Syosset Triplex

565 Jericho Turnpike,
Syosset, NY 11791

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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 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 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 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.

RobertR on July 14, 2005 at 12:14 am

Here is an ad to order tickets for the roadshow of “This is Cinerama"
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RobertR on June 10, 2005 at 6:29 pm

I forgot to add Cinerama started here June 26, 1959.

RobertR on June 10, 2005 at 6:27 pm

The Sunday before “This is Cinerama” opened at the Syosset, there was a ½ page ad in the NY Times with an order form to order advance seats. Adult prices varied between $1.35 and $2.80 and children were .90 at all times.

RobertR on February 18, 2005 at 9:58 pm

I loved this theatre and the D-150. They will never be able to be replaced.

charlesanne on February 18, 2005 at 8:03 pm

The Cinerama Flims were shown in this order, This is Cinerama, Seven Wonders of the World, then in March1960, Can Can in Todd-ao, it was Shown on the Cinerama Screen that was a real hoot. Then Cinerama Holiday, Windjammer, and South Seas Adventure, the Cinerama Screen was removed in August 1961. And was reinstalled in 1963, for the Wanderful World of the Brothers Gimm, and How the West was Won.

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[Deleted] on January 12, 2005 at 4:18 pm

The Syosset Theatre was located at 565 Jericho Tpke. Seating was 1450 as stated previously.

charlesanne on January 12, 2005 at 3:39 pm

Yes, it did close for Three weeks in 1959, to install Cinerama. And Reopened on June 24th, This is Cinerama. And the Ad’s said, “Cinerama Comes To Oyster Bay, Home of Cinerama”! Those were the good ole days.

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[Deleted] on January 2, 2005 at 5:11 pm

I read that the Syosset Theatre closed for a brief time in 1959. Was this closing due to equipment upgrade to 70mm or was there another purpose for the closing?

RobertR on December 23, 2004 at 6:34 pm

This site has pictures of the program from when Windjammer played here in Cinemiracle. Also tickets from West Side Story playing here roadshow.
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DonRosen on December 15, 2004 at 1:15 pm

I saw the Windjammer in either Cinemiracle or Cinerama here. I remember seeing Mutiny on the Bounty (1963), A Star is Born (1976), and Fiddler on the Roof (1972) here, as well. La Dolce Vita had a long run here in the early 60s.

RobertR on October 23, 2004 at 6:09 pm

The confussion started when they closed the older Syosset triplex. Up until then the other theatre was know as Cinema 150. When Cinema 150 was remodeled the older theatre had closed so UA renamed it The Syosset.

longislandmovies on October 14, 2004 at 4:55 am

This theater was known as the UA Syosset/

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Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois on October 14, 2004 at 4:50 am

That is an awesome site and it lists Syosset/Syosset Triplex/The Syosset and the theatre down the road Cinema 150/The Syosset. Some confussion when The Syosset gets listed twice. As best as I can tell this theatre opened in 1956 and started out as a 70mm Todd-AO Theatre showing roadshows. It went to 3 strip CINERAMA from 6/25/59-5/26/64. I have seen photos of the Able and Charly booths sticking out of the sides of the building. It played CINERAMA type travelogue programs until August 1961. When no CINERAMA product was available other films would be shown. It had a 146 degree louvered screen with a 30 foot radius that was placed in front of the Todd-AO screen. It went to 70mm CINERAMA on 5/27/64. The style of this theatre should not be listed as unknown, but should be CINERAMA.

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RobertR on September 16, 2004 at 10:55 pm

The old lady went to the D-150 when this theatre closed.

RonMotta on September 16, 2004 at 10:45 pm

Unfortunately, it wasn’t even converted. I never realized that there was so much space there, because the theater was on this little hill that they completely leveled. I also remember the theater was run by this tough but nice old lady. My wife’s cousin worked there as an usher (long before I ever met my wife).

I always wanted to buy an old movie theater (I was thinking about the Whitman until, well, you know…) and convert it into a 2nd-run house, but a COOL 2nd-run house, with midnight showings and events and stuff like that. Back in the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s, going to the movies used to be an event. Now, it' sjust there.

My friend Pab ended up buying what is now the DeMarco Cinemas in Vineland, NJ. It’s currently struggling, so show him some love (you can Google it on the web). I’ll let him know about this site and hopefully get him to post something on here.

moviebluedog on September 16, 2004 at 1:52 am

Very well put, Capt. Ron LI. That must’ve been such a treat to see the “Star Wars” Trilogy in 70mm there.

This theater was a class-act and ran a lot of roadshows during the ‘50s and '60s.

There’s an old UA in Buena Park, CA that was converted to retail space. It was a fine theater for about three years after it opened, with 70mm/THX Sound capability. It went downhill after that. As with many UA theaters, it was eventually closed. Now, you can still see where the old large auditoriums were inside of the store. Though it wasn’t the greatest theater in the world, its presentation was impressive and I have a lot of great memories there. It’s odd to see clothing racks sitting where I saw “Aliens” and “Robocop.”

RobertR on September 15, 2004 at 9:40 pm

I could not agree more, I drive in from Queens to go to the Manhasset or Squire because they still have the feeling of days gone bye. The Syosset was a class house all the way.

RonMotta on September 15, 2004 at 8:17 pm

“The day they knocked down the Pally, my sister stood and cried.
The day they knocked down the Pally, part of her childhood died."
—the Kinks, "Come Dancing”

I remember moving to Syosset at the age of 9 in 1981, about two or three years before they converted the Syosset into a triplex. The last movie they played there before the conversion was “Superman III”, I believe. I also remember seeing a triple-bill of the “Star Wars” trilogy there. My Dad was ready to kill me for dragging him to six hours of “Star Wars.”

This was such a huge part of growing up. Me and my best friends went there all the time, either just to hang out during the summer or, in high school, on dates. Saw a lot of great movies there (“Poltergeist”, “Batman”, “When Harry Met Sally”) and some not-so-great movies (“Cobra”). It was located perfectly next to McDonald’s and within walking distance of Syosset House diner and Carvel, perfect for carless teens.

When they closed the place down, I felt just like that Kinks song. It really felt like a huge part of my childhood was gone. As a result, I have refused to set foot in the retail space that now festers there on principle. It also increased my hatred of souless, anticeptic multiplexes. I’d much rather go out of my way to the Babylon Triplex, one of the last vestiges of the old-school movie theaters than to the zillion-screen megaplex off the highway.