Studio 1

11 Atlantic Avenue,
Lynbrook, NY 11563

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Arcade circa 1932

The Arcade Theatre was opened prior to 1913. It became Studio 1, a small independent art house down the block from the Lynbrook Theatre. It was renamed HK Studio on December 7, 1971. It was closed in summer of 1986. I think it may have changed owners near the end and was running mainstream first run films.

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Ed Solero
Ed Solero on June 11, 2012 at 10:00 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 9:37 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 10:38 am

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

Ed Solero
Ed Solero on October 4, 2013 at 11:09 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 11:06 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.

robboehm on March 25, 2015 at 2:16 pm

Photo of Studio 1 from American Classic Images and a 1916 photo of the Arcade have been uploaded. Arcade was on the west side of Atlantic Avenue so this view looks south. Note the original entrance to the Arcade WAS an arcade. Now we need a later shot with the Arcade marquee referred to by Ed Solero in earlier postings.

Ed Solero
Ed Solero on September 18, 2017 at 3:22 pm

Just added a photo of Atlantic Ave circa 1932/33 that shows a glimpse of the Arcade Theatre marquee. This is the same pic I’ve seen in rotation on the display screens mounted inside the Lynbrook Deli.

ridethectrain on November 2, 2019 at 4:10 pm

Please update, Studio 1 closed in the summer of 1986. During the late years of operation, they started show art house films.

robboehm on November 3, 2019 at 12:52 pm

And for one of those art films was the only time I was ever in the theater. There was no balcony and the ceiling was quite low. I think it was those metallic squares from way back when.

rivest266 on November 3, 2019 at 1:49 pm

This was renamed HK Studio on December 7th, 1971.

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