Bow-Tie Port Washington Cinemas

116 Main Street,
Port Washington, NY 11050

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baffled on June 13, 2005 at 10:36 am

There wasn’t a lot to do growing up in P.W. in the late “70s. Even when it was triplexed this was a pretty good place to see movies if one was young and undiscriminating. I remember seeing Star Wars, Tom Sawyer, Heaven Can Wait, Flash Gordon, and others here. The fact that most of the original ornamentation & fixtures remained definitely inspired my ideas of what a movie theater should "look like”. Then in the early “80s the luncheonette next door put in a game room and overnight the scene was all burnouts, denim jackets, Defender, and other stoner-rock accoutrements from J&G Records up the street. (Anyone else remember any of this period?) Regardless, at 14 or 15 I definitely knew the "Triplex” was not doing right by us when they started subdividing, but at that point the whole town was getting hypersuburbanized and overpopulated so nobody really noticed. I do remember a few other excellent movie nights there, “Day of the Dead” on opening night and a double feature of “Nightmare on Elm St 1 & 2”. By then it was pretty seedy, but on L.I. in the “80s, seedy was what you expected.

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on April 29, 2005 at 4:22 pm

The Beacon Theatre opened on 15th October 1927 with the First National Picture;“Life of Riley” starring Charles Murray plus a Vaudeville show. It was equipped with an Austin 3Manual/11Rank theatre organ and had 1,613 seats.

In early 1975 the Glenn Miller Orchestra gave a concert at the Beacon Theatre, Port Washington and over 1,000 attended. It is noted at the time, that the Austin organ had been partially restored and was being used for public performances.

Evidently this was soon to change when the theatre was split into several screens.

rcdt55b on November 30, 2004 at 8:03 pm

That wasnt the ceiling in the small booth. That was the staircase to the balconey that you had to duck under to thread the other machine. In my case it was crawl on your knees.

sticky on August 23, 2004 at 10:53 am

I was 19 years old when saw the Count Basie band at the Beacon theatre in the mid 70’s. They were doing a benefit for a Port Washington treatment center. After the show I went backstage to meet some of the band and have Basie autograph a record for me. I’d never been behind the stage. It was a ratty looking place with dirty ropes and musty curtains.

These Basie musicians were experienced. Most of them were in their 50’s and 60’s and had spent years on the road. They were sitting on old wooden folding chairs but happy to accomodate a young jazz fan for an autograph. I still have my autographed poster. They were legends and I was in awe of them.

Meredith Rhule
Meredith Rhule on February 5, 2004 at 3:47 pm

You should try being the projectionist there in those two smaller rooms. I won’t even classify them as theaters. The ceiling is so low that you have to bend to get around. Gee, what a treasure this place is. HAA!!!