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Two Thumbs Up For Theater Upgrade

A night at the movies just got a bit cushier. National Amusements has just completed the next step in its multi-year Broadway Multiplex Cinemas renovation project, which includes seat upgrades in each of the theater’s 12 auditoriums.

Broadway Multiplex Cinemas is one of the first National Amusements theatres to receive the fully-reclining premium seating upgrade. Local moviegoers can now enjoy stadium seating and reclining plush arm chairs in each auditorium, as well as a new advanced sound system featuring Dolby 7.1 Sound.

The new chairs are much bigger and spread out over the auditorium, which means that seating in the cinemas has decreased significantly. With the old seats, the theater could accommodate 3,000 in 12 theaters; now they can seat a little under 1,000.

“We saw that other theater chains were experimenting with luxury seating and had success. Though it’s counterintuitive to replace 3,000 seats with 1,000 luxury seats, they have had success. So we thought instead of offering a lot of seats, let’s offer the right seats,” said Paul Valerio, Director of Operations for National Amusements.

Moviegoers concerned about how the limited amount of seats will affect the box office rush will have the ability to reserve seats in advance online at www.movietickets.com (also available as an app).

“Now customers don’t have to rush in and wait at the box office. They can pick which seat they want,” says Valerio. “I think it’s a huge benefit and a lot of people are taking advantage of it. Because seats are limited people are learning they have to purchase tickets in advance to get the seats they want.”

The Broadway Multiplex Cinemas also recently underwent renovations to the concession stand in the main lobby. National Amusements has several more projects planned for the theater, including introducing closed captioning and vision impaired capabilities in all the auditoriums.

“Every theater will have the ability to show the film in closed captioning. If you needed to view the captions, you can get a set of glasses and the captioning would appear on the glasses,” Valerio says.

With the rise of movie ticket prices and increased availability of movies via Netflix, Redbox and other streaming services, movie ticket sales have dropped over the past decade. Valerio says he’s hoping that with these upgrades to the Broadway Multiplex Cinemas, people will come back to the theater.   

“There was a lack of comfort before. People were asking why they should pay $10 to sit in an uncomfortable chair,” says Valerio. “But that won’t happen anymore. We spread the auditorium out so you walk in and still feel like you’re in your living room at home, with an awesome visual and sound experience.”

News

The 7th annual Parish of the Holy Family Festival went off without a hitch and lit up the night sky on Fordham Avenue in Hicksville last week. Thousands of community members came and joined in the festivities.  

This year’s theme was the 1964-1965 World’s Fair that took place in Queens. Volunteer coordinator and 28-year member of the congregation Mary White said “We are having this festival to raise money and to offset the expenditures of the school and the church. Last year we had a record breaking 10,000 people attend and while all the numbers are not in yet, we are doing very well this time around too. The turnout has been great because the weather has been so cooperative.”

Matty’s Sports Deli, located at 107 Stewart Avenue, first opened its doors Nov. 12, and slowly but surely, it’s making a name for itself as the place to go to get good eats in Hicksville.

However, according to owner and Bellmore resident Matthew Burak, the main thing working against his slow climb up the hill of success is what any entrepreneur knows is vital to business—location, location, location.


Sports

Cantiague Park Senior Men’s Golf League had its fourth tournament on Thursday Aug. 7. We had 33 golfers and a record 8 who scored under 40. Low overall score was won by newcomer Ed Hyne with an impressive 33, his second low net in a row. Charlie Acerra scored a solid 35, and won low overall net with a 26; his best score in 4 years.

Competition on the nine-hole course is divided into two divisions. Flight A is for players with a handicap of 13 or lower. Flight B is for players with a handicap of 14 or more. The league is a 100 % handicap league. Any man 55 years or older is eligible for membership. We have many openings for this year, and you can sign up anytime throughout the the season. The league meets every Thursday at 7:30 a.m., but the formal tournament dates are only the first and third Thursday of the month through late October. We will have a final luncheon with prizes on our last meeting.

The fields of Kevin Kolm Memorial Park were filled with nearly 200 soccer players on Saturday for the annual ‘Soccer For A Cause’ event. The event was put together by the Mastermind Unit in sponsor of the Michael Magro Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to assisting pediatric patients with cancer and their families.

“The Mastermind Unit is a non-profit organization that was founded by a group of guys who grew up playing soccer together in Hicksville,” said co-founder Bryan Alcantara. “This is our seventh annual  ‘Soccer For A Cause’ event at Memorial Park.”


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