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Posted: Thursday, October 24, 2013 10:30 am | Updated: 11:34 am, Fri Oct 25, 2013.

Finding the right movie theater can make all the difference for a great date, a fun time out with friends or just a place to relax and escape from the mundane real world. The family owned MovieWorld Cinemas in Douglaston can provide all that and much more.

The theater has been around for a long time but was taken over by general manager Russell Levinson in 2008, who revamped the cinema to enhance the movie-going experience. The seven-screen theater replaced its old seats and put in high-back rockers. Levinson also put in digital projections for all screens.

“We installed digital projections in early 2012. It’s the latest technology and everything runs off computers and servers,” he said. “The theater is also equipped for 3-D films.”

The movie theater is also unique in its pricing on some days with “the lowest prices in New York City” said Levinson. With moviegoers being turned off from going to the movies with rising prices, MovieWorld strays from the pack by offering discounts that everyone can afford. Every Monday, except holidays, is ladies night where women get in for $5.50. Every Wednesday is Wacky Wednesday, where everyone gets in for $5.50. For matinee shows, you can get in for $6.50 before 5 p.m., even on the weekends.

The selection of movies at MovieWorld will appeal to everyone. If you are looking for blockbusters such as “Thor: The Dark World,” that will be opening November 8. If you’re not into blockbusters, but into independent or more artistic fare, such as “Don Jon” or “Gravity,” MovieWorld has those films as well. “We always try to get more independent films that have won film festival awards,” said Levinson.

Showing movies isn’t the only thing that the theater does. If you want to host a meeting, private screening, or a birthday party, the theater can host these. “We do children’s birthdays. We can show current movies or if a kid has a favorite movie we can arrange that to be shown,” Levinson said. The movie theater will always provide the food such as popcorn, soda and pizza. “There’s pretty much nothing we can’t do.”

MovieWorld isn’t just a movie theater. They look out for the community around them. They donate to charities and give away related memorabilia to churches and other organizations for raffles. “We have a lot of groups we work with,” Levinson said. Being family owned and not a part of a large corporate entity is what separates MovieWorld. While AMC Theaters was sold last year to a businessman in China for billions of dollars, the local Douglaston cinema is proud to be American owned and “enjoys being a part of the community.”

MovieWorld is located at 242-02 61 Ave. at the Douglaston Shopping Plaza, behind Fairway on the lower level. For upcoming movies and what’s showing, you can visit their website at movieworldcinemas.com.

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