|Address:||106-03 Metropolitan Ave, Forest Hills, NY 11375, USA|
I live down the block and go here a lot. The prices are like rewinding the clock 20 years, and I have to say that they have the absolute best popcorn Ive ever had in a movie theater, which is odd for an independent place (usually the independent places have bland popcorn for some reason). They get movies that other places dont, and their second-run movies are usually just a few weeks behind, so if you wait, you can see top recent movies for a bargain price. The seating is comfortable, with cupholders connected to the back of the chair in front of you for convenience. Its not the most modern, state-of-the-art setup, but its perfectly fine. The main thing you ask of a movie theater seat and environment is that it doesnt have anything to draw your attention from the movie (e.g., uncomfortable seats), and it doesnt. There are only two issues I have when going there, both of which are fairly minor, but enough to bring it down a star. The first is that they often have the volume turned down too low, which is the opposite of the problem most theaters have. Quiet parts in movies can sometimes be a little hard to hear, and you dont get that full, surrounded-by-sound feel that most theaters have. The second issue I have is that some of the screens have scratches, and they dont seem to get fixed. Ive lived here for five years, and one of the theaters has had the same scratch on its screen the whole time. They arent huge marks that make the movie hard to see or anything, but they can be noticeable from time to time during the movie. I wish they would maintain the screens a little better.
I went to the Cinemart a few times when I was a kid but havent been back much since, and the last time I went they were showing all second run movies. I recall it being a wonderful relic, one of the last of the unpretentious, cheap neighborhood theatres. Theres a lot to admire about the way theyve revitalized it; they put in recliners like the big multiplexes but kept their prices low, they show first run movies again, the cafe next door is inexpensive and high quality. Unfortunately, my first visit back in years wasnt a pleasant one. I went to see Beauty and the Beast (which theyre clearly banking on getting them a lot of business, because there are only two other movies showing despite the place having five screens), and from the moment I walked up to the box office I was annoyed. The guy manning the desk was watching videos on his phone and not paying any attention. Only two people were working in the entire place, one selling tickets and one selling concessions, so there was nobody to rip our tickets. We waited literally five minutes by the podium and nobody came, I ended up ripping them myself and just walking in. I couldnt find a sign for a mens room, I ended up using a disabled bathroom. And the movie started with the house lights still on, we had to go out and say something before it was fixed. Maybe I caught Cinemart on an off night and I should give them another try, but I was very turned off from going back. For a theater thats trying to rebuild itself to stay alive in this very difficult time for indie cinemas, they dont seem to be putting in effort where it counts.
The old school look and feel of this theatre is what gives it its charm and appeal. Ticket prices are just right and even better on certain times and days. They play first and second run films if you missed it the first time or want to catch it a second time before it hits DVD/Bluray. They play a mix of blockbusters, independent and foreign films so theres something for everyone. The staff have been helpful and good the few times Ive visited. Its an older theatre so yes things looked dated and not completed perfect but thats the charm of the theatre. My only opinion would be to update the screens and projection equipment and leave the rest alone. I look forward to many more visits here and support your small second run theatres.
A Private User
I admit that this place is a low budget, old school movie theater. That being sad, they are cheap, clean, there is plenty of parking, the staff is polite, and they play movies after they have left most other local movie theaters. Yes, the screens are small, but you are paying $9 for a ticket! Its $6 on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Where else in NYC are you going to pay so little for a current movie? Its not fair to compare this place to a theater that charges $20 for a ticket. For a $9 movie theater this place is awesome and deserves 5 stars. Anyone complaining should remember how little they paid (relative to other theaters in the city) to go in and catch a flick. Cinemart Cinemas - KEEP ON ROCKING CAUSE YOU GUYS ARE AWESOME!
As others have mentioned, the prices for admission, services and candy & popcorn are fair to good. The facilities are clean but could be a little spruced up. My complaint is with the condition of equipment. The projection screen had a noticeable gash in the lower right hand corner that was several feet long. The clarity of the movie I watched was good but I cant say with certainty because the movie I saw was Frankenweenie which is in black and white. The theater is good for a day off when you want to go see a movie thats either at the end of its run ,the movie that has received mixed reviews or you live nearby and you dont want to spend the money. Otherwise go elsewhere for the newer released films, with better theaters.
Hilda V Cortes
Ive been here 3 times. Enjoyed 2 out of three visits. Todays visit was just inconvenient and thats being mild in my description. They over sold the 715p showing of Logan and they were just like oh well. Asking if I want to see the next showing or a different movie. Seriously it was supposed to be a hanging out with my bestie while getting away from the family for some relaxing time. Yet I found myself walking home which is an hour away. The prices are good the new seating comfortable but their "glitch" is enough to ensure I go to Regal which is a whole lot close to home and no "glitches".
Been going here since i was a little girl. Its improved for the better. New bathroom is beautiful...food is priced well for a theater..tickets are cheapest in town especially for reclined seats..it looses a star because the manager there is a condescending jerk. Ive heard him talk to people in a very rude manor..hes young so maybe thats why..but everyone else is really great..Ive seen the owner help people to thier seats..one time he gave my kids free drinks for taking my son on my lap so a dad and his kid could sit together. Very nice people (except the young blonde kid)
Love this local neighborhood theater. I went a couple times by myself I really enjoy my experience each time. They have bathrooms upstairs and the other two times Ive been there it was under renovation- it looks so classy and is quite spacious. There are two bathroom stalls downstairs for the elderly and handicap accessible. They keep it clean and the space is more respected. Whats great is there is a local icecream shop across the street thats really good! I try to come to this theater whenever I want to watch a movie.