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robboehm commented about Century's Morton Village on Jan 18, 2012 at 6:03 pm

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.

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robboehm commented about Victory Theater on Jan 18, 2012 at 5:37 pm

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.

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robboehm commented about Bethpage Theatre on Jan 16, 2012 at 12:47 pm

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.

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robboehm commented about Bethpage Theatre on Jan 15, 2012 at 10:27 am

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”.

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robboehm commented about Whitman Theatre on Jan 11, 2012 at 6:39 pm

The Mall management probably has forgotten about it. It’s sort of blends in with the background (which probably also has kept down vandalism).

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robboehm commented about North Star Theatre on Jan 10, 2012 at 8:05 am

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.

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robboehm commented about Merrick Theater on Jan 7, 2012 at 9:24 am

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.

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robboehm commented about St. James Theatre on Jan 5, 2012 at 11:20 am

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

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robboehm commented about Commack Drive-In on Jan 4, 2012 at 3:26 pm

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.

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robboehm commented about St. James Theatre on Jan 4, 2012 at 3:22 pm

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.

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robboehm commented about John W. Engeman Theater on Jan 4, 2012 at 3:15 pm

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.

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robboehm commented about Century's Station Theatre on Jan 4, 2012 at 3:09 pm

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

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robboehm commented about Lyric Theatre on Jan 2, 2012 at 6:40 pm

And, unfortunately, they took most of their links with them.

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robboehm commented about Kew Gardens Cinemas on Jan 1, 2012 at 3:20 pm

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.

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robboehm commented about AMC Loews Bay Terrace 6 on Jan 1, 2012 at 3:14 pm

Sounds like this place is on the way out. They don’t get the product and when they do they don’t publicize it.

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robboehm commented about Bethpage Theatre on Dec 27, 2011 at 5:28 am

It was there when I moved to Farmingdale in 1967. I think it made it into the early nineties.

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robboehm commented about Ronkonkoma Theatre on Dec 26, 2011 at 3:06 pm

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.

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robboehm commented about Salisbury Theatre on Dec 26, 2011 at 2:57 pm

Fritz was mild compare to what followed.

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robboehm commented about Bethpage Theatre on Dec 26, 2011 at 2:55 pm

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.

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robboehm commented about Bar Harbour Theatre on Dec 25, 2011 at 5:32 pm

Assuming my contention is correct the space is now occupied by a grill called Zim Zar and a Super Cuts.

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robboehm commented about Lindenhurst Theatre on Dec 25, 2011 at 5:30 pm

Although the space is still empty there is a sign indicating “Leased” without identifying the new occupent.

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robboehm commented about East Hampton Cinema 6 on Dec 25, 2011 at 12:31 pm

Since I just established it maybe the Google link isn’t updated in real time…. .

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robboehm commented about Times Square Theatre on Dec 24, 2011 at 6:01 am

The good news is that it’s still standing.

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robboehm commented about Edwards Theatre on Dec 23, 2011 at 8:11 pm

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.

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robboehm commented about American Airlines Theatre on Dec 18, 2011 at 3:48 am

They did a fabulous job rejuvenating this gem.