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Thanks for the updates, guy. We will look for you in the new BATMAN feature. How can we find you?
I just drove by this location the other day and I could swear that I saw WEST ISLIP LIQUORS in that space there now. But interestingly, the internet tells me that DLC Management Corp is housed in that building. I am wondering if 444 Union Blvd has been reassigned in that shopping plaza and that’s the confusion between what i saw and what the super-highway says.
I saw part of the film “All That Jazz” there in 1979 (I walked out because I thought it was so bad). And of course, I first saw “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” there at the midnight showing in 1980.
In the early 1990s, I had the privilege of sitting in this theater and seeing the film “Awakenings.” i remember coming early just so I could see the beauty that was still so evident in the architecture and design of this building, all accented by colorful lighting.
I remember this theater well. It was cost effective for high schoolers like me. I saw so many films there: “The Children,” “A Star Is Born” (Streisand/Kristopherson), “The Rose,” etc.
I performed in this theater in 1987 while on a concert tour. (When I unearth those pictures, I will attempt to post the links here.) At the time of my appearance, Johann Maasbach, a well known evangelist in Holland, had his ministry headquarters there, but I do not know if he owned the building or was a renter.
I have recently had an occasion to see the inside of this theater which is in terrible disrepair. I had such fond memories as a kid, spending so many hours in the dark watching film after film. I remember seeing “Nine To Five” in 1980 after it had just been transformed from a one screen movie house to a three screen (I remember it both ways) in the right screening room on the main floor. I saw “The Elephant Man” in the balcony theater which was my favorite room.
Currently, it’s not even a vague shadow of its former self. But I have hopes of its resurrection some day.
For a time, in the early 1980s until 1983, a church rented the space on Sunday mornings, named “Full Gospel Tabernacle.” Eventually, the lobby was transformed into a Blockbuster Video store. It has since been torn down and the land made into part of a shopping center.
I just visited the Boulton Center last Friday night. Kenny Rankin performed an intimate concert there to a full house. I also saw Livingston Taylor on March 31st, 2007 and he was spectacular and also packed full. Janis Ian came by last year and graced her sold out audience with her thoughtful and moving talent. It is a GREAT venue!
I work across from the theatre and I want all to know that Bay Shore is coming back! At one time, there was a silent movie studio in this town…so it has a history. The town by the Great South Bay on Long Island will rise again and be gloious. It’s all being restored!