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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

Local residents were out in full force at Thursday night’s zoning board meeting at Glen Cove City Hall in opposition of a new 7-11 convenience store that is set to be built at the corner of 4th Street and Cedar Swamp Road. According to Stuart Grossman, chairman of the Zoning Board, the meeting was officially supposed to be focused on sign variances for the new store, but residents wanted to make sure their voices were heard.

New York State Assemblyman and Frost Pond Road resident Michael Montesano said that he hopes the board will deny the application for the new 7-11 because of the traffic impact and light pollution the new store will create.

If you missed the 6th annual champagne party at Coe Hall in Planting Fields, put it on your calendar for next year, because this is the party of the summer. A total of 175 guests attended, many in costume, a new addition to the popular event. The always ebullient Henry Joyce, executive director of Planting Fields Foundation, greeted his guests with his date, Daphne, a 3-month-old long-haired Dachshund, who is a companion for his Great Dane, Lucy.

“This is a splendid event to celebrate Coe Hall and Planting Fields; everything looks so wonderful in the summer,” said Joyce. “The gardens are glorious and we have a new exhibition to celebrate and it’s just so lovely to be out here in these gardens.”


Sports

The Long Island Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (LICADD) is holding its 34th Annual R. Brinkley Smithers Golf Invitational, a charity tournament, on Monday, Sept. 22, at The Creek and Piping Rock Clubs in Locust Valley.

This year, LICADD will have Kristin Thorne, Emmy Award Winning WABC-TV news reporter and personality joining them as Emcee and Auctioneer. The live auction boasts playing opportunities at some of the country’s top golf courses, along with dozens of silent auction and raffle prizes to please the most discriminating of tastes.

All athletes interested in putting their bodies to the ultimate test can hop on over to Theodore Roosevelt Memorial Park in Oyster Bay, which will once again be the site of Long Island’s premiere multisport event – the 27th annual Runner’s Edge - Town of Oyster Bay Triathlon on Saturday, Aug. 23, and the Runner’s Edge – Town of Oyster Bay Junior Triathlon for youngsters ages 8-13 on Sunday, Aug. 24. 

 

The Saturday main event is a “sprint” triathlon, which consists of a half-mile swim in Oyster Bay harbor, a one loop 15 kilometer bike ride over hill and dale through beautiful Oyster Bay, Oyster Bay Cove and Laurel Hollow, and a 5 kilometer run through Mill Neck and Brookville, “up” to Planting Fields Arboretum and “down”to the finish at back at  Roosevelt  Park.


Calendar

Zumba-Thon Fundraiser

Wednesday, Aug. 27

Live Music

Wednesday, Aug. 27

School Supply Program

Saturday, Aug. 30



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