I have been the director since its founding in 1973 where we first began showing films in the community that we felt was lacking here- the kind of films that we felt were more available in other parts of the country, especially in Manhattan. Vic Skolnick and I started the cinema with the idea that there were other people just like us that missed what the film community in Manhattan could offer. And we started in a very humble way. We could not afford much, so we got a space from a friend who had a dance studio in Huntington. And we borrowed a projector from the library, and we were able to find a source of really good films and “voila”, the cinema was born.

The early beginning, we could not really get into 35mm films- only 16mm. We gradually were able to transfer to 35mm, which gave us much more access. However, having 16mm was a great advantage in the early years because a lot of independent filmmakers could not afford to work in 35mm. They could just carry their films around to be shown in places like ours and so filmmakers, who would travel the country, would get in touch with the cinema. We were then called "New Community Cinema" and the design was a lot closer to what we felt cinema was all about.

At that time, there was no HBO and Showtime, so people really began to rely on the kind of films and filmmakers that were coming to the cinema. Our theater gave women an opportunity to have their films shown, because at that time women not only didn't have access to the kind of equipment, but didn't have the training. And then an organization called "Women Make Movies" made that equipment available. This enabled women to start making films about their own lives, because this was not available in any mainstream cinema. They would contact us, and we were able to show films that were made by women in the early '70s and also allow the filmmakers come and talk to the audience. These filmmakers came from around the country and they were able to carry their 16mm films with them and they were able to make contact with audience. They brought the community together, because people had a common bond. They loved good cinema and weren't able to access it too easily. It really was like the beginning of the Women's Movement. Since then, we have developed a very large membership. We have over 10,000 active members who all feel very connected with the cinema and a community they belong to.
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- by Dr. Lori Trentacoste

Even prior to the inception of the Alliance for Hearing Preservation (2013), Dr. Lori Trentacoste has generously given to the community outside of her audiology practice since 1971 to volunteer countless educational events and prevention programs for the Long Island community through her hearing health awareness crusades. In each venue, she presents current statistics of hearing loss cases. She also details the many plaguing issues that the hearing impaired are enduring and what modern advancements are available for us all. She has continually invested tremendous resources in this advocacy to officially form the Long Island Alliance for Hearing Preservation to manage a web-based forum, sponsor fundraisers, support public awareness events, build partnerships with community leaders & elected officials and donating her time and efforts conducting hearing screenings in community centers- where all leaders become part of this Alliance.

Alongside the growing list of Long Island dignitaries is an unsuspecting powerhouse in our community. CHARLOTTE SKY, the founder of the industry-acclaimed Cinema Arts Centre in Huntington has recently been dubbed the 2016 Ambassador of Public Communications. She received this achievement partly due to her life-long commitment to bringing our community together through the global voice of cinema, theater and sound. Charlotte is currently a patient of Dr. Trentacoste (Island Better Hearing) and through their longstanding friendship, they have explored many solutions for the public including the installation of the LOOP system in theaters and public assembly areas- which is now available in Huntington’s Town Hall under Assemblyman Eugene Cook. Since she started the Cinema Arts Centre in the early 70’s, Charlotte has been most proactive in giving to the public the best presentation for some of the most priceless films like seeking out advanced audio and digital projection technologies and hearing systems for the impaired.


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Musicians are some of the greatest fans of the auditory experience. From concerts to playing pre-recorded music to performing publicly, music is a way of life that defines their existence. They also happen to be the guiltiest culprits for damaging their own hearing. A whopping 42% of all musicians - that's 11.5% more cases suffering from intermittent to chronic TINNITUS to HEARING LOSS are surveyed over the rate or U.S. construction workers and military personnel COMBINED!

John Rullo, leader of the Long Island band, THE COCKTAILS has been a performing artist since age 16. His love for performing in front of crowds and "jamming" with his band mates in front of loud amps and blasting drum kits as well as encapsulating his ears in countless headphones of varying quality and amplification has recently resulted in a less-than-favorable hearing test results. "I know for a fact that I lost a good amount of my high frequency hearing ability... I have several musician friends with significant hearing loss and ringing in the ear."

This does not stop the veteran rocker from "playing out" every weekend in dive bars and venues all across the Island- in fact, it is actually the inspiration to keep going. "All passions come with a price- and to hear the audience come alive because of the music I make is my gift to the world... but now I'm growing smart(er) about wearing the musician ear plugs- if I want to keep going".

Unfortunately the percentage of musicians from the stark amateur to the traveling professional who suffer drastic hearing issues cover just short of 50% of the entire population. "Loud is a big part of the music experience..." says Tami Racaniello, (vocal trainer and wellness expert). "We don't want to kill our ears, that would be suicide for a music lover- we just don't realize the actual damage that extreme volume can inflict on the life of our ears... and this is the unfortunate ignorance of any musician!"



Meet Sly Geralds, executive director for The Rock and Roll University. In this video, he discusses life as a performing musician- growing up around loud rock music and how he uses life's lessons in hearing safety to protect his students from hearing loss and disorders.


Dr. Lori Trentacoste, AuD headlines the presentation by outlining all the causes of HEARING LOSS and the many technical benefits of today's hearing solutions. A must-see for all sufferers of hearing disorders.