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robboehm commented about Babylon Theatre on Jul 7, 2014 at 11:18 am

The 1925 photo posted by Ken Roe shows the Bablyon with a very “home town” facade. This is a far contrast to the current modern one.

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robboehm commented about Babylon Cinemas on Jul 6, 2014 at 2:36 pm

Reference is made to a comment made by Ken Roe on October 31, 2004 and those made by Orlando the same year. The original Babylon closed in 1922(see elsewhere on CT) the same year the current theatre, then called the Capitol, opened. After the Capitol went bankrupt in 1924 it was reopened under new ownership in February 1925. Presumably the name was changed to Babylon at that time because there is reference to theatre magnet Mike Glynne being injured in an automobile accident on the way to the opening of the Babylon theatre in February 1925.

According to one source, Glynne only acquired this Babylon, together with the Regent and Carlton in Bay Shore and the Garden in Southampton, in 1926. According to another, those four theatres were acquired by B.S. Moss from the Brewster circuit in 1926 never mentioning Glynne.

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robboehm commented about Southampton 4 Theatres on Jul 2, 2014 at 4:00 pm

Land for the theatre was purchased in December 1926 for a reported $100,000. That was pricey. $100,000 was more usually the cost of the building.

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robboehm commented about Skyway Drive-In on Jun 25, 2014 at 8:13 pm

But I trust you are familiar with the book. I actually ordered mine online from Walmart.

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robboehm commented about Skyway Drive-In on Jun 25, 2014 at 5:27 pm

Really. I notice it’s not listed on the NY Drive In site. As a Drive In person have you ever crossed checked all the Drive Ins mentioned in The American Drive-In Movie Theatre by Don and Susan Sanders to see if they’re all on Cinema Treasures? I checked the ones from the Lost Broadway Theaters book.

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robboehm commented about Skyway Drive-In on Jun 25, 2014 at 5:10 pm

On the Drive In site. I think they said 600 cars.

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robboehm commented about Skyway Drive-In on Jun 25, 2014 at 5:01 pm

Tried phone books, newspapers the public library, people who lived there. Needless to say some of the information on that site, or any other, can be questionable.

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robboehm commented about Skyway Drive-In on Jun 25, 2014 at 4:39 pm

If you look at the photos section in the reference made by Drive-in 54 there is information from the Peconic Bay Shopper. They did a subsequent followup article, too. That site shows a drive In in Centereach, NY. I, a theatre nut, do not remember it nor can I find reference to it anywhere else.

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robboehm commented about Skyway Drive-In on Jun 25, 2014 at 10:29 am

According to a Greenport time line the Sky Way opened in 1950.

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robboehm commented about Fort Sam Houston Theatre on Jun 25, 2014 at 9:48 am

The Army Entertainment site indicates the Fort Sam Houston is the second oldest of the military theaters. Didn’t specify which was the first.

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robboehm commented about McGuire Theater on Jun 23, 2014 at 9:42 am

When I was in the Army back in the 1960’s there were three theatres on the Fort Dix post, The Timmerman, which was a modern venue which could have been a focal point of any town, and two others, of the military type. Would be nice if someone could get info on these.

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robboehm commented about Ed Mirvish Theatre on Jun 21, 2014 at 9:50 am

As you can see, telliott, it now is. But the last name used it not always the case on CT, for whatever reason.

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robboehm commented about Paramount Theatre on Jun 17, 2014 at 2:40 pm

And, remember, they did a major reno on the St. George which is just down the road and has parking and access to Manhattan via the ferry.

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robboehm commented about Crescent Theatre on Jun 14, 2014 at 8:35 pm

Re my May comment. Two unique films on the same subject.

Also, while doing research on the Unique Theatre in Patchogue came upon a reference that the 400 seat Unique Theatre opened in Sayville on July 29, 1913 under the management of Walter Smith. Oddly enough the theatre was just north of the Crescent at the intersection of Gillette and Main. Sayville historical never heard of it.

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robboehm commented about Paramount Center for the Arts on Jun 12, 2014 at 8:25 pm

As seen in the news for the funeral service of Tracey Morgan’s associate. Surprised to see the seating isn’t all that large since it has a very broad street presence.

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robboehm commented about Tilyou Theatre on Jun 10, 2014 at 9:44 pm

I would have thought it was named because of the proximity to the park rather than any actual relationship. Always remember looking towards it while waiting to get on some of the rides in the park.

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robboehm commented about Unique Theatre on Jun 5, 2014 at 10:06 am

It’s interesting that this building survived over a hundred years until it was demolished for the condo project, but it’s successor was subjected to three fires over the years and only rebuilt twice.

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robboehm commented about Glen Cove Theatres on Jun 4, 2014 at 10:17 pm

The absence of patrons is often the topic on the Long Island Theatres. Not all of them have made the conversion to digital which is not a good sign.

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robboehm commented about Port Washington Cinemas on May 31, 2014 at 1:50 pm

Just recently saw an old Century Theatres ad from 1931. At that time is was part of that chain.

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robboehm commented about Rialto Theater on May 29, 2014 at 2:40 pm

Approximately a year after he opened the Patchogue Theatre in May, 1913 Mike Glynne acquired the Unique from Nathan Goldstein for a reported $65,000. The theatre was to be named the Rialto and would operate 6 days a week from May to October, Fridays and Saturdays the balance of the year.

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robboehm commented about Star Palace Theatre on May 29, 2014 at 2:34 pm

As is currently the case when a new theatre opens an old one closes. When Mike Glynne opened his $250,000 Patchogue Theatre on May 23,1913 it spelled he end to the Palace which closed eight weeks later. At that time the Palace and the Unique(later Rialto) were operated by Nathan Goldstein. The following March Goldstein sold the Unique to Glynne and it was renamed Rialto.

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robboehm commented about Crescent Theatre on May 28, 2014 at 8:23 pm

I recently posted information that the manager of the original Babylon Theatre (Babylon, NY) had been arrested when he tried to exhibit a five reel film on white slavery entitled “Traffic in Souls” in March 1914.

Yet, in May 1914 the Crescent was showing a five reel exposure of white slavery called “Trapped in the Great Metropolis”. Really? Two five reel features on the same subject in 1914? Renamed?

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robboehm commented about Crescent Theatre on May 28, 2014 at 8:23 pm

I recently posted information that the manager of the original Babylon Theatre (Babylon, NY) had been arrested when he tried to exhibit a five reel film on white slavery entitled “Traffic in Souls” in March 1914.

Yet, in May 1914 the Crescent was showing a five reel exposure of white slavery called “Trapped in the Great Metropolis”. Really? Two five reel features on the same subject in 1914? Renamed?

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robboehm commented about Babylon Theatre on May 27, 2014 at 1:09 pm

In a very poor picture obtained from the Babylon Historical Society one can see that this is a one story building, the name “Babylon” on the facade and an arcade entrance.

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robboehm commented about Babylon Theatre on May 26, 2014 at 10:08 am

In March 1914 Manager Polley incurred the wrath of Babylon Village President Edward S. Alley when he wanted to exhibit a five reel film entitled “Traffic in Souls” which depicted methods of white slave traffic. A private showing with the film representative and members of clergy was scheduled so Polley could present his case. Alley stormed out. When Polley tried to show the film he was arrested. He subsequently brought a $10,000 suit for damages against Alley which was eventually settled out of court for several hundred.