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The Theatre Historical Society last visit there was July 17th, 2001.
I am a resident of Saint James N.Y. and a member of the Theatre Historical Society. I became intrigued with the building long known for being a former vaudeville/movie house for the community from the 1910’s to 1950. I learned it was called The Calderone Saint James. I visited it recently and found it to be rented out by a guy who runs his own flea market selling all kinds of junk. It used to be a showroom for an interior decorator named Ruth Weinstein who moved into another store down the street. I was doing research in the Smithtown Library and found that the 1927 microfilm edition of the Messenger had nothing about the theatre. I suppose later editions would or other papers. I plan to give a talk at the library next year about what entertainment was available in Smithtown back in the day to go with the town’s upcoming 300th anniversary.
Orlando was Lenny any relation to you?
My dad had a job working in the projection booth there for only three months back in the early 1940’s.
Yes by cracky I remember seeing Way of All Flesh and Susan and God back in the fall of 1940 but haven’t been thar since.
On June 28, 2012 The Theatre Historical Society will be visiting the Varsity. Phone 630-782-1800 for more information.
As of 7/15/11 nothing occupies the space. It is an empty shell with forlorn signs on the windows “to let”,
Thank you Stadium for hosting EMCATOS on 7/02/11 for a screening of the silent Sunrise with Steve Ball on the Wurlitzer organ.
Having visited this theatre with EMCATOS on 7/02/11 I did find evidence of “orbs” in some of my pictures an indication of some ghostly presence. The Wurlitzer organ sounded manificent.
Please tell us about the ghosts. Is this place really haunted?
They say it is haunted. Any comments about that?
Now converted into a car dealership?
What is happending to the property now? I heard that the building can be restored back to a theatre. Wouldn’t that be wonderful?
This theatre is haunted. A spector of a man has been seen in the upper balcony in rowE. Strange sounds come from the projection booth. There may be the spirit of little girl as well. All of this information came from the program Real or Faked on the SyFy channel.
I guess Mary Pickford felt she owned the theatre. It was her second home next to Pickfair.
The ghost of the cashier shot in 1933 haunts this theatre as does the spirit of a little girl killed by a car across the street in the 50’s. Information from tv series America’s Scariest Places.
Purchased for $1 an old LP by Dick Leibert playing the mighty Wurlitzer pipe organ of the Byrd Theatre at a flea market in N.Y. Mr. Leibert died in 1977 at 74 years old.
THS will be visiting here on Friday June 25th 2010.
THS will visit this theatre on June 24th.
THS will be visiting here the week of 6/22/10-6/29/10.
This theatre is in terrible condition. It should be saved.
Ghost Stories on the Travel Station just showed a piece tonight on this theatre. Supposedly it is haunted by a former projectionist named Joe, He hangs out mostly in the projection booth or in the upper balcony last row last seats.
The first and only time I ever visited the Roxy was back in 1956. I was only 8 years old and my sister was 6. For some reason my mother trexed us all the way from Lindenhurst L.I. on the LIRR to NYC to see “Anastasia” and the stage show. I was so overwhelmed by the emmanceousness of everything. All I can remember of the stage show was that they were doing some kind of King and I medley because the stage was a bright red with a dragon print and the familiar March of the Siamese Children played by the orchestra. I’ve never forgotten it.
To get an idea of what the very first patrons to the Valencia may have seen on the screen is a 3 minute introduction of the first movie shown: White Shadows in the South Seas 1928 Youtube. Try it.
What stores in the mall now fill in the space where the theatre used to be? Anyone remember?