Port Washington Cinemas

116 Main Street,
Port Washington, NY 11050

Unfavorite 2 people favorited this theater

Viewing: Photo | Street View

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 in recent years, it was taken over in June 2013 by Bow-Tie Cinemas, who took most Clearview locations.

Contributed by SteveSmith

Recent comments (view all 22 comments)

robboehm
robboehm on March 13, 2009 at 2:35 am

During WWII the people of Port Washington had a scrap metal drive with the slogan “Let’s beat the pans off the Nazis”. A photo of the collection in 1942 in front of the theatre, with the marquee prominently shown is among the photos which are part of the Long Island Memories of the LILRC Digitalization Program -http://207.97.148.182 click on advanced search and indicate Beacon Theatre. I don’t have the techie skill to allow you direct access. This may, possibly, be the same 1942 photo Lost Memory mentions but I can’t pull up either image from the 2007 posting, whether this is temporary or not I don’t know. Usually, I can pick these up.

Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on March 13, 2009 at 1:58 pm

This is another Beacon photo from the same collection: View link

robboehm
robboehm on March 13, 2009 at 4:16 pm

Well, at least we now have the story of the mountain of metal in front of the theatre. Without the explanation it just looks like junk. This is all the trash they cleaned out of the theatre after the late Saturday night show.

robboehm
robboehm on March 14, 2009 at 2:50 am

And on the subject of changing library links, the one posted by Lost Memory dated 1961 was probably the one showing a new marquee showing the Skouras name being erected which appears on the same site as the two from Warren G. Harris. If you would please do the honors, sir.

popcornlover11050
popcornlover11050 on September 22, 2010 at 3:32 am

View link

I know its a different theater but its in the same town and im sure of interest to some.

popcornlover11050
popcornlover11050 on September 22, 2010 at 3:32 am

View link

I know its a different theater but its in the same town and im sure of interest to some.

robboehm
robboehm on March 26, 2012 at 2:05 am

On March 23, 1962 Skouras reopened the Beacon with new decor, seating, screen projection and AC and heating. “All designed to provide the ultimate in motion picture viewing for the discriminating audience!” The opening attraction was “A Majority of One” with Rosalind Russell and Alec Guinness. On March 23, 2012 TCM screened the same movie. Serendipity?

robboehm
robboehm on May 31, 2014 at 6:50 pm

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

You must login before making a comment.

New Comment

Subscribe Want to be emailed when a new comment is posted about this theater?
Just login to your account and subscribe to this theater