Novelty Theatre

Railroad Avenue,
Sayville, NY 11782

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Lost Memory
Lost Memory on April 9, 2014 at 1:38 pm

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.

robboehm on March 24, 2013 at 4:54 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.

robboehm on March 24, 2013 at 4:51 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.