Edwards Theatre

30 Main Street,
East Hampton, NY 11937

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This, the second theatre to bear the Edwards name, was constructed by the Edwards family to replace the original which had been fashioned out of retail space somewhere else in town. The closing of the original coincided with the opening of the new on August 30, 1926. At the time it was the eastern most theatre on the South Shore of Long Island. Although originally seating 1,000, capacity was reduced to 825 during a renovation in 1951.

The facade of the building was in a half-timbered old English style with cream colored stucco. There was no balcony, but the sloped floor created a stadium atmosphere. The general color scheme was brown, red and gold, to give the atmosphere of an English country home.

An article in the East Hampton Star indicated an orchestra would play at the opening and possibly, until an organ was delivered in November.

Despite the touted presence of fireproof walls, the theatre was destroyed by fire on April 14, 1964. The wall didn’t burn. All but the front wall collapsed when the domed ceiling fell. Five other businesses housed in the two story complex were also displaced. At the time of the fire the Edwards Theatre was being managed by Prudential Theatres circuit which dominated Suffolk County.

The East Hampton Cinema 6 was built on the site.

Contributed by rvb

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robboehm
robboehm on March 9, 2011 at 10:11 am

Prior to the time I created this site there was quite a bit of discussion about the Edwards on the Old Post Office (also East Hampton) site. It’s probably not feasible to have that moved over here so check it out.

robboehm
robboehm on June 28, 2011 at 2:48 pm

The link I provided above has been negated by the reorganization of the Historical Society web site. In order to see the image of the Edwards you have to select Collections and then Postcards. It is imbedded in the presentation.

robboehm
robboehm on December 23, 2011 at 11:11 pm

I was able to look at a fancy pamphlet which was prepared extolling the attributes of the Edwards Theatre. The fans were wonderful bringing breezes on a balmy day; the lobby was like entering an English mansion; page after page of superlative adjectives. I don’t know how it seemed in the day but now it’s a hoot. You can view the whole in the Long Island Collection at the East Hampton Library.

robboehm
robboehm on November 23, 2012 at 10:11 am

Photo in the heading is actually of the East Hampton Cinema which was built on the same site after the Edwards was destroyed by fire. There is a linked photo of the Edwards in the comments area.

hsmiless
hsmiless on May 12, 2013 at 6:53 pm

I recently found two vintage posters from Edwards Theatre East Hampton NY. I was wondering if anyone could give me some insight on when / what year the following shows were in that theater? Miami story, dial m for murder, and French line (in technicolor) these movies are all on one poster. The 2nd poster has The black shield of Falworth in CinemaScope and technicolor. Also on same poster sabrina

robboehm
robboehm on May 12, 2013 at 9:09 pm

I would think just knowing the year each of the films was released would suffice. Will you be sharing these with us?

hsmiless
hsmiless on May 12, 2013 at 11:33 pm

Thank you for your quick response and advice. After researching your tip it is looking like they are original lobby cards however printed at a press rather then colored pictures that seem to be the norm. Perhaps I could share these with you and see if you have ever see anything like them? What would your advice be am I able to post them on this thread? These were found in a local families basement among very old things.

robboehm
robboehm on May 13, 2013 at 8:07 am

If they specifically mentioned Edwards and several movies these would probably have been used as advertising in the various local stores rather than as something in the lobby where there was usually a poster from the motion picture distributor. That was quite the common practice for the Prudential Circuit here on Long Island. They probably also have the word or a phrase using Prudential. They would be a welcome addition to this site. Rather than posting them on the thread where you’d need a link to a photo account, just put them in the photo section of the heading. There are instructions on CT if you go to About from the home page.

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