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robboehm commented about Hamptons Drive-In on Apr 15, 2010 at 2:50 am

Westbury was the last on Long Island. There are still some upstate and in Ct. They’re more popular in other parts of the country.

robboehm commented about Bellerose Theater on Apr 12, 2010 at 6:01 pm

John, both the Queens, adjacent to Springfield Blvd, and the Community, a few blocks further west on Jamaica Av, have functioned as churches for a number of years. The Queens looked far the worst so it’s good that they’re working on it. Also, if you look at the postings for the Queens someone mentioned a while back that they thought the fire escapes were being removed. Inasmuch as the seating capacity of the balcony was probably more than the orchestra I would wonder about the future of the building.

robboehm commented about AMC Loews Kips Bay 15 on Apr 10, 2010 at 1:14 pm

Go to Duffy Square and get a half priced ticket to a LIVE Broadway show for not much more than movie admission and snacks.

robboehm commented about Bellerose Theater on Apr 8, 2010 at 1:19 pm

How about slow mail? Call me on my cell and I’ll give my address:
631-655-6222. Also, with the plans of the theatre are you able to confirm my basement bathroom recollection?

robboehm commented about Bellerose Theater on Apr 8, 2010 at 2:56 am

Nothing to date. Make sure you use lower case

robboehm commented about Radio City Music Hall on Apr 2, 2010 at 4:00 am

It’s not as memorable a show as the Christmas show. I’ve seen it dozens of time and don’t remember a thing about it.

robboehm commented about Bellerose Theater on Apr 1, 2010 at 1:40 pm

If, in fact, the Bellerose is going to become a church and, if it is not an expansion of the nearby St. Gregory’s and Baptist parishes, it would indicate there has been a major change in the neighborhood. Bellerose is a long established community with Lutheran, Catholic, Episcopalian and Baptist churches within a mile of the site. Of course the proximity to the Cross Island Parkway could be a factor. However, there is only on street parking, a situation which prevented the Bellerose from, logically, becoming a multiplex when single screen theatres became passe.

robboehm commented about Oyster Bay Theatre on Mar 24, 2010 at 2:08 am

The proof that the Lyric was laterly known as the Oyster Bay is on the Deer Park Theatre site where someone has linked an ad for the opening of the Deer Park. In the next column is the Oyster Bay (on Audrey Avenue).

robboehm commented about Island Cinemas on Mar 24, 2010 at 1:55 am

The seating capacity of the 7 auditoriums is as follows:

1 105

2&4 91
3 111
5 107
6&7 110

robboehm commented about Bellerose Theater on Mar 22, 2010 at 2:34 pm

Kitnoir. I never got that photo you promised me way back when. I’m still I’ve picked up a few computer skills and have actually been able to link photos at various sites to CT theatres. Also, re the FD practice site, when I lived in Bellerose, my father was on the Bellerose Terrace Fire Department. Even when the theatre was open they used it for practice since it was, and probably still is, the tallest building in town.

Also, if you have blueprints can you verify a childhood memory of the rest rooms being located in the basement to the left of the lobby. I seem to recall them being there before they did the grand staircase to the upstairs lounge area.

Also, since there are window indentations in the facade was there ever retail space on the second floor or was that just part of the design, or possibly a plan for a future option (like when the Cross Island Parkway was built they actually had the foresight to design it and the bridges for expansion to three lanes).

robboehm commented about Suffolk Theater on Mar 21, 2010 at 11:14 pm

Believe it when I see it. Correction on the above – Patchogue Plaza.

robboehm commented about Unique Theatre on Mar 21, 2010 at 2:49 am

A picture of the Unique may be found on page 108 of Hans Henke’s “Patchogue, the Early Years”.

robboehm commented about Star Palace Theatre on Mar 21, 2010 at 2:27 am

Bway- according to a July 1913 Patchogue Advance article, the Star Palace was not the first theatre in town. The second Unique (laterly Rialto) beat it to the punch. The 1910 date which is mentioned in Hans Henke’s Patchogue the Early Years, and in the heading of this site, seems to be invalidated by the 1913 news article. Mr. Henke’s second book, uses 1913 as the opening date. While the early book contains a photo of the theatre being built and a night time shot, there are no interiors. Apparently, in addition to the race to be first, there was competition for customers. Barkers were at the four corners (Main and Ocean) trying to drum up business (November 21, 1913 Patchogue Advance).

And, just in passing this was the second Star Palace; the first one was at 32 South Ocean Avenue.

robboehm commented about Granada Theater on Mar 21, 2010 at 2:15 am

Samuel Savener opened the Granada Theatre in November 1928 with the film “Our Dancing Daughters” which starred Joan Crawford. At it’s inception there were four performances a day from 1-5 PM and from 7-11PM. The gala occasion also featured the Elks band playing outside the theatre from 7-9PM. The November 20, 1928 Patchogue Advance had a picture of the theatre facade accompanying the announcement.

robboehm commented about Suffolk Theater on Mar 21, 2010 at 1:31 am

Like that’s ever going to happen. That’s three pending projects – Suffolk, Islip and the Patchogue Rialto that have grand designs; four if you include Westbury.

robboehm commented about Another cell phone "innovation:" a movie that calls you on Mar 20, 2010 at 2:22 am

Just what every movie going experience needs, more phone calls.

robboehm commented about Another cell phone "innovation:" a movie that calls you on Mar 19, 2010 at 7:55 pm

Just what we need, people intentionally leaving their cell phones on.

Reminds me of a live theatre experience with the unfinished Dickens work, Edwin Drood. The audience voted on who the villain would be and the play ended accordingly. The night I was there the guy in front of me was lobbying for a specific character since he’d experienced all the other possible endings.

Also, if you don’t like the way it’s going can you get a Mulligan? What if some wisea.. gives a response other than the one the screen character is requesting?

robboehm commented about Parkway Cinemas to close in May on Mar 10, 2010 at 1:37 pm

Some years ago the Brookhaven Multiplex closed on Long Island after only 18 years. It’s demise was probably stadium seating and the, so called, deluxe concept, meals, director’s screen rooms – upscale la di dah. And the new theatres are still nothing more than concrete boxes, perhaps colored but legos none the less.

robboehm commented about Granada Theater on Mar 8, 2010 at 3:24 pm

From the archives of the Long Island Advance: In 1933 the Granada had a free admission policy if you presented a one dollar note where the sum of the components of the serial number totalled 52. 37 were received. The next freebie involved pennies from 1921, 1922 and 1923 together. Around the same time the Granada had a continuous performance schedule on Saturdays, Sundays and holidays during the winter. In the summer the schedule was twice daily.

robboehm commented about Edwards Theatre on Mar 7, 2010 at 9:57 pm

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robboehm commented about Playhouse on Mar 7, 2010 at 11:50 am

When the Playhouse was “alive” they used to advertise “at the foot of Candee Avenue” which was at the Great South Bay in the middle of nowhere. Having done the research the location estate/country club/summer theatre makes sense.

robboehm commented about Sayville Opera House on Mar 7, 2010 at 12:45 am

The cost of the Opera House was $12,000. It’s interesting that some of the data at the Sayville Library indicated the Opera House burned down in 1930. Others say 1961. There is also a discrepancy about when pictures were first shown. But one thing I did find out was that the Playhouse Theatre was NOT another name for the Opera House. It was a separate identity. And, as such, I will create a new listing. Incidentally, fires were all too common in Sayville in the late 1950’s and early 1960’s wiping out many historical buildings. At the time of it’s “passing” the Opera House was a bowling alley – quite a come down from the 1922 write up above.

robboehm commented about Patchogue Theatre for the Performing Arts on Mar 5, 2010 at 2:19 am

Almost twenty pages of photos of the Patchogue Theatre are in the book Patchogue in the Twentieth Century by Hans Henke. The photos show the original theatre, playbills, the fire which destroyed he lobby on October 2, 1958 (a temporary entrance was set up on Oak Street), the making of the triplex, the performing arts center, etc..

Mr. Henke’s previous book, Patchogue The Early Years, has photos of the original Unique, the Unique which became the Rialto, the Star Palace and the Lyceum. None of these photos have a link.

robboehm commented about Plaza Theatre on Mar 5, 2010 at 2:02 am

And as of March 3, 2010, it still stands as a blot on the community. They’re reconstructing the road around this eyesore.

robboehm commented about Plaza Theatre on Mar 4, 2010 at 5:03 am

Structure modified to include retail space and enlargement of the auditorium.

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