East Hampton Cinema 6

30 Main Street,
East Hampton, NY 11937

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Built on the site of the Edwards Theatre, which had been destroyed by fire the previous year, Prudential’s East Hampton Theatre debuted on Tuesday, August 3, 1965 to a full house of 900. Proceeds from opening night were donated to the East Hampton Ladies' Village Improvement Society. The new theatre was fully air conditioned, had a large CinemaScope screen and seated approximately one third of it’s patrons in a loge.

The building of the theatre was delayed initially by Prudential’s consideration of building outside the village. Then, when the decision was made to use the Edwards site, bids for construction were deemed too high. Plans had to be revised to keep costs down and also to conform to the Village request for more of a setback from the sidewalk. It was also necessary to get a ruling from the Village Board on whether a marquee could overhang the sidewalk.

Under subsequent United Artist’s management six cinemas were created from the auditorium. Regal is the current management corporation.

Contributed by rob boehm

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robboehm
robboehm on December 25, 2011 at 10:31 am

Since I just established it maybe the Google link isn’t updated in real time…. .

robboehm
robboehm on January 29, 2012 at 2:39 pm

Columbia Pictures donated the opening night film, “The Finest Hours”, based on the life of Winston Churchill. It was the first time it was shown on Long Island.

LebowskiT1000
LebowskiT1000 on August 14, 2013 at 7:03 am

Hugh Jackman went to see The Wolverine there and tweeted a pic of himself there. Pretty sweet!

https://twitter.com/RealHughJackman/status/360930558827700224/photo/1

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