Century's Plainview

337A South Oyster Bay,
Plainview, NY 11803

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NYer on March 3, 2016 at 8:07 am

The Plainview got a nice share of Long Island exclusive engagements. In photo section is the opening day ad for “Network” along with robboehm’s very cool marquee panel.

robboehm on April 25, 2015 at 7:42 am

Splashy marquee shot for Network uploaded.

robboehm on April 9, 2015 at 7:52 pm

Photo of the Plainview in the day uploaded.

Coate on December 2, 2014 at 11:48 pm

Thank you, NYer.

NYer on November 24, 2014 at 3:59 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 on November 24, 2014 at 12:47 pm

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

NYer on January 10, 2014 at 8:01 am

The Ghost light!


robboehm on January 10, 2014 at 6:43 am

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

Tom Crawford
Tom Crawford on January 9, 2014 at 9:34 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 on January 18, 2012 at 6:09 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.

RSB on December 26, 2011 at 1:18 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 on December 12, 2011 at 4:36 pm

No Century Theatre ever played Cinerama.

PaulRosenthal on December 12, 2011 at 1:33 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.

BobLamelle on April 3, 2010 at 7:08 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.

kencmcintyre on March 18, 2010 at 6:57 pm

There was a photo in the June 1960 issue of Boxoffice:

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on February 12, 2010 at 2:53 am

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

BobLamelle on January 8, 2010 at 7:07 pm

That would have been me Vito. I was Chief of Service. Lets not forget the donuts from Dunkin Donuts next door. I don’t remember to Fox product trick. Bob L.

Vito on September 5, 2008 at 7:53 am

Oh my God, can we please let this go already!
The theatre is dead, gone, finito.
For heavens sake can we please give where it was located a rest.
Everytime I see a post has been made here I look forward to reading it, only to find out it is just another where was it located post.

I loved working there and missed it dearly, To anyone reading this who may have workd the house the same time I did during the 70s,
I miss you guys as well. Especialy the head usher who always made sure i had fresh coffee and tricked me into thinking we were going to start to play all the Fox product exclusively.

peterpete on September 5, 2008 at 7:28 am

“Who said Plainview is a village? The mention of Clearview Village related to a development that is located off of South Oyster Bay Road."
posted by hkbf232 on Oct 17, 2007 at 5:59am

Below is the posting mentioning Plainview as a village, which Plainview is not

“Of one thing I am sure, Century’s Plainview theatre was located in the village of Plainview which is in the Town of Oyster Bay"
posted by vito on Oct 25, 2006 at 4:46am

rivest266 on April 7, 2008 at 2:53 pm

I have double checked, Vito and find that I was wrong, what is the real addres #?

Vito on April 7, 2008 at 5:23 am

The ad posted by Mike is NOT Century’s Plainview it is the
RKO Plainview Twin which was located behind the Plainview Centre on South Oyster Bay Road. This building was converted into a Shoprite.

rivest266 on April 6, 2008 at 5:12 pm

according to warren’s View link the theatre was at 377a South Oyster Bay Road

hkbf23 on October 17, 2007 at 5:59 am

Who said Plainview is a village? The mention of Clearview Village related to a development that is located off of South Oyster Bay Road.

peterpete on October 12, 2007 at 2:18 pm

Century Plainview was located on west side of S. Oyster Bay Rd.
THAT is HICKSVILLE! Plainview did not start until the east side.
Plainview is a community not a village.

That is a fact, Bets will be accepted

hkbf23 on October 3, 2007 at 9:05 am

Of all the theaters I have been to in my life as a cinefreak, this is my favorite one of all. I saw my very first film here, Disney’s Pinnochio. I don’t remember how old I was. I could walk here from my house, and I did often, alone and with friends, to see so many films, I can’t begin to remember all of them. I learned to love movies here. And I fell in love here too for the very first time. Though I see more movies on Netflix than anywhere else now, I still love seeing movies in a theater. I still get that frisson of anticipation when the screen lights up. And I still love that boy, now a man, that I shared so many wonderful films with.