Novelty Theatre

Railroad Avenue,
Sayville, NY 11782

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This was the first Novelty Theatre to open in Sayville, NY. It was operated by Mr. Kost, and opened August 26, 1911. It was listed in the 1914-1915 edition of American Motion Picture Directory. The Novelty Theatre had 400 seats, and there was an adjacent airdome which could seat 700. Admission was 10 Cents with an additional charge of 5 Cents on ‘feature’ nights.

In August 1918, the Novelty Theatre and its airdome were destroyed by a fire which had started in an adjoining laundry building to the south of the theatre.

A second Novelty Theatre was built and opened in 1919, which was later re-named Sayville Theatre. This operated until spring of 1951, when it was demolished and a new Sayville Theatre was built and opened on adjacent land (each of these have their own pages on Cinema Treasures).

Contributed by Ken Roe

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robboehm on March 24, 2013 at 1:51 pm

A reference to the Novelty Airdrome appears in a 1910 edition of the Suffolk County News. Presumably the airdome existed before the adjacent hardtop.

robboehm on March 24, 2013 at 1:54 pm

According to 50 Years Ago in the February 9, 1967 edition of the Suffolk County News, the Novelty began showing movies 6 nights a week rather than the 4 previously. Considering the Blue Laws at the time there would be no Sunday performance.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on April 9, 2014 at 10:38 am

The Novelty was under construction in July of 1911.

Suffolk County News July 14, 1911.

William Vorpahl has begun the work of digging the cellar for the new Novelty Theatre building which Henry Kost is to erect on Railroad Ave. adjoining the land of Joseph West and John DeGraff. Rhodes & Udall have the contract to build the theatre and John Winters is to do the mason work.

Suffolk County News July 21, 1911.

Contractor John Van Yeseldyke now has the frame up for the new Novelty moving picture theatre, which is being erected by Kost & Webber on the easterly side of Railroad Ave. The new amusement hall will be quite a large structure, 35x70 feet, a frame building with a shingle roof. The interior will be lined with a metal ceiling and will make an attractive little theatre. The building is to be steam heated, and will be hurried to completion.

Suffolk County News Friday, September 1, 1911.

Henry Kost opened his fine new moving picture theatre, the new Novelty, on Railroad Ave. last Saturday night and gave an excellent performance to a packed house.

If you do the math, the Novelty Theatre opened on Saturday, August 26, 1911.

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