AMC Fantasy 5

18 N. Park Avenue,
Rockville Centre, NY 11570

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Operated by: AMC Theatres

Previously operated by: Century Theaters, Cineplex Odeon, Loews

Architects: R. Thomas Short

Functions: Movies (First Run)

Styles: Art Deco

Previous Names: Fantasy Theatre, Century Fantasy Theatre, RKO Century Fantasy Theatre, Loews Cineplex Fantasy

Phone Numbers: Box Office: 516.764.8240

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AMC Fantasy 5

The Fantasy Theatre was opened in 1929 with 1,584 seats. It was taken over by Century Theatres followed by RKO Century, followed by Cinepex Odeon who closed it on January 28, 1988. Cineplex Odeon converted it into a five-plex, reopening on September 2, 1988.

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Ed Solero
Ed Solero on October 24, 2022 at 8:49 am

I figure with the scaffolding built the way it is, perhaps the blade is going back up? I guess time will tell. They’d have to re-do the scaffolding to get to the part of the facade where the blade used to be, if they’re getting rid of it alltogether.

Comfortably Cool
Comfortably Cool on October 24, 2022 at 8:57 am

In theatrical parlance, the correct word for that type of sign is “vertical,” with “upright” as an alternative.

Ed Solero
Ed Solero on May 20, 2023 at 10:48 pm

Just uploaded a few pics taken today. Scaffolding is starting to come down, and evidently the work done was to restore the vertical sign with new letters spelling out FANTASY, backlighting for the letters and the red neon highlights along the outer spine of the sign. Though, looks to me like one of the neon strips may be out, already!

Mikeoaklandpark on May 21, 2023 at 3:51 pm

I am surprised AMC is keeping this open. They don’t like small theaters

Ed Solero
Ed Solero on May 21, 2023 at 8:13 pm

It’s in a busy location, lots of stuff going on and lots of foot traffic, particularly on weekends. Not sure if that translates into box office, but it’s either this multiplex or the Regal in Lynbrook for folks in RVC, Oceanside, Lynbrook, East Rock, Malverne, and Valley Stream. I know there’s the Malverne Cinemas, but that was small even as a single screener, and most of its programming caters to a more indie-minded crowd. So, if it’s not playing at Regal, people will go to the Fantasy.

Mike (saps)
Mike (saps) on May 21, 2023 at 8:32 pm

With the dissolution of regional clearance restrictions, most (if not all) of the features playing at the Fantasy are also playing at the nearby Lynbrook. So it’s a matter of taste, price and convenience.

I have a soft spot for the historic Fantasy but my movie buddy considers it a bit of a dump – the “itch,” if you will. (I miss the colorful vocabulary of yesteryear lol.)

But at least the itch had discounted prices to offset the subpar presentation, unlike the Fantasy whose ticket and concession prices you’d expect to find at a roadshow presentation house…

Ed Solero
Ed Solero on June 26, 2023 at 8:35 pm

For what it’s worth, just posted a pic taken this evening, of the refurbished upright FANTASY sign

robboehm on June 29, 2023 at 9:50 pm

Interesting that AMC would permit something to identify a theatre by name rather than just have the generic AMC. I wonder why.

Mikeoaklandpark on June 30, 2023 at 2:15 pm

Considering AMC doesn’t like having smaller theater this is good that they refurbished the sign. Thanks Ed Solero for the pic

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