Mineola Theatre

120 Mineola Boulevard,
Mineola, NY 11501

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Mineola Theatre

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Opened in 1926, this former theater in the Calderone chain was razed many years ago.

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Mortonman
Mortonman on June 21, 2009 at 6:20 pm

The organ may have been a Midmer Losh. A check of the ACCHOS website allows you to go through the archives of their journal. One of the issues has a complete Opus list for Midmer Losh, and the Mineola Theatre is listed. Midmer Losh was a lot closer than Moeller in Maryland.

Mortonman
Mortonman on June 21, 2009 at 6:21 pm

I remember during the demolition I saw some of the pipes dangling out of what had been the house right chamber. Sad.

Mortonman
Mortonman on June 21, 2009 at 6:26 pm

Mea Culpa. I was confused between the Westbury Theatre and Mineola’s Corpus Christi church — both of which had Midmer Losh organs. The Moeller information seemed so precise that it forced me to double check.
Thanks, Lost Memory.

okaybyme1
okaybyme1 on August 9, 2009 at 3:55 pm

I have a program brochure from 1966 from Peter Pan. Sandee Duncan played Wendy and Betsy Palmer as Peter Pan. It was playing there in April of 1966 and we were on a first grade field trip. Other shows were advertised as coming soon. They were The Music Man with Bert Parks and Life with Father with Tom Ewell.

robboehm
robboehm on August 9, 2009 at 6:16 pm

When the Mineola went “legit” they closed the entrance on Mineola Boulevard and opened one on the adjacent street – still the same lobby, different access. As I recall the new marquee had a more “Broadway” appearance. A review of photoes associated with previous comments show the original marquee and the auditorium at various times but not the new entrance. It would be nice if somebody had access to that and included a link.

Ed Solero
Ed Solero on April 30, 2011 at 9:58 pm

If you start with this photo of Frank Calderone standing in the auditorium of the Mineola sometime in the 1960’s, you can access a number of images associated with this theatre from the terrific Long Island Library Resources Council’s Long Island Memories website. Click “Next” in the upper right corner of the page header to advance through the photographs. Click on the images to zoom in for detail and click on the thumbnail to move the “red box” around to change the area of detail viewed in the larger image.

They include outstanding images of the exterior such as this one and interior shots like this one. Some of these may have been posted here previously, but they are well worth the time spent scrolling through.

All of these are from Hofstra University Library’s Calderone Theatre collection.

robboehm
robboehm on May 1, 2011 at 3:48 am

I attended several performances in the Mineola, sitting in the balcony, when it went legit toward the end and the entrance was moved from Mineola Boulevard. I was really surprised by the space. I don’t think movie-goers often appreciate the space they’re in and look around as a live theatre person would.

RichardC
RichardC on June 17, 2011 at 5:43 pm

Lost treasure indeed. Just as was the crime of destroying the original Pennsylvania Station.

archtypeman
archtypeman on May 20, 2013 at 1:33 pm

My Grandmother Hilda Wendell a widow with a young son,was an investor and worked in the Mineola,lost her investment,but met,and married a man, Alvin Hammell,from Chicago,who worked for RCA he sold talking picture machines, they moved to Laurleton,NY,where my dad was a projectionist,and showed army films at West Point….I have photos and memorabilia.I have a store in The Ritz Theatre in Scranton PA…..Ron Wendell

RichardA
RichardA on October 20, 2013 at 11:20 pm

In the early 1960’s, I saw Molly Picon star in Milk and Honey at the Mineola Playhouse. I wish that I could remember the exact year — does anyone have a record of this? Perhaps 1961??? Milk and Honey was a superb production and Molly Picon was at her best. It was a spectacular performance, one that I will never forget.

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