Argyle Theatre

34 W. Main Street,
Babylon, NY 11702

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Babylon Theater

Located on W. Main Street, just west of Deer Park Avenue. The Capitol Theatre was built by the Riley Brothers in 1922 as a sister theatre to their Capitol Theatre in Riverhead, NY. Designed by architect John H. Phillips in a Colonial Revival style. Seating was provided for 1,050 in orchestra and balcony levels. The property entered into bankruptcy and closed on December 20, 1924. The theatre reopened under new ownership with the name Babylon Theatre in February 1925.

In later years it was operated by Prudential Theatres(1929). After a fire on April 3, 1955 was remodelled to the plans of architect Maurice D. Sornik. Later operated by United Artists, then by Clearview, as of June 2013 it has been operated by Bow-Tie Cinemas with a total capacity for 688.

The Babylon Cinemas was closed on September 7, 2014.

Following renovations it re-opened as the 500-seat Argyle Theatre on April 21, 2018 presenting a Donna Summer tribute show.

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robboehm on March 18, 2018 at 11:10 am

Work is being completed on the renovation of the Babylon Cinemas which will now be known as The Argyle Theatre. At a cost of $3 million the father/son duo of Mark and Dylan Perlman have stripped out the walls which divided the space into three cinemas, dug an orchestra pit, built new support for the stage and added a three story structure in the rear to house dressing rooms, bathrooms and storage. Seating in the new playhouse has been reduced to 500.

Part of the cost was defrayed by a NY State grant of $150,000 and tax breaks by Babylon Town for $ 300,000.

The marquee proclaims:“ A new live performance venue will be opening in the Spring.”

To keep abreast of progress and programs, check the Facebook page which has been established.

Mike (saps)
Mike (saps) on March 18, 2018 at 1:44 pm

Or we can just ask you ha ha

Jeff M.
Jeff M. on March 22, 2018 at 8:06 pm

From pictures included in an online Patch news feed it appears that all of the interior decor has been removed from the auditorium. Does anyone have any details on this?

robboehm on March 23, 2018 at 6:37 am

Even as a single screen theater the decor was minimal. Creating three from one didn’t help. Maybe the place will have some character when the renovation is completed.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on March 28, 2018 at 4:17 pm

The Argyle Theatre now has an official web site. The first event scheduled is a Donna Summer tribute show on April 21, followed by a comedy showcase on May 5. The first extended run stage show to be mounted will be “Guys and Dolls” running from May 10 to June 17.

Mike (saps)
Mike (saps) on May 5, 2018 at 1:42 pm

Odd that the Argyle Theater website has no photos of the theater.

paul baar
paul baar on May 25, 2018 at 11:58 am

It was a great thrill going to the new Argyle Babylon theater, also taking these pictures I put on this photo page.It was enough to bring tears of joy to a grown man’s eyes with my first memories of seeing movies like Walt Disney’s"MOON PILOT"and George Pal’s"Wonderful World of the Brothers Grim" some fifty six years ago.The staff was world class,friendly and warm,absolute professionals.The theater was beautifully remodeled as one single theater as it should be.I would highly recommend everybody going to this great theater that’s so deep in my heart.

paul baar
paul baar on August 25, 2018 at 11:45 am

Growing up at the Babylon theater was usually a family affair, once I went with my grandmother and saw “HAROLD LLOYD’S WORLD OF COMEDY”. The kiddie matinees were a mixed bag; some adults should be made to see them, like “PINOCCHIO IN OUTER SPACE”, “EMMET KELLY, THE CLOWN AND THE KIDS” and “WILLY McBEAN AND HIS TIME MACHINE”; “JOURNEY TO THE BEGINNING OF TIME” was okay.Sometimes it would be a classic, like the 1939 “ADVENTURES OF TOM SAWYER”. For the most part I enjoyed more adult movies, like “ZULU”, “MAJOR DUNDEE” or the re-release of “THE HOUSE OF WAX” with 3D glasses. My mother never read the theater listings and there was no rating system then, so my mother took her six year old boy to see the 1962 re-release of “PSYCHO”. I don’t know if she was expecting to see an old Alice Faye movie, but it was an education.

robboehm on August 26, 2018 at 1:45 pm

Prudential published a guide for all its theaters (as did Century) which was mailed to your home or available at the theater so there was no need to check the listings in Newsday. Also, since Prudential was generally single feature, evening starting times were 7 and 9. Matinees were at 2 on Saturdays and Sundays. Out east, during the summer, they also had matinees on rainy days.

paul baar
paul baar on August 27, 2018 at 6:23 am

robboehm Hi, I used to live about a 10 to 15 minute walk from the Babylon theater on George street ,and for 50 cents the Babylon theater was my window to the world real or imagined.I could take part in the Normandy invasion in “THE LONGEST DAY"or travel all over Europe in"THE YELLOW ROLLS ROYCE”;or travel in the human body in a miniature sub in"FANTASTIC VOYAGE"and go to school to learn something of value from Sidney Poitier in “TO SIR WITH LOVE"and brush up my Shakespeare with Dick and Liz in "THE TAMING OF THE SHREW”.

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