Syosset Triplex

565 Jericho Turnpike,
Syosset, NY 11791

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Vito
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
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
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
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
RobertR on June 5, 2006 at 12:27 am

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

RonMotta
RonMotta on September 1, 2005 at 5:03 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 1:10 pm

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 5:39 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 9:48 pm

Neither link worked for me.

AndrewLerner
AndrewLerner on August 25, 2005 at 8:44 pm

PICTURE PICTURE PICTURE View link PHOTOGRAPH PHOTOGRAPH PHOTOGRAPH 02/24/1976

AndrewLerner
AndrewLerner on August 25, 2005 at 7:55 pm

SYOSSET THEATER PICTURE: View link PHOTOGRAPH 1973 PICTURE_______________________________________________________________

BobT
BobT on August 22, 2005 at 5:30 pm

Oh yeah McDonald’s had a great location and that was for the young'ins but I couldn’t count how many I broke a show and heard someone say “Let’s go to the diner for coffee and cake!” to top off the evening.

BobT
BobT on August 22, 2005 at 5:26 pm

Ah “Hercules”, I only remember that CaptRonLI because I was there for the last night. I came up from my theatre to say goodbye because I knew what fate was instore the old girl. A fate completely underserved.

RonMotta
RonMotta on August 22, 2005 at 4:17 pm

Bob, how could I have forgotten about that cinematic masterpiece that was Lou Ferrigno in “Hercules”? :–) “Superman III” was, I think, the last movie I saw there (although I sort of remember seeing the “Star Wars” trilogy there before it was converted into a triplex…but I could be mixed up).

Like I said this was a great place for a teen growing up in Syosset back in the 80’s. Your ‘rents would drop you off at the movie theater and you could pop into McDonald’s right next door for a pre- or post-movie meal. If you’re feeling really adventurous, you could walk down to the diner or Carvel.

AndrewLerner
AndrewLerner on August 22, 2005 at 3:40 pm

I finally took the Syosset Theater photograph I took in the 1970ies out of my long lost photo album to scan it, and am now having problems with my scanner!

az50plus
az50plus on August 7, 2005 at 5:56 pm

Growing up in Syosset I remember going to a movie was an event. I remember seeing such classics as The Sound of Music, Mary Poppins & Its a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad…World. I can even remember going to the theater to celebrate mass because of reconstruction or something going on at St. Edwards. My most memorable event was sneaking off to see Woodstock & having the manager throw everybody out before the show started due to his impatience with certain people smoking pot in the theater. I was mad because I didnt get to see the movie that day and I lost my dollar!

BobT
BobT on August 2, 2005 at 3:09 pm

Hey nhp bob, you sure the school trip to “Godspell” was for the UA Syosset and not the UA Cinema 150 down the street? The last feature to play The Syosset before it was mutilated was actualy the prestigious booking of Lou Ferrigno in “Hercules”. “Superman III” opened on June 16, 1983 and Herc followed it on August 26th for a week. The Syosset was a great place to see a big show. It was not as ornate as say The Bayshore but it’s 70MM was first rate. The Syosset had “The Towering Inferno” while The 150 had “Earthquake”. Opening night of ‘Alien" was an event, waiting for the sold out crowd to exit, outside online on a warm night, not knowing what to expect. Why was waiting outside on line for theatres like The 150, The Syosset, The Bayshore or The Hicksville North/South no big deal? Some of Syosset’s big exclusive engagements included, “All The Presidents Men”, “The World According To Garp”, “The Way We Were”, “A Star Is Born” and “For Pete’s Sake”. Streisand did very in Syosset.