Brentwood Theater

1825 Brentwood Road,
Brentwood, NY 11717

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fred1
fred1 on April 2, 2012 at 4:04 pm

Scott for most of its Life The Brentwood was UATC . I don’t think General Cinemas had theaters in Long Island

Scott Neff
Scott Neff on April 2, 2012 at 2:09 pm

Was this a GCC Theatre?

Mike (saps)
Mike (saps) on March 31, 2012 at 5:33 pm

As a child I saw Fantasia here on one of its re-releases. Seemed at the time a long drive from my home in Northport.

Is it still a soccer academy? How’s the interior?

guitarpixistar
guitarpixistar on March 30, 2012 at 8:38 pm

I am sad that its no longer a movie theater but at least the building is being used for something positive rather than continue sitting there empty being an eyesore.

moviegoer
moviegoer on September 20, 2011 at 8:32 pm

Looks like by early 1985 Brentwood was getting films at the tail end of the first run. The January 28, 1985 issue of New York Magazine lists The Terminator (which hit theaters in October 1984) as playing there for a few more days with City Heat (which opened in early December) scheduled to be there as of January 25.

moviegoer
moviegoer on August 29, 2011 at 6:01 pm

For anyone interested, I uploaded a photo of the theatre cum soccer academy taken this past weekend just before Hurricane Irene.

moviegoer
moviegoer on August 18, 2011 at 8:23 pm

I just uploaded a couple of photos of the Brentwood Theatre from the late 1980s. The entire front is boarded up because it was all glass. Note the similarity of the building to that of the Bay Shore Cinema (the theater referred to on the road-side marquee of Brentwood).

Bloop
Bloop on March 28, 2011 at 6:31 pm

I think I saw “Spinal Tap ” here because it was one of the few theaters showing it at the time —anyone else remember ? 1986 ??

moviegoer
moviegoer on June 30, 2008 at 9:31 pm

The area isn’t horrible. It’s perfectly fine. It’s just heavily hispanic, particularly with many immigrants from El Salvador. The building now has new life as the Brentwood Soccer Academy.

antben14
antben14 on June 30, 2008 at 10:47 am

This was my local theater in the 70s-early 80s and I saw so many movies there—Blue Water White Death, Charlotte’s Web, Jaws, Grease, Escape From Alcatraz, Empire Strikes Back, History of the World Part 1, Poltergeist among others. The last time I was there was in 1986 and saw Short Circuit. I never sat in the balcony—it was always closed whenever I went there. They had this tiny concession stand. After the Commack Multiplex opened, this place was doomed. The area is horrible now.

longislandmovies
longislandmovies on November 4, 2007 at 10:34 pm

I cant believe its gone it had more lives than a cat……….

Ed Solero
Ed Solero on October 17, 2007 at 9:02 pm

Just occurred to me that the status should be changed to “Closed” – an update that is long overdue.

Ed Solero
Ed Solero on October 17, 2007 at 9:02 pm

As I promised myself a few weeks back, I got back to the Brentwood this morning with camera in hand and snapped about two dozen photos. The owner is gutting the place for re-use as a commercial space of some kind. While I was snapping away, I spotted a worker coming around from the back of the building and tried to ask him some questions, but he spoke very little english. A few moments later, he was back outside and handed me his cell phone. Apparently, he was concerned to see me snapping away and called the owner – who was curious as to my intentions and asked to speak to me. I didn’t get a name, but I spoke to a very nice – but very puzzled – woman who wanted to know exactly what I was up to. I explained that I was a movie theatre buff and that the photos were for my own private collection and possibly to post online in a theatre forum. She was dubious at first and couldn’t understand my interest in the building since it was no longer a theatre, but I guess I convinced her that I had no agenda of any kind. She took my email address and first name and I told her I’d be happy to send her copies (and encouraged her to let me know when work was complete so I could photograph the finished refurbishment). She wouldn’t elaborate on the proposed new use for the building and I really couldn’t sort it out from this stage of the rehab work.

The two-story glass front lobby has been partially boarded up and is in the process of being replaced with cinderblock (I presume this is a temporary measure to protect against the elements). The former lobby space has been opened up to the former auditorium – which has been gutted to the bare brick walls and the steel framework of the ceiling. I guess if a picture is worth a thousand words, I’ll just shut up and post ‘em here:

Here’s a link to the first photo in the album. Just click on the “next” button from there. That probably works easier than linking to each of the 24 images separately. In several of the photos, you’ll see the last remnant of the upper lobby wall at the far left of the building just over the former box office. The doorway into the balcony seating is still there. This is the last interior remnant of the old theatre.

longislandmovies
longislandmovies on October 9, 2007 at 9:21 pm

This place has had more lives than a cat………

Ed Solero
Ed Solero on August 23, 2007 at 7:14 pm

I passed by this theater earlier today and it is in sad shape. Unfortunately, I didn’t have my camera with me at the time. The two story glass front (through which one could clearly see the entire two tier lobby) is obscured with graffiti. There is a sign high up on the glass that is partially damaged advertising a spanish language church. The building itself seems to be in a state of neglect. On the flat canopy above the entrance and box-office, a small fragment of the word “Theater” still hangs in red letters.

I’ll have to get back there soon for some photos.

jpark377
jpark377 on March 28, 2007 at 6:02 pm

LongIsland, you’re right about this area at night. I worked for UA during the ‘80’s, and they had a lady Barbara who ran the place. She was one of the nicest, gutsiest people I’ve even known, and it was a miracle that she was able to run the place, in light of the “dynamics” of the area. RIP Barbara.

longislandmovies
longislandmovies on March 14, 2007 at 5:12 pm

Have not been over this way in the last 2 years whats the status?

longislandmovies
longislandmovies on August 24, 2006 at 2:59 pm

any updates on this theater…………

RobertR
RobertR on October 26, 2005 at 4:06 pm

Feb. 1970 the Brentwood was showing “Butch Cassidy & the Sundance Kid"
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RobertR
RobertR on August 28, 2005 at 9:50 am

1973 GWTW at the Brentwood
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longislandmovies
longislandmovies on August 4, 2005 at 4:26 pm

there is not a person i know that would go to this area at night ….I n its best day this house was never a showplace…Always liked it but wrong part of town with nothing nice near by.

moviegoer
moviegoer on May 5, 2005 at 9:20 am

Brentwood per se could not support it but if it were to be spruced up and billed as the only single-screen showplace on all of Long Island it could draw traffic from all over. People would be camped outside it right now if the next Star Wars was opening there. That’s an extreme example but with the right marketing I think it could be successful that way.

longislandmovies
longislandmovies on May 4, 2005 at 10:18 pm

The area would never support that kind of theater. How this of all theaters goes on is beyond me. Always liked this house.

moviegoer
moviegoer on May 4, 2005 at 8:20 pm

I live in Brentwood and miss this old theater very much. It basically died a slow death once the Commack Multiplex opened. Before that it had been a first run theater and I recall lines out to the parking lot for films like Superman. But when Commack opened in 1983 Brentwood became a discount/2nd run huse and then closed altogether in the late 80s. It was vacant for several years and then briefly revived again as discount house and I went there to see an Schwarzengger picture, Eraser, I think, solely because I wanted to see what the sinde looked like because it had been closed for so long.

It had a very nice balcony but they never let people sit up there unless the floor filled, which it never did.

There’s a stage in front of the screen so it has occasionally been reopened as a performing arts type place but nothing has worked very well. The building is still there and looks to be in good shape and I think someone with enough money could probably do some business reopening it as a nostalgia, movie-palace type theater.