Old Bethpage Theatre

714 Old Bethpage Road,
Old Bethpage, NY 11804

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Old Bethpage Theatre

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Operated for many years by a Long Island chain called KB Theatres. It was always changing from first to second run. It went through a few different owners before fading away in the 1980’s.

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formerprojectionist
formerprojectionist on March 5, 2011 at 9:00 pm

My pleasure Sir, any time! Love re-living it!

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on March 7, 2011 at 7:01 pm

Former Projectionist thanks for the ad,The Good old days.pity these Kid moviegoers today.

formerprojectionist
formerprojectionist on March 7, 2011 at 7:40 pm

I hear that Mike, proud to be in the age group I am…

TLSLOEWS
TLSLOEWS on March 10, 2011 at 8:16 am

When you get time “Former” could you tell us about the Booth? Or any other stories,I am sure you have some.Thanks.

formerprojectionist
formerprojectionist on March 12, 2011 at 6:59 pm

Hello Friend, my projection experience was from 1993 through ‘98, which was real late in the game, and I worked the Long Beach, Oceanside, Malvern, and interned at the Green Acres theater. I practiced in many a booth, was in the Hewlett Theater booth in'79, but my best stories really come from the guys who trained me. I was a patron of movies and virtually lived in the theaters through the very late 70’s and early 80’s.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on March 18, 2011 at 8:21 pm

Tis,he is from our theatre generation.Hope for some good stories.

Ed Solero
Ed Solero on April 15, 2011 at 9:21 am

Wow. Haven’t been on this page in 5 years! Glad to see the activity here. So, where in the shopping center was this little cinema located? In the “L” shaped corner? Or out on the end somewhere?

formerprojectionist
formerprojectionist on April 15, 2011 at 2:03 pm

Ed, it was in the “L” shaped corner. I had forgotten where this theater even was and found it when my wife took me to see a production of “Chess” there (I believe they called themselves the Broadhallow Theater and and they are now located in the Elmont public Library, the new library on Hempstead turnpike).

rukdgme
rukdgme on April 28, 2012 at 4:20 am

As a kid in the late 70s and early 80s, I remember riding my bike to this theatre (and left it outide unlocked!) The last movie that played here was 1986’s The Money Pit. The theatre closed after that run, and that movie poster hung in the window for quite some time. I then started working at Richie’s Discount right next door, and remember seeing them pulling all the theatre seats out and bringing in new ones to a new playhouse, around 1989. I went to see the very first performance there, it was Evita, which as a 14 year old kid, thought it was awful, but I just wanted to see the inside of the theatre. This space operated as a live performance venue for many years under a few different names. Most recently, it was the Cultural Arts Playhouse, which has since moved up Old Country Road in Plainview. Currently, there is a sign in the window that says “Gym Coming Soon”. The box office lobby has remained in tact all these years, even the phone booth in the front corner. However, I’m sure it will all be torn out, if they are building a gym.

gfm8959
gfm8959 on October 21, 2012 at 1:29 pm

Updated pics added. I worked there with projectionist Pat Ryan and his brother Bobby from 79-81. Do any of you guys know them and how they’re doing? Thanks

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