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It’s Almost Show Time

Glen Cove Cinemas is on track to open on Thursday, April 10, according to its owners and management team.

“No more delays - Thursday is the day,” says theater operator Jay Levinson. 

 

 Last week the newly renovated Glen Cove Cinemas was expected to open, though the grand opening had to be postponed due to various complications. As of Saturday, most of the six screens in the theater were ready for customers, with new seats and carpet and fresh paint on the walls, all of the bathrooms were working and spotless, and the new digital projectors were in place. 

 

“We just got new popcorn poppers, and the soda machine arrived today,” said an excited Bruce Latten who has been helping owners Levinson and James Kern with the renovations. They said that the staff would be coming in this week to start training, and the carpet in the lobby would be laid down 

 

For the grand opening, the theater will offer free refreshments and a free showing of a select few films. The Facebook page will have show times listed as well. The cinema will show first-run films, and is interested in running an art film or foreign film from time to time, if they have an extra screen.

 

“There’s a lot of diversity on the North Shore, and I think people would have an interest in different types of films,” says Levinson.

 

For their premiere week, films including Rio 2, Oculus, Draft Day, Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Muppets Most Wanted are planned, as of press time.

 

Renovations on the theater began in January, and the expected date of opening was last week. The theater’s marquee as well as its Facebook page made it sound like an April 3 opening was quite likely, with a posting of the movie times and ribbon cutting ceremony online as late as Tuesday. However, the opening was postponed due to “unforeseen circumstances” and the weather, according to a statement issued by the city last Wednesday.

 

Opening a theater is not a simple task, says Latten, since so many different inspections are required, from health inspections for the food service to fire marshal inspections that must pass before anyone can come in. He says with new bulbs and sprinkler systems, he doesn’t expect any problems. And the community, having been without a theater for the past year, is ready.

 

A lot of the restaurants in the area have suffered due to the theater’s absence. Latten said he recently spoke to a woman from Lattingtown who told her she never goes out to eat in Glen Cove, but instead has her dinner out at Roosevelt Field before seeing a show. He said they will be running promotions with local restaurants to help increase their business as well and is looking forward to have the theater ready to serve the community.


News

It was special night on Tuesday, July 15 at Glen Cove City Hall, as former Councilman Anthony Jimenez was voted in by a count of 7-0 to replace late Councilman Nick DiLeo on the City Council. He will take the seat of DiLeo, who passed away in April, until the election date on Nov. 4.

 

“I am truly honored to have the opportunity to replace my good friend, Nick DiLeo, on the City Council,” said Jimenez. “I will do my job to the best of my ability during my time with council.”

 

Glen Cove Mayor Reginald Spinello said he was honored to have Jimenez fill the position until the general election, which will take place in early November.

The Village of Sea Cliff took the time to show area residents that July 4 is not just about BBQs and fireworks, but about patriotism and freedom.  On the morning of July 4, under overcast skies, 300 or so people gathered in Sea Cliff to celebrate Independence Day. 

 

The festivities started with Mayor Bruce Kennedy ringing the Liberty Bell on the green in front of the library. This was followed by Sara Garry and Ruben Shonik playing “Yankee Doodle” on the flute and drum with, Boy Scout Troop 43 marching behind them to  present the colors and lead in the Pledge of Allegiance.  Lesley Pryde Haley sang “The Star Spangled Banner” next. 


Sports

Three members of the Glen Cove Big Red Boys Lacrosse Team were honored at the Nassau County Lacrosse Coaches Association Dinner on June 11.

Pictured are Ryan Perkins, Sean Peet and  Phil Grella, who were awarded for both their play on the field and their work in the classroom. Ryan was named to the All-County Honorable Mention Team, Sean and Phil were named to the All-Conference Team. All three also received Academic All-Conference standing for their work in the classroom.


Glen Cove High School recently held its first-ever Athletics Wall of Fame Induction ceremony in the school’s athletic wing. 

 

Wall of Fame inductees are varsity players who have been selected as All-County in their respective sport. This year, 12 Glen Cove students were named All-County, earning themselves an eight-by-ten photograph mounted and framed on the storied wall near the gymnasium. The Wall of Fame dates back to its first inductee in 1974.


Calendar

Wine Tasting - July 18

Morgan Park Summer Music - July 19

Blood Drive - July 22


Columns

1959: The Year The Music Stopped Playing
Written by Michael A. Miller, mmillercolumn@gmail.com

The Eccentric Heiress Of ‘Empty Mansions’
Written by Mike Barry, MFBarry@optonline.net

Yellow Margarine And A Pitch For The Ages
Written by Michael A. Miller, mmillercolumn@gmail.com