Wantagh Theatre

3305 Jerusalem Avenue,
Wantagh, NY 11793

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Wantagh Theatre

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This was a really nice movie theatre, with a glass lobby. It opened in 1960. It was first run until the last year it operated, 1984, when it played move-overs. It was last operated by RKO-Century-Warner

It was converted into an office building.

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Ed Solero
Ed Solero on September 27, 2006 at 10:11 am

Speedrack… get down to the Ziegfeld Theater in Manhattan sometime over the weekend or next week and go relive those memories. “Jaws” is playing there as part of a “Classics” film festival.

jagfug
jagfug on September 30, 2006 at 7:41 am

Anyone remember The Good Rats playing there?

flickhead
flickhead on September 30, 2006 at 9:58 am

Yikes!! I think I saw them there…out promoting “Rat City in Blue”!

RobertR
RobertR on October 3, 2006 at 6:31 am

I’m sure the roof didn’t leak then
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Rory
Rory on September 4, 2007 at 12:18 pm

The Wantagh Theatre was where I first saw my favorite film, “Planet of the Apes,” on April 7, 1968. I was only 8 years old but I vividly remember it, standing in line and looking at the poster with my parents and wondering if the movie would be any good. Well, it floored my little 8-year-old mind. It was THE movie of my youth, and because of that I will always remember the Wantagh Theatre. I later saw “Escape from the Planet of the Apes” there in 1971 after I had moved away from Long Island in 1970. I’m sad to find out the theatre was torn down years ago.

DSECTION
DSECTION on April 2, 2008 at 12:19 pm

I worked there in the summer of 1975. Jaws opened that summer and the theatre sold out every night for weeks. We would go outside sweep up each night after the last show went in and choose who would run across the stret to the deli for beer for the group. It was a fun summer.

Lebo
Lebo on February 1, 2009 at 7:59 pm

Hey Scottm – I totally remember you. I just created a face book group called ‘I Remember the Wantagh Movie Theater’. Everyone should feel free to join.

robboehm
robboehm on June 12, 2011 at 10:15 am

Contrary to the heading this only came under the Century banner at the end of it’s, and Century’s life. It was originally part of a chain with a smaller pressence, I’ll say Mann. Much later it became RKO when that circuit was trying to get back into the Long Island market. I remember a Newsday article saying RKO was coming to Long Island and showing the exterior of the Wantagh. The Century association came about as a result of a series of mergers which produced RKO Century Warner. It would appear that the current office building, which has an address of 3305 Jerusalem Avenue, was created from the original theatre through additions and modifications.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on July 10, 2011 at 4:04 am

According to the biographical listing of Queens architect Leon A. Miller in the 1962 AIA Directory, he designed the Wantagh Theatre in 1960. He also designed the Glen Cove Theatre and Town Theatre in Glen Cove, NY.

robboehm
robboehm on January 16, 2014 at 11:06 am

The latter two were mirror twins, separated and created some months apart. Last time I looked at that site there were no images.

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