Whitman Theatre

160 Walt Whitman Road,
Huntington Station, NY 11746

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robboehm
robboehm on December 7, 2017 at 8:52 pm

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

Mike (saps)
Mike (saps) on December 7, 2017 at 8:08 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.

msaudino
msaudino on December 7, 2017 at 2:20 pm

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

MrJohn
MrJohn on December 7, 2017 at 1:21 pm

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.

paul baar
paul baar on June 1, 2017 at 6:33 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.)

Mike (saps)
Mike (saps) on May 30, 2017 at 10:56 pm

Paul, which of my photos did you comment on?

robboehm
robboehm on May 30, 2017 at 3:25 pm

Wondered about them too.

msaudino
msaudino on May 30, 2017 at 1:33 pm

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.

paul baar
paul baar on May 30, 2017 at 5:46 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.

Mike (saps)
Mike (saps) on May 24, 2017 at 12:36 pm

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 24, 2017 at 11:30 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!

robboehm
robboehm on October 2, 2016 at 2:05 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).

robboehm
robboehm on May 25, 2016 at 10:19 pm

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

Mike (saps)
Mike (saps) on May 25, 2016 at 10:04 pm

It did seem wide…

robboehm
robboehm on May 25, 2016 at 9:55 pm

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

Mike (saps)
Mike (saps) on May 25, 2016 at 9:27 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 1:49 pm

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.

robboehm
robboehm on April 15, 2016 at 9:19 am

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

Mike (saps)
Mike (saps) on April 14, 2016 at 8:32 pm

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

robboehm
robboehm on February 18, 2015 at 7:56 am

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

Bloop
Bloop on February 17, 2015 at 8:25 pm

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

robboehm
robboehm on February 6, 2015 at 7:24 am

Of the former Century circuit few of the original buildings remain as theaters, if, at all. As larry indicated, the Franklin. Also the Fantasy and Lynbrook (which was a leased property and due to be demolished for a newer theater) and the Meadows. The Shore location now houses the new Shore.

larry6803
larry6803 on February 5, 2015 at 10:54 pm

I was a Manager for Century Theatres in the late 70’s and 80’s.Even back then the big money making houses were their pride.This continued when They became part of Cineplex Odeon.Now that AMC took this over all the smaller grossing houses have closed or been remodeled.Some like The Franklin cinema in Franklin Square are still there but with different owners.

robboehm
robboehm on May 21, 2014 at 12:57 pm

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

Orlando
Orlando on May 21, 2014 at 10:22 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.