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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

Richie Cannata may be best known for his song credits but his name will become a part of history this week. Cannata, a 28-year resident and business owner of Glen Cove, will be inducted into the Long Island Music Hall of Fame on Thursday, Oct. 23 at The Paramount in Huntington.

 

As a member of the Billy Joel Band, the saxophone player was propelled to fame in 1975 when he joined the band and played on songs including “New York State of Mind” and “Scenes from an Italian Restaurant.”

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.”


Sports

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. 

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!” 


Calendar

PTA Meeting - October 15

Live Music - October 16

Wine Tasting - October 17


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