Movie lovers once again have a chance to see first-run films in the theater without having to travel far. Glen Cove Cinemas re-opened last week, with a ribbon-cutting ceremony and free films offered to celebrate the occasion.
“Thanks to all of the support we have here and all of you, Glen Cove is once again open for business,” said Mayor Reginald Spinello at the ceremony, held outside the theater on Thursday, April 10. “We were scheduled to open last week, and there were a few things that weren’t ready...I got a call from the theater operator, Jay Levinson, and he told me that unfortunately, that day Spiderman had the flu,” he joked. “But, Spiderman is well and Glen Cove is well, and we are coming back strong. This is just the beginning. This is going to be so good for Glen Cove and the surrounding communities.”
Assemblyman Charles Lavine said, “For me, this is a meaningful personal moment...it is a great moment for our little city of Glen Cove. It’s tough for me to admit, but almost 30 years ago, I had the unique opportunity to serve as the lawyer for the Community Development Agency. Our responsibility was to help to develop and guide the development of this particular piece of property. I got to listen to many different developers offer their proposals for what ought to be on this spot, and the CDA made a determination that the best use for the citizens was for this to be a movie theater. No sooner did we make that determination than the city was sued to stop the development. We were pitted up against a powerful law firm...and we won...so, for me to be here today is a personal triumph.
“What’s more important is that this is a major triumph for Glen Cove,” Lavine continued. “Movies are integral to our community; it will help our restaurants and our stores. It’s a super day for all of us, it’s a super day especially for the little ones, because they’re going to spend a lot of time here.”
Mayor Spinello then introduced Levinson, saying, “Here’s the man of the hour.”
“What made me interested in this theater is that, when I was a boy, there were three theaters in Glen Cove,” said Levinson, noting that the first movie he ever saw as a child was Around the World in 80 Days, which was released during a time when Glen Cove was
“very popular” and movies like that had an exclusive engagement in Glen Cove.
“Unfortunately, times change, towns change and the way the studios do business certainly changed, unfortunately not for the better,” Levinson continued. “The problem with the movie business today is we depend on making money on the candy stand rather than the theaters because we pay such a high percentage to the studios.”
He said the theater would try art films in addition to family films, and they will have tables and chairs set up in the lobby with a big screen to watch old favorite television shows and honor actors who have passed away.
On the day of the grand re-opening, the cinema offered free admission until 6 p.m. as well as free popcorn and soda. Levinson acknowledged the mayor’s office for their assistance with the opening, and said they
got them a grant for the marquee. “We look forward to a long run,” he said.
“As a mom of three young kids, I’m so happy,” Legislator Delia DeRiggi-Whitton said to Levinson. “Thank you so much because I love having them here, I know that they’re safe. I’m so happy you’re keeping this going.”
Brian Mannix of Babysitting Barter was at the event promoting his site and his collaboration with Glen Cove Cinemas on a Friday night “Date Night at the Movies.” He said that local sitters can sign up to sit for Friday nights via the website and parents can more easily find someone to care for their children while they go out to the movies. Visit www.babysittingbarter.com and www.glencovecinema.com.
Saturday, 18 October 2014 00:00
If Heather Lehrman is not yet a familiar face to local pet owners, her name is likely to soon become a household name to dog lovers and families with young children, as her children’s book, Bullied at the Dog Park, was released this week. The book is based on a real-life incident with her own dog, Herbie, and fans will have a chance to meet her and Herbie at a book signing at Petco in Glen Cove on Saturday, Oct. 25.
“I wanted to help get the message out in my own way about the effects of bullying,” says Lehrman, a resident of Great Neck. “This book teaches children valuable lessons about treating all dogs (and people) with respect, and the importance of simple kindness.”
Friday, 17 October 2014 00:00
It was Dec. 31, 1999, the last day of the 20th century, and Florence Dolling was preparing an elaborate Thai dinner for a New Year’s Eve celebration in her home in Glen Cove when the phone rang. It was her doctor reporting that, “Yes, it was breast cancer.” She kept on cooking, attempting to retain as much normalcy as she could muster, knowing that, with the new millennium, there would certainly come change.
“I wore a red strapless bustier for the party because I thought I was saying goodbye to the ‘girls’,” she says. “My husband, my sense of humor, and my friends, helped me get through that night,” she recalls.
Thursday, 16 October 2014 00:00
On Tuesday, Oct. 7, the Glen Cove Finley Middle School opened their football season with a home game against Thompson Middle School. The game opened with the Glen Cove offense going on a nice drive, which saw quarterback Mike Vaughan score on a 30-yard touchdown run.
Thursday, 16 October 2014 00:00
Six North Shore High School athletes competed in the 2014 JCC Maccabi Games and led the New York Delegation to victory, winning gold. The students included Jacob Abramowitz, Brett Bennett, Drew Jacklin, Ben Lerner, Josh Mandell, and Ben Saltzman. The Maccabi Games is a week-long Olympic tournament for Jewish teenage athletes, ages 14-16 years old. It is held in numerous venues across the United States.
Bennett proudly said, “Competing in the Maccabi Games was a unique and thrilling experience for me. It not only was a highly competitive basketball tournament, but it also emphasized the importance of building strong values such as good sportsmanship, leadership, team unity, compassion and respect.
This, for me, was an experience of a lifetime!”