After years of renovations, Mamaroneck Cinemas will open on June 17, bringing new life to a historic property.
“We are finally able to open the doors and welcome all the guests. This is a huge win for film culture, the cinematic experience extends,” said Noah Elgart, General Manager of Cinema. “I get to know a lot of interesting people and, for me, that’s amazing. It’s a great experience and a great company.”
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The Mamaroneck Playhouse opened as a single-screen balcony theater in 1925. In 2014 the theater closed and Bow Tie Cinemas sold the property for $2 million to Blue Zees Real Estate in 2018. The theater is owned to Harvey Elgart, Noah’s father.
With renovation plans announced, the theater was originally expected to reopen by the end of September 2020. However, as with many construction-related projects during the pandemic, there were hurdles to completion, including construction issues. ‘supply.
“It’s been a long time coming,” Noah Elgart said. “We’ve had challenges and delays like anyone else through COVID. But we got it all sorted. We’ve worked closely with the city and they’ve been great, patient, and understanding.”
A nod to the building’s history, the exposed brick is visible in the theaters as well as around the concession stand. Movie memorabilia line the walls.
According to Elgart, the theater has eight screens with “deluxe recliners” as well as “laser projection and surround sound throughout.” For its first weekend, the theater will present “Lightyear” from Disney and Pixar, “Jurassic World: Dominion” from Universal Pictures and “Top Gun: Maverick” from Paramount Pictures.
Tickets are $16 for adults and $12 for children 2-11, seniors 65 and older, and federally disabled and military personnel, both with valid ID. On Tuesday and Thursday, special matinee tickets will be sold for $12 per person. Tickets for future streaming of ballets, operas and plays from around the world will cost $20 per person.
“People go to the theater to feel, and the absence of light and sound is an absence of emotion,” Elgart said. “I’m so happy that these pieces are filled with laughter, sadness, and can’t wait for it to come to life.”
For more information, visit mamaroneckcinemas.com.
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