Calderone Theater

145 N. Franklin Street,
Hempstead, NY 11550

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Calderone Theater

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.

Contributed by SteveSmith

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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.

Hokispocus on March 15, 2016 at 1:50 am

I used to go to the Calderone Theater almost exclusively when I was child in the fifties. All the big movies played there. Saw Elvis, Dean & Jerry, Godzilla, etc. Used to be 60 cents for children and 90 cents for adults. Parents used to drop us off alone and then come back to pick us up when the films were over. Always a double feature.

Jjdkm on April 23, 2016 at 1:41 pm

A few years back I read an article that during the construction of the Calderone they were going to have a stage for live acts, this is why it’s such a large theatre but had to cancel the idea as they found a brook underneath while building the stage as a result this would not allow the weight of the stage to hold up. Has anyone ever heard of this and if so is there a link to it

robboehm on April 23, 2016 at 4:23 pm

There is a 2/6/2004 comment re the stream but it doesn’t site a specific reference.

paul baar
paul baar on May 25, 2017 at 2:37 pm

The first time I went there I saw Richard Lester’s"The Three Musketeers",it was huge beautiful theater.The next time I went it was a concert hall and I saw Carlos Santana!

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