Roslyn Cinemas

20 Tower Place,
Roslyn, NY 11576

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Previously operated by: Bow-Tie Cinemas, Clearview Cinemas, Island Theater Circuit

Previous Names: Roslyn Theatre, KB Roslyn, Clearview Roslyn Cinemas

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Roslyn Cinemas

The Roslyn Cinema is located on the main street in Roslyn, just a block or two away from the landmark Roslyn Clock Tower. Opened prior to 1941 when the Roslyn Theatre was operated by the Island Theater Circuit. It had 500 seats and had a big clock with blue neon around it which was placed right near the left-hand bottom corner of the screen, courtesy of the Roslyn Savings Bank.

On May 15, 1981 this was a twinned theatre, after having been a single-screener. It became a triple on June 3, 1994 and was made into a quad on June 26, 1998 when it was taken over by Clearview Cinemas.

In June 2013, it was taken over by Bow-Tie Cinemas, who took most Clearview locations. It was closed on April 11, 2019. It was reopened by a new operator on April 19, 2019. It was closed on March 16, 2020 due to the Covid-19 pandemic. It reopened on August 6, 2021 but closed on December 12, 2021 due to lack of heating.

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ridethectrain on December 21, 2020 at 9:17 pm

From website Manhasset Cinemas Sues Landlord For Breach Of Surrender Agreement The movie theatre has been closed since March

By Marco Schaden -November 25, 20200
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Manhasset Cinema, 430 Plandome Rd. (Photos by Marco Schaden) Manhasset Movie Theatre, also known as Manhasset Cinemas, and Roslyn Movie Theatre filed a lawsuit on May 26, 2020, against their landlord Gilman Management Corporation for not abiding by a surrender agreement that was signed on Dec. 16, 2019. The lessee and operator of the two theatres, Rudy Toolaprashad, approached Gilman in the fall of 2019 to enter a surrender agreement of the lease that would come into effect on April 30, 2020, and pay Toolaprashad $157,500 for the movie theatre equipment he purchased from Gilman.

On April 30, 2020, Toolaprashad went ahead with the surrender agreement despite lack of feedback and no representation from Gilman at the theatres for inspection of the properties. At that point, both movie theatres had been closed due to Governor Cuomo’s executive order closing all movie theatre’s in the state. Both movie theatres have not been open at any point since March despite the governor reopening theatres with limited capacity.

Toolaprashad never received the monies he was owed by Gilman as part of the surrender agreement and proceeded to file a lawsuit. Through court proceedings, Judge Steven Jaeger has sent the two parties into mediation, scheduled at some point in December to resolve the matter. Gilman and their attorneys did not respond to requests for comment.

“They don’t want to pay my client, they want to control the timing of everything that happens and when it happens and what they want to do is put the entire burden of coronavirus on my client,” Toolaprashad’s lawyer Vincent Lentini said. “My client performed all their obligations under the agreement and the defendants have not. Defendant’s only obligation was to pay and they have not done that.”

The theatre’s new tenant started its lease in April, but by the fall of 2019 the tenant decided to enter a surrender agreement that would nullify the lease as of April 30, 2020, and pay the tenant $157,500 for the movie equipment previously bought. In court documents that were filed in the Nassau County Supreme Court, Gilman argues that Toolaprashad is violating the surrender agreement because a new tenant must be in place to take over the movie theatres. Lentini, states in court documents that his client was training a Gilman employee, “Steve,” to learn the business of running a movie theatre as part of the surrender agreement as Gilman planned on running their own movie theatres in the two locations and not look for another tenant.

“[Gilman] formed two new companies that were going to run these movie theaters. [Gilman] was going to operate it [themselves],” Lentini said. “From December through March, my client trained Steve on how to run a movie theater, how to run projectors, how to do ticketing, how to order the movies, how to speak to the booker. If they were getting another tenant in, I wouldn’t need to train anybody.”

In an email to Vincent Lentini dated April 16, 2020, Doug Spector, a Gilman lawyer, states “My client’s position is that no one is closing a movie theatre that is not allowed to be open in the first place. His position is that in these unprecedented times we are facing a public health crisis and are under a statewide order to stay at home that is a more than reasonable position. As soon as the theater is permitted to open, he is prepared to arrange for an orderly surrender.”

Toolaprashad opened the two movie theatres on April 13, 2019, after a lease between Gilman and Bow Tie Cinemas expired. Toolaprashad also owns other movie theatres in the area and resides in the Village of Lake Success.

ridethectrain on June 6, 2021 at 4:55 pm

Please update, became a twin on May 15, 1981, not grand opening ad

ridethectrain on July 21, 2021 at 8:12 pm

Please update, became a triplex on June 3, 1994 and a quad on June 26, 1998, Clearview Cinemas added the 4th screen June 26,1998 (No Grand Opening ads except as a twin in photos section).

DARCYDT on August 31, 2021 at 12:15 pm

Theater has reopened.

ridethectrain on September 1, 2021 at 5:37 pm

Theater reopened August 6. Grand reopening ad in photos

DARCYDT on January 14, 2022 at 2:16 pm

This theater has apparently closed down again. There is a note on the door that the theater is closed due to them having no heat. The schedule is on the door with no performances listed after Sunday, December 12. This cinema had been open 2 weekdays between Mon - Thu, along with weekends, but here all performances for the rest of the week were x’d out. So I guess December 12 was the last day they were open. Final pictures on the schedule and the marquee are House of Gucci, King Richard, Ghostbusters: Afterlife and Clifford, the Big Red Dog

Moviefan333 on January 28, 2023 at 8:48 pm

Theatre has now been closed for about 14+ months they said they had heating problems I hope they can fix it and reopen it again it’s a really nice theater in the downtown not far from the historic Clocktower

RobertR on April 11, 2023 at 8:47 am

I hope this makes it

ridethectrain on April 11, 2023 at 1:47 pm

Uploaded 2 photos of the theatre when I pass by on the bus today, says See You Soon, don’t know if they will reopen

Stan16mm on April 15, 2024 at 9:34 am

The theater of my youth. In 1972, in celebration of his return to the United States, they presented the Charlie Chaplin in Repertory Festival. My first look at The Great Dictator and the 1942 edition of The Gold Rush with Chaplin narrating his classic silent film . Scenes for “The World According To Garp” were filmed there both inside and outside. It was big news for our town when this happened. I still remember it. We went to see the film when it played there and it provoked applause and cheers when we saw the theater on the screen as we were sitting where Robin WIlliams sat.

I visited the projection booth as a child and dreamed of running those big machines that produced such joy. This was before the “platter” system. In February of 2019, the theater ran “Stan & Ollie”. I’m happy to know that. Many happy memories for me in that darkened theater that will Stay with me for my lifetime.

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