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Already too many performing arts theatres on Long Island: The Space at Westbury, Engermann at Northport, CM at Oakdale, Patchogue, Suffolk in Riverhead, Bolton (Regent) in Patchogue, Smithtown, Paramount in Huntington etc, etc..
There are fewer and fewer movie theaters on Long Island and, it would seem that many of those are struggling.
Between the cost of going to the movies and the fact that, in many areas of Long Island, you have to drive 20 minutes or more to get there, it’s not surprising.
techman, apparently you do not recall the demolition of the Bijou, Helen Hayes and Morosco legits, three in a row, as well as the Astor some 25 years ago. Big shiny building went up which now houses the Marquis.
Sadly, Orlando, the number of people who care is also diminishing. As those of us remember when movie going was a theatrical experience diminish so will interest in any sort of preservation and, the Cinema Treasures site itself. When I first found the site and joined the number of comments was far greater than you see today. Conversely, the number of theaters has increased due to the interest of a few.
As an aside, a large multipurpose theater was being planned in 1927 on Merrick Road at Richmond (current site of the Rosyln Savings Bank). The house on the property was moved and excavation begun but the project was cancelled. Might have been as a result of the Great depression.
Must have been fairly sudden. Showtimes are listed in the Sunday, April 20th Newsday.
Don’t know when it happened but Glen Cove has reopened according to the Movie TimeTable in Newsday. Since they were going to put up a new marquee it would be nice if someone could take a picture.
Contrary to the Starr where the top appears to have been lopped off for later use, the Willoughby added a story or two.
Wow that’s something. There were four? So many lost treasures.
There are no photos at the Century site, not even of the theatre itself.
And now a venue of a different sort is also succumbing to developers, Roseland Ballroom.
As the Kings Park it’s 1929 ads indicated that it was showing talkies.
According to a front page article in the Smithtown Messenger, the Huntington Theatre converted to talkies as of April 1, 1929 (no fooling). Open feature was “On the Trail”.
According to the Smithtown Messenger “Johnnie Brennan’s” theatre opened October 1, 1929. At a reported cost of $ 25,000 the 30 x 90 stucco building was intended as a venue for vaudeville and films. At opening it was called The Little Playhouse at St. James and under a five year lease to Henry Kost who operated theatres in Sayville and Patchogue.
The recovery in Long Beach has been slow.
I believe the Manhattan Biltmore was only showing movies for a short time so there is no history.
Try contacting CT. Maybe they can still access them.
Don’t know why it was built in the first place. There have been so many theaters in the general vicinity which have not survived: Ronkonkoma, Lakeside Cinema, College Plaza Twins, Patchogue Multiplex.
Just went back to CT and keyed in “Biltmore”. The legit theatre in Manhattan is now called the Samuel J. Friedman and is on West 47th Street. Please upload your pictures to that site. I don’t know if it’s possible for you to delete a photo (the way you can with a comment).
David, the pictures you have posted are of the “legitimate” Biltmore in Manhattan, not the one in Brooklyn. Compare with the existing photos. Obviously not in the same neighborhood. The Biltmore in Manhattan was vacant for many years. Then someone set a fire. It was then acquired by the Manhattan Theatre Club. It’s in the upper west 40’s between Eighth Avenue and Broadway on the north side of the street. The name Biltmore on the theatre’s facade faces Broadway.
But where is the overview. If nothing else, because of it’s location, there must be quite a history.
This theater, too, shall pass, leaving only one in the Bronx.
The metal detector was installed after an incident several years ago.
Free speech, first amendment rights, civil liberties.
The decibels are so loud you can hear and feel the thump in the adjacent auditoriums!
Garth – Isn’t it really about product rather than seating? There are two small single screen theaters on Long Island which do quite well exhibiting several different films each day for several days rotating the times shown.
I agree. Many of them are a hoot. The ones for the Rialto/Savoy were right up there, too, as you will recall. And what I find interesting about the ads we see is that the little neighborhood theaters often have bigger ones than some of the Loew’s. As for addresses and locations so many communities and streets, particularly in Queens, have been renamed leaving theaters with totally improbable names such as Polk or Willard and actual locations by today’s designations questionable (such as our recent Arverne discussions).