Bay Shore Theatre

200 West Main Street,
Bay Shore, NY 11706

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paul baar
paul baar on June 10, 2017 at 10:53 am

My late old friend who had been an usher used to travel on the bus between the Bay Shore theater and the Babylon theater to work. He got his brother some work helping emptying out the Bay Shore theater when it was closing down. His brother told me about all the items the theater kept in storage. Some of the contents went as far back as a large cut out display of Shirley Temple. They sold off most of it; the rest was junked. I wish I could have known of the full inventory of the theater’s contents.

paul baar
paul baar on May 16, 2017 at 11:33 am


David_Schneider on February 16, 2016 at 2:46 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!

antnip on January 28, 2016 at 10:04 am

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.

robboehm on March 26, 2015 at 5:44 pm

Marquee and entrance just after closure.

BayShoHistSoc on October 15, 2013 at 10:56 am

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 on August 30, 2012 at 7:41 pm

George, are you the George I know from Cabaret?

GeorgeStrum on August 30, 2012 at 6:25 pm

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

robboehm on February 13, 2012 at 4:26 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)?

robboehm on February 13, 2012 at 2:59 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.

PragmaticGuy on February 13, 2012 at 7:19 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.

Jeana on December 29, 2011 at 11:29 am

Hi Jeff:

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

Jeff M.
Jeff M. on December 28, 2011 at 2:46 pm

Jeana: I attempted to send BST pics to you but your email address apparently is not working. . Te return email stated there was a permanent fatal error. JEFF

Bway on November 22, 2011 at 6:29 pm

This place was amazing.

moviegoer on November 19, 2011 at 6:40 am

I would love to see any more photos you have of this old place. Seeing the couple so far really makes me wish it could’ve been saved as a theater and the YMCA had found someplace else. You can email them to me at .

Jeana on November 16, 2011 at 9:41 am

Jeff, please email me your newly scanned photos, I’d like to add them to my collection of Bay Shore/Brightwaters photos on Webshots. It’s: Take out the trash!

Thank you!!

Ed Solero
Ed Solero on November 16, 2011 at 8:00 am

Terrific photos, wurli3… Thanks for sharing. This theatre was a real gem! A shame it couldn’t be salvaged and restored. Of course, that probably would have been at the expense of the Regent, but if I had to choose between the two…

Jeff M.
Jeff M. on November 15, 2011 at 9:08 pm

Hello All: I have posted recently scanned pictures of the Bay Shore Theatre that were originally taken in 1982. I have restricted these so, if you want copies for your use only, let me know and I’ll gladly email them to you. I hope you enjoy these.

Jeff M.
Jeff M. on November 14, 2011 at 8:04 pm

To Jeana & Bway: I’ll try and get some pictures scanned this week. Probably the reason why there are no old pictures/postcards of the Bay Shore could be that it was one of those venues of entertainment that was always there and taken for granted. When it was finished the architect and builder undoubtedly photographed it for their records but those are probably long gone. The YMCA really didn’t destroy the theatre. Being closed for over 10 years with no heat in the building ruined the plaster and anything made of wood had rotted. The house was in deplorable condition when they tried to auction off what remained of it. More later.

Bway on November 14, 2011 at 6:48 pm

WOW! Amazing photos! I can’t imagine that that lobby photo was taken after the theater was closed. They destroyed it I assume. Does the YMCA use the old building shell, or was it razed?

Jeana on November 14, 2011 at 1:26 pm

I can’t wait to see more photos of this beautiful theater, can’t figure out why there aren’t more pictures, postcards, etc. of it around as Bay Shore was a major resort.

Not sure if this has been mentioned before, but the YMCA that occupies the Bay Shore Theater building also owns the former Regent theater across and down the street, which is now called the Boulton Center.

Jeff M.
Jeff M. on November 13, 2011 at 8:06 pm

I haven’t logged onto the site in quite some time and I see everything is brand new. Thank you Jeana for posting one of my Bay Shore pictures and for the credit. I appreciate it. Eventually I’ll scan some of the others and post them now that it is possible to do so. Thanks to all those who revamped the site. It looks great!

Vito on August 17, 2011 at 3:27 am

The Bayshore was 70mm capable with two Norlco 35/70 projectors in the booth.

moviegoer on August 16, 2011 at 11:16 pm

I’ll second that. In fact, Jeff, now that the new photo submission system is working, it would be great if you’d upload a couple of your photos to the site.

Jeana on August 15, 2011 at 2:53 pm

Yes, I did get some photos from Jeff Morrell, kudos to him, and many thanks as well. Jeff, if you’re keeping up with this, I’ll take any more you might want to share.

The Bay Shore was a lovely theater, I went there many times growing up, and even though it was past its prime then, there were no other theaters close by that compared; most were boxes thrown up to keep pace with the baby boomers.
Some of the auditorium seats had little tabletops between them. There was gold leaf on all the woodwork. The ladies room had three separate areas, one with a huge velvet settee, one with mirrors and vanity tops for touching up hair and makeup, and of course the toilet area. It was easy to imagine movie stars like Jean Harlow slinking around in 1930s evening gowns, dangling cigarette holders.