Calderone Theater

145 N. Franklin Street,
Hempstead, NY 11550

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Calderone Theater

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Named after its owner, the Calderone Theater was the last to be constructed by this family chain on Long Island, around 1948-49.

Over the years it operated dually as a movie house and concert venue. Throughout the 1970’s and into the early-1980’s, the Calderone Theater played to packed houses, booking the likes of The Dead, Aerosmith, etc. As the neighborhood fell under bad times, so did the Calderone Theater.

The theater went through a series of uses and operators over the last 20 years, ultimately getting split up into a 7 screen multiplex. It has most recently been taken over by a local church that is in the process of restoring the auditorium for their congregation.

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drofelia on February 20, 2011 at 10:47 am

What was the name of the opening band for Hot Tuna on May 4, 1975?

Ed Solero
Ed Solero on May 1, 2011 at 1:26 am

There are a plethora of images of the Calderone Theatre (as well as other Long Island theatres built by the Calderones) on the excellent Long Island Library Resources Council’s Long Island Memories website – where a sample of photographic collections from various regional libraries have been digitized for easy access. Among the collections is one that focuses on the Calderones from the Hofstra University Library’s archives.

This image of the Calderone’s auditorium under construction starts off the series of images pertaining particularly to this theatre. You may click anywhere on the image to zoom in for a closer look. Click on the thumbnail image to move the “red box” around and change the area of detail viewed in the larger image. You may advance to the next image by clicking “Next” in the upper right side of the page header.

Excellent images well worth spending the time to peruse. And once you move past the Calderone Theatre itself, a number of other Calderone projects may be found, including the Mineola Theatre, the Cove Theatre, the Hempstead Theatre and others.

robboehm on August 29, 2011 at 11:08 pm

Never was in the theatre but went for a job interview in office space which was included in the theatre complex. I was negatively impressed by the apparently cheap construction. The floors in the hallways actually moved underfoot.

robboehm on August 30, 2011 at 1:26 pm

It was cheap carpet too.

rivoli157 on November 18, 2011 at 5:01 pm

in 1979 I appeared in a live stage show here. It was sort of odd being on the stage after having seen movies here

lmf1957 on January 17, 2012 at 7:58 pm

used to go there in the 50s, brings back memories.

robboehm on June 18, 2012 at 9:43 pm

From the photo above it would seem that the screen must have been very small in the beginning. Since the proscenium was very small what did they do to accommodate CinemaScope and the like?

RobertR on June 19, 2012 at 2:49 pm

@robboehn One of the pictures shows the front all draped for the wide Cinemascope screen

robboehm on August 15, 2013 at 9:48 am

During the period when it was split up into 7 auditoriums it was known as the Village Cinemas.

robboehm on May 11, 2015 at 11:32 pm

Uploaded a picture of the marquee when the Calderone served as a concert hall. From the Newsday Long Island Places we Loved site.

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