Mayfair Theatre

23 North Station Plaza,
Great Neck, NY 11023

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on October 11, 2013 at 4:20 am

The May 8, 1926, issue of Motion Picture News had an item about a “Mayfield” Theatre at Great Neck, as did the July 10 issue. I don’t know if this was a repeated error or if the theater actually changed names. In the May item, the house had just been taken over by Irving Lesser, operator of the Great Neck Playhouse:

“Irving Lesser continues to expand his theatre circuit. According to report, the latest house to be taken over by him is the Mayfield, Great Neck, L. I. This is number five in the chain, the others being the Great Neck Playhouse, the Strand at Rockville Centre, Memorial Hall, Beacon, N. Y., and the Capitol at Haverstraw.”
The July item said that the house was temporarily closed and would reopen on August 1.

If the Mayfair closed by 1928, it must have reopened later. The July 28, 1932, issue of The Film Daily had the Mayfair, Great Neck, listed in its “Closings” column. Some theaters were seasonal in those days, so this might have been another temporary closing and the Mayfair might have opened yet again.

This house might have been called the Great Neck Theatre in 1921. The December 10 issue of Exhibitors Trade Review said that the world premier of the Warner Brothers production School Days had been given its world premier at the Great Neck Theatre on November 24. Another item in the same issue, datelined Gret Neck, said that the movie had been given its premier at “…the local picture house….”, suggesting that there was only the one movie theater in the town.

robboehm
robboehm on September 22, 2009 at 3:42 am

Thanks Warren. Now, I’ll go back to the Library page – I see they haven’t corrected the address yet – to see what components you picked up to achieve the link and then I’ll try one of my own.

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[Deleted] on September 9, 2009 at 7:23 pm

Great detective work! Here’s a direct link to the vintage image described in the introduction: View link