Bay Shore Theatre

200 West Main Street,
Bay Shore, NY 11706

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Circa 1982

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Along with the Regent Theatre, this is one of two closed up theatres along West Main Street in Bay Shore. By 1941 they were both operated by the Prudential Circuit.

The Bay Shore Theatre was gutted and currently houses a YMCA.

Contributed by RobertR

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Jeana
Jeana on December 29, 2011 at 2:29 pm

Hi Jeff:

You have to “take out the trash”, to have the correct email address!!

PragmaticGuy
PragmaticGuy on February 13, 2012 at 10:19 am

The Regent was mentioned in the caption under the picture. In Newsday Sun Feb 12, 2012 there is a picture of Main street from the 1930s showing the Regent marquis. One during the day and one at night. I’ll try to get them posted.

robboehm
robboehm on February 13, 2012 at 5:59 pm

I saw that too and was wondering how to access them for a link. Going to go to the exhibit and see any other pix which Newsday didn’t print of the theatres in town. Didn’t realize the Regent had a vertical. Never did from the time I first saw it in the 1950s.

robboehm
robboehm on February 13, 2012 at 7:26 pm

Question, PragmaticGuy. Since you are discussing the Regent and trying to post the photos from Newsday why are you doing it on the Bay Shore site rather than the Regent (Boulton Center for the Performing Arts)?

GeorgeStrum
GeorgeStrum on August 30, 2012 at 9:25 pm

My dad had a job working in the projection booth there for only three months back in the early 1940’s.

robboehm
robboehm on August 30, 2012 at 10:41 pm

George, are you the George I know from Cabaret?

BayShoHistSoc
BayShoHistSoc on October 15, 2013 at 1:56 pm

Jeff, The Bay Shore Historical Society is very interested in including your photographs in our archives. Please contact us at: – or – call 631-665-1707 so that we may arrange to credit you in the correct manner. Thank you – Barry at the Bay Shore Historical Society.

robboehm
robboehm on March 26, 2015 at 8:44 pm

Marquee and entrance just after closure.

antnip
antnip on January 28, 2016 at 1:04 pm

Quite a grand place. I recall seeing “Earthquake” there and looking up as the sensurround shook the theater and noting I was directly under a very large chandelier. This was quite an elegant place. Sad when it was gutted.

David_Schneider
David_Schneider on February 16, 2016 at 5:46 pm

Jeff M.: Thanks for posting these photos!

I grew up in West Islip, but did not get to see the inside of this theater before it closed.

(Looking at the photos, I believe I may have played in the nice entrance way around the box office and golden fixtures once for a minute during a stroll through town when the theater was not open, but that’s as close as I got.)

I’d see the marquee as my parents and I would occasionally drive past on our way to McDonalds just east of Bay Shore in Islip, and I’d wonder what the inside was like.

At one point, (in maybe May 1979 according to when Wikipedia says it was released), a movie version of “Battlestar Galactica”, one of my favorite television shows, was playing there, but left before I asked my parents to take me. (I may have been waiting for school to let out for summer, not knowing it wouldn’t still be showing. I also got the impression my parents were mildly reluctant to go there…. something in the tone of my mother’s voice as she mentioned the beautiful chandeliers, like she and my father had some bittersweet memory of the theater from an earlier time when their lives were different, that they didn’t want to relive.)

I assumed there would eventually be another reason for me to visit the theater …. then on one trip through Bay Shore, it was closed. Later I was shocked when it was suddenly a YMCA with the marquee and entrance completely gone.

Decades after, there are personal computers, then something called the internet, then Cinema Treasures… and whoa — suddenly I’m getting to see what the inside looked like when I never thought I would!

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