Whitman Theatre

160 Walt Whitman Road,
Huntington Station, NY 11746

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Bloop
Bloop on September 12, 2007 at 5:41 pm

SEPT. 2007—— UPDATE: the building is gutted! They are putting a Cheese Cake Factory there—-YET the pylon for the Whitman theater STILL STANDS tall & proud! LOL. Someone go and take it down as a keepsake!

Bloop
Bloop on August 1, 2007 at 12:00 pm

The first movie I saw at Whitman, was “The Jungle Book” when it was new. We did not go there often, but I remember every movie I had seen there. A friend of mine worked there in 1978/79. Saw “Animal House” for free, as well as a re-release of “American Graffiti” . This was shortly before Whitman went “grind house” (SEE my above history and ads!). For some reason , “Dressed to Kill” sticks out in my mind the most, out of any movies I had seen at the Whitman.

Mike (saps)
Mike (saps) on July 26, 2007 at 12:10 pm

Saw my first James Bond movie here, Live and Let Die. In a word, wow!

Bloop
Bloop on July 26, 2007 at 11:13 am

Gutted! Drove by today,saw heavy construction at the former site, July 27, 2007. The pylon/sign is still out facing Route 110! Someone grab it.

Bloop
Bloop on July 3, 2007 at 1:03 pm

OK…that’s why I saw JAWS at Whitman, AFTER it’s long run at the Shore!

longislandmovies
longislandmovies on July 2, 2007 at 10:21 pm

Moveover means you pic up a print (movie) AFTER IT HAS PLAYED ALREADY AT A THEATER IN YOUR AREA…

Ie..The Whittman played in the later years moveovers from the Shore theater all the time..

Bloop
Bloop on July 2, 2007 at 9:51 pm

Thanks BobT! YES; I would haved loved to have seen that double bill there! I have the newspaper ad for it (in bad shape). Better yet, I would have loved to seen that double bill there, then next door to Cooky’s Steak Pub for surf'n turf! I think that was my all time favorite Long Island restaurant. Also, remember the HUGE birdcage in the Walt Whitman mall, filled with parrots? Also, what’s a “nabe”—where did that term come from?

BobT
BobT on July 2, 2007 at 7:31 pm

In the good old days before a picture opened on 4000 screens, some movies only had a handful of prints and they would literally moveover from town to town. Or if a theater had to give up a picture because of a booking, a neighboring theater would take the print. I saw a double feature at The Whitman that you would have loved Bloop, “Ssssss” & “The Boy Who Cried Werewolf”.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0070622/posters

Bloop
Bloop on July 2, 2007 at 6:10 pm

P.S. what is the movie term “moveover”?

Bloop
Bloop on July 2, 2007 at 5:59 pm

For your consideration: Here are some more Oscar winning films from The Whitman circa 1978-1980:
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Bloop
Bloop on July 1, 2007 at 4:58 pm

Rock n' Shock…….at the Whitman Theater!Wow! If I didn’t know it; I’d think the Whitman was a sleazy drive in theater!
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longislandmovies
longislandmovies on June 28, 2007 at 4:10 pm

i wonder who got them. the York had the same ones …..the 1973 double bill everyone of those Suffolk theaters is closed………

Bloop
Bloop on June 28, 2007 at 2:23 pm

We always pictured those huge metal comedy/tragedy masks coming loose and konking some unlucky partons on the head! I wonder if someone was smart enough to nab them when the theater was gutted?

Bloop
Bloop on June 28, 2007 at 2:19 pm

Another GREAT Whitman double bill from 1973, that I was dropped off at by my parents (thank you, Mom & Dad!). Even though I missed out on the day my brother & his friends got to go see “The Neptune Factor” at the Whitman that same year, (LOL!), I got to see this:
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Bloop
Bloop on June 28, 2007 at 2:13 pm

Another ODD but fun Whitman double bill!:
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Bloop
Bloop on June 28, 2007 at 2:10 pm

I was from East Northport—graduated from Northport High in 1980. I have no clue why I took a job in Huntington (with no car!). I hated Pergaments, but I loved working in that area; especially with Korvettes, Cooky’s Steak Pub and the Whitman theater , which actually seemed “very 1960’s” in the 70’s! The Walt Whitman mall was very cool back then (it SUCKS NOW as it’s geared towards affluent women with nothing to do but shop all day and carry around those little glittery gift bags with colored tissue paper wafting out of the tops. Also, the SPEED BUMPS they put in are MURDER if you have a small older car that’s not a Hummer). So it goes; money rules—and who would have thought the “future” would have turned out like this? I’m glad I was born in such a uniqiue and un-calculated era as the 1960’s/1970’s.

longislandmovies
longislandmovies on June 25, 2007 at 8:21 pm

Hart bus ..oh my god…. took that as a kid all the time…bloop were did you go to high school……

Bloop
Bloop on June 25, 2007 at 8:19 pm

Attention Souvenir Hunters: the Whitman Theater sign is STILL STANDING in front of Citi Bank on Route 110 (as of today: June 25th, 2007). If this was an important theater to you, go steal a piece of the sign if it’s possible. You’ll need a small step ladder to reach it. If the cops stop you, what are they gonna say? “You’re vandalizing property that has been vacant for YEARS”.

Bloop
Bloop on June 22, 2007 at 1:26 pm

CLICK ^^^^The Whitman “Grind House” Ad ABOVE:^^^^^^^^
I worked at Pergaments in high school, and the H.A.R.T. bus stop was in front of The Whitman so I remember lots of movies playing there.

longislandmovies
longislandmovies on June 22, 2007 at 1:19 pm

wow thats a bad booking………..

Bloop
Bloop on June 22, 2007 at 12:41 pm

AD FROM 1979 when the Whitman, for a few years, was a friggin' “grind house”. Does anyone else remember this?! I saw this double bill, and never laughed so much in a movie theater in my life (in that Plan 9 “so-bad-that-it’s-funny” way). Yeah, this will never happen again…http://bp1.blogger.com/_qleC7xLAvHg/Rnv60oYyNcI/AAAAAAAAAIE/GePm_p4SZnc/s1600-h/WHITMAnTheatre-AA.jpg

Bloop
Bloop on June 8, 2007 at 6:25 pm

The York and the Whitman seemed to be “brothers”. The York was a little more “grungy”. I saw “Young Frankenstein” there. After the Whitman theater, McCrory’s and Cookies Steak Pub closed there was NO REASON to go to that mall anymore. Have you been there lately…it’s horrible! I think that was Long Island’s first indoor mall (1964).

Bloop
Bloop on June 8, 2007 at 6:15 pm

The most mentioned movies on this site are: 1)The Sound of Music.2)Jaws.3)The Godfather. 4)the first three Sean Connery/ James Bond movies. 5)Star Wars (THE MOST MENTIONED MOVIE ON THIS SITE —and the first two sequels too). 6) the 1974 re-release of Gone With The Wind. 7)E.T. ****************************************
These hits do not get mentioned as much as they should (Block-buster-wise): Grease, Saturday Night Fever, Willard (incredible as it seems now,this was the most talked about movie in town at the time!),The Exorcist (gets mentioned once in a while), American Graffiti (never gets mentioned!),Airport(the original) and the BIGGEST movie of 1970, Love Story.

RonMotta
RonMotta on June 5, 2007 at 9:02 am

Bloop, the Commack Drive-In, I’m assuming, is “folded in” with the RKO Commack Twin page, since it was part of that theater. If you want, make a seperate page for it. You seem to have a lot of info on it. I remember the Long Island Arena and Flea Market on that site, too…