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Referred to in an early ad as “Patchogue’s Homelike Theater”
Photo of 11/11/42 ad for opening of “Springtime in the Rockies”, a big hit for Betty Grable, uploaded. This movie sparked her romance with bandleader Harry James whom she married the following year. The featured song, “I Had the Craziest Dream”, became their theme song.
January 26th marked the 75 anniversary of the premiere of Gunga Din. See photo section.
Architect is listed in the heading.
I haven’t been back that way in over a year. Did the church ever complete the renovation?
In addition to the new lounge and digital projection, new seats have been added bringing capacity to 100. The Plaza has added a second venue, the second floor over the BrickHouse Brewery on Main Street. Seating is forty something. Films and comedy nights are held there. The main “stage” is also, occasionally a music venue.
Contrary to the demolished, it is my contention that the building is still standing and is now a Chase bank.
The latter two were mirror twins, separated and created some months apart. Last time I looked at that site there were no images.
If it’s on the National Registry how can they raze it?
Theater also visited by Antiques Roadshow for the current season, 2014.
That’s good news. Now all that remains is the Long Beach which has been shuttered since Super Storm Sandy.
Michael – most upscale store was Bloomingdale’s. My favorite was Womrath’s Book Store. Would often stop by on my way home from classes at Queens College.
Tall lamp on the stage. How Broadway theatrical. Mr. Scolnick must have had a legitimate theater background.
Theater cards from the St. James Long Island “Calderone” movie theater. Left to right: “Waterloo Bridge, ” New Moon, “Edison the Man, ” all released 1940. Courtesy of Geoffrey K. Fleming, author of Images of America: St. James.
Early photo of the Mattituck, pre opening, from the Traveler – Watchman added. Have some current ones in my camera which, when I learn how to manipulate them, will also add.
Mighty big bucks in those days. Wonder how long the aggregate rental was for.
Building is obviously under renovation with all the “drapery” on the facade.
Closed and demolished and still showing movies? Need a fix here.
Well, perhaps people adding photos should announce when they are adding photos (some do). Then the email notification would go out to all who have asked for an update. Probably easier than reprogramming. There seem to be minimal people adding photos.
Also applies to new theaters. The only listing that has all is the recent comments. That’s still restricted to the last 100 and doesn’t show a status. I’ve complained about that to no avail.
Because that’s the way CT handles it. If a theater is closed but still standing it shows CLOSED, highlighted in red. If it has also been demolished it shows CLOSED, highlighted in red plus the word DEMOLISHED. CT only has two main status categories Open and Closed. Then there are the modifiers e.g. demolished.
That should be it. I, personally, remember the signage being Old Town when my parents used to drive through Smithtown. Even then I was theater conscious. When I found CT in 2009 I started adding theaters I remembered. Fortunately I had been at an early on performance at what is now the Smithtown Center for the Performing Arts and they had a brochure with some information about the Old Town. I then contacted the author and got more information. I’d really love to track down copies of the Yearbook and the other motion picture source to fill in some blanks on Long Island theaters and also to confirm a recollection I have of a distinct theater in Moriches (in addition to the one in Center Moriches). Used to be a set in the Patchogue Library but they were destroyed in a flood of the basement. Unfortunately I never saved Prudential flyers, only Century, as personal confirmation.
Theater is reopening Christmas Day having completed the transition to digital. They’ve also created a lounge area where wine and cheese will be available before and after the film. Reopening presentation is Nebraska.
If you do an online search for Rocky Point Drive In and scroll to a Topix site, the first four pictures are of the drive in when it was operational, including the illuminated pylon, cars in front of the screen and the back of the screen. I don’t think these can be linked.
They must have turned it around somehow. It lasted until the fire in 1984 as a single screen theater. Don’t know what it looked like “in the day”, but the pictures of the auditorium as a church (elsewhere on this site) show a spectacular space.