Nautilus Theater

47 Vermont Street,
Long Beach, NY 11561

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Nautilus Theater

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The Nautilus Theater in Long Beach, NY opened around 1921 as the West End Theater. The Nautilus Theater was destroyed in a fire on October 12, 1971.

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Lost Memory
Lost Memory on August 29, 2005 at 12:42 pm

This is a 1971 photo of the Nautilus Theater going out in a blaze of glory.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on August 29, 2005 at 1:05 pm

This is some history I found on the Nautilus theater:

‘Here’s some Nautilus Theatre history provided by Sam Schwarzman:’

“The original theater was called the West End Movie and was owned by my cousin, Sid Sinitar and his partner, Sy Frank. The building originally came from Camp Upton in Yaphank. After World War I the camp was dismantled and the buildings sold at auction in August of 1921. The theater was actually a barracks t the camp. The theater was opened by someone named "Sonin” originally.

The next owner was someone named “Petrey” and my cousin and Sy Frank bought it from him. Eventually it was sold to Irwin Knohl and he renamed it the Nautilus. My cousin Sid’s dad was Sam Sinitar (I am named after him), he was the founder of the old Lido Laundry , it was located at the foot of the old Long Beach Bridge. The West End Movie had some stores attached to it, one was a coffee shop named Lenny’s and was owned by Lenny Beck. Lenny Beck later opened Lenny’s Steak House.

Sid Sinitar and Sy Frank would only open the movie on weekends and on rainy days. One would run the movie, the other would pick you up in his car for the price of admission. They were on a shoe string budget and held down full time jobs. From that ambitious beginning, they formed Town and Country Theaters and owned many Long Island Movies, most of them now long gone, among them were: The Glen Cove, The Town (in Glen Cove), the Wantagh, The Hewlett, The 86th Street East (NYC), The Hicksville Multi Theater, and until last year, the Elwood in East Northport. They are both now (mostly) retired, Sid lives in Lido and Sy in Florida".

RobertR on October 19, 2006 at 12:05 am

Sorry meant to post the above as a URL

Tinseltoes on August 10, 2012 at 4:58 pm

This 1930 trade report shows a marquee of a Long Beach, Long Island cinema named Castle’s. Text of the article gives the name as Castle. Whatever the name, it doesn’t seem to be listed at Cinema Treasures: archive

robboehm on August 13, 2012 at 3:31 am

According to the Long Beach, NY Historical Society the Castle Theatre was specifically built as a performance venue for dance couple Vernon and Irene Castle. They say it was only used for live performances until it was converted into a bathhouse and later burnt down.

However, since the text of the trade report refers to a “picture” being shown, the name of which appears on the marquee in the photo, I tried, unsuccessfully to find a reference to a 1929-1930 film of that title. I contacted the Historical Society representative, referring him to the article and requesting that a further check be made.

Incidentally, many years ago I saw a reference to a theatre in Long Beach which was near the boardwalk (none of the three currently on CT). No name was given. I wonder if it was the Castle. Don’t have a Long Beach map to check that out.

Eaglo on March 11, 2013 at 2:05 am

As mentioned above, the Castles Theater was indeed a third Long Beach theater not listed here. It was located in the middle of town on the boardwalk between Edwards (then Jackson) and National Boulevards. The venue was formally used as a dance hall owned by Irene and Vernon Castle.

I believe it burned in the late 1930’s or early ‘40’s.

FormerNYCJim on March 11, 2013 at 10:53 pm

as an early teen, I spent a few summers in Long Beach, 1962-4, I think. The West End usually played a repertory of older films, usually a double bill, and would change the films every few days. It was dirt cheap, and I actually got to see a lot of great films from the late 50’s and early 960’s there.

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