Garden Theatre

51 Hill Street,
Southampton, NY 11968

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The open-air Garden Theatre opened to the public in June 1915. According to one article no expense had been spared in the construction. The loge section of the balcony had premium, upholstered wicker box seats.

Located just to the east of the subsequently built Southampton Theatre, the Garden Theatre continued operating into the late-1920’s.

Contributed by robert boehm

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robboehm
robboehm on July 7, 2014 at 10:17 pm

The new theatre hosted a performance of “The Eternal City” for the benefit of the Southampton Hospital. More than 919 people were admitted and many were turned away. The $202.43 raised seems meager by today’s standards. Hospital fund raisers were also held in subsequent years.

robboehm
robboehm on July 10, 2014 at 9:14 am

At a 1997 meeting on he history of Southampton, oral history given by one of the participants alludes to the fact that, at some point, a roof had been added. Then, to accommodate hot summer days, panels were removed from the outer walls to allow for the circulation of air. The seating capacity was also reduced, supposedly, considerably.

The presence of an additional theatre on Main Street, which was destroyed by fire in the mid to late 1920s was also mentioned. No name was given. Back to research.

robboehm
robboehm on July 10, 2014 at 2:52 pm

Ad is dated 1924. Have no idea why it loaded side ways. Don’t have the techie knowledge to correct.

robboehm
robboehm on October 27, 2016 at 2:57 pm

Re my 2014 comment the name of the theater on Main Street which was destroyed by fire was the Crescent. Back to research.

Mike Glynne, who built the Southampton acquired the Garden in 1928.

robboehm
robboehm on October 29, 2016 at 4:10 pm

At some point the theater must have been enclosed since I came upon a reference to them beginning their 1918 winter season.

Also uploaded two more ads. The one is quite a departure for it’s time showing a photographic illustration for a Marion Davies picture.

robboehm
robboehm on October 30, 2016 at 12:15 pm

Uploaded a double ad, with the Crescent, from July 1922 after the lease of both theaters was assumed from Samuel E. Bleyer who acquired them in February 1921.

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