Babylon Cinemas

34 West Main Street,
Babylon, NY 11702

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Babylon Theater

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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 J.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). It was remodelled in 1956 to the plans of Maurice D. Sornik. Later operated by United Artists, then by Clearview, as of June 2013 it has been operated by Bow-Tie Cinemas.

The Babylon Cinemas was closed on September 7, 2014.

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paul baar
paul baar on June 14, 2017 at 10:54 am

I would like to say this, to whoever wants to read it; I’ve been to a handful of historic theaters in Manhattan, and a lot of theaters on Long Island. There might be some theaters with bigger screens and better sound systems with classic decor, but the Babylon single screen theater will always be number one to me. I’ve enjoyed every movie I’ve ever seen here from “Bye, Bye Birdie” to the last one I saw as single screen, “The Missouri Breaks”. The last movie I saw as a multi-screen theater was “Who Framed Roger Rabbit”.

wally 75
wally 75 on June 19, 2017 at 6:04 pm

Paul: Prudential had red jackets black PANTS WITH STRIPE’S DOWN THE SIDE… AND BOW TIE….UA SAME BUT WITH MAROON JACKETS..

Comfortably Cool
Comfortably Cool on June 20, 2017 at 5:19 am

Paul, would be interesting to know the names of the “handful of historic theaters in Manhattan” that you’ve attended.

robboehm
robboehm on June 20, 2017 at 7:15 am

Additional dumpsters on site.

paul baar
paul baar on June 21, 2017 at 6:38 am

I went to the Rivoli to see Moonraker 1979,Radio City Music Hall to see The Thrill of it All 1963,and A boy named Charlie Brown 1969, The Astor to see Tommy 1975,The Victoria To see The Bible in the Beginning 1966.(Note: see my photos of the Rivoli.

Comfortably Cool
Comfortably Cool on June 21, 2017 at 6:58 am

Thanks! The Music Hall showed movies only by default, and has now returned to its original purpose of “live” stage performances. The Astor, Victoria, and Rivoli were all in shoddy condition by that time and may not have even been up to the standards of a neighborhood cinema like the Babylon.

paul baar
paul baar on June 21, 2017 at 11:26 am

wally75 thanks for the feed back.I might have seen you when you started at the Babylon. In 1966 I turned 10 years old. The ushers I knew were ether seniors In high school or older men with mostly grey hair.

paul baar
paul baar on June 21, 2017 at 11:58 am

nyer,thanks for all the coming attraction ads in the photo section,especially the ones with all the monkey business Ha-Ha.

wally 75
wally 75 on June 21, 2017 at 6:57 pm

paul baar: I turned 19 in 1966..You mentioned a few guys that worked there in an early post..I know a few of the names..

paul baar
paul baar on June 22, 2017 at 11:34 am

Thanks wally75,after my friends brother was no working at the Babylon theater on occasion one of the senior ushers would let us in free while we were still pre- teenagers.

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