Port Washington Cinemas

116 Main Street,
Port Washington, NY 11050

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

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robboehm
robboehm on March 13, 2009 at 9:16 am

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 13, 2009 at 7:50 pm

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 21, 2010 at 7:32 pm

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

popcornlover11050
popcornlover11050 on September 21, 2010 at 7:32 pm

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

robboehm
robboehm on March 25, 2012 at 6:05 pm

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 10:50 am

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

robboehm
robboehm on March 26, 2015 at 7:15 am

Photo as Beacon in 1954 and later as Clearview uploaded.

Orlando
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
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.

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