Grove Theatre

76 W. Merrick Road,
Freeport, NY 11520

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robboehm
robboehm on April 6, 2015 at 9:08 pm

Updated an exterior of the Grove to the east and the theater under construction in 1926. Still a lot to do. It didn’t open until 1928.

robboehm
robboehm on March 26, 2015 at 12:55 pm

Architect was Herbert J. Krapp.

robboehm
robboehm on March 26, 2015 at 12:54 pm

Uploaded a photo of fa├žade architectural detail.

rivoli157
rivoli157 on August 5, 2012 at 12:52 pm

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.

rivoli157
rivoli157 on August 5, 2012 at 12:47 pm

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 4, 2012 at 7:18 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 4, 2012 at 7:10 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 7:04 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 6:54 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 6:35 pm

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

THE PAPER CHASE/ KID BLUE

robboehm
robboehm on July 29, 2012 at 8:17 pm

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

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

Scan and post those pics, please.

rivoli157
rivoli157 on July 29, 2012 at 9:56 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.

rivoli157
rivoli157 on July 28, 2012 at 8:28 am

Some bookings of the 1960s and 1970s:

6/65-HIGH WIND IN JAMAICA
6/65-GENGHIS KHAN
8/65-VON RYANS EXPRESS
8/69-POPI
4/70-THE MERCENARY
4/70-MIDNIGHT COWBOY
4/71-ALICES RESTAURANT
4/71-THE NIGHT THEY RAIDED MINSKYS
4/71-COLD TURKEY

rivoli157
rivoli157 on November 19, 2011 at 5:15 pm

“What Do You Say to a Naked Lady?” “Slaughterhouse Five”,Woody Allens “Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sex”, all early 70s. A shame that 3 years later the blaxploitation, grindhouse and soft porn would come. By then Freeport was in decline, there were racial problems, and people were just not coming to Freeport to go to the movies any longer.

rivoli157
rivoli157 on November 19, 2011 at 10:15 am

some interesting bookings The Grove had: May 1972- a double bill of “The Stepmother” and “Cindy and Donna”

Feb 1973-“The Train Robbers” March 1973-“Vault of Horror” May 1973- “The French Connection” w/ “MAS*H”

rivoli157
rivoli157 on November 19, 2011 at 6:48 am

“Women in Love” was a feature presentation here in the early 1970s

rivoli157
rivoli157 on November 13, 2011 at 4:38 pm

In the building, street level on either side of the theatre entrance were stores,one being a jewlery shop if I remember correctly. And nest door,where the Rent-A-Center is now, was an Italian restaurant where the usher staff would go on break to grab a drink or something to eat

rivoli157
rivoli157 on November 13, 2011 at 4:32 pm

GAILY,GAILY,and THE REIVERS were two other early 1970s attractions, and an engagement of the film Z was also in the 70s. The dressing areas for employees were upstairs, for men,a room by the mens room,and for females,a room by the ladies room. The managers office was located on the lobby level,and from within that office you could walk into the box office. After the evening show began,and the box office was closed,the manager counted the evening receipts. When they were counted, a deposit was made up, and two of us walked to the bank across the street to put the money in the night depost box.

rivoli157
rivoli157 on November 13, 2011 at 4:11 pm

restrooms were located in the lodge/balcony area, and in addition to the candy counter on the main level,there were also vending machines from which you could buy candy as well

rivoli157
rivoli157 on November 13, 2011 at 4:08 pm

around 1969, 1970 I recall seeing GONE WITH THE WIND,and THOROUGHLY MODERN MILLIE here

rivoli157
rivoli157 on November 12, 2011 at 8:38 pm

Seating in the theatre consisted of orchestra, lodge,and balcony. There was a smoking section in one of the upper levels. Most nights there were 3-4 ushers on duty, 1 candy girl, 1 ticket taker, and 1 box office person.Busy nights of course needed more staff

rivoli157
rivoli157 on November 12, 2011 at 8:23 pm

More memories of The Grove.When I was little the facade of the theatre was different,this new one was a product of late 60s early 70s. The marquees were on either side of the building,under the top level of the fire escapes-you could see them as you drove down Merrick Rd-. To change the letters on the marquees was hell, involving a ladder , a bit nerve racking and being very high up, just under the top level of the fire escapes. Before I worked there a friend of mine did and let me come in to see The Boys in the Band, and Midnight Cowboy. I also remember cable TV was just starting, and as the studios were upset by this all theatres had the phrase Save Free TV lettered on their marquees. Of course we know how that turned out. Then there were collections for Will Rogers, and for the Variety Club

rivoli157
rivoli157 on November 12, 2011 at 8:13 pm

worked as an usher here from 1972-73. When I started it was still rather classy. We had the Poseidon Adventure for a long run, and for Lady Sings the Blues we had the theatre all decorated up w/production stills and the soundtrack playing in the theatre before the show began, and outside non-stop. This was all the staffs idea, Century,and Paramount never said a word. Shortly after the town of Freeport started having problems, and fewer people were coming to this theatre and its sister The Freeport.The bookings got rather dismal, Swinging Stewardesses, Night of the Lepus, Blacula,Hell up in Harlem, Cotton Comes to Harlem. Every so often a prime film was still booked. But I left to go to college and when I came back the theatre was no more.