Whitman Theatre

160 Walt Whitman Road,
Huntington Station, NY 11746

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FormerFlixGuy
FormerFlixGuy on December 16, 2007 at 6:10 pm

No, he had left on disability a few years earlier. His last assignment was as Managing Director of the Loews Bay Terrace 6.

longislandmovies
longislandmovies on December 16, 2007 at 5:56 pm

WAS JIM STILL WORKING AT THAT TIME……

FormerFlixGuy
FormerFlixGuy on December 16, 2007 at 3:58 pm

Jim passed in 2004, just a few months after I left Loews and the business for good. Ted retired after the AMC takeover since they eliminated all the RM positions. They’ve pretty much spent the last couple of years weeding out all the old Loews people and replacing them with their own people. I’ll never set foot in an “AMC” theatre.

longislandmovies
longislandmovies on December 16, 2007 at 3:47 pm

thats who made me manager in 1983.I thought you were with cineplex…I did not know jimmy passed away, how long ago..Is Ted maligloka still around.

FormerFlixGuy
FormerFlixGuy on December 16, 2007 at 3:19 pm

I was hired in June of 1990 by the late, great Jim Ward as an Asst. Manager at the Loews Nassau Six in Levittown. Mr. Ward was the one who taught me not only to love the theatre business, but theatres as well.

longislandmovies
longislandmovies on December 16, 2007 at 12:07 am

FORMER FIX IT GUY ….I THINK I MAY HAVE HIRED YOU…. WHO MADE YOU MANAGER?

Bloop
Bloop on December 3, 2007 at 4:04 pm

FormerFlixGuy, now whenever you go to eat at the over-priced Cheesecake Factory (where you have to wait like, an hour for a table) , you can remember the Whitman! Will someone PLEASE snatch up pieces of that pylon/sign that is still standing as of last week (Nov. 30, 2007)!

FormerFlixGuy
FormerFlixGuy on December 3, 2007 at 2:25 pm

I was the last manager at the Whitman before it closed for good. Actually, I was the Manager of the Shore theatre but since no one wanted the Whitman, it fell to me to staff it and keep the doors open. As a former 14-year employee of Loews, with a great respect and affinity for those who came before me, I felt sad watching this theatre die a prolonged death. The bankruptcy was the only thing that got us out of the lease. I’m now affiliated with a live theatre company and had floated the idea of moving to the former Whitman after the furniture store that replaced it closed. Our owner seriously looked into moving to the old Rockville Centre twin as well, but could not get enough funding. Though I’ve been out of the “business” for four years now, I am a frequent visitor to this site and love reading the storied of our fabled Long Island theatres and even catching the name of and old friend or two. =)

Bloop
Bloop on October 15, 2007 at 12:42 pm

Is it gone now?! Lemme check tomorrow……Now would'nt it suck if it’s gone and nobody plucked the plastic letters off for a “keep-sake” ??

RonMotta
RonMotta on October 15, 2007 at 10:35 am

Last time I went by here I couldn’t see the pylon for the Whitman. I know it’s become obscured by trees. I was driving on the opposite end of 110, so I couldn’t really look close enough without causing an accident!

Bloop
Bloop on October 10, 2007 at 2:46 pm

I wish the sign for Cooky’s Steak Pub was still there!

longislandmovies
longislandmovies on October 9, 2007 at 9:24 pm

The pylon lives on, was the same style as the YORKS……

WHITMAN———————————– I DONT THINK IT SAYS CENTURY ON PYLON

Bloop
Bloop on September 12, 2007 at 2:41 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 9:00 am

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 9:10 am

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

Bloop
Bloop on July 26, 2007 at 8:13 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 10:03 am

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

longislandmovies
longislandmovies on July 2, 2007 at 7:21 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 6:51 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 4:31 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 3:10 pm

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

Bloop
Bloop on July 2, 2007 at 2:59 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 1:58 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 1:10 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 11:23 am

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?