North Massapequa Theatre

Jerusalem Avenue & Hicksville Road,
North Massapequa, NY 11758

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North Massapequa

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Located in the Holiday Park Shopping Center, this theatre was opened by Associated Independent Theatres on October 19, 1960 with Kirk Douglas in “Stangers When We Meet”. Another of the many theatres that were once in Massapequa. This one seems to have closed in the late-1970’s.

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EdinNY on April 4, 2014 at 9:19 am

I have vivid memories of this theater form the late 60’s/early 70’s. Saw Yellow Submarine and Tales from the Crypt there. It was close enough to where I lived to ride my bike. The Pequa becamse the spot to go as I got older. I seem to remember it was an old fashioned type theater with a stage and everything. I also vaguely remember door prizes… There was a Grant’s store right next to it, to the left as you looked at it and I think a dance studio to the right as another poster said. It is a Marshalls now.

Jim_C on May 10, 2015 at 8:14 am

I occasionally worked at this theater as a projectionist between appx 1968 & 1971.

Poster EdinNY mentioned seeing “Yellow Submarine” there. I remember running that movie there. Perhaps he was at one of ‘my’ shows!

Yes, I remember the dance studio too. It was located on the 2nd floor, right above the theater lobby. There was one night a week that they gave tap-dancing lessons, and it would create quite a din in the lobby below.

There was also one night a week that they held ‘judo’ classes, and I remember I could hear loud “UGH!’s” and the sound of people being thrown to the floor and against the wall, since the studio was right on the other side of the wall from the projection room.

EdinNY also mentioned them giving away door prizes. Yes- – they were doing this for awhile when AIT ran the place to try to bring in more mid-week business when things were slow. I remember this because I was one of the people who would sometimes have to go up on the stage to pick the winning number out of the fishbowl full of tickets.

When the theatre closed, some sort of “home improvement” store moved into the space that had formerly been occupied by the auditorium. It was sort of a mini ‘home deopt’ type of place, but I don’t remember the name. That’s where the Marshalls store is now.

This is also the same shopping center where several people were killed in 1996 after a large accumulation of snow & ice after a big winter storm caused the roof to collapse.

I still have a couple of posters & other artifacts from the old AIT North Massapequa. I just posted a picture on the ‘picture page’ – Checkitout!

bg on May 10, 2015 at 9:02 am

HELLO EDinNY., I also worked there from 1967 to 1971. We knew each oher, Carol Srrutt was the manager then and before her Mr Stiffler(I know my spelling is wrong of his last name).And Mr Rosen was the dist.mgr. And Teecie and her sister Kathy was the cashier and candy counter person. Time sure has gone fast. Hope your well. Barry.

bg on May 10, 2015 at 9:05 am

I Mean JIM C. SORRY BG. Barry

Jim_C on May 10, 2015 at 10:16 am

Hi BG-

I remember some of the names you mention in your post.

I liked working at the N.Massapequa because it was very near my house. (I graduated from Seaford HS)

Norman Slotnick was the regular projectionist at the N. Massapequa for many years. I used to fill in for him sometimes on his nights off or when he was was on vacation.

After the theater closed he wound up over at the AIT Bethpage and eventually ended up working a several of the really big “A List” theaters on Long Island. I think his last assignment was at the UA Syossett.

I spent most of 1970’s working at the UA Farmingdale, after “the union” gave it to me as my ‘permanent’ projection assignment.

If you visit the Farmindale (NY) page on this website, you can see some pictures of me taken back then and now that I recently posted.

bg on May 10, 2015 at 7:13 pm

HI JIM, Just saw your photo’s of you in Farmingdale. Thanks BG.Barry

NYer on May 11, 2015 at 7:53 am

Grand Opening Wed October 19 1960 ad in photo section.

robboehm on May 11, 2015 at 8:06 am

What we really need is a photo of the theater.

zep on June 1, 2015 at 7:43 am

Hi BG…..worked at the in ‘70 and'72. Hired after previous staff were fired. Cool working with Mrs. Strutt and Kathy/TC. Kelly’s Heroes was the first movie I worked

bg on June 1, 2015 at 10:03 am

Hi Zep. I worked there from 67 to 71 so we must have worked there togeth er at some point. Yes Carol Strutt and Kathy and her sister TC were great…do you know what ever happened to any of these nice people. I also wored at the pizza place few doors down. Good talking to you about the good ole days there. Bg.

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