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Just came back from the Mattituck. Theatres 4 and 5 are the ones carved from the former storage area.
Number of rows varied. I think Century was 10. However, at the Mid- Island, there was a special section, with special admission and different seats surrounded by a metal railing. Subsequently there was no smoking and the railing came down. Those special seats disappeared when multiple auditoriums were created.
I have the definitive word from an electrician who used to service the shopping center complex including the theatre. The original single screen space was divided up on a couple of occasions resulting in 6 auditoriums.
When what used to be storage space for an adjacent business was relinquished, it was acquired by the theatre for two additional, small screening rooms just past the concession stand to the left. Next time I’m there I’ll determine the auditorium numbers (some combination of 4,5 and 6).
What’s the point in purchasing the theatre if the rules and regulations get in the way. The current owners gave up on trying to do anything long before Sandy blew in with all the red tape.
Protestant churches never had the clout over their members like the Catholics. True, some movie goers were from outside villages. When I was doing research on the original Baldwin Theater, not the Century one, there was mention of people going to RVC (Rockville Centre) as we Long Islanders write it, when there was void left by the closing of the theater.
Go for it. You might try going via the historical society. One of the women I spoke to a number of years ago had a contact.
Sounds like there were maxi times at the mini cinema.
June 8th to be specific.
A very ambitious compilation. The format can be a tad confusing, however, the way two different villages may seem to overlap and the fact that there are multiple listings for theatres which have been divided, e.g. the Mattituck which started out as a single screen, went twin and eventually 8.
I would hope that this listing will stay. It’s too important an item to be deleted because, technically, it never was operational.
There was only one UA 150, that is the one on Jericho Turnpike. The gym is there now. Another one was announced for the Gardiner Manor Shopping Center on Sunrise Highway in Bay Shore but that was never constructed.
Way back when when UA owned the theater the intention was to demolish it and start over. The problem was long tern tenants who could not be displaced. The saga of the Lynbrook is like the LIRR going to Grand Central Terminal and the completion of the Second Avenue Subway. At least they’re working on the latter two but the dates keep getting pushed away. Those two are 50 years in the making. The Lynbrook is only 20.
According to information in the East Hampton Star a number of motion picture operations occurred in East Hampton prior to the Edwards'. The one which prospered longest was run by Cleaves & Strong in a second floor space. Their operation began in 1913 and lasted until they were bought out by Edwards in 1916.
More appropriate for a bag of flour.
Not likely Ed. A theater with a seating capacity well over a thousand in this time period, and on Long Island?
Re your comment that perhaps the Lyric became the Strand in RVC. I doubt it. The Strand had a seating capacity well over 1,000. Highly unlikely in this time period.
Ed, what happened to the photo you mentioned in June?
Thanks for the back story. Love to know your sources. They might help me on a couple of other tracking projects.
Stairs are probably the original.
Surprised to learn that Century managed this for a time. In the comments section for some other theatre it was noted in the Box Office for 1938 that among the managerial changes within the Century Circuit Howard Weiss, Asst. Mgr. of the Fantasy in Rockville Centre became the manager of the Plaza.
Yes, bigjoe59, the Bay Plaza is the only theater left in the Bronx, of the 118 listed on Cinema Treasures in that boro. To DARCYCDT, not all of the Clearview properties were assumed by BowTie. I would have thought they wouldn’t have acquired any they were likely to drop. Leases are a funny thing. I know the Port Washington property is leased. A big problem there is parking. Clearview owned some properties, the Roslyn in particular. Don’t know if BowTie actually purchased Clearview owned properties or leased them from them.
The Yost is the subject of a segment of tonight’s Ghost Adventures on the Travel Channel. Major haunting.
Any update on the status?
Still not open. Any update on negotiations?
Pylon stills survives untouched.