Levittown Theater

3080 Hempstead Turnpike,
Levittown, NY 11756

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sasheegm
sasheegm on August 6, 2006 at 10:15 am

In the 1960s and early 1970s, it was across from Mays Dept Store and Key Food Stores on Hempstead Tpke……It had a very small Facade and was on the corner———A Chinese Resturant opened next to it around 1970 or so……..I moved from Levittown to Florida in 1976 and it was still there, however I had not been in the old movie house since the early 1970s——-at that time it was still in pretty decent shape…..Joe From Florida

longislandmovies
longislandmovies on August 6, 2006 at 9:37 am

Across the street from the old Mays dept store..Looked like Retail space..In front of the church..it was a carpet store and may well still be.

Ed Solero
Ed Solero on August 6, 2006 at 9:22 am

I’m trying to figure out where this was. Where exactly was this theater in relationship to Tri County flea market and the Nassau Mall? It was on the same side (the north) of Hempstead Tpke, wasn’t it? And was it a free standing twin? So what exactly occupies the site now? And did the new tenants move into to the old theater building or did they raze it and build new? Someone mentioned a carpet store, but I’m not sure if that referred to this theater or the UA Meadowbrook that was also referenced in the thread above.

Lots of questions, I know, but I was just in the area yesterday to visit my cousins who live off of Wantagh Avenue and I think this theater was still around when they first moved into the area about 13 or 14 years ago. There’s a Loew’s Mutliplex now in the Nassau Mall which I’m pretty sure was built within the last decade.

longislandmovies
longislandmovies on August 5, 2006 at 11:56 pm

i love to come back to read the posts///////////so bad was this house, so good …..strange

longislandbear
longislandbear on June 10, 2006 at 2:16 am

I saw Blue Velvet there….the seediness of the theather actually complmented the movie! You remember….one light in the ceiling working…smelly seats (if u could even find one that was not broken), sticky as hell floors!!!!

stevenl
stevenl on April 19, 2006 at 11:52 pm

i used to get drunk at this theater.the double feature of American Werewolf in London and Altered States was awsome.saw that one 2 or 3 times.Saw Unforgiven with my father there, thats a good memory.what it lacled in spit and polish it made up for it with atmosphere.i loved that theater and my sister got married in the church behind the theater

sasheegm
sasheegm on April 21, 2005 at 6:34 pm

Bought my first house in Levittown in 1963 when my First daughter was born(have two)——and Welcome Wagon gave us two tickets to the Levittown Theater—-it was small and we saw “Donovan’s Reef”….Later when I started collecting 16mm, I bought a print of Donovan’s Reef and showed it to my Daughter;s 5th grade class at Wisdom Lane school….I was also the Commisioner of the LMAA Softball League from 1969 until 1975…..I have fond memories of that little Move House and taking my Daughters to Sat Matinees…..Joe From Florida——sasheegm—–

MrK
MrK on February 9, 2005 at 6:14 pm

At one point, this theater was owned by the same gentleman who owned the Deer Park, North Babylon, Old Bethpage, Franklin Square Twin / Quad as well as many others. The theaters were operated under different corporations, GSW Theaters, Southland Theaters even 110 Theater Management. My father was GM for the owner and at some point I worked at each. I remember one time we ran a double feature of Saturday Night Fever and Grease. Yes “Vinny Barbarino” fans … two for the price of one … ouch. Still it was a nice local movie house.

chconnol
chconnol on November 8, 2004 at 3:08 pm

NOW I remember this theater! It reminded me a LOT of the Oceanside Theater. The marquees outside looked almost identical! This was near the old Mays shopping center. I know I saw something there but it was a long time ago. I had a hard time figuring out this one. I can still picture the marquee with the neon colors around it like the Oceanside. I always wondered if they were designed by the same people.

sbriggs
sbriggs on September 19, 2004 at 1:05 am

that’s really hideous. oh well.
UA wasn’t really the best-run theater chain
in the area, I think Loews is probably the
better company all around (the big Levittown
multiplex over near Nassau Mall was always a good
theater, a bit crazy when something like Close
Encounters was there but always fun, you would see
everyone from school and your neighborhood there for
various big movies, Star Wars was certainly one of those),
or was at one time. I guess Cineplex Odeon has
replaced Loews in this regard but those places are a bit
too sterile, cookie-cutter and antiseptic for my taste.
I used to see a TON of movies in the 70s to late 80s
and most of the major Long Island Nassau County theaters
we would frequent, and the Meadowbrook UA was a major one.
The diner across the street I know is still there, cause
I ate in it not three years ago or less….

movieman007
movieman007 on September 19, 2004 at 12:54 am

it is now a carpet store

sbriggs
sbriggs on September 18, 2004 at 6:48 pm

oh no! it’s demolished? I have no idea I barely get out
that way anymore, last time I drove down Hempstead Tpke.
it was still there, but this was like 2 years ago or so.
That sucks, that was actually a good theatre…
oh meant to mention highlights of that UA theater
were, for me: Return of the Jedi the day it opened even
though I found it not as great as the first two films;
midnight movies there including Rocky Horror, Pink Floyd:
The Wall and even Blue Velvet later on briefly(!).
I remember looking through the main auditorium door window
at JAWS when it was first out and not being allowed to go see it,
my parents only let me look at it quick through the door window
in that lobby there right off the ticket booth/entrance etc.

Orlando
Orlando on September 18, 2004 at 6:24 pm

Scott, the UA Meadowbrook has been demolished (over a year ago) for a bank. Like the projectionist you mentioned above, the acid must have made you see the theatre as still there.

sbriggs
sbriggs on September 18, 2004 at 2:58 pm

i think the closest theater to the Levittown was/is
the UA Meadowbrook/East Meadow just up Hempstead Turnpike and across
the street, a multiplex and it’s still there…I think one of
UA’s local NY offices is right in the building next door to
that theater, or used to be at one time.

RobertR
RobertR on September 18, 2004 at 11:35 am

Jay and Murray were the partners. Jay still has Main St, Center and I think the Elwood.

dave-bronx™
dave-bronx™ on September 18, 2004 at 1:47 am

The partners who owned it – was it Justin and Nick?

longislandmovies
longislandmovies on September 18, 2004 at 1:02 am

was there a theater very close to the twin on the same side of the street

sbriggs
sbriggs on September 18, 2004 at 12:52 am

ha indeed, a really scary theater but fun somehow,
and the price was right with the double features on
Saturday. I even saw Hunt for Red October and
A Soldier’s Story here later on in the 80s for peanuts.
I can’t recall now if I actually saw 2001 here..I’m now thinking it was at the Syosset Cinema 150 or a Westbury movie theater
rather than the Levittown Twin…I’ll try to find out for
sure on 2001. I don’t think the Twin was really equipped
for something like 2001, at least in 70mm Cinerama.
If I find out where 2001 was reissued in the 70s when I saw
it I’ll repost here and give the information to all.

longislandmovies
longislandmovies on September 17, 2004 at 10:33 pm

this was the worst even UA did better than this………..

RobertR
RobertR on September 10, 2004 at 10:18 am

This theatre was once owned by two partners who also had The Malverne, Roslyn and Main St. My friend was a manager for them and their personal and business lives could fill a book.

longislandmovies
longislandmovies on August 25, 2004 at 3:03 pm

wow.. did not think i would see this theater listed, the worst dump you ever saw played low budget crap always fun to go to

sbriggs
sbriggs on July 8, 2004 at 9:38 pm

This theatre sucked so bad but it was always fun to go
anyway and see bombs and goof around, cause at least
the popcorn was passable and you could see budget movies.
My favorite memories of this place are: my dad almost killing
the manager when we went to see Caddyshack and the projectionist
never made it to the theatre! We got a full refund and went
elsewhere that day. Whewww was my dad pissed! So was I.
The projectionist must’ve had too much acid the night before.
Also, seeing double feature with some funny company in
1985 or so of Gotcha(anthony edwards..i LIKE VEERGINS!) and
Day of the Dead. With a theatre-full of trolls and miscreants.
Ahhh, those were the days. This was an essentially creepy
theatre and gross (and the sound was awful and bled thru walls),
but I also saw 2001: A Space Odyssey for the first time in 1974 with my parents, so it was not a total loss.