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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RobertR on October 18, 2006 at 11:05 pm

Sorry meant to post the above as a URL

robboehm on August 13, 2012 at 2:31 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 1:05 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 9:53 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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