Shore Theatre

37 Wall Street,
Huntington, NY 11743

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Shore Theatre exterior

The Shore Theatre was opened by Century Theaters on April 8, 1950. It had a Colonial style exterior, but the auditorium was in a Moderne style. Seating was provided in orchestra & balcony levels. The stepped ceiling contained concealed lighting.

It was twinned, and by 1981 a third auditorium had been added. At the time of closure and subsequent demolition in the late-1990’s, there were four auditoriums.

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robboehm on February 20, 2009 at 1:53 pm

Re a comment way back, the 110 Drive in was actually in Melville at the western intersection of Rt 110 and the north service road of the Long Island Expressway. It was a big one 2, 500 cars. After a lot of research on this site I couldn’t find it and have made an attempt to post it. Wish me luck it’s my first posting.

robboehm on February 20, 2009 at 2:21 pm

No wonder I couldn’t find it by name. All those dashes between components.

Bill Huelbig
Bill Huelbig on May 7, 2009 at 6:39 pm

Two cool ads from Newsday:


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Bloop on March 5, 2011 at 5:31 pm

Saw “The Towering Inferno” here. That was the last time I sat through a movie that had an INTERMISSION !

robboehm on July 9, 2011 at 7:50 pm

The heading is way out of date. By 1981 the RKO Century Warner ads showed three auditoriums. A forth was subsequently added before closure and subsequent demolition. The beautiful exterior looked really sad in it’s final days with the wooden colonial accents peeling and rotting.

robboehm on March 26, 2012 at 4:00 pm

And, supplementing my July 9th comment, a large chunck of the facade was covered by an illuminated sign board for the four auditoriums which could easily be read a block away (which was probably the intent since Wall Street is one block west of the main drag.)

rivest266 on October 6, 2013 at 6:12 pm

1950 and 1972 grand opening ads has been uploaded in the photo section for this theatre.

robboehm on February 5, 2014 at 5:22 pm

At the time Century announced it would build the Shore it also indicated it would build a 1,000 seat theater in Huntington Station, in addition to the one which was already there. It was felt that, the way the area was developing, it could sustain two theaters in the village and two in the “Station”. The second theater in the Station was never built and, when the neighborhood went down the Station was closed. Century did, however, subsequently open two theaters in what was technically Huntington Station: the York in the Big H Shopping Center and the Whitman at the Walt Whitman Mall.

robboehm on March 29, 2015 at 12:14 pm

Looking at the photo section I see the image of the Shore when it opened. There was a narrow marquee but no sign boards. Latter in it’s life a huge signboard was affixed to the front of the building. You could read it a block over, New York Av, which was the main drag. Probably the intent. Would like to see a photo with that.

paul baar
paul baar on May 30, 2017 at 8:23 am

I saw “American Graffiti in the Shore 1,snuck into the Shore 2 to see "The Seven-ups”.Shame on me!

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