Bay Shore Theatre

200 West Main Street,
Bay Shore, NY 11706

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Jeana
Jeana on June 17, 2010 at 5:34 pm

Catching up to this rather late, but Jeff, did you ever scan your pictures of the Bay Shore Theatre? If so, they are probably the only ones. The Bay Shore Historical Society only has a postcard with two small lousy pictures, one inset in the other. Neither they nor I have ever been able to find any, and we’ve both been looking for years. Jeana

Jeff M.
Jeff M. on July 22, 2009 at 8:04 pm

Back in late 1982 I believe, to the best of my knowledge, that I was the last person allowed into the Bay Shore Theatre with a camera. The theatre’s last manager, Mary Costello, still had the keys and allowed me to take pictures for a short period of time. I then had an article published in the Console Magazine in June 1983. Although some have said that the Bay Shore was a twin to the Patchogue Theatre it was more of a more ornate sister. Having opened sometime in 1927, 4 years after the Patchogue, the Bay Shore was much more ornate in style. Both possessed 2-8 Moller organs although the Bay Shore’s was voiced on 7" of wind rather than the 5" of Pathogue organ. In this writer’s opinion the Bay Shore was the most ornate house east of Queens, NY. I have quite a few good color pictures of it and, aside from layers of dirt that were too difficult to clean and some plaster damage, the house was in decent shape for its years. It closed in August 1982 showing a re-run of Starwars. Century was the last operator leasing from RKO who had plans to triplex the house but the town refused to allow it. It remained closed for approx. 10 years during which time the entire interior fell apart. I believe they were attempting to sell off whatever was salable prior to renovation into the YMCA. Last I knew the YMCA had an area where the box office and other artifacts were housed commemorating the old theatre. I will try and scan my pictures and make some available. JEFF MORRELL

robboehm
robboehm on April 27, 2009 at 8:17 pm

Robert’s posting clarifies the matter once and for all. The marquee reads BAY SHORE. When one sees the theatre for the first time you are struck by the lobby protruding a significant distance from the auditorium which runs parallel to the street. I know of some circumstances where this was done deliberately for monetary considerations. The street frontage cost more. There was certainly room for a large retail space between the lobby and the next intersecion. But Bay Shore built east of Fifth Avenue and this was never realized.

One good thing about the “Y” taking over – gone was the horrible pink color.

Bway
Bway on April 20, 2009 at 7:39 am

The Bay Shore sure looked shabby by that point. it was originally supposedly a real showplace in it’s day.

Jeana
Jeana on May 29, 2008 at 3:26 pm

If anyone has pictures of the Bay Shore Cinema on Main Street (it is now a YMCA), please post here or email me at (take out the trash). I have a large collection of photos of Bay Shore and Brightwaters, but I have never been able to find any pics of this theater. My album is here:

http://news.webshots.com/album/309685971nJUqJc

I would appreciate any photos. Thank you.

Ed Solero
Ed Solero on August 23, 2007 at 7:32 pm

I passed down Main Street in Bay Shore earlier today. This is definitely a theater where I caught at least one movie in 1985. It is on the southwest corner of West Main Street and South Clinton Avenue, directly across from St Patrick’s Church and Catholic School and now a YMCA. The former Regent (now Boulton Center), which had been a XXX porn theater back in the ‘80’s, is located further to the east mid-block and on the north side of West Main Street.

One thing that struck me is the size of this building. Much work has been done to the place and I had to stop and wonder for a bit if they didn’t tear the old place down and start from scratch. However, it seems that the main building is definitely the old theater structure, though I believe they may have added to that structure near the corner of the inetersection.

longislandmovies
longislandmovies on August 22, 2007 at 2:11 am

This is my guess on how they closed from that almi newspaper ad…..
Plaza
bayshore
farmingdale
brookhaven
amityville

longislandmovies
longislandmovies on August 22, 2007 at 2:06 am

This closed somewere between 83 to 85 …The last manager hear was Mary(cant remember her last name)she was here for years….

Ed Solero
Ed Solero on August 21, 2007 at 9:51 pm

Did this theater survive into the RKO Century acquisition of ALMI? I’m still trying to ascertain if this theater was open in 1985. I’m pretty positive this is where I saw “Return of the Living Dead” – but as BobT noted, age is a bitch and the memory gets bitch-slapped around!

longislandmovies
longislandmovies on August 21, 2007 at 4:19 am

This was for sure an ALMI theater as i worked for them at the time and this was on the list a very short time………

BobT
BobT on August 21, 2007 at 4:11 am

ALMI?!!! Wow, age is a bitch. I would have sworn this old lady faded as a United Artist Theater. I have zero memory of it being anything but UA. It must not have lasted too much longer than that ad (Thanks ED!) because I would start working for UA only a few months later and I don’t remember The Bayshore being open, as I know the Cinema and Regent were. I still remember like it was yesterday seeing “Young Frankenstein” here though, as Mel Brooks brings his film to life as a multi million dollar Broadway show. I immediately go back to that sold out Sunday matinée, orchestra, mid section, screen right side aisle seat and that was 33 years ago.

Ed Solero
Ed Solero on August 20, 2007 at 11:11 pm

This is not conclusive (a shot of the marquee would be best) but this 1980 ad clearly advertises the theater as the single word “Bayshore” – even though the town is most definitely named Bay Shore.

ALMI Theaters

Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on July 9, 2007 at 1:42 pm

You can’t re-write history to conform with present day spellings. If the theatre was called the Bayshore, it shouldn’t be entered here as the Bay Shore. Can you produce an ad or photo showing the theatre’s name as two words? If you can, then the name could stand, with Bayshore in an “also known as” line above it.

AndyT
AndyT on July 9, 2007 at 1:16 pm

Because the town in which it is located is Bay Shore!

Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on July 9, 2007 at 10:45 am

All Film Daily Year Books, including the final one dated 1970, list this as the Bayshore Theatre. What is the evidence for displaying the name here as Bay Shore? It makes about as much sense to me as listing the Bayside Theatre (in Queens) as the Bay Side.

Bway
Bway on July 9, 2007 at 9:23 am

Hopefully not the dumpster…..

drednour
drednour on July 7, 2007 at 12:02 pm

Does anyone have any info on where they took the old box office when they gutted the theatre?

Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on March 4, 2007 at 6:46 am

In March, 1929, an “evil odor” drove patrons from the Bay Shore and Patchogue Theatres in the wake of a dispute between management and labor. Reading the full story may require a magnifying glass, but it’s worth the effort:
www.i8.photobucket.com/albums/a18/Warrengwhiz/baypatch329.jpg

JohnMoviola
JohnMoviola on March 3, 2007 at 9:43 pm

My earliest memory of this theater (early-60’s) is that you could park across the street when the parking lot was full. I saw “My Fair Lady” there, and it was really elegant. The lobby was mirrored, there were curtains and old-style glass doors. There was a chandelier above, and the seats were plush. The sound was good, and sometimes you enjoyed the sound in what may have been six-track stereo. I remember seeing really great films there like “You Only Live Twice,” “Patton,” “Planet of the Apes,” “The Odd Couple,” and many others. I recall “Patton” was in multi-track sound, and the planes seemed to fly past and above you, which was novel in those days. I also saw the “Battlestar Galactica” movie, but the Sensuround wasn’t that impressive. One of the last films I saw there was “Star Wars” in a re-release in 1979 or 1980. I still miss going to that theater. It should have been saved and renovated. Does anyone have a picture of it? Why didn’t I take one years ago??

Ed Solero
Ed Solero on June 13, 2006 at 9:02 am

JG… there is a seperate listing for the Regent Theater – which became the Hollyrock according to the Times article you linked.

jukingeo
jukingeo on June 13, 2006 at 8:35 am

Ahhh, here we go…

View link

I knew there was still something on Hollyrock floating around.

JG

jukingeo
jukingeo on June 13, 2006 at 8:31 am

I wonder if this was the theatre that was converted to the “HollyRock” nightclub in the mid 90’s. It was amazing what they did with the place. It was an interesting ‘new-life’ for an old theatre. They kept the screen and projection booth and showed films in the day. At night it was a restaurant/nightclub. I never was in the theatre prior though.

According to John Reimnitz the architect that redid the building it was 10,000 sq feet and originally had 300 seats. Unfortunately I do not agree with this info. At 10,000 square feet and the fact the building retained it’s balcony, I would say that the theatre was originally closer 800 seats rather than 300.

Does anyone else remember the Hollyrock club?

JG

Bway
Bway on June 8, 2006 at 6:13 am

Robert, your question about the Bay Shore, do you think that was another name for either the Bay Shore or the Regent?

Ed Solero
Ed Solero on October 5, 2005 at 8:19 am

If the Regent was XXX and the Bay Shore closed in 1982, then where did I see the movie “Return of the Living Dead” back around 1985? I could swear it was this theater, located on Main Street in Bay Shore on a fairly major intersection. I vaguely recall it being a fairly large theater, but it might have been a twin when I attended. Am I totally off base on this?