Calderone Theater

145 N. Franklin Street,
Hempstead, NY 11550

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robboehm
robboehm on August 15, 2013 at 3:48 am

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

Tinseltoes
Tinseltoes on July 3, 2012 at 4:04 am

Described in this 1949 trade article: boxofficemagazine

RobertR
RobertR on June 19, 2012 at 8:49 am

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

robboehm
robboehm on June 18, 2012 at 3:43 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?

Tinseltoes
Tinseltoes on June 18, 2012 at 6:30 am

Before wide-screen, movies tended to appear lost in the vastness of the new Calderone Theatre: boxofficemagazine

Tinseltoes
Tinseltoes on March 3, 2012 at 5:37 am

When the Skouras Calderone had its grand opening on the night of June 21, 1949, Newsday described it as “America’s largest postwar theater,” with a construction cost of about $1,350,000. Proceeds from that night’s gala were contributed to the Hempstead Community Chest. 20th Century-Fox, which had a corporate connection to Skouras Theatres, provided a sneak preview of its Technicolor musical, “You’re My Everything,” which was due to open later that summer in NYC at the Roxy Theatre. The Calderone opened to the public the next day, with a double feature of MGM’s “Take Me Out to the Ball Game,” a Technicolor musical with Esther Williams, Gene Kelly, and Frank Sinatra, and Screen Guild’s B&W “I Shot Jesse James.”

lmf1957
lmf1957 on January 17, 2012 at 2:58 pm

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

rivoli157
rivoli157 on November 18, 2011 at 12:01 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

robboehm
robboehm on August 30, 2011 at 7:26 am

It was cheap carpet too.

Tinseltoes
Tinseltoes on August 30, 2011 at 3:09 am

If the floors were carpeted, that might have been the reason, rather than cheap construction of the building. It could have been the carpeting or padding underneath it.

robboehm
robboehm on August 29, 2011 at 5:08 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.

Ed Solero
Ed Solero on April 30, 2011 at 7:26 pm

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.

drofelia
drofelia on February 20, 2011 at 5:47 am

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

robboehm
robboehm on September 23, 2010 at 7:49 am

According to an article in the August 26, 1949 Newsday, the opening night proceeds of $ 3,568 were turned over to the local Community Chest by the Skouras Theatre Corp.

js662
js662 on December 9, 2009 at 12:29 am

The pictures you have are of the Rivoli Theater which was located just up the block from the Calderone. The Rivoli was know as the Calderone 2 for a period to try to change the bad image it had for may years. It did not work… The theater has been demolished.

rcdt55b
rcdt55b on June 25, 2009 at 5:51 am

They are definitely not pictures of either the Calderone or the Hempstead theater.

RobertR
RobertR on April 17, 2009 at 7:20 am

Are these pictures the Calderone?
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formerprojectionist
formerprojectionist on December 18, 2008 at 12:49 pm

That date I was doing the renovating in was 1997, not 2007, my mistake.

Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on December 17, 2008 at 8:14 am

The Calderone was never intended to be more than a cinema, which is why the stage facilities were virtually non-existent.

formerprojectionist
formerprojectionist on December 17, 2008 at 6:33 am

I was helping renovate the theater in 2007. It had already been split into several small theaters. But the upstairs projection booth was old as the hills, and it had a locker that featured stickers promoting the various films shown there as well as the various rock groups that played there. Stickers for Prudence and the Pill. And then rock promotion for Ten Years Later (formally Ten Years After). They had a ton of Carbon Arcs in the basement. The theater was down again by ‘99. It’s one huge church now…

Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on July 18, 2008 at 3:25 am

Here are new links to images described above on 7/27/05 and 9/3/05:
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dinosaur78
dinosaur78 on July 17, 2008 at 5:43 pm

Saw Frank Marino & Mahogany Rush May 28, 1978 there. Have a picture of the marquis, which included Stanley Clarke June 13 and Patti Smith June 14. Sound was great in every seat in the house. Great lobby and huge bathrooms.
Another great venue was My Father’s Place in Roslyn. Saw an old Stephan Grappelli play with Les Paul.
Both shows kicked ass.
Too bad we don’t have these “stylish” venues on L.I. anymore.

peterpete
peterpete on October 12, 2007 at 11:47 am

Saw Stanley Clarke here, he recorded a live album there.

Rory
Rory on September 6, 2007 at 12:58 am

I was a kid in Hempstead in the sixties and I saw many a movie at the Calderone. Back in those days a nine-year-old kid could walk by himself, as I did, through downtown Hempstead and go to movies without much fear. I remember seeing “You Only Live Twice” and “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid” at the Calderone when they first opened on Long Island there. My favorite though was “Planet of the Apes,” which I first saw at the Wantagh and Levittown theatres in 1968, but saw again at the Calderone during the Memorial Day weekend of 1969 when it was double featured with “Those Magnificent Men in their Flying Machines.” I also recall seeing a re-issue of “The Longest Day” at the Calderone. It was a nice, big theatre, but one thing I didn’t like about it was that if you were a kid alone they made you sit in the “unaccompanied children” section on the right. I liked to sit in the center of the theatre and so I hated that, and I recall being turned away from the theatre once, I think for the John Wayne movie “The Undefeated,” because the kid’s usher took a sick day or something. Man, was I pissed! The last movie I saw at the Calderone before my family moved off the Island was “Beneath the Planet of the Apes” in late June 1970.

RobertR
RobertR on October 8, 2006 at 7:19 am

Rockville Twin should be reopened