Bow-Tie Port Washington Cinemas

116 Main Street,
Port Washington, NY 11050

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Bow-Tie Port Washington Cinemas

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The Beacon Theatre opened in 1927, and was once a large, venerable single screener. In the early-1970’s it was one of the first local theaters to be triplexed, with the balcony becoming one theater and two downstairs.

It was later converted into a quad (with two upstairs), then a five-plex (with the old stage being turned into a theater), and finally a seven-plex, with the addition of two alleged "theaters" that hold around forty people over six rows of beat up seats. Operated by Clearview Cinemas from September 1995, it was taken over in June 2013 by Bow-Tie Cinemas, who took most Clearview locations. It was closed January 28, 2018.

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robboehm on May 31, 2014 at 10:50 am

Just recently saw an old Century Theatres ad from 1931. At that time is was part of that chain.

robboehm on March 26, 2015 at 7:15 am

Photo as Beacon in 1954 and later as Clearview uploaded.

Orlando on March 26, 2015 at 10:42 am

Again there is a lot of balogna in this section. Working at this theatre for over three years, Carmi Djiji (G.G. Theatres operated this theatre from 1962 to mid to late 1990’s and changed the name from Beacon to Port Washington Triplex and so on. The two theatres occupying the two storefronts were built primarily, while I was there, for putting in the Hollywood “stinkers” after they flopped on the first three days of opening or for holding a picture that no longer needed a 200 seat theatre. Believe it or not (and I don’t care either way) these two 60 seat theatres sometimes outgrossed the larger theatres in the building. As for Steve Smith’s introduction, the seats where new when installed, the public “beat them up”! Mr. Djiji spent money on his theatres unlike Skouras from which he took over the theatre. He still owns the building and leases it as he won’t sell it. (Real Estate $$$ in Port Washington.) So the ownerships should be changed to Century (the first), Skouras, GG Theatres, Clearview, and Bow Tie. The property that the Sands Point Theatre was is exactly where the Soundview was built. GG also ran the Sands Point. I loved the name Clearview’s Soundview. And “That’s the facts folks!” clear and true.

robboehm on April 7, 2015 at 7:21 am

Three photos as the Beacon uploaded: Memorial Day parade show theater with original marquee and vertical; 1941 scrap metal drive; 1961 marquee modification when Skouras took over management.

robboehm on May 19, 2015 at 11:16 am

Nighttime photo with new Skouras marquee uploaded.

bmccinemash on November 26, 2015 at 9:09 pm

Thank you Orlando for clearing up some things. Clerview3 took over in September of 1995. I took over running the theatre after you left in 1991

GregT on February 17, 2018 at 11:22 am

Does anyone have any information about the fate of the organ? It was restored in the mid-1970s (the “ New York Times” did a feature on it on page 57 of its February 1, 1976 Edition), and was thought to be the last working theater organ on Long Island. Nobody seems to remember what happened to it when the Beacon became the Port Triplex. Thank you!

robboehm on February 17, 2018 at 5:46 pm

Re the storefront theatres mentioned by Orlando way back when, the only time I was in this theatre was in one of those. Film was, I believe, A Death in Venice with Dirk Bogarde.

Comfortably Cool
Comfortably Cool on February 18, 2018 at 8:28 am

Have you tried contacting New York Theatre Organ Society at , or by phone at 845-457-5393?

GregT on February 18, 2018 at 10:27 am

Hi, Comfortably Cool – Yes, I e-mailed them about a month ago, but haven’t received a response. Thank you very much for the suggestion!

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