Plaza Theatre

W. Sunrise Highway,
Freeport, NY 11520

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Located in Freeport, Long Island, the Plaza Theatre was opened in 1912. It was a wood frame building, and its address given at that time was at Grove Street and Olive Boulevard.

Still listed as operating in the 1950 edition of Film Daily Yearbook with a Sunrise Highway address. It was demolished in around 1959/1960 due to a Long Island Rail Road grade crossing elimination project.

Contributed by Ken Roe

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robboehm on August 17, 2009 at 8:43 pm

According to data from the Freeport Historical Society the theatre began operations in 1912 and was run by Charles and Jennie Reitmeyer. Over the years the theatre was renovated several times. While it didn’t start out as white it was painted in later years. As a wooden structure adjacent to the railroad tracks the building was known to shake when a train past.

In later years it was operated by Dr. Frank Calderone along with the Mineola and Westbury Theatres.

It’s final use before demolition, due to a grade crossing elimination project in 1959-60, was as a music school.

Incidentally, the name Grove Street was retired when the thorofare was renamed after local luminary and band leader Guy Lombardo.

robboehm on March 3, 2010 at 8:59 pm

Original structure circa 1917

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robboehm on March 3, 2010 at 9:03 pm

Structure modified to include retail space and enlargement of the auditorium.

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robboehm on September 29, 2013 at 10:14 am

Surprised to learn that Century managed this for a time. In the comments section for some other theatre it was noted in the Box Office for 1938 that among the managerial changes within the Century Circuit Howard Weiss, Asst. Mgr. of the Fantasy in Rockville Centre became the manager of the Plaza.

robboehm on March 25, 2015 at 8:39 pm

Uploaded the pictures I linked above. Links tend to be broken. Will try to get a better one.

robboehm on March 26, 2015 at 11:00 am

Uploaded a better picture of the exterior, albeit still an early shot, and two interior pictures.

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