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Photo by Curbcut Urban Partners
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Regal Cinemas will move into a 12-story building that will be constructed in Sunnyside.

Sunnyside residents will once again have a neighborhood movie theater.

Regal Cinemas has signed a 20-year lease to move into a new development at 38-01 Queens Blvd. The theater will take up 38,000 square feet on the ground and second floor, according to Carolyn Malinsky of Curbcut Urban Partners. Commercial Observer first reported the story.

Curbcut Urban Partners, Platinum Realty Associates and RW Real Estate Group purchased the building last December and knocked it down to construct an 12-story glassy building in its place. The original plan called for a nine-story building.

Sunnyside lost its theater, Sunnyside Center Cinemas at 45-25 Queens Blvd., in 2015. The property was bought in 2012 for $6.65 million from Dime Savings Bank and the owner turned the space into a residential building.

“There is a dramatic need for new, modern entertainment venues in the greater Sunnyside and Long Island City neighborhoods,” said Aaron Malinsky, principal, Curbcut Urban Partners LLC. “We are adjacent to the bus and train stops and have parking. Therefore access for all the communities is superb.”

The building, dubbed “The Sunnyside,” will also include community facility and medical space, outdoor terraces and an underground garage with more than 100 parking spaces, according to the Commercial Observer.

The building is slated to be completed in spring 2019 and SBLM Architects are responsible for the design.

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