Grove Theatre

76 W. Merrick Road,
Freeport, NY 11520

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This theatre stood on Merrick Road in Freeport, not far from the now razed Century’s Freeport Theatre on Sunrise Highway.

The Grove Theatre ran movies into the 1970’s when it closed. The building remains and is now a church.

Contributed by philipgoldberg, Steve Smith

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rivoli157
rivoli157 on July 29, 2012 at 7:56 am

There is a book being sold on LI ( and perhapsin other sections of the country) about the history of the Village of Freeport. In it is a picture of the Grove taken in the late 20s or early 30s. Nice shot showing the original marquee and the vertical blade spelling out GROVE. Also in the same book, a shot of the Freeport Theatre taken around the same time,showing the original marquee and vertical blade as well.

Mike (saps)
Mike (saps) on July 29, 2012 at 10:12 am

Scan and post those pics, please.

robboehm
robboehm on July 29, 2012 at 6:17 pm

How about the Plaza? That was around before either of the others.

rivoli157
rivoli157 on August 4, 2012 at 4:35 pm

The Grove Theatre closed on March 3, 1974, Its final presentation was a double bill:

THE PAPER CHASE/ KID BLUE

rivoli157
rivoli157 on August 4, 2012 at 4:54 pm

9/73- FEARLESS FIGHTERS

  POINT OF TERROR
                    CLEOPATRA JONES
                    MARK OF THE DEVIL
                  

10/73- SLAUGHTERS BIG RIP PFF

   COFFY
                     HIT
                     THE SLAMS
                     SWEET JESUS PREACHER MAN
                     SEVEN BLOWS OF THE DRAGON
                     SAVAGE
                  
rivoli157
rivoli157 on August 4, 2012 at 5:04 pm

A bit of a pick up albiet with 2nd 3rd and 4th runs:

1/74-THE DON IS DEAD/ SHOWDOWN
1/74-MIDNIGHT COWBOY/WHERES POPPA?
1/74-DAY OF THE JACKAL/PETE N TILLIE
1/74-LIVE AND LET DIE
1/74-SCORPIO

And on 1/28/74 there was a one time only affair, THE ALI/FRAZIER FIGHT

rivoli157
rivoli157 on August 4, 2012 at 5:10 pm

The nail was in the coffin, the final months bookings were all over the place-well so were the last 2 years:

2/74-DELIVERENCE
2/74-THE CANDIDATE
2/74-DEEP THROAT II
2/74-PAPER MOON
2/74-PLAY IT AGAIN SAM

And the final booking:

2/74-THE PAPER CHASE
2/74-KID BLUE

rivoli157
rivoli157 on August 4, 2012 at 5:18 pm

11/73-SCREAMING TIGER
11/73-BLACK MAMA, WHITE MAMA
11/73-GORDONS WAR
11/73-TROUBLE MAN
11/73-SAVE THE CHILDREN
11/73-THE MAN
11/73-DONT LOOK IN THE BASEMENT
11/73- LAST HOUSE ON THE LEFT
12/73-THE SISTERS
12/73-DR. PHIBES RISES AGAIN
12/73-SSSSSSS
12/73-HIGH PLAINS DRIFTER
12/73-THE DEADLY TRACKERS
12/73-TRAIN ROBBERS

These were all double bills

rivoli157
rivoli157 on August 5, 2012 at 10:47 am

some more odd and interesting bookingS. All were double bills.

9/72-PRIME CUT 9/72-THE BOYS IN THE BAND 9/72-SLAUGHTERHOUSE-FIVE 9/72-MINNIE & MOSKOWITZ 9/72-THE WAR BETWEEN MEN AND WOMEN 9/72-A MAN CALLED HORSE 9/72-THUNDERBALL 9/72-YOU ONLY LIVE TWICE

10/72-STANLEY
10/72-THE NIGHT OF THE LEPUS
10/72-VAMPIRE CIRCUS
10/72-COUNTESS DRACULA
10/72-HICKEY AND BOGGS
10/72-RETURN OF SABATA
10/72-THE CANDIDATE
10/72-RACHEL,RACHEL

11/72-DAUGHTERS OF SATAN
11/72-SUPERBEAST
11/72-HAMMER
11/72-HALLS OF ANGER
11/72-VIRGIN WITCH
11/72-THE MINX
11/72-MELINDA
11/72-COOL BREEZE

12/72-SUPER FLY 12/72-COOL HAND LUKE 12/72-TEENAGE SEX REPORT 12/72-TEENAGE MOTHER 12/72-EVERYTHING YOU ALWAYS WANTED TO KNOW ABOUT SEX… 12/72-WHAT DO YOU SAY TO A NAKED LADY? 12/72-LADY SINGS THE BLUES 12/72-SUCH GOOD FRIENDS

rivoli157
rivoli157 on August 5, 2012 at 10:52 am

Seems that Century and its booking agents were just grabbing at straws in the hopes of finding something, anything, to book. Programs were run on a double bill for 1 week with the new show coming in on Wednesday.

I do remember that at this time it was very hard to get an audience into the theatre, some nights we must have had only 10 people in the house.

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