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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Bill Huelbig
Bill Huelbig on May 7, 2009 at 4:39 pm

Two cool ads from Newsday:


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Bloop on March 5, 2011 at 3:31 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 5:50 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The heading is way out of date.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 2:00 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 4:12 pm

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

robboehm on February 5, 2014 at 3:22 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 10:14 am

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 6:23 am

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

ridethectrain on April 27, 2020 at 3:38 pm

Please update, Cineplex Odeon closed it to convert into 8 screens

robboehm on April 27, 2020 at 7:04 pm

ridethetrain-Cineplex levelled the building and built an entirely new structure on the site. See it on CT as Shore 8. That theater took a long time to build because the company had financial trouble. The internal construction was visible for months before they resumed work.

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