Whitman Theatre

160 Walt Whitman Road,
Huntington Station, NY 11746

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Whitman Theatre

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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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Bloop
Bloop on February 17, 2015 at 6:25 pm

I think the pylon is now gone! (Feb. 20015)

robboehm
robboehm on February 18, 2015 at 5:56 am

I’ll have to check that out when I’m in the area tonight. It was still around at Christmastime.

Mike (saps)
Mike (saps) on April 14, 2016 at 6:32 pm

I passed here yesterday and was sad to see the sign was finally gone

robboehm
robboehm on April 15, 2016 at 7:19 am

Amazing. Theater closed in 2002. And the sign was never vandalized.

robboehm
robboehm on May 25, 2016 at 11:49 am

I never actually attended a performance there but, just by chance happened to see the interior. I was eating dinner at a restaurant across from the mall and noted that a movie I wished to see was on the big sign board. When I went over I found out that the movie playing was not the one on the sign. The manager explained to me that this was the last day of operation. They hadn’t even bothered to change the signage. By that time the concession stand had also been disassembled. Talk about running a place into the ground.

Mike (saps)
Mike (saps) on May 25, 2016 at 7:27 pm

Saw my first James Bond movie here — Live and Let Die — and have been a lifelong fan ever since. My sweetheart and I (ah, young love) took the HART bus from Northport, and I had no idea what to expect. In a word, wow! I remember the theater was big and square, with no balcony, but I did return here many times in the ensuing years.

robboehm
robboehm on May 25, 2016 at 7:55 pm

Mike, in my opinion the theater was long, not square.

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).

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