Pequa Theatre

4450 Sunrise Highway,
Massapequa, NY 11758

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Pequa Theatre auditorium

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Opened December 29, 1960 by Associated Prudential Theaters Inc. This was a free standing theatre with an all glass lobby, very early-1960’s. It was a first run 70mm house and also played many adult themed movies. Later operated by United Artists, it was closed in 1988.

There is currently a car dealership on the site.

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tgreils
tgreils on March 25, 2009 at 6:19 pm

I was mgr there ‘81…showed horrible films…leftovers from the Sunrise Mall… I left and Harrison Ford saved the day with Raiders of the Lost Ark…showing that the theatre could do the business..nice place to work

lpage
lpage on May 24, 2009 at 12:38 am

Anyone remember when the Pequa showed “A Hard Day’s Night”? There was a huge crowd waiting. My dad had dropped my sisters and I off to go see it. Then they announced the theater was filled. Some people went nuts and there was a mini riot. Some glass was broken. Luckily my dad had waited around. We came back for the 6 or 6:30 show and there was hardly anyone there.

robboehm
robboehm on May 2, 2011 at 1:50 am

Many of the components of design of the Pequa were also at the Mid-Island:the exposed ceiling joists, the railed loge section, two story lobby. I seem to remember reading that the number of people at the final showing was something like 180.

Mrmarkus
Mrmarkus on June 19, 2011 at 9:12 am

I worked the Pequa a few times.It was fun to work there,the spiral stairs led to the booth,and another door led to several seats to the right of the booth for employees to watch.It was fun to open/close the curtains,it was the only theatre I got to do that in. It ran both 35 and 70mm movies.Steve Napoli was there for a while,when it closed he went to Sunrise Mall.The last movie I ran there was Rambo III.I knew two managers, Barbara,and Jackie,both good people.

donidarko
donidarko on July 27, 2011 at 1:25 am

Worked at the Pequa for manager Lisa Shubin briefly in 1981. Raiders of the Lost ark played most of that year. Oh my god, I remember someone changed the marquee to get back at the previous manager….Something like…“Denise sells used popcorn buckets.” What a riot. A really cool theater. Saw “Midway” an “Rollercoaster” there in Sensurround., and had a private showing of “The Car.” when no one else showed up one saturday afternoon.

Ted_Costopoulos69
Ted_Costopoulos69 on August 28, 2011 at 9:07 pm

Why is it that we can`t have this type of work now ????

robboehm
robboehm on July 18, 2012 at 3:41 pm

A lot of the modernity described was also incorporated in Prudential’s Mid Island Theatre in Bethpage albeit with a more box like facade.

NYer
NYer on May 11, 2015 at 4:45 pm

The December 29, 1960 Grand Opening ad for the “Fascinating” Pequa in photo section.

paul baar
paul baar on June 2, 2017 at 11:56 am

I saw “Ghost Busters"it is still a classic.I liked the 1960’s architecture of the theater,it had a nice lay out.I don’t think all the best theater designs were only at the beginning of the 20th century.I think it’s a car dealer now.

paul baar
paul baar on June 10, 2017 at 6:43 pm

Hello, robboehm,On the photo page of the Pequa theater ate two good examples of theater seats. If you look closely (on a home computer) in the front center half of the seating there are some wider seats mixed in between the mostly regular sized seats. This is what I was talking about; the seats at the Big “A” Amityville theater are the same type.

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