Century's Morton Village

1038 Old Country Road,
Plainview, NY 11803

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Morton Village Theater, Old Country Road, Plainview, NY

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The modern Morton Village Theater stood at the edge of the Morton Village Shopping Center. This theater had a short life before Century Theaters closed it. It was then gutted and converted to retail use.

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DixonSteele
DixonSteele on September 6, 2007 at 7:16 am

Saw two fantatsic mid 70s movies here, Fellini’s AMARCORD and Cassvetes' A WOMAN UNDER THE INFLUENCE.

Also saw one of the worst NIGHT ON THE LEPUS…LOL!

cinepaul
cinepaul on October 1, 2007 at 1:52 pm

I have good memories of this theater. The low ceiling, perhaps, made the screen seem a mile wide; the seats were comfortable and sightlines good from everywhere. I saw a lot of off-beat fare here in the early 70’s: The Revolutionary (w/Jon Voigt); The Angel Levine (w/Zero Mostel and Harry Belafonte); Alice’s Restaurant; Burn! (w/Marlon Brando); Ned Kelly (w/Mick Jagger); and a turkey called (I still love this title) The Lady in the Car with Glasses and a Gun (bad movie – good book).

I saw my first James Bond movie here: On Her Majesty’s Secret
Service (terrific action sequences, and Lazenby’s not that bad). Movie maniac that I was, I drove over on a very snowy weekday night (in January ‘75?) to see The Abduction (Liv Ullmann as Queen Christina – and Anthony Hopkins, I think); as I was the only one (besides the staff) who had showed up, they declined to sell me a ticket, so they could go home early – and I don’t blame them (I
never did see that movie, but I’m sure the Garbo version is better anyway).

In the discount days of the late 70’s and early 80’s, I was a frequent patron. In 1980, I played “uncle” to some 15-year old boys
who wanted to see American Gigolo (an under-rated, really great
movie); the only reason for wanting to see it that I could elicit
from them was the Blondie song!

Too bad it’s gone, like so many others!

longislandmovies
longislandmovies on April 19, 2008 at 7:45 pm

The last manager here was Mata Baur……

robboehm
robboehm on February 21, 2009 at 9:20 am

As a patron I didn’t find the theatre as problematice as former staff. I also like the exterior. It was very unusual.

vistafilms
vistafilms on June 13, 2009 at 8:53 pm

In ‘80 I saw Chariots of Fire at Morton and I remember the admission was about the same as the bargain theatre in Northport – about $1

robboehm
robboehm on November 2, 2011 at 2:44 pm

Read something on one of the other sites regarding the Morton Village. Facade has glazed black and white brick. Sinage was red and not the splashy sinage common to Century. Maybe a local restriction?

RSB
RSB on December 25, 2011 at 11:25 pm

I remember taking pictures of Batman & Robin there, as they showed up to promote their new Batman movie playing there, in ‘66 or '67.

RSB
RSB on December 25, 2011 at 11:26 pm

Anybody know what year the theater closed?

robboehm
robboehm on January 18, 2012 at 4:03 pm

I question whether that is the Morton Village in the picture. The auditorium ran parallel to Old Country Road. I don’t remember the entrance being positioned on the shopping center side, which this would have to be, since the entrance was on the east end. There were also trees on Old Country Road. I also don’t remember the building being white.

RSB
RSB on January 19, 2012 at 6:25 pm

110% positive…it’s the Morton Village Theater. When I took the picture, my back was to Old Country Road. And no, the auditorium ran perpendicular to Old Country Road. The building that is still there now utilizes the same original footprint as the movie theater, which was on the extreme left (west) side of the Morton Village Shopping Center property.

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