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robboehm commented about Crescent Theatre on Oct 30, 2016 at 10:07 am

The management of the Crescent was quite PR savvy. In addition to paid ads, see photo section, they also were able to get news coverage of current and coming attractions.

robboehm commented about Crescent Theatre on Oct 30, 2016 at 10:05 am

As with many early theaters management changed quite often. As of February 1921 the Crescent and the nearby Garden were managed by Samuel E. Bleyer. The leases for both of these venues transferred to J.J. Fitzgibbons of the Bay Shore based Active Amusement Corporation in April 1922.

I have uploaded a double ad for the Crescent and Garden from July 1922.

robboehm commented about Bays Theatre on Oct 29, 2016 at 7:20 pm

Found and uploaded a photo of Jackson’s Theatre in Hampton Bays. Presumably the same theater.

robboehm commented about Riverhead Theatre on Oct 29, 2016 at 7:17 pm

Uploaded an early ad touting the cost of the theater as $100,000.

robboehm commented about Garden Theatre on Oct 29, 2016 at 2:10 pm

At some point the theater must have been enclosed since I came upon a reference to them beginning their 1918 winter season.

Also uploaded two more ads. The one is quite a departure for it’s time showing a photographic illustration for a Marion Davies picture.

robboehm commented about Crescent Theatre on Oct 29, 2016 at 2:02 pm

Opening and a later ad uploaded. One of the many owners had proposed building an airdrome on Gillette directly across from the theater. It would seem that this theater was killed by bad management. There were breakups, lawsuits other brushes with the law.

robboehm commented about Babylon Theatre on Oct 29, 2016 at 1:54 pm

Uploaded a 1914 ad.

robboehm commented about Garden Theatre on Oct 27, 2016 at 12:57 pm

Re my 2014 comment the name of the theater on Main Street which was destroyed by fire was the Crescent. Back to research.

Mike Glynne, who built the Southampton acquired the Garden in 1928.

robboehm commented about United Artists Southampton on Oct 27, 2016 at 12:53 pm

The theater was originally constructed in 1932 by Mike Glynne. The demolition of all but the facade and the creation of four new auditoriums probably occurred in the 1990s.

Chandeliers from the original (see photo section) reportedly found a home in a night club when the auditorium was twinned.

robboehm commented about Greenport Theatre on Oct 27, 2016 at 7:01 am

They hung in past Labor Day this year. Warm weather.

robboehm commented about Belair Twin Theatre on Oct 26, 2016 at 11:19 am

Would be nice if someone could find and post a photo of the theater.

robboehm commented about Timmerman Theater on Oct 24, 2016 at 5:31 pm

I have some specific remembrances of the theater:

Saw Sweet Bird of Youth opening night. Long line. Not everyone got in.

Although one could wear civvies, there was a dress code. I was turned away one night because I was wearing a sweater with no observable shirt underneath. A buddy loaned a fresh one he had in his car.

They could contact you in an emergency by projecting a message to the left of the proscenium.

Can’t remember if there was a concession stand or whether admission was 50 cents or a dollar. I think the latter.

robboehm commented about Timmerman Theater on Oct 24, 2016 at 5:19 pm

From the style of the theater I believe it was erected in the 1950s. It was not new when I was there in the early 1960s. At that time there were two other post theaters, Numbers 2 and 3. They were your typical military base type structures. Timmerman was sometimes referred to as Theater 1.

robboehm commented about Timmerman Theater on Oct 24, 2016 at 5:16 pm

Uploaded a current picture of the interior. When I was there in the 1960s the walls were a tan/beige. Also uploaded an exterior photo showing most of the theater. The box office was on the left.

robboehm commented about Showplace Cinemas on Oct 23, 2016 at 6:42 pm

Would somebody explain to me how this is the same theater as the Cinema 37, the address for which is 4759 Sunnyslope Drive?

robboehm commented about Bellerose Theater on Oct 22, 2016 at 9:17 am

After Jericho Turnpike was widened the marquee took several hits. All of the front detail shown in the Grove photo was covered over by an aluminum panel as were the lights surrounding the actual display board. Haven’t been able to find any intact photo of the Bellerose. Also can’t find one of the original marquee which it replaced and one I remember vividly. My mother always had to pull me across Jericho Turnpike because I would stare at the illuminated marquee.

robboehm commented about Bellerose Theater on Oct 20, 2016 at 8:39 pm

If you look at the 1949 photo of the Grove Theater in Freeport you can see what the marquee of the Bellerose looked like when it was first installed, probably around the same time.

robboehm commented about De-Luxe Theatre on Oct 19, 2016 at 5:54 pm

Uploaded a tax photo of the De-Luxe in the day.

robboehm commented about Loew's 46th Street Theatre on Oct 15, 2016 at 2:35 pm

Orlando, were that you had also lobbied for retention of the facade on the Lynbrook. The rendering of the new looks worse than the current Shore.

robboehm commented about Granada Theatre on Oct 13, 2016 at 7:23 pm

Uploaded a picture from the American Classic images collection.

robboehm commented about Saenger Theatre on Oct 10, 2016 at 7:04 pm

rivest, you uploaded a photo of the Paramount in Alexandria on CT. You may not be aware of it but the Saenger was next door to the left. You can barely see the marquee. So, since you have the photo, please upload it on this site, too.

robboehm commented about Whitman Theatre on Oct 2, 2016 at 12:05 pm

Was up that way today. Pylon is finally gone. Went back to the photo section to make sure there was a picture of it. Also read the opening ad which said the Whitman was the 37th theater. Century had a lot and got rid of a lot before the “final curtain”. Back in the 1930s the Bellerose was number 37. In my lifetime they built the Meadows, Shore, 110 Drive-In, York, Whitman, Glen Oaks, Park East, Green Acres, Kings Plaza, Roosevelt Field, Five Towns, Richmond (on Staten Island), Paramus (NJ), one in Dayton, OH, assumed the Oceana, Sheepshead and Tuxedo (all in Brooklyn from one chain) and the Plaza (Corona) and Prospect (Flushing) from Loew’s. They had actually built the Prospect but leased it to Loew’s. Among the dropped over the years were the Parkside (Brooklyn), Town (Flushing), Huntington Station (aka Station) Valley Stream, Park (New Hyde Park)and Suffolk (Riverhead). Valley Stream closed when Green Acres opened, the Park closed when the Park East opened.

The beginning of the end was all the mergers with Almi and RKO as well as picking up former Prudential Theaters and the Merrick (Jamaica).

robboehm commented about Indiana Theatre on Sep 25, 2016 at 7:12 pm

The photo dates from the time just after the fire when the facade was in an Art Deco mode using cream and maroon tiles.

robboehm commented about Showcase Cinema DeLuxe on Sep 19, 2016 at 7:54 am

I’ve moved WAY out east so I’ll never get to see it.

robboehm commented about Playhouse on Sep 19, 2016 at 7:18 am

In August the matter was deferred until September 7th. On that date it was deferred until October 10th. The building will fall down from neglect before they vote to demolish it.