Syosset Triplex

565 Jericho Turnpike,
Syosset, NY 11791

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Coate
Coate on December 26, 2006 at 4:44 pm

Weighing in…

I can confirm “The Sound Of Music” was indeed the film playing at the SYOSSET on LI-Tom’s requested date of June 29, 1966. The film’s incredible run at that theatre was 6/23/65-12/20/66.

In response to Vito’s request for me to weigh in on this matter, technically, I weighed in the moment EdSolero linked to my “Sound Of Music” tribute article a few posts ago which contained the info LI-Tom was seeking.

BTW, in reading EdSolero’s last post, I’m reminded of something that has caught my attention numerous times. That being the number of folks who think that the website run by Bill Kallay and myself is called “70mm in New York” when, in fact, the website is called “From Script To DVD.” The “70mm in NY” thing is simply one article (and a large one at that!) among many articles that are posted on our site. The “Sound Of Music” tribute article to which Ed linked (although he typed into his post “70mm in NY”) is yet another article separate from “70mm in NY.”

Perhaps Bill and I created the confusion when we introduced Cinema Treasures readers to our site by providing links to the “70mm in NY” piece. We thought at the time that “70mm in NY” would be the ideal introduction to Cinema Treasures readers given the number of classic theatres mentioned in the article and year-by-year film lists and also because of the number of readers interested in the concept of “showmanship.” I guess we figured that CT readers would have explored our site in more detail once realizing there was content other than just the “70mm in NY” thing.

The “70mm in NY” project, by the way, is among our site’s most popular pages, and we no doubt have you Cinema Treasures readers to thank for that!

Vito
Vito on December 25, 2006 at 1:08 pm

I worked the Syosset during that time and I believe Ed is correct.
“The Sound Of Music” was playing for what seemed like forever.
All we need now is for our resident 70mm expert Michael Coate to weigh in and make it official.

tkimbis
tkimbis on December 25, 2006 at 9:41 am

oooops I meant 40th anniversary. not a big math guy :)

tkimbis
tkimbis on December 25, 2006 at 8:24 am

Ed! You’re a genius! That would be wonderful because it also happens to be my 5-year old daughter’s favorite movie! Anyone else feel free to weigh in. Big shout out to EdSolero!

Ed Solero
Ed Solero on December 25, 2006 at 8:15 am

According to the great 70mm in New York website, “The Sound of Music” opened at the Syosset as part of an expanded hard-ticket roadshow engagement on June 25th, 1965, and played for 78 weeks! That would have definitely carried it through June of 1966 and beyond.

Good luck with your plans, LI-Tom! Happy Holidays to all!

tkimbis
tkimbis on December 25, 2006 at 7:56 am

OK guys I need your help. My parents got engaged on JUNE 29, 1966 after a date at the Syosset. I have HALF of my mom’s ticket stub that I unearthed recently and it has the time (8:30 pm) and date, as well as the price ($3.75). These were for reserved seats. My brother and I are planning a 30th anniversary shindig for them this coming summer (they were married in ‘67) and I’d really like to find out the NAME of the show. Any thoughts, besides trying to find old copies of Newsday on microfiche? Thanks!

Vito
Vito on December 11, 2006 at 4:32 am

Yes Jason, it’s hard to believe that both those wonderful theatres are gone. But the same thing has happened all over Long Island, I still have fond memories of Freeport with the Grove and Freeport theatres. All the big houses are gone and the folks today have mostly only the tiny boxes to sit in to watch a movie. You mention Westbury, do you remember the Raceway Cinema? I worked there for the opening reserved seat hard ticket engagement of
“Thorouhlly Modern Millie"
Oh well, at least we have Cinema Treasures and our memories.

jasonamil
jasonamil on December 11, 2006 at 12:00 am

Wow, lots of great info here, thanks. My first ever job, as a 15 year-old SHS student, was at the Triplex the summer that “Batman” played on all three screens. I only worked there 5 months until I decided I’d rather be going to the movies on weekends than selling popcorn to classmates, but I wound up with 5 years' worth of memories. Even had my first date there (back when teenagers still went on dates) to see “When Harry Met Sally…”. Last movie I saw here was “Wolf” with Jack Nicholson, not a great fate. A couple of years ago I saw my old manager was still working at the UA theater in Westbury, taking tickets — not actually sure if she was still managing, or just taking tickets! I’d take tickets too if it meant I could have the old place back…

Vito
Vito on September 18, 2006 at 5:47 am

When the Syosset was triplexed, the two Todd-AO capable
Norelco 35/70 projectors were left intact and used in the upstairs #3 auditorium. Although a platter was also installed, UA projection chief Joe Kelly decided that any 70mm engagements in the

3 house would be run reel-to-reel, with a projectionist

asigned just for that auditorium.

Coate
Coate on September 17, 2006 at 9:11 pm

Historical Note: The SYOSSET was the first custom-built Todd-AO 70mm theatre in the world. (Every venue that ran Todd-AO presentations prior to the SYOSSET were retrofits.)

Coate
Coate on September 17, 2006 at 8:59 pm

I believe the SYOSSET’s most successful engagement was the 78-week run of “The Sound Of Music.”

Another long, successful run was “How The West Was Won” at 43 weeks.

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RobertR
RobertR on August 29, 2006 at 11:00 am

Not even the classy Syosset escaped porno chic in 1972 with a pair of soft x flicks.
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Ed Solero
Ed Solero on August 14, 2006 at 10:44 am

“How the West Was Won” wrapping up a three-strip Cinerama reserved-seat engagement here in 1964:
Last 9 Days – LI Star Journal 5/18/64

RobertR
RobertR on June 4, 2006 at 7:27 pm

The Mission in 70mm
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AndrewLerner
AndrewLerner on September 10, 2005 at 5:21 pm

PICTURE OF THE SYOSSET THEATER IN 1976
PICTURE OF THE SYOSSET THEATER IN 1976
PICTURE OF THE SYOSSET THEATER IN 1976
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PICTURE OF THE SYOSSET THEATER IN 1976
PICTURE OF THE SYOSSET THEATER IN 1976
PICTURE OF THE SYOSSET THEATER IN 1976
PICTURE OF THE SYOSSET THEATER IN 1976

RonMotta
RonMotta on September 6, 2005 at 2:54 pm

Oooohhhhh…NOW I get it. So it’s sort of like the “exclusive engagements” of the 70’s, right? Where one theater in the county would be playing a movie. Thanks Bill!

moviebluedog
moviebluedog on September 3, 2005 at 9:54 am

There is more information about “Oklahoma!” engagements in the New York City area here:

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Bill Huelbig
Bill Huelbig on September 1, 2005 at 12:46 pm

Capt. Ron: Here’s an excellent explanation of the roadshow concept from Marty Hart’s American Widescreen Museum site:

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You shouldn’t feel ignorant about it – the concept was practically dead by the early 1970’s, sad to say.

RonMotta
RonMotta on September 1, 2005 at 12:03 pm

Okay, I feel really stupid for asking this, but I’ve gotta know….

I grew up in the 70’s and (mainly) 80’s, so I’m not familiar with movie theater lingo. What, exactly, is a “roadshow”?

Again, I apologize for my ignorance! :)

Coate
Coate on August 29, 2005 at 8:10 am

I believe the NYC roadshow run of “Young Winston” played at the Columbia.

U.S. premiere, by the way, was held at Grauman’s Chinese during FILMEX, Nov. 9, 1972. L.A. roadshow run began the following day at Loew’s Beverly.

World premiere, I believe, was in London.

RobertR
RobertR on August 28, 2005 at 12:39 pm

I have never heard of this roadshow “Young Winston”, does anyone know where it opened in Manhattan?
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Coate
Coate on August 25, 2005 at 4:48 pm

Neither link worked for me.