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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

It was the second annual goal setting workshop at Glen Cove High School on Tuesday, Oct. 14 and both the board of education and the public came up with some sound ideas for the district. School Superintendent Maria Rianna presented a slide show of four main areas that are the focus of district goals.

 

“We began this process last year and these goals are representative of what the community wanted to see,” said Rianna.

Glen Cove residents may see a 1.64 percent increase in the tax levy next year, the amount proposed at last week’s public hearing. Mayor Reginald Spinello and the Glen Cove City Council held an initial reading of the proposed budget for 2015, and will take final vote on Tuesday, Oct. 28, at the next city council meeting.

 

“It’s very easy for a first time mayor to raise the taxes and blame it on a prior administration, and that is not what I am doing,” said Mayor Spinello. “In the past three administrations there were budgets with increases of  almost 28 percent to down to 12 percent, but it’s a different time now...I think that the residents are certainly going to feel relief. I put together a budget...that I believe is fair and reasonable and a good budget.”


Sports

The Town of Oyster Bay, in conjunction with the New York Rangers, will once again host a special Try Hockey for Free Program on Sunday morning, Oct. 26 from 8 a.m. to noon at ithe Ice Skating Center located in Bethpage Community Park, 1000 Stewart Ave. 

 

The event will allow youngsters a unique opportunity to sample the sport of ice hockey. Four morning sessions will be available. Session times are 8 to 9 a.m., 9 to 10 a.m., 10 to 11 a.m. and 11 a.m. to noon.

On Thursday, Oct. 2, North Shore High School quarterback Michael Floccari shattered a school record and tied a Long Island record for the most touchdown passes in a game. This accomplishment ties him with E.J. Clark from Seaford High School (1977) and Joe Capobianco form Lawrence High school (2011). 


Calendar

Harvest Square Dance - October 24

Fall Festival - Octobner 24 - 25

Peace, Politics and Projectiles - October 26


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