Bellmore The Movies

222 Petit Avenue,
Bellmore, NY 11710

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paul baar
paul baar on May 25, 2017 at 4:25 am

I’ve been to this theater once in the early"70’s,and saw"The Legend of Hell House".The theater was a grand old small movie house in a early 20th century kind of way.You could imagine seeing a Fairbanks or Chaplin silent.Inside I remember it had visible support rods between the two walls,that the projector would show through with out effecting the image on the screen.It would have been great if some genius would have restored it instead of remodeled.We don’t need another crappy"Art"house theater.

NickyG on December 19, 2016 at 10:14 am

my wife grew up in Wantagh and used to speak fondly of “the itch” we saw Traffic there, then had some cocktails across the street at Applebee’s

robboehm on March 26, 2015 at 5:07 pm

Uploaded photo of an earlier marquee. Still and older one out there.

robboehm on March 26, 2015 at 11:58 am

Uploaded to of the exterior pictures referred to by Chris above. This article and others I’ve seen indicates the theater actually goes back to 1917.

In an article in the NY Times for January 25, 2004 the owners, Henry and Anne Stampfel were interviewed. They’ve owned the theater since 1986 but only performed major renovations in 2002 because of the rebirth of the Playhouse just down the street as a multiplex.

When they ripped up the wood floors to put in slanted concrete they also ripped out a wall and found a stage. In addition to new seats, sound, etc. they built a new stage for use in live productions.

Chicken334 on August 30, 2011 at 3:35 am

This was also affectionately called The Itch because of the occasional rodent that would skitter across your feet.

robboehm on June 24, 2011 at 5:47 am

Contrary to the heading, not the last single screen theatre. There is the Sag Harbor, Montauk and, across the city line the North Shore Towers. Seasonally they also show movies on Ocean Beach, Fire Island, at the Community center.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on March 25, 2011 at 6:36 pm

Great pictures all,guys.

CSWalczak on February 15, 2011 at 12:44 pm

According to its current signage, the theater is called the Bellmore Movies & The Showplace. This article, which discusses the theater’s programming, also includes seven photos and a video: View link.

robboehm on June 5, 2009 at 6:35 pm

I was just browsing the American Images site and, incorrectly, in Merrick, they have a photo of the theatre with a traditional marquee proclaiming “The Movies”. Still haven’t come upon one of the old “Bellmore” marquee before they modernized the building’s facade.

robboehm on May 3, 2009 at 10:09 am

According to the current signboard affixed to the front of the theatre the name should be Bellmore Movies. On the destroyed marquee it read The Movies. However, the original, antique marquee read Bellmore. When the old marquee was in place the facade of the building was so rustic that I felt that they should have had a hitching post rather than parking spaces, seriously.

robboehm on May 3, 2009 at 3:39 am

It’s my understanding that the owners got seats from the Park East when it closed. That was some time ago.

jedsback1 on September 22, 2008 at 3:49 pm

When I was in high school we called the place “The Itch”.

It had just been renovated and they must have used some kind of sandpaper/burlap combination for the seats.


The siren at the firehouse going off next door while the cute blonde got chomped on in the opening of “Jaws”, almost had to buy my girlfriend new shorts and pull her down out of the ceiling.

Ed Solero
Ed Solero on December 17, 2007 at 9:15 am

RCDTJ… I realize this, of course. It just seems to me that if a theatre is going to run such a rare and important engagement as THE JAZZ SINGER that they would make sure to have the proper aperture plate on hand. Apart from the recent showings at the Loew’s Jersey, this was the only showing of the film’s restored print in the NYC area. What a shame they couldn’t present it properly.

Vito on December 15, 2007 at 6:03 am

A little trick they may have tried, is removing the anamorphic attachment from the prime scope lens. The image would of course be smaller but the ratio might just be closer to the 1.33 required to show these fims properly.

rcdt55b on December 15, 2007 at 5:33 am

You have to realize that most theaters only have a 1.85 and 2.35 plate and lens. It’s very rare that they would have to run 1.33 or 1.66

Ed Solero
Ed Solero on December 3, 2007 at 12:28 pm

So, no one had or was able to cut a proper Academy-ratio aperture plate for this presentation. That’s disappointing to hear. I won’t be coming to this theatre for any pre-1953 revivals!

YMike on December 3, 2007 at 8:35 am

Was at the screening of the “Jazz Singer”. While the print was OK for some reason it was screened as a “wide screen” film. When Jolson sang the projectionist had to lower the film on the screen because Al’s head was cut off. After the film there was a Q & A session hosted by the President of the “Al Jolson Society” which was very imformative.

Mike (saps)
Mike (saps) on November 30, 2007 at 12:52 pm

You ain’t heard nothin' yet — “The Jazz Singer” starring Al Jolson screens here Sunday (12/2/07) at 11am for $5./ticket. I’ve never seen it on the big screen, and with the controvery over the recent DVD’s lack of critical perspective commentary about Jolson’s use of blackface, I’m curious to attend. They say a representative from the Al Jolson Society plans to be attending and available for Q & A after the film.

Mike (saps)
Mike (saps) on September 4, 2007 at 1:48 pm

Mickey Rooney and his wife appeared in their touring show here recently.

Vito on December 5, 2006 at 3:21 am

Thanks RCDTJ I am happy to hear that. What an interesting
signs of changing times story

rcdt55b on December 5, 2006 at 2:30 am

Both. The union operators became managers so it IS still a union booth.

Vito on December 5, 2006 at 1:43 am

Since they went platter and eliminated the reel-to-reel operation, is it now a manager/operator house, or do they still use local 640 projectionists?

rcdt55b on December 4, 2006 at 1:50 pm

Bellemore has a century head and RCA soundhead. 3000Watt Kniesley lamphouse. Christie platter. Smart ModVI no surrounds. They also run video. Also has century on century backup with 1600Watt lamp. They run a lot of live shows too.