Whitman Theatre

160 Walt Whitman Road,
Huntington Station, NY 11746

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Roadside Marquee Still Standing as of 8/17/11

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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.

Contributed by SteveSmith

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Tinseltoes
Tinseltoes on May 4, 2013 at 1:30 pm

May 28th will mark the 50th anniversary of the grand opening of Century’s Whitman, which became the circuit’s 37th theatre. The Whitman opened on the night of May 28th, 1963, with a benefit for the Suffolk County Leukemia Society of a “studio preview of a new and important motion picture.” The next day, regular performances started of “Dr. No,” with the Whitman as part of the UA “Premiere Showcase” for the first James Bond film adventure.

robboehm
robboehm on May 4, 2013 at 3:18 pm

Century had obviously unloaded a number of theatres because when it reopened the Bellerose sometime in the late 30s or early 40s that was the 37th. Go to the Bellerose site for particulars.

NYer
NYer on May 4, 2013 at 3:38 pm

August 25 1966 Adam West & Burt Ward star in the feature version of “Batman” with special live appearance of Batman & Robin!

SUFFOLK HISTORIC NEWSPAPERS has years of digital back issues of The Long Islander, a local newspaper with weekly movie ads included.

http://www.live-brary.com/historic-newspapers

Tinseltoes
Tinseltoes on May 5, 2013 at 7:51 am

One can also research Newsday from 1940 onwards through ProQuest Historic Newspapers, which many public libraries now offer on their computers.

robboehm
robboehm on September 5, 2013 at 9:45 am

Pylon stills survives untouched.

longislandmovies
longislandmovies on September 24, 2013 at 5:41 pm

Nice 2013 the Pylon lives on. !

Mike (saps)
Mike (saps) on February 23, 2014 at 5:16 pm

Isn’t this site now partly occupied by Legal Seafood restaurant? One dead, several injured after a carbon monoxide leak in the basement.

longislandmovies
longislandmovies on February 24, 2014 at 5:55 am

I thought legal Seafood was in the d Beafstake Charlie’s. ?

Orlando
Orlando on May 21, 2014 at 8:22 am

The Whitman Theatre was completely demolished for whatever restaurants that are on the site now. The listing should have been changed (about 9 years ago) from “Closed” to “Demolished”. The pylon remains and is about 51 years old. Keep it quiet or else mall property owners might take it down. It’s a rare marker that should remain in it’s out of the way location. The pylon is famous for its “BOMB IRAN” message on Route 110 when someone re-arranged the pylon letters one night. Newsday carried the photo to the chagrin of Century Circuit executives.

robboehm
robboehm on May 21, 2014 at 10:57 am

Are you sure about that Orlando? I thought some of the original structure was retained.

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