A Forest Hills movie theater, which has been struggling to keep its doors open, is one step closer to avoiding closure after two major studios have licensed additional first-run films to the cinema, the owner said.
Nicolaou, 57, whose family has owned the theater since the mid-1960s, said the venue has been struggling primarily because it was not receiving first-run films since 2008, when it screened "Sex and the City."
Last year, the movie theater lost about $200,000, Nicolaou said.
But earlier this year, the theater, which originally opened in 1927, got another chance when Warner Bros. decided to license "American Sniper," a war drama directed by Clint Eastwood and starring Bradley Cooper and Sienna Miller, to the Cinemart.
Local residents launched a campaign asking their neighbors to support the theater by buying tickets and attending the screenings at the Cinemart.
Nicolaou said the campaign worked and thousands of people showed up.