Cinema Wantagh

1863 Wantagh Avenue,
Wantagh, NY 11793

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Not to be confused with the Century’s Wantagh Theatre, which was two blocks away. This was a discount house that was twinned and died a few years later in the early-1980’s. Demolished in the 1980’s, a new building on the site currently contains a Sea Food Market/Grill and offices.

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robtom
robtom on July 21, 2004 at 7:18 pm

I saw Peter Pan there in the early 80’s. It sat abandoned for a few years then was demolished for a retail store. It was on Wantagh Ave about a block north of the train station.

RobertR
RobertR on August 23, 2004 at 1:42 pm

This theatre was called Cinema Wantagh.

chconnol
chconnol on November 4, 2004 at 12:58 pm

I saw a lot of movies here in the 70’s. It was in a shopping center, no balcony. Not big, not small. Saw “The Sting”, “Hard Times”, “Obsession”, “Poltergeist” when it was doubled.

RobertR
RobertR on July 4, 2005 at 3:01 pm

Check this ad out for “Song of the South” the theatre was known as Cinema Wantagh. View link

RobertR
RobertR on July 17, 2005 at 5:06 am

Again listed as Cinema Wantagh
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jagfug
jagfug on August 24, 2007 at 7:03 am

We from the “T” section of Levit houses used to go to the midnight shows back in the late 70’s. We always called it The Wantagh Cinema. Cinema Wantagh sounded odd I guess. But we’d walk the 2 mile stretch down Wantagh Ave on weekend nights when I was in high school (MacArthur) to see Yessongs and Song Remains the Same. I can still see Steve Howe performing “The Clap"
Here is an ad for that show.
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robboehm
robboehm on June 12, 2011 at 10:20 am

Local merchants have confirmed that the theatre was demolished in the 1980’s. The replacement building houses a Fish Market/Grill and a number of officces.

Chicken334
Chicken334 on August 30, 2011 at 3:31 am

At one point, this was part of the Jerry Lewis chain of movie theaters. As a kid I felt it was like having a celebrity in town.

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