Meadowbrook Theatre

2549 Hempstead Turnpike,
East Meadow, NY 11554

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Meadowbrook Theatre, East Meadow, NY

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The Meadowbrook Theatre was once a sizeable single screen cinema with a balcony, which was opened in 1949. Later three additional screens were built at the rear, making it a quad.

Some time later, the original screen was split down the middle and the balcony was sealed off, due to licencing requirements. In the 1980’s, the largest of the additional screens was also split in two, making it a 6-screen operation.

The theater has been demolished and a bank constructed on the site.

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nrodgers
nrodgers on September 9, 2010 at 3:47 pm

OMG. and Maura, how could I forget Maura, part of the 1977 crew at the Meadowbrook. Feel free to keep adding if any one else was left out.

donidarko
donidarko on September 10, 2010 at 1:23 pm

YES! Neil, that be this Don. Forgot about the sneaker incident. Remember the gang drinking at the Black (Hole) Thorn Tavern after the show, and how can we forget your kite flying idea at 2am at the school field. Tom and Lisa would “Change Lightbulbs” in the usher room. And remember changing that frigging marquee on thursday nights in the winter!!!! I think we both had that job at one time or another. I was there through 1980 till mid ‘81. Great to hear from you dude. Keep finding people and adding to our history. Great to find you well!

tgreils
tgreils on September 10, 2010 at 1:45 pm

We were changing bulbs!!! 3 girls later and we are still changing them…check out Dave p down south on facebook. good times cleaning the theatre..going w/ tony to philly for a cheesesteak.. fun watching Andy l and Tom Riz fighting and changing the marquee on sub-zero temp nights.. it was fun even with the sub-minimum wage pay.
great stories…

musicmandave95
musicmandave95 on July 23, 2012 at 8:18 am

Wow! I am so happy I found this website. What happy memories I had working at this theater. I was 10 years old when I started going here and always dreamed of working there. Well when I was 15 I got my wish. I was so happy working there. I remember working for manager Jean Starace and supervisor Yvette. These women were the best. They treated you like family and I always appreciated that. So many fun memories. I remember at the very end when the theater was about to close, I was so sad and thought that maybe it would renovate again but it didn’t and when I saw that it closed my heart was broken. I was crushed when they tore it down.

Jean or Yvette, if you are reading this thread, it’s David Baldi. I want to personally thank you for everything. You both were truly insperational and appreciate your kindness and support. Miss you guys! OOXX

LMNJACK
LMNJACK on December 18, 2012 at 1:55 pm

Ah the old “UA”, a lot of great memories, I remember seeing Return of the Jedi there in 83'. Still live in the area and think of the theater everytime I drive past the bank that sits there now.

Stevenle
Stevenle on October 25, 2013 at 1:19 am

I had a bad trip at the Meadowbrook in 82. I took 2 hits of purple microdot mescaline with my girlfriend. Thank God she didn’t have a bad trip as well and was able to talk me down for 3 hours lol..

Ed Solero
Ed Solero on October 25, 2013 at 4:04 pm

Stevenle… Back around that same period, I sometimes gobbled those microdots, 5 and 6 at a time. I watched the Earth split open and melt on several occasions. But, gotta say, I enjoyed the ride – and emerged from the smoking ashes, unscathed. Thankfully, particulary for those dearest to me, I haven’t travelled down that rabbit hole in a couple of decades, now.

crystalmarie470
crystalmarie470 on January 16, 2014 at 3:49 am

I just came across this page. I worked there when Yvette was supervisor. Also Neil was manager. Oh the fun times when he was there. I loved this job. Working the midnight rocky horror shows. I still say this was the best job ever. I say that cause it was always fun. I worked concession mostly. I had some really good friends id like to find. Thats kinda how I came across this. Tall blonde John. And Rich i think his last name was dorfman. Id love to be in touch with yvette. Kept in touch for a while. She used to also work as an extra in commericial or even movies n wonder if she continued. I. Worked there when i was 17.. 1987- not sure when I left. I saw the one pic on here of yvette. Katie etc. The one pic that has two people in it kinda looks like me. I think Rob posted those pictures. Does anyone keep.in touch with anyone from 87 on till yvette left. Please contact me. Id love to get in touch with my fellow co workers we had so much fun. Never seemed like work to me. :)

crystalmarie470
crystalmarie470 on January 16, 2014 at 3:52 am

Oh i forgot i think his name was Greg…omg. he loved the Rocky Horror shows, heloved this job too. please Greg get in touch. Crystal :))

MikeyG
MikeyG on January 16, 2014 at 12:31 pm

If anyone is interested, I set up a LI Rocky Horror FB page a while back… Please feel free to join.

https://www.facebook.com/groups/71259870534/

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