Syosset Triplex

565 Jericho Turnpike,
Syosset, NY 11791

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Ed Solero
Ed Solero on January 4, 2007 at 1:05 am

Hey Vito… Yes, address numbering schemes vary on Long Island from town to town – even when it’s the same thoroughfare (such as Jericho Turnpike, Hillside Avenue, Sunrise Highway, Merrick Road, etc.) running continuously through each town. The numbering for Woodbury would be different from that of Syosset.

Vito on January 2, 2007 at 5:21 pm

Warren, I would imagine the name was enough to deliver mail and packages. I hate to complicate things even more, but a previous post lists the Syosset address as 565 Jericho Turnpike, but the address for the D-150 Cinema in Woodbury, which was just a short distance from the Syosset, was 7500 Jericho Turnpike. I lived just across from the D-150 at The Woodbury Townhouses at 7640 Jericho Turnpike. So how did the numbers differ so much? Do they start over at the Syosset/Woodbury border? These two theatres were very close together, during the busy summer months I would often work the matinee show at one and then the evening show at the other.

Mike (saps)
Mike (saps) on January 2, 2007 at 5:08 pm

I saw Streisand’s “A Star is Born” here, or as Mad magazine more aptly put it, “A Bore is Starred.” Even at the tender age of 19 I could tell a real stinker when I saw it.

Vito on December 28, 2006 at 3:34 pm

Michael, I wanted to add my thanks for your magnificent site. It is the most comprehensive, well thought out site I have found pertaining to 70mm. It is a kick to wallow around in it as I reminisce about the good times working during the 70mm roadshow hey day, and it has also helped me win a bet once.

Ed Solero
Ed Solero on December 27, 2006 at 5:42 pm

Andrew Lerner posted a link to his blog a while back where he states that the theater was replaced by an Office Depot, which later expanded to include several other stores, including a Petco. Lost Memory followed up with the address for the Office Depot in Syosset as 565 Jericho Tunrpike. I just looked up Petco in Syosset and it, too, has a 565 Jericho Turnpike address. I think we can go with that, at least until we see any evidence that the theater used a different number.

Michael Coate… You are quite correct for pointing out the proper name for your indispensible website! I apologize for perpetuating any misunderstandings as to the site’s identity. Call it editorial laziness, but it seems more expeditious to refer to it as “70mm in NY” since that is how so many on CT know it. Out of respect, I will endeavor to be more accurate when referring to the terrific resource you have created. As far as I’m concerned, there are four invaluable resources online when it comes to cinema and movie houses: Cinema Treasures (of course); From Script to DVD; American Widescreen Museum; Internet Movie Database. I think I prefer them in that order, too – although I suppose it depends on just what it is I need to look up!

My sincerest wishes for a very happy and prosperous new year for all!

Coate on December 26, 2006 at 9:44 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 on December 25, 2006 at 6:08 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 on December 25, 2006 at 2:41 pm

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

tkimbis on December 25, 2006 at 1:24 pm

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 1:15 pm

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 on December 25, 2006 at 12:56 pm

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 on December 11, 2006 at 9:32 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 on December 11, 2006 at 5:00 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 on September 18, 2006 at 10:47 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 on September 18, 2006 at 2:11 am

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 on September 18, 2006 at 1:59 am

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 on August 29, 2006 at 4:00 pm

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 3:44 pm

“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 on June 5, 2006 at 12:27 am

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

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RonMotta on September 6, 2005 at 7:54 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 on September 3, 2005 at 2:54 pm

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 5:46 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.