Arverne Pier Theatre
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The Arverne Pier Theatre was built in 1904. The advertised location given for the theatre was Boardwalk and Gaston Avenue. Some newspapers give the location as Boardwalk between Gaston Avenue and Vernam Avenue. On a modern map, the theatre would have been located between Beach 66th Street and Beach 67th Street.
In 1904 the theatre was advertised as the Hurtig and Seamon’s Arverne Pier Theatre. Moving pictures were being shown at the Arverne Pier Theatre as early as 1907. In 1909, the theatre was leased to William Fox. Depending on the source, seating for this theatre varies from 1,200 to 1,800 seats.
The Arverne Pier Theatre was located on the boardwalk extending out over the beach. In January of 1914 the Arverne Pier Theatre was destroyed by a storm. The theatre was torn off its pilings and scattered for six blocks along the beach.
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