2015-01-21 / Front Page

Cinemart Cinemas Draws Crowds

By Tony Barsamian

The Cinemart Cinemas in Forest Hills makes a strong showing with new release, American Sniper.Photo Tony Barsamian The Cinemart Cinemas in Forest Hills makes a strong showing with new release, American Sniper.Photo Tony Barsamian The historic Cinemart Cinemas at 106-03 Metropolitan Ave. in Forest Hills was given a unique opportunity to secure its future as a movie theater in the community.

This last weekend, owner Nicolas Nicolaou proudly presented American Sniper, a first-run Warner Bros. Pictures film directed by Clint Eastwood that has received critical acclaim.

The Cinemart has been showing older films that had previously had first runs in other theaters in Queens. Often filmgoers could catch a flick that they missed from the previous month’s releases.

The 1927 theater was running low on ticket sales and Nicolaou was considering redeploying the property and eliminating its use as a theater.

But this past weekend drew large audiences to the packed theater.

American Sniper was available on several of the film house’s five screens. This probably bodes well for the Cinemart as Nicolaou agreed that if it works out, he would renovate one of Queens’ oldest independent movie theaters. He said he would make the needed restorations and renovations to help the theater thrive and grow if the public supported American Sniper.

The Cinemart’s year-round low-price policy consists of a $6 admission for weekday matinees (noon to 5 p.m.), with an extension to Tuesday evenings. Seniors and children pay $6 at all times. General admission for adults is $9.

In a show of support, many community groups turned out for the weekend event, among the numerous Forest Hills and neighboring residents. In addition, the Greater Woodhaven Development Corporation announced that in order to support the historical neighborhood theater they purchased 20 tickets. These tickets (10 general admission and 10 for senior citizens) were distributed, free of charge, to the Woodhaven community. The Development office stated that this is in support of the local Cinemart theater, which is family-owned and affordable.

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