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robboehm commented about Paramount Theatre on Jun 17, 2014 at 11:40 am

And, remember, they did a major reno on the St. George which is just down the road and has parking and access to Manhattan via the ferry.

robboehm commented about Crescent Theatre on Jun 14, 2014 at 5:35 pm

Re my May comment. Two unique films on the same subject.

Also, while doing research on the Unique Theatre in Patchogue came upon a reference that the 400 seat Unique Theatre opened in Sayville on July 29, 1913 under the management of Walter Smith. Oddly enough the theatre was just north of the Crescent at the intersection of Gillette and Main. Sayville historical never heard of it.

robboehm commented about Paramount Center for the Arts on Jun 12, 2014 at 5:25 pm

As seen in the news for the funeral service of Tracey Morgan’s associate. Surprised to see the seating isn’t all that large since it has a very broad street presence.

robboehm commented about Tilyou Theatre on Jun 10, 2014 at 6:44 pm

I would have thought it was named because of the proximity to the park rather than any actual relationship. Always remember looking towards it while waiting to get on some of the rides in the park.

robboehm commented about Unique Theatre on Jun 5, 2014 at 7:06 am

It’s interesting that this building survived over a hundred years until it was demolished for the condo project, but it’s successor was subjected to three fires over the years and only rebuilt twice.

robboehm commented about AMC Glen Cove 6 on Jun 4, 2014 at 7:17 pm

The absence of patrons is often the topic on the Long Island Theatres. Not all of them have made the conversion to digital which is not a good sign.

robboehm commented about Bow-Tie Port Washington Cinemas on May 31, 2014 at 10:50 am

Just recently saw an old Century Theatres ad from 1931. At that time is was part of that chain.

robboehm commented about Rialto Theater on May 29, 2014 at 11:40 am

Approximately a year after he opened the Patchogue Theatre in May, 1913 Mike Glynne acquired the Unique from Nathan Goldstein for a reported $65,000. The theatre was to be named the Rialto and would operate 6 days a week from May to October, Fridays and Saturdays the balance of the year.

robboehm commented about Star Palace Theatre on May 29, 2014 at 11:34 am

As is currently the case when a new theatre opens an old one closes. When Mike Glynne opened his $250,000 Patchogue Theatre on May 23,1913 it spelled he end to the Palace which closed eight weeks later. At that time the Palace and the Unique(later Rialto) were operated by Nathan Goldstein. The following March Goldstein sold the Unique to Glynne and it was renamed Rialto.

robboehm commented about Crescent Theatre on May 28, 2014 at 5:23 pm

I recently posted information that the manager of the original Babylon Theatre (Babylon, NY) had been arrested when he tried to exhibit a five reel film on white slavery entitled “Traffic in Souls” in March 1914.

Yet, in May 1914 the Crescent was showing a five reel exposure of white slavery called “Trapped in the Great Metropolis”. Really? Two five reel features on the same subject in 1914? Renamed?

robboehm commented about Babylon Theatre on May 27, 2014 at 10:09 am

In a very poor picture obtained from the Babylon Historical Society one can see that this is a one story building, the name “Babylon” on the facade and an arcade entrance.

robboehm commented about Babylon Theatre on May 26, 2014 at 7:08 am

In March 1914 Manager Polley incurred the wrath of Babylon Village President Edward S. Alley when he wanted to exhibit a five reel film entitled “Traffic in Souls” which depicted methods of white slave traffic. A private showing with the film representative and members of clergy was scheduled so Polley could present his case. Alley stormed out. When Polley tried to show the film he was arrested. He subsequently brought a $10,000 suit for damages against Alley which was eventually settled out of court for several hundred.

robboehm commented about Sayville Theatre on May 25, 2014 at 7:24 pm

On November 7, 1935 there was a breakin at the theater.
Thieves didn’t get much but they used lighted newspapers as a light source, the charred remains of which were found. Fortunately no fire resulted.

robboehm commented about Lindenhurst Theatre on May 25, 2014 at 10:37 am

The exterior walls and signage are all up. Just need to complete a bit of the facade, the parking lot and the interior. I would think CVS will open by July 4th.

robboehm commented about Movie theater chain tests premium pricing for center seats on May 23, 2014 at 6:17 pm

Cineplex Odeon ran all their Long Island properties into the ground. They have always been a leader —-in pushing the price point.

robboehm commented about Babylon Theatre on May 22, 2014 at 6:57 am

The January 24, 1913 article in the South Side Signal (Babylon) from which I extracted information for the creation of this theatre specifically said the lot was at the corner of Deer Park Avenue and George Street. And, latterly, that it was adjacent to Sprague’s Garage (see reference above).

robboehm commented about Comet Theater on May 22, 2014 at 6:52 am

In the day South Country Road was called Main Street.

robboehm commented about Whitman Theatre on May 21, 2014 at 10:57 am

Are you sure about that Orlando? I thought some of the original structure was retained.

robboehm commented about Sayville Theatre on May 20, 2014 at 10:24 am

A two year lease was taken on the, at then, Novelty by William D. Eccleston, who was building a chain of theatres, on December 20, 1920. The owner, Henry Kost, tried to break the lease in September 1921 because of late payment of the August rent of $125. Eccleston wanted Kost to take the payment from the receipts of his Comet Theatre in Bellport which Kost managed for him. The rent was paid in court and Eccleston said he would now personally manage the Comet. Kost said that he would take measures to have Eccleston ousted from the Novelty. To be continued.

Other than a notice that the Comet opened in May 1919 I have, to date, found no other references to it other than the court cas.

robboehm commented about Babylon Theatre on May 20, 2014 at 7:25 am

According to one article the height of the theatre and the building materials used were chosen to resemble the features of the adjacent Sprague Garage. Presumably the garage was on George Street rather than Deer Park Avenue because of the 1919 article about the adjacent 38 foot frontage on Deer Park Avenue.

robboehm commented about Babylon Theatre on May 20, 2014 at 7:16 am

Under Polley' management a stage was added for a weekly talent night. It was, subsequent, extensively used for other theatrical experience according to news articles.

In December 1917 an ad proclaimed that “The heating plant has been overhauled and enlarged assuring warmth and comfort at all times.”

Polley announced plans to build an Airdrome seating about 800 next to the theatre for the summer of 1914. There is no indication that this ever happened.

In 1919, Eccleston, who leased the theatre purchased the building and an adjacent lot with a 38 foot frontage on Deer Park Avenue with the intention of building a new theatre at an estimated cost of $40,000. There is no indication that the latter occurred.

robboehm commented about Boulton Center for the Performing Arts on May 18, 2014 at 8:12 pm

Doing research on something else I came upon an article indicating that, in 1917, the Regent was in receivership but would be reopening under the management of Nathan Goldstein who operated the Unique and Star in Patchogue. It was subsequently operated by W.D Eccleston until it was acquired by Mike Glynne in 1926. At some point in time it became a Prudential theater.

Notice the parallels of movie exhibitors and banks? Always changing ownership and, sometimes, names.

robboehm commented about Carelton Theatre on May 18, 2014 at 7:57 pm

At one point in 1920 I found a joint ad for the Carlton and Regent under the management of Fitzgibbons. However in 1926 “Mike” Glynne obtained these and others for his circuit. Plans were to do a major rebuild of the Carlton to double it’s capacity and equip it for Broadway type productions. He also purchased land in Bay Shore for a large theatre, which I presume was the Bay Shore from the location given as to the proximity to the Catholic church.

robboehm commented about Carelton Theatre on May 18, 2014 at 10:07 am

David I believe you are correct. I saw an ad for the Carlton in 1920 which, I believe, had his name. I’ll have to try and track it down and confirm. In 1929 the Bay Shore, Regent (Bay Shore), Patchogue, Rialto (also Patchogue) and Babylon were already operated by Prudential.

robboehm commented about Rialto Theater on May 18, 2014 at 10:01 am

The Rialto, and neighboring Patchogue, were acquired by Prudential in August, 1929. At that time Prudential also operated the Bay Shore, Regent (Bay Shore) and Babylon theaters. The Rialto was immediately closed for renovations and the installation of an RCA sound system.