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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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on February 12, 2010 at 4:53 am

The opening day for the Plainview was Monday, December 23, 1957, according to a brief item in Boxoffice of January 6, 1958.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on March 18, 2010 at 8:57 pm

There was a photo in the June 1960 issue of Boxoffice:
http://tinyurl.com/ycbsm5s

BobLamelle
BobLamelle on April 3, 2010 at 9:08 pm

Anyone who worked for the Plainview Theatre,(which by the way was located in Hicksville) there is a Facebook site, named Plainview Movie Theater Group. Check it out. Meet some old friends. Bob L.

PaulRosenthal
PaulRosenthal on December 12, 2011 at 3:33 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 6:36 pm

No Century Theatre ever played Cinerama.

RSB
RSB on December 26, 2011 at 3:18 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 8:09 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 9, 2014 at 11:34 pm

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 8:43 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 10:01 am

The Ghost light!

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

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