Century's Station Theatre

1131 New York Avenue,
Huntington Station, NY 11746

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This small cinema near the Huntington LIRR station ran its programs after they’d finished at Century Theaters Shore Theatre and Huntington Theatre in downtown Huntington. More information about its history and the current status of the site is needed.

Contributed by Warren G. Harris

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Lost Memory
Lost Memory on June 12, 2007 at 11:44 am

BANDITS KILL OFFICER IN CROWDED THEATRE; Constable in Movie Audience at Huntington, L.I., Fatally Shot, Watchman Wounded. GANG SURPRISED AT SAFE Gunmen, Who Paid Their Way In, Fire Among 2,000 at Show in Making Escape. CONSTABLE SLAIN IN CROWDED MOVIE

NY Times September 25, 1932

HUNTINGTON, L.I., Sept. 24. — Four robbers who paid their way tonight into the Huntington Theatre and then attempted to loot the safe in the manager’s office shot their way to freedom when they were surprised at the safe.

I assume that its this theater. The full article gives the location of the theater as New York Avenue.

Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on June 13, 2007 at 5:20 am

No, it was probably the Huntington Theatre, since the story says “the Huntington Theatre.” The Huntington Theatre was also on New York Avenue, but in the center of town. The Station was in the outskirts near the LIRR station. The Huntington Theatre still exists as a performing arts center, but under a different name which escapes me at the moment. But it has a listing at CT.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on June 13, 2007 at 7:34 am

Thanks. There are three theaters listed here for New York Avenue in Huntington. This theater, Century’s York and the IMAC Theater. The Times story must be about the IMAC Theater which is here:

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Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on March 30, 2008 at 7:11 am

The Station Theatre first opened on July 15th, 1932, according to a report in Box Office Magazine at the time. The Station was one of three new theatres operated by the Prudential circuit. The Island Theatre in Hollis, Queens, had opened in June. The Northport Theatre in Suffolk County was still under construction and due to open in October or November. Within a year, Prudential sold the Station to the Century circuit, which operated the downtown Huntington Theatre and intended to use the Station as a move-over house.

robboehm
robboehm on February 20, 2009 at 2:08 pm

The marquee said Huntington Station, not Station which made it a pretty long marquee. Early ads referred to it by its full name, subsequently abbreviated to Huntington Sta. and, finally Station. It always seems to be a crap shot looking some of these things up when the name it, outright wrong, such as this, or a name has changed and one of the names, only comes up e.g. The Regents in Bay Shore is listed under its current identity Boulton Center. And, nowhere in the comments mention when it was Hollyrock. Similarly, the theatre listed as Old Bethpage began it’s life as Bethview, then Cine Capri, then Old Bethpage and, finally CAP, a live theatre group.

robboehm
robboehm on June 11, 2009 at 11:08 am

Warren, your September 2006 link no longer works. Any chance of reestablishing it?

robboehm
robboehm on May 11, 2010 at 10:01 am

The Huntington Station Theatre, that’s what the marquee said, was demolished about the time of, or in conjunction with, an urban renewal project which also resulted in the building of a large, combination, condo and housing project across New York Avenue (on the Western side).

robboehm
robboehm on January 4, 2012 at 3:09 pm

Doing some research in the Smithtown Messenger, the last time an ad appeared for the Station was July 1950. Century continued to run its ads in the paper but only for the Shore and Huntington, billing them as the Showplaces of the North Shore

robboehm
robboehm on February 5, 2014 at 3:28 pm

At the time Century announced it would build the Shore in the Village of Huntington it indicated it would build a 1,000 seat theater in Huntington Station. They felt the developing area could support the Huntington and the Shore in the Village and the Station and the new theater in the “Station”. That second theater was never built and the Station, itself, only lasted a couple of more years as the neighborhood deteriorated.

Subsequently, Century did open two theaters in what was technically Huntington Station: the York in the Big H Shopping Center and the Whitman at the Walt Whitman Shopping Center.

robboehm
robboehm on February 6, 2014 at 7:41 am

Photos of this theater are needed. There was one in the distance on a book about Huntington Station but not clear enough to get onto CT.

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