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A picture of the Unique may be found on page 108 of Hans Henke’s “Patchogue, the Early Years”.
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.
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.
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.
Just what every movie going experience needs, more phone calls.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
And as of March 3, 2010, it still stands as a blot on the community. They’re reconstructing the road around this eyesore.
Structure modified to include retail space and enlargement of the auditorium.
Original structure circa 1917
Exterior view of the auditorium.
Let’s try that again – 1986 photo of the Rivoli as the Adelphi Calderone
Today it worked.
The link is already broken
Hey, come on guys/gals. How many of you have ever wanted to own/run a movie theatre. Well, here’s your chance. For me it was always changing the titles on the marquee and with this there’s no need to climb a tall ladder. Also ideal for someone into model trains, a functioning theatre in the layout.
Building on the right, the cleaners, is the former theatre. I have not located any links that show the theatre, in the day. However, I do have an image from the book I mentioned in an earlier posting which I’ll have to find out how to get it online, not being a techie type person. Actually, I have photo images of several other theatres which I would also do when I know how.
See my comment for the Center Moriches Theatre. The current tenant, a dry cleaner, has two of these cards on display behind the counter as well as a picture of the theatre and the writeup that I did when creating the entry for CT.
I have confirmed that the 4/10/09 image is, in fact, the Park Theatre when it was the Belle Harbor.
According to a local guide dated many years back, seating was provided using deck chairs. That seems odd. Also to achieve a seating capacity of 350 as quoted above implies a very large room when using deck chairs. Hey, I’m only quoting what was in the book.
That’s what CT seems to be about; depressing photos and bad news. It would be interesting to have some statistics about all the theatres on the site- how many are still operating and how many have been demolished. I would think more of the latter with the bulk of the entries as closed.