Montauk Playhouse

240 Edgemere Street,
Montauk, NY 11954

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Opened in 1929 as the Montauk Tennis Auditorium. According to the website at the link below, the Montauk Playhouse was used as a summer movie theater, operated by Prudential Theaters starting in 1960. The building was abandoned in the 1970s. After a recent restoration, the building is now used as a community center.

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Ken Roe
Ken Roe on May 30, 2007 at 12:52 am

The Montauk Theatre, Montauk Point, Long Island is listed in the 1941 edition of Film Daily Yearbook with a seating capacity of 350 (Closed).

robboehm
robboehm on January 26, 2010 at 3:50 pm

According to a local guide dated many years back, seating was provided using deck chairs. That seems odd. Also to achieve a seating capacity of 350 as quoted above implies a very large room when using deck chairs. Hey, I’m only quoting what was in the book.

MontaukMovie
MontaukMovie on February 19, 2010 at 6:40 pm

Half of the Montauk Playhouse was used as a movie theater in the 1960s and 1970s. (The structure was built in 1929 as a tennis auditorium with 2 courts.) Patrons did sit on directors chairs, which were left over from a 1959 ill-fated attempt to turn the Montauk Playhouse into a summer-stock theater.

bicyclereporter
bicyclereporter on August 27, 2010 at 12:16 am

There’s a theater in Hudson, NY that was also called the Tennis Auditorium. Any others like this in the country? Strange.

robboehm
robboehm on August 27, 2010 at 5:22 pm

There is no US theatre on CT with the word Tennis in it’s name. There are a number of theatres listed in Hudson, NY. Is it one of them, if so which? If not we need a new CT entry.

robboehm
robboehm on August 27, 2010 at 6:59 pm

OK it was the Community Theatre. Thank you.

magistramc
magistramc on January 5, 2013 at 7:50 pm

I remember seeing many movies here during the summers of my childhood. And I remember sitting on those director chairs, and looking at the masks of Drama and Comedy on the walls of either side of the sceen whenever I got bored with the film. If memory serves, the full name was “Montauk Manor Playhouse.” The current movie house is pleasant enough, but I’ll always miss this great old theater.

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