Brandon Cinemas 2

70-20 Austin Street,
Forest Hills, NY 11375

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Previously operated by: Regal Entertainment Group, United Artists Theater Circuit Inc., Walter Reade Theatres

Architects: John J. McNamara

Previous Names: Continental Theatre, Continental I / II, United Artists Brandon Cinema Center

Phone Numbers: Box Office: 718.793.0150

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Brandon Cinemas 2

Located in the Forest Hills section of Queens. The Continental Theatre was opened as a 600-seat single screen on March 21, 1963 with Shelly Winters in “The Balcony”. It was opened by Walter Reade Theatres. It was twinned on March 27, 1981. In 1985 United Artists took over operation. Developer Heskel Elias, in tandem with United Artists Theatres, gave the former Continental I / II a $1 million refurbishment on January 6, 1999.

The theatre reopened on March 31, 1999 with stadium seating, a new look, and a new name – the United Artists Brandon Cinema Center. The theatre is named for Elias' son, Brandon. It was closed by Regal Entertainment Group on April 21, 2014.

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ridethectrain on April 21, 2014 at 3:10 pm

the movie theatre is closed as of April 21 2014

DARCYDT on April 21, 2014 at 8:20 pm

Saw only 2 pictures here “The Ghost Writer” and “Atlas Shrugged Part 2” Actually saw part 1 of Atlas at Cinemart. Sad to see it go but it seemed that since it only being a 2 screener it got the films I guess that weren’t projected to do good at the Midway.

johndereszewski on April 21, 2014 at 9:20 pm

I went by the place today and can confirm that the Brandon is no more. I think the last movie I saw there was “42”. Since everyone in the area just “knew” that the place was about to close, this was hardly a surprise. Still, it is most unfortunate that only one theater – the Midway – remains in the Continental/Austin area. A real bummer.

robboehm on April 21, 2014 at 9:33 pm

Must have been fairly sudden. Showtimes are listed in the Sunday, April 20th Newsday.

DylanAsh on April 28, 2014 at 4:10 pm

I’m sad about this closure.

robboehm on February 8, 2019 at 12:27 pm

Uploaded a picture of the marquee.

ridethectrain on August 13, 2019 at 2:28 am

Theatre open as the UA Brandon Twin on March 30, 1999 with The Matrix on two screens.

The screens were not great for scope pictures. Prior to the renovations, the sound was MONO.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on August 13, 2019 at 3:53 am

As some of the earlier comments on this theater note, it originally opened on March 21, 1963 as a single-screen house with 600 seats. It was twinned sometime between 1980 and 1982.

ridethectrain on June 12, 2021 at 2:53 pm

Please update, it became a twin on March 27, 1981 United Artists took control sometime late 1985

ridethectrain on June 13, 2021 at 2:21 pm

Please update, theatre was closed for renovation on January 6, 1999, reopened on March 31, 1999 with The Matrix on both screens and brand new digital sound and seats.

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