Whitman Theatre

160 Walt Whitman Road,
Huntington Station, NY 11746

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Whitman Theatre, Huntington Station, NY

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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 25, 2016 at 8:04 pm

It did seem wide…

robboehm
robboehm on May 25, 2016 at 8:19 pm

It wasn’t narrow but it was quite long. I remember standing in the back talking to the manager.

robboehm
robboehm on October 2, 2016 at 12:05 pm

Was up that way today. Pylon is finally gone. Went back to the photo section to make sure there was a picture of it. Also read the opening ad which said the Whitman was the 37th theater. Century had a lot and got rid of a lot before the “final curtain”. Back in the 1930s the Bellerose was number 37. In my lifetime they built the Meadows, Shore, 110 Drive-In, York, Whitman, Glen Oaks, Park East, Green Acres, Kings Plaza, Roosevelt Field, Five Towns, Richmond (on Staten Island), Paramus (NJ), one in Dayton, OH, assumed the Oceana, Sheepshead and Tuxedo (all in Brooklyn from one chain) and the Plaza (Corona) and Prospect (Flushing) from Loew’s. They had actually built the Prospect but leased it to Loew’s. Among the dropped over the years were the Parkside (Brooklyn), Town (Flushing), Huntington Station (aka Station) Valley Stream, Park (New Hyde Park)and Suffolk (Riverhead). Valley Stream closed when Green Acres opened, the Park closed when the Park East opened.

The beginning of the end was all the mergers with Almi and RKO as well as picking up former Prudential Theaters and the Merrick (Jamaica).

paul baar
paul baar on May 24, 2017 at 9:30 am

I SAW A PLANET OF THE APES MARATHON THERE.THEY SHOWED THE FIRST FIVE ORIGINALS IN THE SERIES.SOME OF THE PRINTS WERE A LITTLE BEAT UP,BUT STILL IT WAS ENJOYABLE.YOU WOULD HAVE TO PAY SOME KIND OF FESTIVAL FEE TODAY IF THEY DID THAT.THE THEATER OPERATORS
USED TO BE MORE CREATIVE IN WHAT THEY SHOWED,AND HOW THEY SHOW IT!

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.)

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