Sayville Opera House

Candee Avenue,
Sayville, NY 11782

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The Sayville Opera House, designed by Isaac H. Green Jr. opened in 1901. The Opera House was located on Candee Avenue, south of Main Street.

It began showing moving pictures on a regular basis on May 1, 1922. The first movie shown was "The Ruling Passion" with George Arliss.

The Opera House closed in 1961, when the building was destroyed by fire.

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robboehm on February 20, 2009 at 5:55 am

I believe this to be what was called the Playhouse, or Art Playhouse theatre which mostly played drop down features from the theatre in town. That was located at the foot of Candee Av. So was the Opera House. I doubt there were two venues at that location. In that event the demolition date is way off since the Plsyhouse was showing films into the 70s.

Also, why build at this location by the water rather than in town?

robboehm on February 20, 2009 at 11:36 am

Still a weird location right at the Great South Bay. We need to do some research on this. If the Playhouse is not the reincarnation of the Opera House then we need to put something up about it. All I know is that, sometime at the end of the Playhouse run I happened to be in Sayville and went down to the site. The building had been demolished. So that’s two theatres on the same site in a desolate location both demolished?

robboehm on February 20, 2009 at 12:11 pm

But who makes the changes in the data on the face page. I’m new to this site, less than a week, but it seems that we, the users can only add a theatre, which I’ve just tried to do, or make comments about existing postings.

robboehm on March 6, 2010 at 4:45 pm

The cost of the Opera House was $12,000. It’s interesting that some of the data at the Sayville Library indicated the Opera House burned down in 1930. Others say 1961. There is also a discrepancy about when pictures were first shown. But one thing I did find out was that the Playhouse Theatre was NOT another name for the Opera House. It was a separate identity. And, as such, I will create a new listing. Incidentally, fires were all too common in Sayville in the late 1950’s and early 1960’s wiping out many historical buildings. At the time of it’s “passing” the Opera House was a bowling alley – quite a come down from the 1922 write up above.

Pete986 on August 10, 2014 at 11:40 am

I don’t think this building was down by the water. I believe it was next to the Suffolk County News building. That’s what I had always read. Even the write up says it was south of Main street. The space the Opera House took became an access to the parking lot behind where it was.

robboehm on August 10, 2014 at 3:34 pm

Pete, you are correct. The Opera House was “in town” on the west side of the road just south of Main Street. The theater by the water was the Playhouse. See elsewhere on CT.

robboehm on March 13, 2015 at 4:53 pm

Added photo from old postcard image.

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