Lindenhurst Theatre

20 E. Montauk Highway,
Lindenhurst, NY 11757

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Lindenhurst Theatre exterior

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This theatre opened on December 25, 1948 with "Tap Roots" under the Prudential Theatre Circuit, a Long Island exhibitor. It has 625 seats on the main floor and 140 in the loge.

It was taken over by UA Theatres in 1968 and was a first run house during this time. In the 1980’s and 1990’s, its price policy was as a reduced price theater. In 1998, UA sold the theater to 5 Star Cinemas which did some repairs but not to the falling apart seats and failed to keep the theatre clean.

This popular moviehouse served the area for 54 years, and closed on Thursday July 18, 2002 with “Sum of All Fears”.

“I am in communications with the village and Chamber of Commerce to clean up and re-seat the theatre that has gotten a bad rap.” — Orlando Lopes

Sadly, it was demolished in February 2014.

Contributed by Orlando Lopes

Recent comments (view all 85 comments)

robboehm
robboehm on December 11, 2013 at 9:29 pm

Despite all the discussion on the CVS project both the theater and the adjacent buildings are still standing. There is also no indication of CVS locating here.

robboehm
robboehm on December 11, 2013 at 9:35 pm

Ground was broken for this theater on March 8, 1948.
The cost was $ 250,000.

Orlando
Orlando on February 4, 2014 at 7:36 pm

The Lindenhurst Theatre has been demolished, the last part the building went down on Saturday, February 1, 2014. Interior demolition began three weeks ago and the well built building took slightly longer than the expected one week I was told it would take. The demolition foreman told me that he had never demolished a building in such good condition. By the way a CVS will replace the theatre and the 3 parcels of land. The CVS will run from Wellwood Avenue to Washington Avenue. Lindenhurst can now boast they have the “biggest” CVS drugstore on Long Island. P.S. The cost of the 4 properties cost CVS 6 million dollars. The CVS in the village will close once construction is completed. I filmed and photographed as the walls came down daily and would like to post them but I don’t have a private computer at home. Farewell to the LINDENHURST Theatre 12-25-48 to 2-1-14.

robboehm
robboehm on May 25, 2014 at 6:37 pm

The exterior walls and signage are all up. Just need to complete a bit of the facade, the parking lot and the interior. I would think CVS will open by July 4th.

robboehm
robboehm on March 29, 2015 at 6:22 pm

In the last few years of it’s life they added signage to the Wellwood Av and Montauk Highway section of the building above the marquee. It would be nice if someone could find a picture showing that.

wally 75
wally 75 on March 29, 2015 at 11:19 pm

Forgot how to ad pix.

GeorgeStrum
GeorgeStrum on November 17, 2016 at 1:56 am

Little did I know as a six month old baby celebrating his first Christmas that down the street the “new” Lindenhurst Theatre opened. I saw my first movie there a re-showing of the classic “Snow White” in 1953. The rest is history. My last time there was August 1965 and my family moved.

paul baar
paul baar on May 18, 2017 at 7:38 pm

THE FIRST MOVIE I SAW THERE WAS “MARY POPPINS”,LATER I SAW"COOL HAND LUKE"and"THE EMMIGRANTS"with MAX VON SYDOW and LIV ULLMAN.WHEN I MOVED TO LINDENHURST I WOULD PAY $1.00 IN LATE “70’S"and"EARLY"80’S.FOR ONE DAY THE THEATER WAS A DRIVE-IN "HA,HA”!

robboehm
robboehm on May 18, 2017 at 9:51 pm

Prudential also had a $1.00 price policy at the Northport.

paul baar
paul baar on May 19, 2017 at 1:21 pm

SOME TIME IN THE"80’S" A CAR CRASHED IN INTO THE LOBBY,SMASHING THE ORIGINAL “1948"GLASS AND WOOD FRAME WINDOWS.IT WAS REPLACED WITH METAL FRAMES AND NEW GLASS.IF YOU DIDN’T KNOW AFTER THE REPAIR IT LOOKED THE SAME.

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