Mattituck Theatre

11500 Main Road,
Mattituck, NY 11952

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The original Mattituck Theatre was the only Quonset Hut style theatre on Long Island. It was designed with a two story block front by local architect A. Van Ryswyck. The opening date was February 8, 1951.

According to the 1957 Film Daily Yearbook the seating capacity was 425. The previous "Mattituck Theatre" was not a dedicated space but rather the use of a second floor hall in the Library which was operated by the owners of the new theatre.

After its closure the space housed an auto parts dealer, a bike shop and, currently, a sports shop. The wedged shape marquee has been retained but the only remaining original element is the "M" on the front. Walls have been extended down from the marquee to form the new entrance.

The walls of the theatre was a Gunite, or similar spray, over the corrugated steel. One of the decorative faux windows exists, in part, in a storage area. The outline of a wall sconce can also be seen. Concealed fluorescent line either side of the high arched auditorium. A wooden floor has been installed over the pitched concrete.

The windows from the projection booth are readily observable from the retail area. The only on-site memorabilia is a poor quality night time photo showing that "The Unsinkable Molly Brown" was playing. That would indicate 1964.

Contributed by rvb

Recent comments (view all 12 comments)

longislandmovies
longislandmovies on July 7, 2009 at 8:24 am

all my pics are on film .I have about 25 shots of the inside of the theater around 1989-90 when it was empty.

robboehm
robboehm on July 7, 2009 at 9:53 am

Anyway you can get any of these on the site. I only had a hint of what the interior was from what I saw behind the storage area.

bicyclereporter
bicyclereporter on August 30, 2010 at 8:38 pm

I was there on my bike trip on Saturday. Love this place. I took a bunch of pics outside and inside. Nobody seemed to care. I will post them on CinemaTour, but if anyone wants me to email them the 8 pics, I will gladly do so.

robboehm
robboehm on August 31, 2010 at 3:17 am

Did you get into the storage area to the left where you can see a hint of the interior? There are pix of the interior in the day, as you can see from an earlier posting, but they’ve never made it here.

bicyclereporter
bicyclereporter on August 31, 2010 at 6:57 am

Didn’t notice a storage area, just walked inside the store.

robboehm
robboehm on August 31, 2010 at 2:12 pm

When I went in I sought out the manager. He showed me an old exterior picture and took me into the storage area. See my earlier posting.

How long was this bicycle trip since you’ve posted from Rocky Point, Mattituck, Greenport, Shelter Island and Montauk?

bicyclereporter
bicyclereporter on August 31, 2010 at 4:22 pm

Well, I live in Danbury, so I biked to Bridgeport, took the ferry to Port Jeff and biked to Orient State Park and then spent the nite in Greenport. Total mileage for that day was 110. Next day was 80 miles.

robboehm
robboehm on August 31, 2010 at 4:35 pm

If you were checking out theatres how come you didn’t do Theatre Three at Athena Hall, or whatever it’s called, the old Port Jeff, which is on 112 as you leave the ferry?

bicyclereporter
bicyclereporter on August 31, 2010 at 4:49 pm

I did on my last trip last summer. I took tons of pics, they are at CinemaTour.com

robboehm
robboehm on January 2, 2014 at 10:14 pm

Early photo of the Mattituck, pre opening, from the Traveler – Watchman added. Have some current ones in my camera which, when I learn how to manipulate them, will also add.

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