BY LUIS GRONDA
The Kew Gardens Cinemas is getting even greener and more energy efficient than before.
The theater has installed solar panels on top of the building, clearly visible from the street on Lefferts Boulevard, just off of Austin Street.
The theater’s owner, Harvey Elgart, said the panel is part of its ongoing effort to be environmentally friendly. Other changes they have done in the theater before, according to Elgart, include replacing the incandescent bulbs in the theater to florescent bulbs and ultimately to LED lighting. The same was done to the marquee outside the theater, he said.
With the addition of the solar panels, the theater will consume about 15 to 20 percent less electricity, according to Elgart.
“It will be a tremendous savings on our facility,” he said.
The theater runs its air conditioning system for most of the year, Elgart said, and the facility incurs high electricity costs in part because of that.
The installation of the solar panels is underway, Elgart said, and it should be completed within the next two weeks.
He also owns two other movie theaters in Brooklyn, one of which already has solar panels installed while the other will be getting that in the near future.
According to the theater’s website, the theater was built in the 1930s and was home to double feature movie shows and art films that catered to Kew Gardens and surrounding neighborhoods like Forest Hills. The facility was also an adult movie theater at another point of its history before it was shut down. Elgart has owned the theater since it reopened in 1998.
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