Star Palace Theatre

22 West Main Street,
Patchogue, NY 11772

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The Star Palace Theatre on West Main Street was located just 100 feet from the 4 Corners of Patchogue (Main Street and Ocean Ave) and was built in 1910. Many famous personalities of the day performed at the Star Palace Theatre. It played motion pictures, vaudeville acts, and concerts.

Irving Berlin held the tryout show for his “Yip, Yip Yaphank” play at the Star Palace before it appeared on Broadway. The Star Palace Theater has been razed, and a storefront building has been built in its place (probably in the early 60’s).

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Raiona
Raiona on February 19, 2005 at 10:49 am

There were 3 floors to those buildings. After the fire, they were knocked down to two floors and the radio station moved to N. Patchogue. The Bridal Suite Shop now stands at #22, where the Star Theater was. According to an older former resident of the village, the Star Theater was quite THE place. Sort of where the hoi-polloi went to be seen.

Bway
Bway on February 19, 2005 at 2:22 pm

Ahh, thank you. I didn’t realize there were 3 floors. Funny, the building across the street also had a fire that knocked the 3rd floor off the building. They then added a new third floor on some years later, and it doesn’t at all match the brickwork of the original building. The third floor is done in a “modern” 60’s style.

Raiona
Raiona on February 20, 2005 at 5:37 am

There was a BIG fire in those other buildings around 1957-58. It destroyed what was then Havil’s Jewelers (the store on the street level southeast corner), and of course the stores and offices above it. I was going to the dentist on the second floor across the street ans could see the bulldozer knocking down what was left (they had put a fence up shortly after the fire for safety). The fire was a big thing at that time. A lot of the firemen had new watches shortly after that fire, for some reason.

Bway
Bway on February 20, 2005 at 6:31 am

Actually, yes, fire was a big thing in Patchogue’s Main St’s past. I have a book on Patchogue’s history, and there is one photo of a fire after another. The one you mention on the Southeast corner of the four corners was a huge one. Dept store fires, store fires, and of course the famous fire at Swezey’s. So much of Patchogue’s Main St went up in flames. And of course, to keep on topic, Patchogue’s Rialto Theater on South Ocean Ave also burned to the ground.

Raiona
Raiona on February 20, 2005 at 3:47 pm

Yes, I was looking for info on the fire at the Rialto which led me to Cinema Treasures. I worked at the Rialto Theater for 2 ½ years in high school. Fire played a large part in the changing face of the village. I remember the LAce Mill fire in 1971. They should have let it go then. And there was a big fire on West Main Street at the restuarant supply store in the winter of 1965-66. I remember that the firemen had to deal with frozen equipment (on the trucks-not their own). I was walking hoem from my girlfriend’s house and stopped to watch.

Violet
Violet on March 24, 2005 at 7:26 pm

I worked at the Rialto too! And before me, my sister was an assistant manager. That put one or the other of us there from around 1968/69 until 1974.

Bway
Bway on June 5, 2006 at 6:18 am

Does anyone have any photos of the interior of the old Star Palace.

Bway
Bway on April 16, 2009 at 9:37 am

I didn’t realize this was Patchogue’s first theater.

robboehm
robboehm on March 20, 2010 at 7:27 pm

Bway- according to a July 1913 Patchogue Advance article, the Star Palace was not the first theatre in town. The second Unique (laterly Rialto) beat it to the punch. The 1910 date which is mentioned in Hans Henke’s Patchogue the Early Years, and in the heading of this site, seems to be invalidated by the 1913 news article. Mr. Henke’s second book, uses 1913 as the opening date. While the early book contains a photo of the theatre being built and a night time shot, there are no interiors. Apparently, in addition to the race to be first, there was competition for customers. Barkers were at the four corners (Main and Ocean) trying to drum up business (November 21, 1913 Patchogue Advance).

And, just in passing this was the second Star Palace; the first one was at 32 South Ocean Avenue.

robboehm
robboehm on May 29, 2014 at 11:34 am

As is currently the case when a new theatre opens an old one closes. When Mike Glynne opened his $250,000 Patchogue Theatre on May 23,1913 it spelled he end to the Palace which closed eight weeks later. At that time the Palace and the Unique(later Rialto) were operated by Nathan Goldstein. The following March Goldstein sold the Unique to Glynne and it was renamed Rialto.

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