Whitman Theatre

160 Walt Whitman Road,
Huntington Station, NY 11746

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Bloop on June 22, 2007 at 10:26 am

CLICK ^^^^The Whitman “Grind House” Ad ABOVE:^^^^^^^^
I worked at Pergaments in high school, and the H.A.R.T. bus stop was in front of The Whitman so I remember lots of movies playing there.

longislandmovies on June 22, 2007 at 10:19 am

wow thats a bad booking………..

Bloop on June 22, 2007 at 9:41 am

AD FROM 1979 when the Whitman, for a few years, was a friggin' “grind house”. Does anyone else remember this?! I saw this double bill, and never laughed so much in a movie theater in my life (in that Plan 9 “so-bad-that-it’s-funny” way). Yeah, this will never happen again…http://bp1.blogger.com/_qleC7xLAvHg/Rnv60oYyNcI/AAAAAAAAAIE/GePm_p4SZnc/s1600-h/WHITMAnTheatre-AA.jpg

Bloop on June 8, 2007 at 3:25 pm

The York and the Whitman seemed to be “brothers”. The York was a little more “grungy”. I saw “Young Frankenstein” there. After the Whitman theater, McCrory’s and Cookies Steak Pub closed there was NO REASON to go to that mall anymore. Have you been there lately…it’s horrible! I think that was Long Island’s first indoor mall (1964).

Bloop on June 8, 2007 at 3:15 pm

The most mentioned movies on this site are: 1)The Sound of Music.2)Jaws.3)The Godfather. 4)the first three Sean Connery/ James Bond movies. 5)Star Wars (THE MOST MENTIONED MOVIE ON THIS SITE —and the first two sequels too). 6) the 1974 re-release of Gone With The Wind. 7)E.T. ****************************************
These hits do not get mentioned as much as they should (Block-buster-wise): Grease, Saturday Night Fever, Willard (incredible as it seems now,this was the most talked about movie in town at the time!),The Exorcist (gets mentioned once in a while), American Graffiti (never gets mentioned!),Airport(the original) and the BIGGEST movie of 1970, Love Story.

RonMotta on June 5, 2007 at 6:02 am

Bloop, the Commack Drive-In, I’m assuming, is “folded in” with the RKO Commack Twin page, since it was part of that theater. If you want, make a seperate page for it. You seem to have a lot of info on it. I remember the Long Island Arena and Flea Market on that site, too…

longislandmovies on May 22, 2007 at 4:02 pm


Bloop on May 22, 2007 at 2:38 pm

I believe at one point, the Whitman was a “blind bid” theater. I remember in 1978 through 1980 or so (I was in high school), they showed super low budget 42nd Street type movies like “H.O.T.S.” “The Children”, “Screams of a Winter’s Night” (which Quentin Terantino showed at a festival in Los Angeles recently!)and obscure Joan Collins movies like “The Bitch”, “The Stud”—real garbage. These were really crappy movies that would not show anywhere else on Long Island. (But I went to see them anyway!). By 1980 or 1981 I saw “Dressed to Kill” there, and it was business as usual. I think the Big “H” Shopping center in Huntington Station was run by the same company? On another note: Long Island people: how come no mention of the Happauge Theatre? OR Commack Drive-In on here ??

longislandmovies on October 10, 2006 at 2:27 pm

have you heard anything about greenacres?

RobertR on October 9, 2006 at 4:15 pm

Your right and it’s days are numbered too :(

longislandmovies on October 9, 2006 at 2:52 pm

cool fact out of all the theaters in that ad in NY only GREENACRES is still open!

dude on August 14, 2005 at 5:21 am

Back in the early ‘60s, c. 1964, we went to church at the Whitman. I’ll never forget those huge tragedy/comedy masks on the walls. The masks and the mass combined to scar me for life ;–).

RobertR on July 8, 2005 at 3:10 pm

Here is a fun summer double bill
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longislandmovies on May 1, 2005 at 8:18 pm

the theater stayed open for years because they were trying to get permits for a 10 plex.Century had a 100 year lease on this theater that they gave up when the town would not grant permits.

mascan42 on April 10, 2005 at 10:38 pm

Having worked in the area in the last few years that this theater was operating, I think I know why it closed … it looked like garbage. The awful marquee sign by the roadside was literally falling apart toward the end. And the theater itself was very run-down. I was surprised that it survived the mall renovation in 2000.

riboflavin on January 16, 2005 at 1:05 pm

longislandmovies, we may very well know each other. I worked @whitman from may ‘82 to may '84. I knew some people at Shore and York.

riboflavin on January 13, 2005 at 9:38 pm

longislandmovies, at one point I did work for Mrs. Burns, but I spent most of my time at the Whitman working for Bruce Johnson and Jim Ward was the Division Mgr.


after 2 weeks @ Whitman, DMDWP moved to the York to make room for ET.

RobertR on December 14, 2004 at 6:51 am

There were none in the Bronx either right?

longislandmovies on December 14, 2004 at 6:18 am

Funny i never heard talk of a Manhattan location.

dave-bronx™ on December 13, 2004 at 8:32 pm

According to the 1999 Loews directory, the correct address is 290-4 Walt Whitman Mall, Huntington Station NY 11746 – 1 screen – 770 seats – with a mono sound system – highest ticket at the time was $7.25 – Manager was J.P.

RobertR on December 13, 2004 at 7:37 pm


Did the original Centurys company before the merger ever think of trying a Manhattan location?

longislandmovies on December 13, 2004 at 7:29 pm

You worked for mrs BURns?

longislandmovies on December 13, 2004 at 7:28 pm

Riboflavin i must no you …… I thought dead men played at the york .could have been a moveover..