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I question whether that is the Morton Village in the picture. The auditorium ran parallel to Old Country Road. I don’t remember the entrance being positioned on the shopping center side, which this would have to be, since the entrance was on the east end. There were also trees on Old Country Road. I also don’t remember the building being white.
I don’t know at what point the Victory was Skouras but I do know that it was an independent in the 1950s when I first became aware of it. Newspaper ads were always independent of the Skouras group ads.
In the street view photo, the right hand portion of the building in the rear, that with the squared entrance portico, is the former Bethpage. That is exactly where the entrance to the theatre was. Hopefully when RSB takes some pictures they’ll include the vertical ribbing in the rear and the jutting section which housed the AC. The new facade they put on the building when they added the extension to the left and added windows totally obliterates any “theatre” look. Even in the day, there was no marquee, only a pylon.
Correction to my 12/26 posting. The old theatre was as the right of the Medical/Professional Building. At the far right you can see the jutting part of the building which housed the AC. Although the facade facing Hempstead Turnpike is flat, you can see the typical “ribbing” on the back wall. The building extension, to the east, does not have the “ribbing”.
The Mall management probably has forgotten about it. It’s sort of blends in with the background (which probably also has kept down vandalism).
So I presume the theatre survived beyond the earthquake. Now Cordova’s claim to fame is 24 feet of snow with another 18 inches expected.
No, No No. When you put the Queens in it just confuses the situation. Previously, half of the Queens theatres on CT had the Queens disignation, with or without the actual village. A special purge was done so that only the Queens Village theatres, the Queens and Community, would access when you input Queens. Rather than posting this problem here you have to contact CT directly. They don’t monitor the comments for fixes. Go to “about” and follow the prompts.
The middle child was also on Second, just west of the third, on the north side of the street. Don’t have enough information to do a posting. I was trying to back track on this one to find when it began to get a time frame for number 2. There was not a mention of this one closing in the paper. Looked through a lot of microfilm to find beginning and ending dates. Maybe down the road I’ll get lucky
Looking at back issues of the Smithtown Messenger there were a lot of hearings on the building of a drive-in at the intersection of Jericho Turnpike and Indian Head Road during 1950. Obviously that never occurred since this one was built a bit further down the road.
Althought the St. James disappeared from the Movie Timetable listings in the Long Island Newsday midway into 1949 the theatre continued to advertise in the Smithtown Messenger and the Smithtown News. The last ad in the Messenger was for the May 31, 1950 performance. The last ad in the News was for November 23, 1950. For several months, beginning in March 1950 ads in the News touted the Cycloramic Screen. Sounds good but in a building just shy of two stories high and only slightly wider than a two car garage there were, obviously, limits.
Looking through old issues of the Smithtown Messenger there were several references to the Northport being renovated while still open in the Spring/Summer of 1950. Among the renovations were the installation of air conditioning, a remodeling of the lobby (necessitating the use of an alternate entrance)and upgrading of the sound and rest rooms.
Doing some research in the Smithtown Messenger, the last time an ad appeared for the Station was July 1950. Century continued to run its ads in the paper but only for the Shore and Huntington, billing them as the Showplaces of the North Shore
And, unfortunately, they took most of their links with them.
Firstly, I thought this theatre was on Austin not Lefferts.
Secondly, shops are on both sides of the Ponte Vecchio all the way across Been there.
Sounds like this place is on the way out. They don’t get the product and when they do they don’t publicize it.
It was there when I moved to Farmingdale in 1967. I think it made it into the early nineties.
Something is wrong here. Top says see all 20 comments. When you go to review them it show there are 18. I know I made a later comment that the theatre was located at the left end of the shopping center. You can see that from the picture. The exterior wall is such a tell tale with that stepped feature. The space now houses a gym.
Fritz was mild compare to what followed.
The Bethpage was located on the South side of Hempstead Turnpike west of the Seaford Oyster Bay. There is now a cojoined building there which is a medical professional center. The portion on the left was the old theatre. The next time I’m in the area I’ll look up the address and put it on CT so the street view will be correct.
Assuming my contention is correct the space is now occupied by a grill called Zim Zar and a Super Cuts.
Although the space is still empty there is a sign indicating “Leased” without identifying the new occupent.
Since I just established it maybe the Google link isn’t updated in real time…. .
The good news is that it’s still standing.
I was able to look at a fancy pamphlet which was prepared extolling the attributes of the Edwards Theatre. The fans were wonderful bringing breezes on a balmy day; the lobby was like entering an English mansion; page after page of superlative adjectives. I don’t know how it seemed in the day but now it’s a hoot. You can view the whole in the Long Island Collection at the East Hampton Library.
They did a fabulous job rejuvenating this gem.