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While looking for something in the Smithtown Messenger from 1922 (the first date on microfilm) there are frequently ads for Assembly Hall which was the name in use for many years, referring to “high class photo plays”. Films were only shown on Mondays and Fridays. There were folding chairs. The Hall was used for other activities including dance classes. Over the years the management of the theater changed. In 1925 the management was assumed by the person running the Northport Theater, the original Northport Theater, not the one built in the 1930’s. The latter is not on CT. I’ll have to do some research. In 1925 seating was 300.
Advertisements in the Smithtown Messenger show the Carlton and the Regent operating in 1924. Movie ads were rare in the early 1920’s. Microfilm of the Messenger begins in 1922.
Island in Mastic is another. Seaford was a Department Store.
Same with the Shore in Huntington.
Work has finally begun on the Lowe’s Home Store. To this end a portion of the building which housed the western most auditoriums has been leveled. It almost appears that the rest of the building will be retrofitted. Time will tell.
Movie going was different in the 50’s. There was only one screen and most people only went to their local theatre. Mine was the Bellerose. I could count on the fingers of one hand the movies that I saw in the adjacent villages, Queens Village and Floral Park.
Turns out the closure wasn’t weather related but a problem with the heating system which caused a potential fire hazard. Since they had to shut the system down this could further impact the infrastructure as temperatures plummet.
I go there all the time and have no problem with the sound level. If you do they have infra red hearing devices at no cost (there is a deposit, however).
She wasn’t the only traffic director on LI. There was an elderly man in a baseball uniform on Rt 25A in Wading River.
I think they’re taking the wrong route re design which has chairs and tables on tiers on the main floor, like Studio 54 in NYC. Already sounds like they’re going upscale. Altho' a smaller venue I like Westhampton Beach Performing Arts. They have name performers, children’s programs, workshops and four series of independent films (in the summer, with a speaker).
In a surprise move, the theater which usually operates year ‘round, closed suddenly for a break before spring. Don’t think this was intended but the severe weather with it’s lingering snow must have been a factor. Also, in 2013 the bargain Tuesdays now cost $ 5.00 rather than the previous $ 4.00. Still a major bargain.
Big hoopla about the opening including a party where guests are encouraged to dress in 1930’s attire. Go to Suffolk Theater.com.
Oft times it’s also building codes and permits that kill projects such as the theatre in Stapleton, Staten Island.
According to the marquee, the Suffolk will reopen on March 2nd as a performance space.
scoldsteve – since you’re in the area perhaps you could get the address and ad it to the heading on this site.
I saw on some other site that there was a shooting at this theatre two days after the CT school incident???
A far cry from when it opened as a single screen theatre and the capacity was 2,200.
I saw La Cage there also. Had an aisle seat. Laughed so hard at one point that I wound up in the aisle.
Yes, the Bellaire did become a bowling alley, split level. This struck me as odd because I seem to recall them having flooding issues.
Thanks for the clue Jorge. It actually appears as City Line.
Amazing that the area can support a single screen theatre of this size.
How many performing arts venues can LI sustain? You have the Patchogue, Westhampton Beach, Engelmann(at Northport), CM (at Oakdale), Smithtown, Paramount (at Huntington)soon to be Westbury and Suffolk (Riverhead), all former theatres PLUS Bay Street in Sag Harbor and a myriad of others.
Address can’t be too far off the Google picture is of the marquee which is now used by the church.
Could somebody link the Village photo with it’s site on CT.
Photo in the heading is actually of the East Hampton Cinema which was built on the same site after the Edwards was destroyed by fire. There is a linked photo of the Edwards in the comments area.