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UGH. The one thing I hate about too many of the picture links is shots like this. The trashed marquee. The boarded up facade, etc. etc..How did it get so trashed? There are other theatres that closed that have remained fairly pristine.
What are the chances of getting inside before they do and, possibly, getting some memorabilia?
According to the caption on the photo posted by ken mc on February 10, 2008 the auditorium burned down in the mid 60s.
And the price should still be ninety cents for the first show of the day.
Great pictures. Never had occasion to be inside. Never thought it would be so sleek.
To gfm8959. The Amity was in the on the right hand side of the strip mall. I believe it was at the end of the building. If my mind serves me correctly, the shopping center was levelled and all was built anew. The left hand side with the Pathmark had a Grand Union, which was about the last tenent in the center. The Apple Bank, if that’s still there, was an add on to the center and was all that remained during the many years when Breslin never got his act together and built the new center. That was a big issue. It dragged on for years.
The community has been trying to get rid of it for years but the owner keeps it as some sort of tax hedge.
I’m not getting any mail from you at all. The only reason I’m responding to this is I got the notice from CT that someone had responded, etc.. And I’m getting a lot of other Email so I’m in a receiving mode. If you didn’t get the dreaded Daemon, where did it go. A thought, if you are willing to give me your EMail I’ll send a note to you and you can reply with photos and beat the system.
Am I not correct in my presumption that the Sayville Theatre was virtually identical to the Brookhaven?
didn’t get it
There is a way to put things on this site but I’m not a techie. If you have the capability to EMail then you have sufficient tools to add a photo to this site, that much I know. If you’d like to send me a personal copy I’m
kitnoir could you also share the photo with the rest of us. The Bellerose was my home theatre for more than 25 years before I moved east.
What I’d like to see is a photo of the original marquee, that big boxy affair with hundreds of yellow incandescent running lights and the red and orange in the front.
Of course a ‘78 photo would be nice because the new marquee would not have been trashed by that truck.
They’ve got something new – “Church at the Movies”. They even have a van to transport people. I went past last Sunday and they really had a crowd. I wonder if films do as well.
Thanks Warren. Now, I’ll go back to the Library page – I see they haven’t corrected the address yet – to see what components you picked up to achieve the link and then I’ll try one of my own.
Aw, come on. That’s almost as bad as having a birthday cake for Jesus on Christmas eve which we do in my church.
Very interesting film. But, what I don’t understand is why is the theatre still intact and yet it’s listed as a restaurant. From the photo posted by Lost Memory it appears that the auditorium is to the left of the restaurant. Were there multiple auditoriums and the one now houses the restaurant? The posting says single screen. Bryan, could you clarify this please.
So Dan, why do you presume this is the last National Amusements megaplex? Their financial condition, the economy, all the other factors which will eventual reduce the number of theatres? It would seem that Clearview is the only healthy company out there. They have a reputation for improving any property they acquire – maybe that’s the key. Tney acquire – I don’t think they do much or any building.
I was a teenager when the closed theatre was converted to retail space – I believe it was Lerner’s. I tried to see what remained of the old theatre through the construction. If my recollection is correct the entire facade of the building was removed. Also, in later years I remember standing on Steinway Street and looking back at the building reinforcing my theory that there was a whole new facade. But that was 50 years ago.
Were you ever there when both organs were in operation. Of all the many times I was there I was surprised, on one occasion, when a second organ was revealed. My favorite things were always the elevators. I remember one show when, after it finished playing, the orchestra did not sink into the pit, as usual, but was transported to the back of the stage and raised again to preside over the action. It eventually disappeared only to reappear at the usual location. Very impressive for a young child – or even an adult.
On Long Island I used to rely on mailings from the theatre chains themselves. Century had three groupings of theatre directories which came every other week – Northern Queens, Brooklyn, and Queens, Nassau and Suffolk. Prudential also had a Long Island Guide. I saved examples of these for more than 20 years only throwing them out when I moved a few years ago. Who knew I’d hook up with this site where such items are treasured. I still have some clipped Century ads, however, which for some reason, made the cut.
After seeing photos like this I almost think I’d prefer the building demolished. I always feel for abandoned buildings but they seem to stand more of a chance for revalization than one of the thousands of shuttered theatres. The Patchogue Plaza is the most glaring Long Island example.
And did you? And what did they say?
Love the admission 10-25 cents. I’ve seen some 15cents and more alot earlier, pre depression. Definitely a bargain.