Whitman Theatre

160 Walt Whitman Road,
Huntington Station, NY 11746

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Whitman Theatre, Huntington Station, NY

One of the earliest local mall movie theaters, the Whitman Theatre was part of the Century Theaters circuit, which is still visible on the theater’s facade. It was later taken over by Cineplex Odeon, and finally Loews Cineplex.

During the last few years, Loews Cineplex ran it into the ground, using it as a ‘drop screen’ for its nearby 8 screen multiplex.

The Whitman Theatre closed in 2002 and was demolished afterward for more retail/restaurant space.

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Mike (saps)
Mike (saps) on May 24, 2017 at 10:36 am

Paul, I’m enjoying your posts, but please don’t use all capital letters; it makes it hard to read…

paul baar
paul baar on May 30, 2017 at 3:46 am

Hello Mike(saps)if you’re seeing any of my postings with caps,they are older posts.After your first request on the Huntington Whitman page I followed your suggestion(read dates).I figured out you’re reading my posts on a cell phone.I went to Half Hollow Hill high school,I love rock and roll as much as movies.I made three comments on your photo page.

msaudino
msaudino on May 30, 2017 at 11:33 am

Wondering if anyone on this comment thread can help me. I grew up in Huntington and my father (93 and still kicking) hand made the comedy/drama masks that hung on the walls inside the Whitman and many of their other theaters. The were hammered from aluminum sheet into a wooden form. I was hoping to find photos of them. A long shot would be to find out what happened to them. Any help would be appreciated.

robboehm
robboehm on May 30, 2017 at 1:25 pm

Wondered about them too.

Mike (saps)
Mike (saps) on May 30, 2017 at 8:56 pm

Paul, which of my photos did you comment on?

paul baar
paul baar on June 1, 2017 at 4:33 am

Page one photo-3?“Wonderful World of the Brothers Grim”–(non-cinerama), page two,Mountain park cinema(man with a projector?),page three Cheri cinema photo(I’ve never been there.)

MrJohn
MrJohn on December 7, 2017 at 11:21 am

msaudino, I’ve just uploaded pics of the comedy/drama masks you’re referring to. I managed at the Whitman for about a year, close to when they closed it down. I can’t say what happened to the masks, but the way Cineplex handled things, I wouldn’t hold out hope. As to the conversations here about the auditorium being “long” or “wide”, I’d say both. I always felt the place was cavernous. The blue grey sound proofing on the walls made it seem bigger.

msaudino
msaudino on December 7, 2017 at 12:20 pm

Thanks so much for posting those mask photos. I will share with Pop.

Mike (saps)
Mike (saps) on December 7, 2017 at 6:08 pm

Those masks brought back a rush for me, I felt like I was again at the Whitman, watching my first James Bond movie, Live and Let Die. What a place.

robboehm
robboehm on December 7, 2017 at 6:52 pm

There were also masks at the Glen Oaks and, I think, the Argo. Don’t remember if they were at the York.

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