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And, supplementing my July 9th comment, a large chunck of the facade was covered by an illuminated sign board for the four auditoriums which could easily be read a block away (which was probably the intent since Wall Street is one block west of the main drag.)
Sorry I didn’t know of this venue, which was probably not functioning when I stayed over for a couple of nights. Just one of the many charming buildings in a lovely area where the predominant sound is of many small waterfalls.
On March 23, 1962 Skouras reopened the Beacon with new decor, seating, screen projection and AC and heating. “All designed to provide the ultimate in motion picture viewing for the discriminating audience!” The opening attraction was “A Majority of One” with Rosalind Russell and Alec Guinness. On March 23, 2012 TCM screened the same movie. Serendipity?
The reality is Victory would be an appropriate word to be associated with a church. Victory over death through Christ. In the 2005 photos there are lambs. Christ was the lamb of God. We are his sheep, etc.
The Community and Bellerose used to share prints when they had the same films. Presumably the Argo shared with the Park.
Good photos. Emphasizes the “non-descript box” aspects in the heading.
This is a one screen theatre which books multiple films, as does the Sag Harbor. The recording probably included several films for the weekend including the Iron Lady and the Descendents which continue into next week.
The theory is the last name used is the last name posted. Since there is the cross reference ability you can input either Earle or Eagle and get the theatre. Isn’t is clever how they substituted one letter to achieve the new name rather than devise a whole new one. You can see from the photo in the heading that the “G” doesn’t quite match the surrounding letters.
Ed, click on the word photos at the top. There is a picture of the Kingsway as a chopped up function theatre.
Are there any well maintained theatres out there. I keep these horror show postings of escaltors down, bad projection, poor maintenance.
Why when I try to enlarge the image do I get a different image?
Link doesn’t work.
Question, PragmaticGuy. Since you are discussing the Regent and trying to post the photos from Newsday why are you doing it on the Bay Shore site rather than the Regent (Boulton Center for the Performing Arts)?
I saw that too and was wondering how to access them for a link. Going to go to the exhibit and see any other pix which Newsday didn’t print of the theatres in town. Didn’t realize the Regent had a vertical. Never did from the time I first saw it in the 1950s.
Starting in August, 1921, the Elite, inconjunction with the Hampton Press, issued a weekly movie guide which provided space for local advertisers. At that time the Elite program changed every day. Children were 10cents at all times. Mondays, Tuesday, Thursday and Fridays adults paid 17 cents; a premium of 28 cents for the balcony. Other days and holidays the orchestra was 28 cents and the balcony 33. Those were the days. What can one get for 10, 17, 28 or 33 cents these day?
What were the big “hits” then? How about Tom Mix in “Sky High”, Pearl White in “Any Wife” and Mary Miles Minter in “The Heart Specialist”.
In 1927 the Glynne’s chain took over this theatre which I found odd since their usual venues, such as the Patchogue and Southampton were large. Saw a similar situation with Calderone and the St. James when all the rest of the theatres were large.
Is not the main entrance on Yonge Street, 263?
A lot of recent theatres also didn’t make it twenty years – Brookhaven Multiplex (18), Five Towns, Raceway Cinema, Belair and most of the Jerry Lewis.
Well, the Lyric shown in this ad is in New Jersey. But all these are problematic. In this one they show the Hempstead being in Queens and a Rialto in Riverhead. There never was a Rialto in Riverhead. There was the Capitol which became the Riverhead and the Suffolk. And, while I’m throwing names around, there used to be a Lyric in Oyster Bay which subsequently became the Oyster Bay.
When I ssw the Strand, many years later, there was no vertical. The marquee was one of those modern boxy ones and the name was in neon. I seem to recall the Lefferts being that way. It’s something for this theatre you can get the old but not the new. I’ve been trying to get the old for the Bellerose but only the new seems to be out there. Also, Warren had a photo of Century’s Huntington Station, poor and from a book. Did he pass that along to you?
On the site for the Hempstead Theatre it said that Calderone built the Hempstead because the Strand wasn’t large enough to suit his purpose. I’m presuming it was THIS Strand since the only other one I can think of was in, I believe, Far Rockaway, and Calderone was an “Island” person.
Many theatres never did weekday matinees. In the day Century always had continuous performances from 1PM. In the end this policy was abandoned and matinees were only on weekends. The Regal multiplex in Ronkonkoma doesn’t do matinees. I don’t imagine too many theatres do.
From my childhood days, many years ago, I remember that Prudential, which pretty much ruled Suffolk County didn’t do weekday matinees except in the Summer if it was raining. I always thought that was interesting.
Columbia Pictures donated the opening night film, “The Finest Hours”, based on the life of Winston Churchill. It was the first time it was shown on Long Island.
But just NAROly
Century leased the Albemarle for many years. See earlier in the thread. They specifically built the Rialto.