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Theater cards from the St. James Long Island “Calderone” movie theater. Left to right: “Waterloo Bridge, ” New Moon, “Edison the Man, ” all released 1940. Courtesy of Geoffrey K. Fleming, author of Images of America: St. James.
Early photo of the Mattituck, pre opening, from the Traveler – Watchman added. Have some current ones in my camera which, when I learn how to manipulate them, will also add.
Mighty big bucks in those days. Wonder how long the aggregate rental was for.
Building is obviously under renovation with all the “drapery” on the facade.
Well, perhaps people adding photos should announce when they are adding photos (some do). Then the email notification would go out to all who have asked for an update. Probably easier than reprogramming. There seem to be minimal people adding photos.
Also applies to new theaters. The only listing that has all is the recent comments. That’s still restricted to the last 100 and doesn’t show a status. I’ve complained about that to no avail.
Because that’s the way CT handles it. If a theater is closed but still standing it shows CLOSED, highlighted in red. If it has also been demolished it shows CLOSED, highlighted in red plus the word DEMOLISHED. CT only has two main status categories Open and Closed. Then there are the modifiers e.g. demolished.
That should be it. I, personally, remember the signage being Old Town when my parents used to drive through Smithtown. Even then I was theater conscious. When I found CT in 2009 I started adding theaters I remembered. Fortunately I had been at an early on performance at what is now the Smithtown Center for the Performing Arts and they had a brochure with some information about the Old Town. I then contacted the author and got more information. I’d really love to track down copies of the Yearbook and the other motion picture source to fill in some blanks on Long Island theaters and also to confirm a recollection I have of a distinct theater in Moriches (in addition to the one in Center Moriches). Used to be a set in the Patchogue Library but they were destroyed in a flood of the basement. Unfortunately I never saved Prudential flyers, only Century, as personal confirmation.
Theater is reopening Christmas Day having completed the transition to digital. They’ve also created a lounge area where wine and cheese will be available before and after the film. Reopening presentation is Nebraska.
If you do an online search for Rocky Point Drive In and scroll to a Topix site, the first four pictures are of the drive in when it was operational, including the illuminated pylon, cars in front of the screen and the back of the screen. I don’t think these can be linked.
They must have turned it around somehow. It lasted until the fire in 1984 as a single screen theater. Don’t know what it looked like “in the day”, but the pictures of the auditorium as a church (elsewhere on this site) show a spectacular space.
What was the condemnation referred to in the heading?
The head of the Catholic church in RVC had approached the Lyric theater manager about not having Sunday viewing.
Originally a Glynn theater perpetuated in the Newsday Movie Timetables well into the 1950’s by which point it was Prudential.
RidgewoodKen You had an interesting piece about Sunday performances at the Lyric in Rockville Centre in October, about which Ed Solero and I both commented, now deleted. Is it possible that you could restore it? If I see it there I’ll delete this. Had no other way of contacting you.
Glynn always specialized in large theaters, such as the Southampton, which Newsday always listed as “Glynns” in the movie time table long past the time when he was associated with it. But he also did acquire what is now the Sag Harbor, which is an intimate space. Odd.
The only lady I remember in the ticket booth was when the theater first opened. My parents and I were summering in Rocky Point and went to see an Esther Williams movie. The cashier had been a decided blonde at some point and was letting it grow out. It looked like she was wearing a skull cap. An image which has stuck with me all these MANY years.
Floor was sloped concrete. As a child I remember the marquee as being boxy with the name in red neon lights. There was also neon around the sign boards.
The theater was 30 x 100 and reported to seat 500. That figure is impossible considering the dimensions and the fact that there was a stage. A more realistic figure would be the 350 reported in the 1941 and 1943 Film Daily.
Ground was broken for this theater on March 8, 1948.The cost was $ 250,000.
Despite all the discussion on the CVS project both the theater and the adjacent buildings are still standing. There is also no indication of CVS locating here.
Thanks for the clue. Ken Roe also responded to my problem report. From him I gather things are not in their final state. Whatever the case it seems to me that the users of the site be made away of what’s going on, whether the condition is temporary or permanent. I conveyed this opinion to him. Extra steps are not a good thing!!!!!
RidgewoodKen you may have difficulty manipulating anything on the Lyceum and Regent sites. CT is having major problems and only, as a rule, allowing activity on open theaters. If you look at the new theater page you’ll find only “open” theaters. You and Ed somehow managed to sneak in comments on closed theaters in College Point probably piggybacking your establishment of two theaters in the area.
The more I read the headings on these theaters the “curioser” the owner/management relationships seem. Loew’s builds theaters that go Century. Century builds and leases to Loew’s. And, oddly, before the Almi-Century and RKO Century Warner, Loew’s was trying to buy Century. Dentury built the Suffolk and it went to Prudential. Prudential built the Huntington Station and it went to Century. Calderone built and leased to Skouras and Century. Etc., etc.
Filmed on location in the Coliseum I believe Urban was the Pope at that time. Nay. Just a typo 1959.