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Everyone thinks this was a first, to move a theater. It was actually done in Brooklyn in 1904 when the Montauk was moved, intact, not only just down the street, but also rotated! And it was a much larger structure. See elsewhere on CT.
For informational purposes, I found mention of a New Montauk elsewhere. However it never showed movies. But the theater it was to replace has a fascinating history since it was actually moved in one piece. See elsewhere on CT
Turns out the New Montauk never showed movies so doesn’t qualify for CT
Turns out that the New Montauk never showed movies and does not qualify for CT.
John, unfortunately a lot of the old links have expired or are no longer viable. Also, a number of former members have left CT taking their photos with them. So it’s important to get things in the photo section. In addition to scouring various resources, if I’m on a site and see that there is still a viable link, I make a point to make sure it’s also in the photo section.
Added three photos of the theater being moved. According to one source it was due to be torn down because of the traffic approach for the new Manhattan Bridge. Accordingly, the owners purchased land on Livingston Street at Hanover Place for the New Montauk theater in 1904 and opened the New Montauk on Christmas 1905.
Uploaded to photos from Brooklyn Pics. One is purported to be Smith near Fulton. The other Livingston. Were there multiple entrances or is Brooklyn Pics wrong.
Re a comment above from 2005, I found a picture of the New Montauk, on Livingston St, on Brooklyn Pics. Still hasn’t made it to CT.
Photo from Brooklyn Pics.
Photo of marquee from Brooklyn Pics.
photo uploaded from Brooklyn pics.
Picture in the day from Brooklyn Pics uploaded.
Photo from Brooklynpics uploaded.
Uploaded photo as auto parts store.
Jim_C – re your Prudential Guide photo. When you say Kings Park I presume you mean the Park on Main Street rather than the Kings Park in the shopping center. If so, the Park site is in need of additional information if you have any.
I seem to recall Prudential having a theater in Moriches in addition to the Center Moriches. Am I correct? Do you have anything to substantiate that?
Also, re the Riverhead photo, presumably the theater wasn’t air conditioned since they were only going to reopen in October and were referring people to the Suffolk which, and I can vouch for it, was and the nearby Drive In.
Re several comment above: from the photo I uploaded you can see that the theater is a free standing building and not the one referred to by Bway in 2009.
Movie was from 1948. Have to do some research to determine why the Press published it in 1953; possibly to announce it’s closing.
I’ve uploaded a February 22, 1953 photo obtained courtesy of the Queen Borough Public Library Archives, Long Island Daily Press Photograph Morgue Collection when the Jamaica was still open. It stood empty for a number of years but, since those were different times, was not vandalized.
Uploaded generic ad trying to get the South Shore people to go to the drive in.
Uploaded photo of signs directing one to either screen 1,2 or 3.
View of the theater, in the day, uploaded from the Newsday Long Island Places We Loved site.
Uploaded a picture of the marquee when the Calderone served as a concert hall. From the Newsday Long Island Places we Loved site.
Referring to my comment of May 5, 2009, uploaded a picture of the screen being resurfaced contained in the Newsday Long Island Places We Loved site.
What we really need is a photo of the theater.