Squire Theater

115 Middle Neck Road,
Great Neck, NY 11021

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Squire Theater

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The Squire Theater was a small single screen cinema that opened around 1935. It was later converted into a triplex with three shoe-box theaters (2 downstairs, 1 up).

After UA filed for bankruptcy, the Squire Theater sat closed for a couple of months, until being taken over and reopened by Clearview Cinemas. They have since chopped up the auditorium again, and it now functions with 7 small screens.

In June 2013, Bow-Tie Cinemas took over most Clearview locations, including this one.

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wally 75
wally 75 on April 27, 2011 at 2:38 pm

Thanks Ed:

To bad The Playhouse marquee wasn’t still there….

Ed Solero
Ed Solero on April 27, 2011 at 7:23 pm

Took some photos of the former Playhouse also, Wally, and posted them on that page.

Mrmarkus
Mrmarkus on June 19, 2011 at 12:52 am

Ed, Clearview Cinemas hosts kids' birthday parties,and the name on the marquee is part of the package.The name “Rock” went up for actor/wrestler Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson,whose birthday was on that weekend.

markp,the union wasn’t canned,not totally,they got reduced hours due to “corporate greed” and letting managers do projection work with no additional pay. I know this because I work there,AND a union guy still.

wally-rumor has it Clearview is looking to expand in Suffolk,its all down to three things:location,location,location. Between Babylon and Sayvile,there is nothing. But Clearview could buy Sayville if the price is right…then heading east,there’s nothing until Mastic.The old UA Patchogue would have been somewhat ideal,but that place has seen better days.Not to mention,someone had better plans…

robboehm
robboehm on June 19, 2011 at 6:39 pm

I think they should resurrect the Islip. True it doesn’t have air conditioning but it’s a nice downtown. But, the previous owners couldn’t make it work. The multiplex in Patchogue didn’t work. Definitely seems like a void but, maybe for a reason. There are a lot of pockets with no coverage, even in Nassau.

wally 75
wally 75 on June 20, 2011 at 6:19 am

Lindenhurst is for rent boats are gone…still in great shape,,,Islip has for rent signs…Here’s two for you Clearview..

robboehm
robboehm on June 20, 2011 at 8:10 pm

Islip probably has more potential for sub division. Also it’s at a better location, near where Rt 111 intersects with Main St/Montauk Highway. And, it’s in town and parking isn’t too bad.

wally 75
wally 75 on June 20, 2011 at 9:49 pm

It’s has 3 theatres now….and you’re right about the ease to get there….

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on October 10, 2013 at 8:48 pm

A reminiscence by Anne Meara, who grew up in Great Neck in the 1930s, includes a paragraph in which she mentions going to the Squire Theatre with her mother:

“She loved movies and would take me with her whenever she could. I was thrilled. We would walk down Middleneck Road to the Squire theatre. The Squire Theatre was the Enchanted Wood of Great Neck circa 1935.”
If the Squire was open around 1935, it was probably the proposed house that was announced in the April 11, 1935, issue of The Film Daily:
“DeLuxer for Great Neck

“A 700-seat deluxe house, with adjoining parking space for 250 cars, is to be built in Great Neck, L. I., on a site owned by Pomander Square, Inc. House has been leased to a client of D. Seymour Wolfson, attorney, who is withholding the lessee’s name for the present.”

I’m not familiar with Great Neck, so I don’t know where the parking lot would have been, assuming it was built.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on October 10, 2013 at 8:50 pm

Here is a link to the Anne Meara piece cited in my previous comment.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on December 4, 2014 at 6:41 pm

In 1941, the Esquire Theatre company, operators of the Squire Theatre, were involved in an arbitration case with five major film companies and the operators of the rival Playhouse Theatre. Esquire had filed a claim that the 30-day clearance given the Playhouse was unfair. As part of their case they compared the condition of their newer theater with that of the old Playhouse which had grown a bit shabby. An article about the case in the July 19, 1941, issue of Showmen’s Trade Review included this description of the Squire:

“…approach to the theatre is made through a store on Middle Neck Road, 20 feet wide and 80 feet long, which has been subdivided into a series of vestibules and lobbies, and this terminates in an auditorium approximately 70 feet in width by 135 feet in length. The auditorium is divided into two parts, the lower level and the stadium level, the lower level containing approximately 660 seats, and the stadium containing 330 seats.

“After leaving the entrance lobbies, one approaches a large promenade which terminates in a lounge approximately 16 by 30 feet in size, off of which are anterooms, and the toilet facilities for ladies and gentlemen.

“Part of the original lot, which was 90 feet in width, has been devoted, to exit facilities and boiler room and heating and cooling apparatus. The stadium is completely fireproof in construction, as is the projection booth and the adjacent spaces in the projection booth.

“In addition to the adequate lighting facilities throughout the auditorium Acousticon units for hard of hearing have been installed on 20 chairs.”

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