Fine Arts Theater
80 Main Street,
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Previously operated by: Island Theater Circuit
Previous Names: State Theater
This theater, originally the State Theater, was located on Main Street in Hempstead, Long Island. It was a 1927 conversion of a former car dealership. It had a square overhanging marquee, and showed primarily cult films. I heard that this theater showed Westerns in the 1940’s and 1950’s, but in the late-1950’s and early-1960’s, it was showing Russ Meyer type films. It may have been related to a smaller theater in Uniondale, LI, NY, the next town to the south. I believe this theater ceased operations in the 1970’s, but cannot be sure.
It was in downtown Hempstead, in the middle of the block and had an adult joke store next to it. It was a busy shopping area with many independent merchants and stores surrounding the theater.
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