Century's Plainview

337A South Oyster Bay,
Plainview, NY 11803

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Century's Plainview

The Plainview, a Century Theater, was opened December 23, 1957, and closed a couple of decades later. It was retrofitted into an office building.

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PaulRosenthal on December 13, 2011 at 3:03 am

Century Theaters who built the Plainview was one of the last chains to built large single screen theaters. these were amazing venues to see epic style pictures such as “This is Cinerama”, “how The West was Won”, etc.

robboehm on December 13, 2011 at 6:06 am

No Century Theatre ever played Cinerama.

RSB on December 26, 2011 at 2:48 pm

I remember seeing Alfred Hitchcock’s “The Birds” at this theater, and that scared the hell outta me. Now my dentist is located in this building and THAT scares the hell outta me. (What year did the theater close?)

robboehm on January 19, 2012 at 7:39 am

The Plainview didn’t have a balcony but a stadium rear section. The office complex is quite nice. There are actually three levels off a central atrium.

Tom Crawford
Tom Crawford on January 10, 2014 at 11:04 am

I worked there in 1968.. Assigned to balcony. “Gone With the Wind” Played there for at least a month. Mr Scolnick was the manager. Every night at closing we stood a tall lamp at front center stage. I remember the theater was huge with plush carpeting.
My name is Tom Crawford.

robboehm on January 10, 2014 at 8:13 pm

Tall lamp on the stage. How Broadway theatrical. Mr. Scolnick must have had a legitimate theater background.

Coate on November 25, 2014 at 2:17 am

What booking followed the roadshow of “My Fair Lady”? Was “My Fair Lady” the longest-running engagement at this theater?

Coate on December 3, 2014 at 1:18 pm

Thank you, NYer.

robboehm on April 10, 2015 at 8:22 am

Photo of the Plainview in the day uploaded.

robboehm on April 25, 2015 at 8:12 pm

Splashy marquee shot for Network uploaded.

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