Bellmore Playhouse

525 Bedford Avenue,
Bellmore, NY 11710

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Bellmore Playhouse

Another of the Long Island KB theatres. It was twinned in the early 80’s and closed a few years later. It went back and forth between second run and lower end first run product. It closed in 1985 and sat abandoned until it was remodeled last year into a first run multiplex.

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Teddy on September 16, 2004 at 12:59 pm

Right now it is under the ownership of Michael Patracca, who owns the landlord of the entire strip on that block. It is probably one of the cleanest theaters in Nassau county. The Playhouse patrons are mostly regulars who come see atleast one movie every week. It has been opened for 7 years this october. I am not sure what you mean by “first run movies”. The address is 525 bedford ave. It is in the same location as the old theater. The closest thing to old photos is the grafiti on the walls in the besement, the oldest date I found on the walls was 1963.

chconnol on November 5, 2004 at 6:49 am

Wow! This theater is still open. Incredible. If I remember correctly, this theater is on a pretty busy street, right? Not in a strip mall or anything? Well, I remember seeing “Murder on the Orient Express” there in 1974 and “Apocolypse Now” in 1980. By that time the single screen theater was getting a little run down. But I thought it remarkable that I could see “Apocolypse Now” almost a full year after it came out in the summer of 1979.

BTACBA on November 5, 2004 at 7:44 am

This is a wonderful theater that does attract a realy family crowd. The street the theater is located on, Bedford Ave. in Bellmore, is actually not a busy street, but has been turned into a real “downtown” area with great restautants, coffee shops, etc. A great place to see a show.

flickhead on December 22, 2004 at 3:53 am

I used to go to the Bellmore Playhouse’s Saturday matinees in the early-1960’s. I remember the manager was an elderly man with white hair and glasses (always wearing a suit and tie) who often got on stage in between the double feature (usually science fiction or horror movies, some of them made in the ‘50s). He’d give out free passes or coupons for free candy. Unless I’m mistaken, it was his voice that was on the recorded message when you called the theater.

There were Halloween costume contests at the matinee, and every Christmas they’d show the Mexican/K. Gordon Murray production, “Santa Claus” and, in the mid-to-late ‘60s “Santa Claus Conquers the Martians” and “The Christmas That Almost Wasn’t.”

The last matinees I remember were in the late ‘60s (“The Deadly Bees” plus “The Vulture”; “The Terrornauts” plus “They Came from Beyond Space”). I also remember staying after the matinees to see the “adult movies” that were shown in the evenings. (This was back when adults had adult movies to go to.) I must’ve been about 13 or 14-years-old, trying to figure out what I was watching in the John Cassavettes movie, “Husbands.” But I got in trouble once when my mother found out that I’d snuck in to the Playhouse’s evening show of that “dirty” movie, “The Statue.”

Best regards,


RobertR on April 17, 2009 at 2:26 pm

Wrongly identified as the merrick Playhouse
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robboehm on June 5, 2009 at 6:30 pm

How does one correct something on the American Images site? In Merrick they have two 1981 images of the Playhouse marquee and one of The Movies? I wrote them a note a couple of months ago and no change.

kannd86 on June 9, 2009 at 9:36 am

Does this theatre have a website? How much do tickets cost? Do you have any special deals like matinee prices or discount days?

robboehm on June 9, 2009 at 9:55 am

Can’t help you on that. I suggest you call the theatre at 516-783-5440.

robboehm on March 26, 2015 at 5:05 pm

Photo from American Classic Images added which they have under Merrick despite my several request for a fix.

NickyG on December 29, 2016 at 9:30 am

Because Bellmore has become a hopping little downtown at times parking can be an issue, but a nice in-between size place, and ideal for grabbing food and libation before or after a flick.

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