Argo Theater

485 Hempstead Turnpike,
Elmont, NY 11003

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Argo Theater

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The Argo Theater opened in 1950. This one-time Century Theater stands on Hempstead Turnpike in the Elmont section of Nassau County. From the outside, the Argo Theater appears to have a balcony.

After Century Theaters gave up on it, the theater was an independent for a brief time. After closing, the building has served as a club, a store and now appears closed. It stands less than a mile from Belmont Racetrack.

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robboehm
robboehm on March 31, 2011 at 5:18 pm

Before the illuminated sign was erected atop the concrete slab marquee there was a sign announcing the Elmont Theatre. It didn’t say Century. As a rule Century had it’s name out there on any project which they initiated. This was probably a lease that Century bought into late in the contruction phase. And the name Argo is strange since the Argo Village section of Elmont was no where near the theatre. Guess the name Elmont wasn’t as desirable.

Ed Solero
Ed Solero on July 4, 2011 at 7:34 pm

Street view above is completely off and should be re-set for correction.

nhpbob
nhpbob on November 21, 2011 at 10:43 pm

The one time I went to this theater (lived in New Hyde Park with plenty of other Century theaters closer)…was to “Go Ape For A Day” when the Planet of the Apes marathon happened when “Battle For the Planet of the Apes” got released (but needed help). Nice memory.

Vito
Vito on November 22, 2011 at 5:05 am

It had a hugh projection room with a shower in the bathroon and large windows overlooking the turnpike. Of course working for Century in the day was the ultimate job for a projectionist.

Ed Solero
Ed Solero on November 22, 2011 at 6:42 am

Hey nhpbob… I know first hand that memory can play tricks, and it I think it has done just that in the case of your “Go Ape” recollection. “Battle for the Planet of the Apes” was released in the early summer of 1973 and probably did OK at the box office, given its relatively meager production costs. Fox issued the “Go Ape” marathon the next summer in 1974, probably to drum up interest for its upcoming “Planet of the Apes” network television series – and milk a few extra pennies out of the franchise at the same time.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on December 27, 2011 at 5:40 pm

The architect of the Century’s Argo Theatre was Samuel Lewis Malkind, who also designed the Parsons Theatre in Flushing, New York. Early in his career, Malkind worked as a draftsman in Thomas Lamb’s office.

Later, he was a partner in the firm of Malkind & Weinstein, with Martyn Weinstein (who later changed his name to Martyn Weston.) Malkind & Weinstein were associate architects (with the firm of Reilly & Hall) in the design of Loew’s Coney Island Theatre (later renamed the Shore Theatre) in Brooklyn.

Malkind might have designed other theaters on his own as well, but so far the Argo and the Parsons are the only ones I’ve been able to track down.

robboehm
robboehm on March 16, 2012 at 7:21 am

The Community and Bellerose used to share prints when they had the same films. Presumably the Argo shared with the Park.

RobertR
RobertR on August 6, 2013 at 5:54 am

The balcony is probably still intact above the store in the auditorium.

QueensCutie
QueensCutie on June 29, 2014 at 6:51 pm

How long did the Mittman family own the Argo Theatre? Anyone know what became of them?

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