BY ARIEL HERNANDEZ
A movie theater could be making its debut in Sunnyside within two years in a mixed-use, nine story building on Queens Boulevard, said Aaron Malinsky, president and CEO of Curbcut Urban Partners, which is one of the property’s developers.
The QB38 tower, located at 38-01 Queens Blvd., is a joint venture between CurbCut Urban Partners, Platinum Realty Associates and RW Real Estate Group, the 146,000-square-foot building is set to be a medical, nonprofit and community facility property.
According to Malinsky, the theater would take up 38,000 square feet of the 40,000 square feet of retail space on the first and second floors of the building, with the remaining 2,000 square feet of retail space likely for a smaller retailer.
“We acquired the property, which will be used for medical and retail,” Malinsky told the Queens Tribune. “There’s no 21st Century medical or retail space immediately accessible for the community and we were approached by multiple movie chains for the same reason. There is great access to all the public transportation there. There are no other new movie theaters in the area and only one theater in Astoria.”
The Sunnyside Center Cinemas, which was located only five blocks away at 42-25 Queens Blvd., was closed in January 2015 and there hasn’t been any talk of a new theater opening in the community, until now.
“A movie theater could be a great asset to our community, providing fun activities for adults, children, and families, and attracting residents from throughout Queens to Sunnyside’s vibrant restaurant scene,” Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer (D-Sunnyside) said. “I look forward to working with all stakeholders, including Sunnyside residents, as this project continues to take shape.”
The former theater was closed because its building was on the decline, resulting in a drastic drop in sales. However, according to its reviews on yelp.com, the theater wasn’t just a place to attend newly released films, but also a part of the community and its closure impacted many older generation Sunnysiders.
“I’ll really miss this place,” one review read. “I remember having two birthdays here and my cousin having one. Add to that a bunch of school trips, middle school movies, high school hijinks, and we have ourselves a proper neighborhood theater. I loved this place, and shunned it as an adult, and I’ll always regret that. I love this place. No matter the flaws, it will always have a place in my heart.”
Another asset to the theater was its admission costs. Ticket prices ranged from $5-$7.50, which is why some residents weren’t bothered by the antiqueness of the facility because “you get what you paid for.”
However, although the developer confirms that they are looking to bring in a theater, it isn’t until they gain approval from the New York City Department of Buildings that more information will provided on the direction of the QB38 Tower, which is projected to be completed at the end of 2018.
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