Sections

Editorial: Lights, camera, action

Share on TwitterTweet
Share on Facebook
Subscribe

Get our stories in your inbox, free.

Like TimesLedger on Facebook.

After 30 years, the people of southeast Queens finally have a theater to call their own. No longer do the residents of Jamaica, Laurelton and Springfield Gardens have to drive to Nassau County just to see a movie.

In fact, the Jamaica Multiplex, a 15-screen, state-of-the art stadium-style theater that opened last week in Jamaica Center, is so nice that the folks from Nassau County might soon find themselves coming here to see a movie.

As the song goes, it’'s been a long time coming. Business leaders have been trying for years to find a developer willing to invest in downtown Jamaica. At first it looked like former NBA star Magic Johnson would come to the rescue. But Johnson got cold feet and backed out of the deal.

That’s when Whitestone developer Joseph Mattone Sr. and National Amusements President Shari Redstone stepped up to the plate. They saw the potential in downtown Jamaica and, unlike Magic, they put their money on the line.

We believe they have made a sound investment, one that will create jobs and improve the quality of life in southeast Queens. The theater itself employs 170 people and retailers such as The Gap, Old Navy, Walgreens, and Bally Total Fitness that are moving into Jamaica Center for a total of 350 new jobs. More will follow.

Congratulations to all of those who believed in Jamaica enough to make this happen.

Posted 7:05 pm, October 10, 2011
Today’s news:
Share on TwitterTweet
Share on Facebook
Subscribe

Get our stories in your inbox, free.

Like TimesLedger on Facebook.

Reader feedback

Enter your comment below

By submitting this comment, you agree to the following terms:

You agree that you, and not TimesLedger.com or its affiliates, are fully responsible for the content that you post. You agree not to post any abusive, obscene, vulgar, slanderous, hateful, threatening or sexually-oriented material or any material that may violate applicable law; doing so may lead to the removal of your post and to your being permanently banned from posting to the site. You grant to TimesLedger.com the royalty-free, irrevocable, perpetual and fully sublicensable license to use, reproduce, modify, adapt, publish, translate, create derivative works from, distribute, perform and display such content in whole or in part world-wide and to incorporate it in other works in any form, media or technology now known or later developed.

Classifieds

Do you know a hero of Queens? Nominate a person who has made a difference for the Queens Impact Awards.
Community News Group

Don’t miss out!

Stay in touch with the stories people are talking about in your neighborhood:

Optional: Help us tailor our newsletters to you!