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Joe, the two articles that I encountered on the 1932 fire in the Utica Observer-Dispatch for 1/26/32 and 10/1/32 referred to the theater as the Arcade. It was actually Mrs. Le Richeux who foiled the plot. I found this theater purely by accident when I was on Fulton History looking to get more information on another theater of the same name. Since I encountered a couple of articles I had enough to create the skeletal information to enter it on CT. Amazing how many Arcade’s there were. Guess it hailed back to the days of the Penny Arcade. If I really want to go crazy I could cross reference all Arcades on CT with those on Fulton History. Sure I could find more to add.
The Utica Daily Press indicated that this was the worst fire in Camden since the one which had previously destroyed the Opera House and adjacent business in 1916. Damage for this fire was estimated at $ 100,000 which also took out three other businesses and two apartments.
Funny story in the Brooklyn Gazette of March 15, 1922. The theater sent out announcements of the coming films. It was the job of the cashier to address them. A number were to go to Bohemia, an adjacent village. The cashier did not indicate Long Island or New York and they were sent overseas. When returned there was a charge of 2 cents per flyer.
Don’t know how common a practice this was but in later years both Century and Prudential had weekly Guides. Century had three, Brooklyn, Northern Queens and Queens – Long Island. Prudential had Nassau-Western Suffolk and Eastern Suffolk.
It would be nice to know the identities of the 60 since I doubt they are on CT. When I was at Fort Dix in the 1950’s there were several theaters,3 or 4. Rather than just being “Military Issue”, The Timmerman was new and up to civilian standards. What a crowd for the preview of Sweet Bird of Youth. No Fort Diz theaters on CT.
Added to the Prudential Circuit in 1930/
Article didn’t do more than state the fact. No followup that I found.
The Brooklyn Eagle of May 17 1938 mentioned that someone had placed two timed tear gas bombs in the theater.
The Lily was still operating in 1928 according to a business reference I found.
According to 50 Years Ago in the February 9, 1967 edition of the Suffolk County News, the Novelty began showing movies 6 nights a week rather than the 4 previously. Considering the Blue Laws at the time there would be no Sunday performance.
A reference to the Novelty Airdrome appears in a 1910 edition of the Suffolk County News. Presumably the airdome existed before the adjacent hardtop.
An article in the Suffolk County News in 1927 indicated The Sayvile Theater was being remodeled and would have a seating capacity of 700. There are also references to complete rebuilding in 1935.
The entire building is now leveled down to the foundation.
It’s interesting to read the Times article about the condition of the theater before renovations. It seems, to my recollection, that for years before the current ownership, the keystone portion of the marquee (which is no longer illuminated) was lit day and night. Wonder who paid LIPA?
More than half the building has now been leveled.
When doing some research on another theater I came upon information which indicated that the current building was built in 1927 but was damaged by fire in 1932 and closed. At that time the address was 6 Corners and it was called the Hampton Star. Corners are gone and now there is a traffic circle. The theater reopened in 1947. It operated as a summer theater for a time before returning to movies.
Visited here for the first time tonight. The place is a labyrinth of corridors leading to surprisingly large and well appointed auditoriums. I don’t know if all this was achieved within the space of the original theater or whether the property was expanded. The manager didn’t either. My only complaint was that the sound from the adventure film next door spilled over into my auditorium.
Seating is as follows: #1 241 #2 159 #3 162 #4 68 #5 68 #6 74 #7 235 #8 215
When the Playhouse was purchased in 1947 by James Poro, Manager of the East Islip Theater, is was rumored that the price was $50,000. At that time Mr. Poro indicated that he would spend $ 75,000 to upgrade the theater to include a loge and 750 seats. The article about the opening didn’t confirm the seating capacity.
There were a series of fires in Sayville in 1958, none of which were mentioned in the local paper, the Suffolk News. Presumably they were trying to down play them. Last ad for the Playhouse, at that time the Art Playhouse, was for August 29, 1958.
A side note, when the Playhouse opened for films on June 5, 1948, the other theater in town, the Sayville, doubled the size of its ad.
The local newspaper, Suffolk News, ads showed a larger ad for the Sayville when it opened. There was no promo ad or news article. The ad said “new” and boasted ample parking across the street. In time the format went back to the original but the term “new” reappeared possibly indicating an upgrade down the road.
The original open air space was called the Star Airdrome. They showed five reels of film daily with a 10 cent admission for adults, 5 for children.
Never heard of him or it. Wonder where I can get info.
Pouring over early editions of the Smithtown Messenger, the microfiche only begins in 1922, hasn’t clarified matters. Since the building which housed the final theater appeared in the 1927 aerial photo I was trying to determine when it opened. I found a couple of isolated ads for a Casino Theater in St. James in 1922, 23 and 24. Nothing for 1925, 26 or 27. Will have to spend another day check 1928 and on, possibly through 1940 when I actually have seen images of theater cards.
So was the St. James the former Casino? Was the aerial photo taken later? Hopefully the matter will be resolved.
While looking for something in the Smithtown Messenger from 1922 (the first date on microfilm) there are frequently ads for Assembly Hall which was the name in use for many years, referring to “high class photo plays”. Films were only shown on Mondays and Fridays. There were folding chairs. The Hall was used for other activities including dance classes. Over the years the management of the theater changed. In 1925 the management was assumed by the person running the Northport Theater, the original Northport Theater, not the one built in the 1930’s. The latter is not on CT. I’ll have to do some research. In 1925 seating was 300.
Advertisements in the Smithtown Messenger show the Carlton and the Regent operating in 1924. Movie ads were rare in the early 1920’s. Microfilm of the Messenger begins in 1922.
Island in Mastic is another. Seaford was a Department Store.