Studio 1

11 Atlantic Avenue,
Lynbrook, NY 11563

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This was a small independent art house down the block from the Lynbrook Theatre. I think it may have changed owners near the end and was running mainstream first run films.

Contributed by RobertR

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Ed Solero
Ed Solero on August 29, 2011 at 7:55 am

The article states that the Lyn Gift Shop now occupies the old theater. While that may be true of the interior – that the gift shop extends back into the wider former auditorium space – it seems to me that the former entrance to the theater was located between the Hallmark store entrance and the Gift Shop entrance, centered under the small clock tower that now exists on the current facade. Looking at the 1986 images from American Classic Images, posted above by RobertR, the gift shop’s entrance is about where the Arnee Appliances storefront was.

robboehm on August 29, 2011 at 7:58 pm

It ticks me off when a theatre is called the itch, not for any sanitary reasons, but because of uncomfortable seats. I was there once, as the Arcade, to see some film not available at any of the neighbs. I only remember the ceiling being fairly low compared to my home theatre, the Bellerose, which was so high it could have accommodated a substantial balcony.

Ed Solero
Ed Solero on August 30, 2011 at 5:44 am

I wish we could find some vintage interior photographs. I recall nothing about the theater’s interior from its days as the Studio 1. I always presumed it was a more modern cinema from the 1960’s, whereas I always knew that the UA Lynbrook around the corner was at one time a classic old movie house with stage and balcony. I had no idea, at the time (1979-1984), about this theater’s history, let alone that it dated back to 1913!

Ed Miller
Ed Miller on August 30, 2011 at 9:15 am

Ed, my recollection of the interior of the Arcade/Studio 1 is that it was very small and nondescript, very much like the interiors of the Bleeker Street Cinema and the Orpheum Thaeter in Manhatttan’s East Village. I was in this thater about a dozen times, under both of its names, and I don’t recall anything memorable whatsoever about the interior. Ed Miller

Ed Solero
Ed Solero on August 30, 2011 at 9:50 am

Thanks for sharing, Ed. That was my impression as well, without any details coming to memory. Would you say that was a result of a remodeling or did the room appear to be more or less original in its appointments – however non-descript they may have been? A lot of theaters concealed or stripped away old decor in favor of easier to clean and maintain drapery or upholstery. To me the Studio 1 just felt like a more modern cinema – a drab and unadorned box indistinguishable from the rooms at the Belair Twin, say, or the RKO twin in Rockville Centre. Whereas, when I sat in the old Fantasy or the RKO on Rockaway Ave, I knew I was in an old and decorous movie theater.

Ed Solero
Ed Solero on June 11, 2012 at 7:00 am

Lynbrook Bagels, diagonally across the street from the former Studio 1, has a pair of flat screen displays in their shop that present a slide-show of images tracing the history of the shop over the years. One of these is a vintage B&W shot looking north on Atlantic Ave that clearly shows the Arcade’s marquee projecting over the sidewalk on the left. I couldn’t stick around long enough to catch the image come around again on the loop, and get a movie title or approximate date. Next time I’m in there, I have to ask the manager if he has an actual copy of that picture, or at least inquire where he found it.

Ed Solero
Ed Solero on October 4, 2013 at 6:37 am

According to this ad, posted by RidgewoodKen under the Strand Theater in Hempstead, NY, the Arcade was operated by the O'Connor-Radin Circuit in 1913. They also operated the Lyric Theatre of Rockville Centre, as mentioned in the ad, which has no listing on CT. It is possible, however, that the Lyric might have later become the Strand Theatre, which does have a listing, right here. The Hempstead Strand closed in 1926 (by that time, under the Calderone brand), and the only photo we have of the RVC Strand dates to 1929, so it is a possibility.

robboehm on October 4, 2013 at 7:38 am

Ed, what happened to the photo you mentioned in June?

Ed Solero
Ed Solero on October 4, 2013 at 8:09 am

Every time I’ve been in Lynbrook Bagels since then, I haven’t seen the owner or manager – just the girls out front handling the busy line. I have to get in there when it isn’t so crowded and bustling and ask about that image.

robboehm on October 4, 2013 at 8:06 pm

Re your comment that perhaps the Lyric became the Strand in RVC. I doubt it. The Strand had a seating capacity well over 1,000. Highly unlikely in this time period.

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