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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

You could say Darren Butler has quite the entrepreneurial disposition. The Hicksville resident not only founded a church, but invented a doorstop that does not require screwing any holes into your wall or door. The device simply clamps on to the bottom of any sized door without requiring tools.

“I never envisioned myself as being an inventor,” explained Butler. “I became one by accident and out of frustration.”

After Butler and his wife purchased their home, they wanted to decorate and maintain it.  “We have four children and at the time we wanted to minimize the damage that occurs from doors slamming into walls because as young children do; they have a tendency to aggressively open doors, and as a result the door knob created holes in our wall,” said Butler. “We purchased conventional doorstops so at the very least we could minimize that reality if not eliminate it all together.”

The Hicksville Fire Department hosted the Nassau County Parade and Drill Championships this past Saturday, an event that was entertaining for both guests and participants.

The Motorized Drill competition held in the morning had 16 participating fire departments. The drill included eight events and each racing team was judged based on how fast they completed each event. Events included the Three Man Ladder, Motor Hook and Ladder, Motor Hose, Efficiency, Motor Pump, and Buckets. The Hicksville Hicks came in fifth place and received a trophy.


Sports

Madeline Huffman, a fourth grade student at Our Lady of Mercy School in Hicksville, recently became the New York State Free Throw Champion in the Knights of Columbus Free Throw Competition, 9 Year Old Girls Division at the United States Military Academy, West Point.

Huffman’s journey to the state championship began at her home parish, Our Lady of Mercy Roman Catholic Church in January. The local qualifier was sponsored by the Knights of Columbus Joseph F. Lamb Council #5723. Boys and girls ages 9 through 14 competed, each receiving three warm up shots and 15 free throw attempts.

This November, Hicksville resident Marlo Signoracci will head to Florida for Ironman, a demanding, long-distance triathlon that includes biking, running and swimming. Here, she shares her story as she prepares for one of the most physically challenging athletic events out there.

“I meet my goals and maintain my health. I stay mindful of what is important to me and seek balance in all endeavors. With gratitude, I am fully present to this moment in time.”


Calendar

Hicksville Street Fair

July 20

Blood Drive

July 23

Our Lady Of Mercy Family Festival

July 30 - August 3



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