2010-10-08 / Community

Weiner And Meeks Call For Rockaway Theater

Two Are Seeking Local Venue
By Howard Schwach

The two Congressmen representing the Rockaway peninsula, Anthony Weiner and Gregory Meeks, believe that Rockaway needs an economic boost.

It needs an anchor business that will attract others and it needs a job creator that will help give our young residents opportunities here on the peninsula.

To the two Congressmen, that means Rockaway needs a movie theater. They say that it isn’t a new idea, but it’s an idea whose time has come.

The two recently sent a letter to the heads of the five largest theater companies in the nation: AMC/Loews, United Artists, Regal Entertainment, Cinemark and National Amusements.

The letter follows:

Dear CEO:

“We would like to present a great business opportunity for you, a great development idea for our districts and a life-altering possibility for many of our constituents. Your company should open a theater complex in Rockaway New York.

“The Rockaway peninsula is a densely populated barrier island in the southernmost area of New York City. It is home to 120,000 residents and that number nearly doubles in the summertime when it becomes a Mecca for many who are seeking the finest beaches in the world. According to the most recent census the average income of Rockaway residents is $40,000.

“Understanding the demands of a modern day theater, Rockaway has several locations that can accommodate even your most ambitious plans. We also have a wealth of young people, potential managers and experienced retirees from which you can hire a capable staff.

“Having seen the recent success of the movie house in Atlas Park in Glendale, we are certain that a theater complex in Rockaway would be a success.

We stand ready to help. We have already begun to consult with community and business leaders in the area and can easily present you with a more detailed proposal or lead you on a tour of the peninsula.

“We hope you agree that a movie theater in Rockaway would be a big hit.

The two recently took a tour of the Rockaway peninsula with an unspecified theater operator to point out specific sites that may be suitable for the facility.

The two say they know that a movie theater won’t solve all of our economic problems, but it would help.

“Sometimes the best ways to create jobs and grease the wheels of local small businesses are simply doing what we already know works.

Movie theaters are doing well and they are good for local business,” they add.

Both of the Congressman say they want to hear from Rockaway residents about the movie theater proposal.

“We look forward to hearing from you and working together to bringing this economic blockbuster to the Rockaways,” the two Congressmen conclude.

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