Flick 1 & 2

1900 Hempstead Turnpike,
East Meadow, NY 11554

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Previously operated by: Jerry Lewis Cinemas

Functions: Gymnasium

Previous Names: Jerry Lewis Twin Cinema, East Meadow Twin

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Jerry Lewis Cinemas/Flick 1 & 2/East Meadow Twin Theaters, Hempstead Turnpike, East Meadow, NY

This started life as the Jerry Lewis Twin Cinema opening on May 23, 1973 with Richard Burton in “Anne of the Thousand Days”. When that chain went under film booker Mark Laffey opened it as the Flick 1 & 2. It played a combination of first run and move-overs and survived until the Meadowbrook became a multiplex and Loews built the Nassau Quad. It was closed in 1986.

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Recent comments (view all 21 comments)

kencmcintyre on February 25, 2009 at 1:11 pm

That’s happened to me in Westwood, CA, more than once. We were watching some movie and one of the scenes was filmed in front of the theater we were in. Kind of an out of body experience.

kencmcintyre on February 25, 2009 at 1:15 pm

No idea. That was probably in the early or mid 80s, when we used to go to Westwood Village every weekend.

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Mike Rogers on August 26, 2010 at 5:50 pm

Jerry Lewis writes in his book “DEAN AND ME” about his cinemas,one of the few places I have ever read about his failed theatres.

miclup on August 30, 2011 at 12:25 am

Wow! The Jerry Lewis Theatres! Haven’t thought about that in ages. The East Meadow Theatres were pretty awful but their programming was down rate amazing. Tons of B movies and horror and the perfect downtrodden place to see them. I have tons of fond memories of this duplex. I even remember the smell. It always smelled like disinfectant. Isn’t crazy what we remember and even cherish. I was still going here as late as the mid-80s. Saw CRIMES OF PASSION and DO THE RIGHT THING back to back in totally empty auditoriums here. It was GREAT!

musicmandave95 on July 24, 2012 at 7:59 pm

Someone put up a picture of some Dollar store and the movie theater was not in that section of the plaza. It was in the opposite right side of the plaza. It was a great movie theater with 2 movie houses. Small but clean and affordable. It is now a gym.

Decoman36 on November 3, 2018 at 12:35 am

Just thought about this theater today. It looks like it’s now a nightclub / office building. Somehow the building with the stated address 1900 Hempstead Turnpike, East Meadow, NY, does not look like the theater building I remember from years ago at all. Was it rebuilt? Nothing too special about this theater. I remember the theater on the left was red, and the one on the right was blue, a super 70’s look. The only film I can remember for sure seeing here was “Going in Style” with George Burns. It was sort of a family film and the theater was packed with kids and their parents. For whatever reason the theater decided to show a coming attraction for the movie “The Shinning”. It was a trailer of the bloody elevator scene in slow motion with some creepy music.It was more intense than the scene in the film itself, If I remember correctly. Let’s just say it did not go over well with most of the people and kids in the audience. I’m sure some of those young kids were quite traumatized, I’m still not over it, lol!

dallasmovietheaters on April 12, 2020 at 11:24 am

Launched May 27, 1970 with the film, “Anne of the Thousand Days.”

markp on April 12, 2020 at 6:03 pm

Decoman36, my dad was projectionist at the Jerry Lewis Twin in Carteret NJ. Our Cinema 1 (left) was Blue and our Cinema 2 ( right) was Red. And the Concession stand was in the middle so no one could cross over. And the lobby was in the same color scheme with a huge photo of movie stars on each wall.

rivest266 on October 20, 2020 at 6:16 pm

NY Daily News listings ended in 1986 for this cinema.

rivest266 on June 2, 2021 at 10:44 am

Slight correction. The Jerry Lewis Twin Cinema opened on May 23rd, 1973 with Jerry Lewis in person. Grand opening ad posted.

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