stand. 100 would have seen better and took the entire balcony to one theater. But anyway, since Clearview took it over, those small balcony theaters are stll there but now the all theaters have been halved. Mr. K is right the Franklin Square is a good neighborhood so that why theater stays in Business. As an MBA though, I agree with strong community, but I think the biggest issue is access. The next closest theaters are in Lynbrook, Herrick, Roosevelt Fld, or Rockville Center. The studios and distributors do have a 7 mile rule they try to stick with for theater owners that a movies unless huge like the new store wars will only play in theaters 7 miles apart. But for movies for West Hempstead, Western Garden City, Stewart Manor, Floral Park, it really is the “only came in town” for first run Hollywood Movies, a lot which is by default. A lot of problems with these local theaters was parking. Franklin Square has municipal parking lots all around the Franklin, so even though I grew up around the theater, I still believe it was saved the multiplex boom by multiplexing, granted kind of poorly, but also having he parking that could accomodate people as local downtown are main drags no longer were pedestrian zones, but care zones. The nearby Floral, long gone, so beautiful, like a great movie house, with beautiful inside archetecture that made it look like an old movie palace you would see in the city. But unfortunately, they had one small town parking lot across the street. So though I spent many my teenage years at the Franklin and have fond memories, I wish there was a way to make it bigger. Being the only game in town really this side of Nassau Boulevard and its, “quading” of the balcony and now the retail store taken over next store. It may have six theaters, but you are almost forced to go to Roosevelt Raceway on the first Friday and Saturday of a big movie, because it is all sold out. A limitation caused by a theater with 50 seats.

chconnol
chconnol on February 10, 2005 at 1:10 pm

I saw the terrible John Ritter film “Problem Child” in one of the upstairs “theaters”. Yep, you’re right: the place was tiny. But it was packed. The neighborhood, Franklin Square, is still decent and there are a lot of homes within walking distance not to mention the shopping district on Hempstead Turnpike is very well maintained with little vacancies. Thus I can see why this place is still open and doing well.

MrK
MrK on February 10, 2005 at 1:05 pm

In the early ‘80’s the Franklin Square Theater was purchased by the same gentleman who owned the Deer Park and North Babylon Theaters (see my posts for those theaters). He had sold the Old Bethpage and Levittown Twins and quickly twinned this theater. My father was GM for this gentleman’s theaters and I, as well as my entire family, worked many of the theaters. Eventually he turned it into a quad by splitting the balcony. The two small screens upstairs sat approximately 50 patrons at best (very, very small). At one point, around 1986, he picked up the store next door at made it a video store, Cinema 5 Video. I worked there as well for a spell in college. From what I’ve heard, the gentleman who owned it now has about two or three theaters way out in LI. For a while, in the early '80’s, he was huge with theaters throughout LI, Queens, Upstate, the Bronx and even Florida. There is nothing like the feel of these neighborhood theaters. Loyal patrons week after week and the local kids that worked there, what a way to grow up.

chconnol
chconnol on December 7, 2004 at 11:10 am

This theater was virtually identical to the Century’s Baldwin EXCEPT that the balcony (which was removed from the Baldwin) was intact here. That’s the reason why I think the Baldwin closed and this one remained to be multiplexed. This one’s still sucessful because there aren’t many (any?) theaters in the area. The Argo in Elmont was about the only one that might’ve given it competition but the neighborhood declined and so did that theater…

RobertR
RobertR on December 7, 2004 at 10:18 am

This is one Nassau County theatre I have never been to.