Century's Plainview

337A South Oyster Bay,
Plainview, NY 11803

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Century's Plainview Theater, South Oyster Bay Road, Plainview/Hicksville, NY

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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
PaulRosenthal on December 12, 2011 at 4:33 pm

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
robboehm on December 12, 2011 at 7:36 pm

No Century Theatre ever played Cinerama.

RSB
RSB on December 26, 2011 at 4:18 am

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
robboehm on January 18, 2012 at 9:09 pm

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 12:34 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
robboehm on January 10, 2014 at 9:43 am

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

NYer
NYer on January 10, 2014 at 11:01 am

The Ghost light!

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ghost_light_(theatre)

Coate
Coate on November 24, 2014 at 3:47 pm

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

NYer
NYer on November 24, 2014 at 6:59 pm

“My Fair Lady” open an exclusive Long Island Roadshow engagement on December 22, 1965 and played thru June 14 1966. The next feature was the general released “Stagecoach” starring Ann-Margret & Bing Crosby. Opening day ad For “My Fair Lady” added to pictures.

Coate
Coate on December 3, 2014 at 2:48 am

Thank you, NYer.

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