Syosset Triplex

565 Jericho Turnpike,
Syosset, NY 11791

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AliceRosenthal on February 15, 2011 at 6:40 pm

Interesting – No one mentioned the 70mm screening of “Apocalypse Now” in 1979 at UA Syosset. I went to a matinee with a SHS class and thought is was weird that they gave out the credits on paper. I thought there was going to be a test on the movie the next day.

fred1 on May 19, 2009 at 6:34 am

at the 150 during the 90’s

tgreils on May 18, 2009 at 5:51 pm

no sorry..was he at the 150 or triplex

fred1 on May 18, 2009 at 2:49 pm

Hey Peng do you remember a George Forzone

Coate on May 18, 2009 at 2:39 pm

Long Island’s Cinerama exhibition history posted here.

tgreils on March 25, 2009 at 8:04 am

I was the mgr of the Cinema 150 and assiste Mary McCarthy when needed at the Syosset theatre..Great memories at both theatres…good times…fun softball games…good people…Mary is a classy lady and is still going strong helpin out at the westbury drive-in -stadium theatre…drop in and say Hi…Great memories of fighting the Rocky crowds…..had fun inthe theatres…Meadowbrook..pequa..lindenhurst…manhassett..Cinema 150..Home Office…UA Summer picnic…driving “SMH”

Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois
Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois on February 24, 2009 at 8:05 pm



robboehm on February 21, 2009 at 1:26 pm

The thing that most impressed me about the theatre was the way they emblazoned the name across the entire facade. The only two other theatre that utilized the facade, to a much letter degree, were the Sag Harbor, I believe there is an image at that site, and the Salisbury, which, unfortunately spent most of it’s career featuring porn.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on December 30, 2008 at 10:33 pm

The architect of the Syosset Theatre was E.C.A. Bullock, who also designed the Meadowbrook Theatre in East Meadow, NY., as well as the U.S. Theatre in Hoboken, New Jersey, and the Mars Theatre, Mars, Pennsylvania. Bullock was a nephew of George and Cornelius Rapp, and worked in their firm for many years following his graduation from the University of Illinois in 1910.

The Syosset Theatre was featured in a two-page spread in the January 5, 1957, issue of Boxoffice Magazine.

Vito on October 25, 2008 at 9:35 am

I did not recall Carols last name but that sounds about right. She she was a part of the wonderful family of people I worked with.
Yup that’s Toms last name, I recall that now. He was very protective of the booth door to cinemas 1 and 2 on the lower level. Used to tell me “Vito when you go upstairs to Cinema 3 never leave that door unlocked”, he was one of the best.
Tom was also financial secretary on the union executive board.

Durkee on October 24, 2008 at 8:17 pm

I worked there for 4 years (HS/College) about 30 years ago and several co-workers are still among my closest friends. It’s a little like an old fraternity for us. We went through several managers, including Earl Logue, Lenny Kaplan, Big Ed Healey (Ed was probably an assistant) and Mary McCarthy.

Vito asked about someone named Carol that worked with Mary in 1984. Could it have been Carol Schier? Also Tom’s (the operator’s) last name was, IIRC, Cuccaro. He had a daughter who worked there as a candy girl for a while.

kiggityca on July 3, 2008 at 1:08 pm

I worked there when Schindler’s list was playing. What a nightmare. It was one of like 4 theaters on Long Island showing it, so it was always sold out, and people would show up 15 minutes before and then be belligerent that there were no tickets left, screaming that they had driven from so far away and how could we not sell them tickets. Most of the shows would sell out just from phone orders so it would be sold out before we even opened the theater, it was fun explaining that to the customers… Jurassic Park was probably the busiest craziest I ever saw it but that was all families and kids so it was still fun, Schindler’s list it was all people with no sense of humor and was just miserable dealing with those crowds!

antben14 on June 30, 2008 at 2:19 pm

I went there only once, and saw Shindler’s List. I recall the parking lot was full and I had to park behind McDonalds.

Coate on April 30, 2008 at 12:28 pm

Anyone have access to microfilm of NEWSDAY or another Long Island newspaper? I wish to verify the closing date of the SYOSSET’s run of “This Is Cinerama” and the title of the film that followed it. (I believe “This Is Cinerama” premiered at the SYOSSET on June 25, 1959.)

Bill Huelbig
Bill Huelbig on November 15, 2007 at 11:32 am

The Syosset had 1,400 seats in the Cinerama/70mm days, according to this article from Motion Picture Herald, found on Roland Lataille’s Cinerama website:

Ed Solero
Ed Solero on November 15, 2007 at 9:29 am

Just for kicks (and to pick up on discussions in other pages on CT), those 1960’s prices would translate as follows in 2006 dollars:

  • Matinees would be $9 & $10
  • Eves would be $14.70 & $18.70
  • Kids would be $6 at all times

Interesting to how that stacks up to today’s prices – although, we are talking about a hard ticket at a large deluxe suburban theatre. Has a seating capacity ever been noted on this page for any of the Syosset’s configurations? The data up top is blank on that score.

The dollar conversion is as per this website’s calculator.

RonMotta on October 19, 2007 at 3:54 pm

They’re both doing well—both happily married. I keep in touch with both of them and see Sue about once a month for dinner. I’ll tell ‘em both you said hi.

kiggityca on October 19, 2007 at 12:41 pm

yes i remember them! everyone in that group was so much fun, i have wondered over the years where they all ended up. that’s cool that jill wrote for tv. if you’re in contact with them tell them “accent girl” says hi :)

RonMotta on October 15, 2007 at 12:21 pm

Erica, I think you might’ve been there when Sue Ferziger and Jill Rothblatt were there. They were really close friends of mine and I used to visit rehearsals when I’d come home from college (I graduated 1990 and was ACT president ‘89-'90). Still keep in contact with both of them, in fact. Jill’s out in California (just wrote an episode of the ABC Family episode “Lincoln Heights”) and Sue’s here in New York working for Playwrights Horizons (we get together for dinner every month or so). Haven’t seen Gaf in well over a decade. Always wondered what happened to him…

kiggityca on October 10, 2007 at 3:14 pm

i worked there when we had rising sun! i probably sold you your tickets :)

kiggityca on October 10, 2007 at 3:13 pm

capt ron, yes i was in ACT now that you mention it… haven’t thought about that in a long time! the other names don’t sound familiar but i’d prob know them if i saw them.

hkbf23 on October 3, 2007 at 10:50 am

I simply loved this theater. It was an event to come here and see a film. Both of my sisters worked there, so I often caught a ride with them. Sometimes I had to see the film more than once while waiting to go home. I don’t remeber ever minding at all. I saw West Side Story so many times I learned all the words to the songs. It makes me sad to remember such good times.

cinepaul on October 1, 2007 at 7:01 pm

Exclusive Long Island Engagement.

Those magical words. My parents were fairly regular movie-goers, and it was a great treat to head to the Syosset on a Sunday afternoon.

I saw Mary Poppins here (the greatest movie ever made, to my 10-year-old mind). Also: How the West Was Won (in Cinerama!); It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World (hysterically funny sequences); The Sound of Music (of course); Gone With the Wind.

What a grand place it was! Heartbreaking when it became a triplex. I think the last movie I saw there was “Rising Sun”, with my parents, and my mother gasping at every curse word. Movies, as well as theaters, had undergone a big change by then – and not necessarily for the better.

RonMotta on October 1, 2007 at 4:05 pm

DAVE GAFNEY?????? To quote Obi-Wan Kenobi, there’s a name I have not heard in a long time…a long time. He and I were really good friends back in high school. Haven’t seen him in years, though. Also used to hang out with Josh Bentley, Paul Ianotti, Bryan Coffee…Erica, were you in ACT? I think we probably have a lot of mutual friends…