College Point Multiplex

28 - 55 Ulmer Street,
Flushing, NY 11354

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Operated by: National Amusements

Functions: Movies (First Run)

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College Point Multiplex

The College Point Multiplex theatre, situated on the Whitestone Expressway, was opened on May 14, 1999. Contrary to the newspapers listing of Whitestone (and the name of the theatre itself), the big box is located in Flushing, NY. As for the theatre, it is typical of other National Amusement theatres - twelve screens and nothing on! They tend to show forgettable action films and children’s films. The action films are repeated on two or more screens. You would not be able to find any indie movies (or Fox Searchlight material) at this outlet. On occasion one can find TWO good films among the usual action formulas.

It should also be noted that this is the closest theatre to the #7 terminus in Downtown Flushing (a ten minute walk from the tragically shuttered RKO Keith’s Theatre). Needless to say, this theatre could never replace the RKO Keith’s Theatre. However, the theatre was part of the College Point Corp Park renewal program. National Amusements built their theatre several years after the closing of Adventures Inn (a story in itself). I suppose it is better that a big box theatre should exist rather than a mini amusement park that fell into disrepair. It was announced in February 2024 that the College Point Multiplex would close on May 7, 2024.

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thebrat
thebrat on October 11, 2012 at 2:42 pm

Went to this theatre to see Hotel Transylvania in auditorium #4. The presentation was in RealD 3D and Sony 4K. They played a Sony Digital Cinema 4K snipe before the film, something I haven’t seen in a theatre before. This multiplex, or at least the auditorium I went in, was poorly EQ’d. Too irrative and loud, trailers before the film were too loud.

The Feature Presentation trailer I’ve mentioned earlier was replaced by a generic trailer that no longer bears the National Amusements name, but is immortalized albeit Showcase Cinemas.

optimist008
optimist008 on December 20, 2017 at 6:47 pm

As per their website, recliners are being installed next year here and in Yonkers..

ridethectrain
ridethectrain on August 11, 2019 at 11:39 pm

Theatre opened May 14, 1999 Please update

Orlando
Orlando on January 25, 2020 at 4:18 pm

For the celebration of Black History Month, a Fundraiser Event will be held here at the College Point Multiplex on Sunday, February 23, 2020 with a showing of the film “Just Mercy” with Jamie Fox. It is being sponsored by the Deaconess Board and Women’s Ministry of the Philadelphia Church. All attendees will also get a gourmet goodie bag with the reservation. Limited seating is available so e-mail for tickets for this event. No tickets will be sold at the box-office so if you want to join us e-mail Meghann as soon as you can. We will notify you here when we reach the cinema capacity and cut off sales at that time. So come on down to the College Point Multiplex for a great start to your Sunday activities. You can order tickets today. When you obtain your tikets directions to the College Point Multiplex are at the top of main page of this Multiplex. Don’t miss it!

RobertR
RobertR on August 7, 2023 at 12:38 pm

I’m always surprised they never added more screens here

ridethectrain
ridethectrain on January 4, 2024 at 4:04 pm

Jamaica movie theater set to close in June, while future of College Point theater in doubt
By Iryna Shkurhan
Posted on January 3, 2024

Queens is set to lose one of its few remaining movie theaters this year, and another one appears in jeopardy, amid a nationwide decline in the big screen industry.

The Jamaica Multiplex Cinemas will shut down in June, according to the Mattone Group Jamaica Company, a real estate investment firm that spearheaded bringing the theater to Jamaica, and also managed it over the past two decades. Meanwhile, the College Point Multiplex Cinemas, just five miles away, looks slated to close, with reports emerging last week that developers are in the process of transforming the cinema site into a distribution center.

The parent company of the two theaters, Showcase Cinemas, notified the owner of the Jamaica property last month that it does not plan on renewing the lease. Showcase initially signed on for a 20-year lease in 2002, and then received a short two-year extension in 2022, which is set to expire in June.

The Jamaica Multiplex Cinemas, a 15-plex cinema located on Jamaica Avenue, opened in May 2002 – the same month that the original Spider-Man movie was released. When the cinema first opened its doors, the operators were still running movies on giant rolls of film.

“We hate to see it go. It’s unfortunate, but a sign of the times,” said Michael Mattone, who recounted breaking ground on the previously vacant lot where Jamaica Center now stands in 2000. “We were hoping that they would stay, but I can’t say it came as a total surprise.”

Showcase Cinemas is owned by National Amusements, which collectively owns 1,500 theaters across the world under a variety of theater brands including Cinema de Lux and Multiplex Cinemas. Its theaters in the United States are almost exclusively in the Northeast.

The company has closed several theaters in the past year but has yet to formally announce the closure of the Jamaica Multiplex Cinemas. The future of the College Point Multiplex Cinemas appears in doubt. Last week, New York YIMBY reported that the real estate development firm, Triangle Equities, secured $50 Million in financing for a logistics facility on the 425,000-square-foot site where the theater on Ulmer St. is currently located.

The current plan is to redevelop the nine-acre area into a multi-story distribution center, given its central location and proximity to major roadways. The site is also home to Party Wow, a party supply store, and used to have a Toys “R” Us before it filed for bankruptcy in 2017.

Meanwhile, other theaters operated by Showcase Cinemas across the state have recently closed.

Tuesday marked the last day that the Linden Boulevard Multiplex Cinemas in East New York was open to moviegoers.

A statement on its website read, “It has been our pleasure to serve the Brooklyn community with great movie-going for many years. Due to a business decision, January 2, 2024 will be our last day of cinema operations. Showcase Cinemas is committed to providing a superior movie-going experience and we hope to see you at our Jamaica Multiplex Cinemas and College Point Multiplex Cinemas locations. Thank you for your patronage.”

But despite the company’s message to encourage moviegoers to visit its other locations, it appears that both Queens locations won’t be open for long.

QNS reached out to National Amusements for comment, but did not hear back by publication time.

The closures are part of a nationwide trend that left the industry scrambling to sell tickets amid a rise in streaming services, and then the pandemic further hurt the industry with temporary closures.

“Whereas other theaters did rebound. I don’t know that Jamaica really rebounded as well as some of the other theaters,” said Mattone. “So I think that may have also been part of some of the decision making.”

Mattone said that his investment group has already held preliminary conversations with other theater companies to explore the possibility of keeping a movie theater in Jamaica. But he couldn’t comment just yet on the specific companies in consideration. They are also considering other types of retailers. But he added that bringing in another theater tenant would be the most seamless option.

“I can’t think of the last new theater that opened in the area,” said Mattone. “There’s really been no new theaters that have opened in Queens in god knows how long.”

Queens residents who are looking to watch a movie on the big screen still have some options.

AMC has locations in Bay Terrace and Fresh Meadows. Regal UA also has theaters in Astoria and Forest Hills. There are also small independent theaters sprinkled throughout the borough such as the Cinemart Cinemas in Forest Hills and Fair Theater in East Elmhurst.

robboehm
robboehm on January 5, 2024 at 9:56 am

Regal opened the Tangram in Flushing in November 2021.

ridethectrain
ridethectrain on February 5, 2024 at 8:15 pm

announcement that College Point Multiplex Cinemas will close May 7 and eventually be replaced by a logistics center.

ridethectrain
ridethectrain on February 8, 2024 at 8:52 pm

theater last day May 7, 2024

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