Freeport Theatre

25 E. Sunrise Highway,
Freeport, NY 11520

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Opened in November 1922, the Freeport Theatre was on Sunrise Highway near the Century’s Grove Theatre. The theater has been demolished.

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robboehm
robboehm on April 25, 2011 at 2:08 am

Century redid the marquee of the Bellerose in the late 40s; the Park in the 60s when they also upgraded the interior. The facades of the Baldwin and Fantasy became white in the late 60s and the marquees simplified. They added sinage to the Alan which only, originally, had the name on a semi-circular marquee and put the signage for the Floral on the corner of the building when the widening of Jericho Turnpike necessitated the removal of the marquee. They also took the vertical away at the same time.

rivoli157
rivoli157 on November 13, 2011 at 2:33 am

In the early 70s I worked as an usher at the other theatre in Freeport,The Grove. As thst and The Freeport were owned by Century,on occasion I would sub at this theatre.It was huge,and quite popular,especially on the weekends. But as the problems in Freeport grew the attendance here and at the Grove dwindled.

After it closed as a theatre , but before being torn down, it was operated as a disco/nightclub for the 25 and over crowd. Then I believe it was an automotive shop for a bit. After that- dark,then torn down.

When I was little I would go here on Sat matinees, saw The Three Stooges, Robinson Caruso on Mars, Cold Turkey, The Russians are Coming, and many others.

I do remember there was an orchestra, loge and balcony, with a smoking section in one of the upper levels. The same was true at the Grove

rivoli157
rivoli157 on November 19, 2011 at 11:31 am

I see in the Village Voice, dated Oct, 1, 1970 “Hello, Dolly!” was playing at the Freeport. So at that point it was still getting good bookings

robboehm
robboehm on November 19, 2011 at 2:10 pm

The Fantasy and the Freeport always had the premiere bookings. The Grove and Queens were right up there, too.

rivoli157
rivoli157 on November 19, 2011 at 6:31 pm

A December 1969 booking, Russ Meyers “Vixen” rated X

rivoli157
rivoli157 on November 19, 2011 at 7:21 pm

Some early 70s bookings, though the choices were large mainstream films, some it appears were move overs from Merrick. But the theatre was still solid, as the Village of Freeports problems had not fully come to light just yet.

Nov 1970- “2001: A Space Odyssey” Jan 1971-“MAS*H” Feb 1971-“Joe” April 1971-“Tora! Tora! Tora!”

rivoli157
rivoli157 on November 19, 2011 at 8:19 pm

June 1971 saw a booking of “Escape From the Planet of the Apes”.

Then in October 1971 20th hauled out “MAS*H” again as the lower half on a double bill with “The Marriage of a Young Stockbroker”

rivoli157
rivoli157 on July 28, 2012 at 2:33 pm

Some bookings of the 1960s and 1970s:

8/63-BYE, BYE BIRDIE
8/65-WHATS NEW PUSSYCAT?
8/69-MONTEREY POP
4/70-THE REIVERS
4/70-FUNNY GIRL
4/71-TORA! TORA! TORA!
4/71-CELEBRATION AT BIG SUR

rivoli157
rivoli157 on August 5, 2012 at 12:37 am

The Freeport Theatre closed on September 15, 1972. Its last presentation was a double bill:

THE PUBLIC EYE/ MARY QUEEN OF SCOTS

robboehm
robboehm on November 15, 2013 at 2:50 pm

It’s a shame you can’t really see the marquee on the announcement photo. It’s also interesting to see the original street names. One always thinks of Sunrise Highway. So many of the streets in Queens went numeric but theatres built on them retain the old names, e.g. Willard and Polk.

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