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New Movie Theater Coming to Port Washington

The theater may open as early as May.

Port Washington will once again be a two cineplex town, possibly as early as Memorial Day.

Soundview Cinemas, a company owned by Jordan and Dara Desner of Plainview, are taking over the multiplex theater at Soundview Marketplace. The theater there has sat dormant since September 2010.

The venue will show 100 percent digital films – “the best quality picture” and “will be have access to top-billing films,” said Mayor Bob Weitzner.

It will also have new leather seating and a new marquee, among other improvements, Weitzner said. “The village is very excited about it.”

A new movie theater at the shopping center will be a boon to existing businesses there, including , which had relocated within the plaza to be closer to the theater shortly before Clearview Cinemas closed the theater there.

Weitzner added that the new theater would also be a plus for , and may even inspire other businesses to lease space within the shopping center.

“We’re very excited to get the chamber involved and BID [] involved,” he said, adding that the village has been working with Soundview Cinemas for the last six months.  

According to Armstrong Realty Management, which manages the property, the theater is 25,400 square feet. A realtor familiar with the property was told the space was leasing for between $25 to $30 per square foot.

In 2008, Jordan Desner was inducted into Cambridge Who’s Who, as president of JD Cinemas, which runs Movieland Cinemas in Coram. On Friday, the theater was listed as showing “Titanic 3D,” “The Hunger Games” and other big commercial releases.

While Soundview Cinemas hopes to open by the end of May, Weitzner said it may take a bit longer until all of the official paperwork is finalized. 

George Mulligan April 06, 2012 at 04:42 PM
This is great news. A revival of the shopping center can only help the community.
Robert P. April 06, 2012 at 04:56 PM
yeah finally!!! i cant wait !!
Susan Bishop Copeland April 06, 2012 at 04:59 PM
What a terrific boost to the shopping center and our community!!!
Nassau Taxpayer April 06, 2012 at 05:19 PM
Anything but Clearview!
Jennifer Scotto-Robinson April 06, 2012 at 06:38 PM
Yay!! So excited!!!!
CA April 06, 2012 at 09:52 PM
This is wonderful for all. We have certainly missed having the option of going to another theatre and it will bring more business into the shopping center as well. It is a win win situation.
David April 07, 2012 at 05:08 AM
Perhaps now the parking lot can be repaved. I've traveled dirt roads smoother than that lot.
Honest opinions April 07, 2012 at 06:23 AM
That theater has been plagued by dishonest management/employees selling both halves of ticket stubs at full price by tearing the tickets at the box office window while pocketing half of the money for years. Its no wonder that it went out of business. I'm glad to see that another company is going to take it over and I hope that they make better choices about who to trust with the day to day operations.
Linda Maryanov April 07, 2012 at 10:21 AM
Yeah!!!! We've missed our theatre in Soundview!
Jesse Conover April 08, 2012 at 02:50 PM
Awesome, sounds like an upgrade too!
Ed Shendell April 08, 2012 at 06:09 PM
Great news, especially the local ownership!
Bonnie Utzig April 09, 2012 at 12:02 AM
Woo Hoo!! I am So happy about this--I miss being able to walk to the movies. Now maybe others will move into the vacant stores and revitalize this very convenient shopping plaza!
JC April 12, 2012 at 01:34 PM
I think I will hold off on the excitement until Im actually sitting there. Deals seems to have a habit of falling through at the soundview. The final sentence about the official paperwork needing to be finalized puts some doubt into the end of May deadline at the very least.
Bob April 12, 2012 at 02:40 PM
Congratulations to Port North Mayor Weitzner for helping to make this happen.
Ben April 12, 2012 at 04:26 PM
I am with JC when the theater is opened and running then it will be real.
Jesse Conover June 19, 2012 at 07:21 PM
Any update on this??
Bob January 28, 2013 at 05:52 AM
That's great. I was tired of seeing the same movie over and over called "Theater closed".
Dan March 28, 2013 at 05:42 PM
Any employment opportunities?
fred March 28, 2013 at 06:06 PM
Dan- They had a big sign saying they were hiring!!!
Dan March 28, 2013 at 06:39 PM
Thank you Fred

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