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I’m on your “mailing” list so I’ll hear about forthcoming events. But what’s the story on the Plaza building? If they tear it down is there a plan B for PlazaMac?
So what’s happening on this?
According to Mr. Purdy of the Historical Society the entrance to the current Park Avenue Grill, 178 Park Av is at the approximate location of the alley which led to the Lyceum auditorium from Park Avenue. Also, with respect to the aerial map mentioned above he said that the Star Theatre can be seen on Broadway. (The name of the Star was changed to Amityville when acquired by Prudential.)
Correction, the name is OLC.NY. That stands for Orstein, Leyton Company, NY. They have a current property in Moriches. I believe they’re going to call this Bluepoint, which is a bit of a stretch.
If you go to the Amityville Historical Society web site the center photo of the home page is Broadway (aka 110) looking north. Way in the background to the right you can barely discern the semicircular marquee of the theatre.
Inasmuch as the Lyceum burnt down in 1915 I don’t know what the “Amityville Lyceum” would have been. The blurb from the Historical Society dated 1983 said the newer buildings were still in existance. I’ll give them a call next week to see if I can get a more precise location.
The biggest concentration of prostitution that I encountered when working and playing in the city was on 8th Avenue. Never noticed it on Broadway or 7th. Only time I did the cross streets was for a Broadway show and never noticed any in the 5-11 PM periods.
According to Amityville Historical Society records the theatre, as the Star, opened in 1913. It was a long, narrow building with a center aisle with six seats on either side. It had a rectangular shaped marquee advertising the films.
It is not clear whether the original building was expanded or a new structure built. But as a result, the Star Barber Shop which had been adjacent to the theatre (remember the first Amityville theatre started life as the Star) had to relocate. The theatre was not first run but about two weeks after a feature was shown at the flagship Bay Shore Theatre.
An interesting concept was when reduced admission passes were given to local merchants to distribute to their favorite customers. Tuesday was pass night, and very popular. Other incentives tried were dish night and offering money prizes for playing lotto.
I don’t believe these last two links are the World. The World building was not just a box. There was a peak in the center of the facade and, altho' original pictures of the Punch and Judy show three floors, there was never open office space of the type shown in these pictures.
When the Punch & Judy, by then called the Charles Hopkins was no longer viable as a legit theatre because of it’s size it became the Westminster Cinema in 1934 playing solely British films. In 1935 it became the World showing French and Italian films.
This must be where we had “culture night” from the office and a coed group went to see The Devil and Miss Jones.
As it turns out there were THREE Amityville theatres on the same site. The first started out as the Star and was renamed when taken over by Prudential. Prudential then built a new, larger theatre on the same site taking over neighboring retail space. Then when Broadway was widened the second theatre was “in the way”. A new, ever larger Amityville was built by Prudential. Then twinned. Then closed.
A lot of the heading is in contradiction to material in the files of the Amityville Historical Society. They say that in the late 1920’s it was sold to the Prudential chain. The new owners installed new equipment for talkies and changed the name to Amityville. Then in the 1930’s it was deemed obsolete and suffering from competition by neighboring village theatres which had smoking loges and AC.
The theatre closed on Sunday, January 26, 1936 with the promise that a new theatre, “the finest of its type on Long Island” would open in ten weeks. The final film was a “Tale of Two Cities” with Ronald Coleman and Elizabeth Allen.
And on May 6, 1936 the new theatre opened. Since that 1936 theatre doesn’t exist on CT I will create it.
My company had a satellite office in nearby St. George. Wandering around at lunch one day, in the 1970’s, I came upon the theatre which, as I recall was an empty space for rent with trees and bushes making it look like a real relic. Better a reused space rather than an abandoned one or one that has been demolished.
Good to hear, Victor. I’ve avoided the place because the shopping center is so sleezy. The only time I ventured onto the premises was to get the seating capacities of the seven auditoriums.
It’s not uncommon for services at movie theatres. I believe they’re still doing it in Mastic.
I was surprised when this theatre opened because the area had such a poor history of theatre support for the Ronkonkoma, Jerry Lewis (later Lakeside Cinema) and College Plaza twins. And it’s exterior has to be the most unattractive of all the multiplexes.
According to the Drive-Ins.com site this was a seasonal operation from April-September.
I’m impressed. That was really imbedded in Warren’s post.
Larry H – I’m confused. How did all of the above discussion on the Prospect lead to your revelation of where you were on August 12, 1949?
If memory serves me correctly, this was the drive-in of choice when I was stationed in Ft. Dix, 1960-61. I remember one night we went to see a nudie film in 3D called “Paradiso”. It was billed as “The Boldest Look You Ever Took”. I remember nothing about this feature but the second movie was one about a nudest resort. It was ho hum. But the interesting thing was that as we left, not to far into the movie, there was a sequence of a naked woman on a trampoline. When we got out to the highway you could see her naked image bouncing over the low shrubs and trees. Needless to say traffic was just at about a standstill.
As I recall in later years there were restrictions about new drive-ins being built so that the screens would not face the highways. Also, I believe, they were trying to restrict the “product” which was playing at drive-ins, particularly ones like the Dix, whose screen was visible from the highway.
Contrary to the heading on this site the pylon is still there. It has now been covered by a fabric banner advertising Olney Vineyards developments. At 55 MPH that was all I could glean.
Did they ever finish the conversion to a church. There was still construction on the facade when I was in the area at the end of the year.
It’s interesting that of the 17 Newburgh theatres listed on CT only two are open; both are single screen. One goes back to the beginning of the 20th century the other is in the beginning of the 21st.