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In May 1949 thieves decided to rob the theater after the Saturday night show. However, their timing was premature since the proceeds had not yet been released to the assistant manager. According to newspaper reports they got the princely sum of $1.21. Yes, $1.21.
At the time Century announced it would build the Shore in the Village of Huntington it indicated it would build a 1,000 seat theater in Huntington Station. They felt the developing area could support the Huntington and the Shore in the Village and the Station and the new theater in the “Station”. That second theater was never built and the Station, itself, only lasted a couple of more years as the neighborhood deteriorated.
Subsequently, Century did open two theaters in what was technically Huntington Station: the York in the Big H Shopping Center and the Whitman at the Walt Whitman Shopping Center.
At the time Century announced it would build the Shore it also indicated it would build a 1,000 seat theater in Huntington Station, in addition to the one which was already there. It was felt that, the way the area was developing, it could sustain two theaters in the village and two in the “Station”. The second theater in the Station was never built and, when the neighborhood went down the Station was closed. Century did, however, subsequently open two theaters in what was technically Huntington Station: the York in the Big H Shopping Center and the Whitman at the Walt Whitman Mall.
A word of moderation here. Addresses in real life are subject to change. My own house number, for example, went from 383 to 296 by a sweep of the pen in Town Hall. I always wondered how the Willard in Queens got it’s name. Street has been subsequently renamed. The older the address the more likely to be problems.
World Premiere of “Modern Times” February 5, 1936 with performances beginning the next day. Ad posted in photo section.
Orlando, I’m confused. Postings in 2013 indicated the building had been demolished then?
Mike – pictures please.
The thousand seater would seem more like the legit. I’ll have to go back and do more research. A 300 one too. Really have to delve into this.
Re my comment above I was on the Fulton Historical site and saw mention of an Arverne Pier Theatre which, since there was mention it had been purchased by the Schuberts, would have been legit. Boardwalk capacity too small for a legit theatre. Did it show movies later?
Among the 16th anniversary presentations was “The Road to Morocco”, November 11, 1942. See photo.
Referred to in an early ad as “Patchogue’s Homelike Theater”
Photo of 11/11/42 ad for opening of “Springtime in the Rockies”, a big hit for Betty Grable, uploaded. This movie sparked her romance with bandleader Harry James whom she married the following year. The featured song, “I Had the Craziest Dream”, became their theme song.
January 26th marked the 75 anniversary of the premiere of Gunga Din. See photo section.
Architect is listed in the heading.
I haven’t been back that way in over a year. Did the church ever complete the renovation?
In addition to the new lounge and digital projection, new seats have been added bringing capacity to 100. The Plaza has added a second venue, the second floor over the BrickHouse Brewery on Main Street. Seating is forty something. Films and comedy nights are held there. The main “stage” is also, occasionally a music venue.
Contrary to the demolished, it is my contention that the building is still standing and is now a Chase bank.
The latter two were mirror twins, separated and created some months apart. Last time I looked at that site there were no images.
If it’s on the National Registry how can they raze it?
Theater also visited by Antiques Roadshow for the current season, 2014.
That’s good news. Now all that remains is the Long Beach which has been shuttered since Super Storm Sandy.
Michael – most upscale store was Bloomingdale’s. My favorite was Womrath’s Book Store. Would often stop by on my way home from classes at Queens College.
Tall lamp on the stage. How Broadway theatrical. Mr. Scolnick must have had a legitimate theater background.
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.