Amityville Twin

217-19 Broadway,
Amityville, NY 11701

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Amityville Twin

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This was the third Amityville Theatre to be built on this site, replacing the 1936-built theatre. Originally built in 1960/61, it was a neighborhood Prudential house that flipped between first and second run. It was then twinned and went all first run. At the end in 1986 it was double features for $2 as the theatre crumbled into oblivion.

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Ken Roe
Ken Roe on August 22, 2007 at 5:46 am

There is an Amityville Theatre listed in the 1930 edition of Film Daily Yearbook with a seating capacity given as 515. The 1941 edition of F.D.Y. lists it as a 480 seat theatre, while in the 1943 edition it has a seating capacity listed as 734, which is the same as in 1950 edition of F.D.Y.

robboehm on February 19, 2009 at 11:14 am

There were two Amityville theatres on the same site. When Broadway was widened the first, and smaller one, fell. A new theatre, double the size was erected in its place. In ads it was referred to as
The Big A.

DonRosen on February 23, 2009 at 4:56 am

What year? I was going to the Bg “A” since 1960.

gfm8959 on October 9, 2009 at 2:07 pm

To longislandmovies, can you tell me more about the sisters who ran the Amity theater. Were they employed by AIT? How did you know they took very good care of the theater etc. etc.

longislandmovies on October 20, 2009 at 10:22 pm

They were from AIT…Cathy and I cant remember the other sisters name. When the theater closed they both went to work in the dm office for Almi century. (might have been RKO CENTURY WARNER BY THEN) There reputation as managers of this theater was stella. I have never been in this theater.

gfm8959 on October 21, 2009 at 12:30 pm

Thanks for the update- I assume, of course, that they were siblings and not “sisters” as in nuns!!

robboehm on April 15, 2011 at 8:16 pm

As it turns out there were THREE Amityville theatres on the same site. The first started out as the Star and was renamed when taken over by Prudential. Prudential then built a new, larger theatre on the same site taking over neighboring retail space. Then when Broadway was widened the second theatre was “in the way”. A new, ever larger Amityville was built by Prudential. Then twinned. Then closed.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on November 5, 2011 at 6:17 am

This house is probably the theater at Amityville that was designed by architect Maurice D. Sornik in 1960, as listed in his entry in the 1962 edition of the AIA’s American Architects Directory.

robboehm on November 5, 2011 at 1:05 pm

Timing is right since the theatre was constructed 1960-61.

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