Shore Theatre

37 Wall Street,
Huntington, NY 11743

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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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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on January 11, 2009 at 7:02 pm

Boxoffice Magazine’s issue of April 1, 1950, carried an item saying that Century Theatres planned to open the new Shore Theatre in Huntington on April 8.

In its December 16, 1974 issue, Boxoffice said that Century was selling the Huntington Theatre in Huntington, but would still have two screens in the town because their Shore Theatre had been twinned.

A New York Times article about the theater business on Long Island, published January 27, 2002, said that the 8-screen multiplex that had replaced the Shore Theatre in 1998 was designed by architect James Thomas Martino of Port Washington.

robboehm
robboehm on February 20, 2009 at 9:53 am

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.

Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on February 20, 2009 at 10:01 am

The introduction needs to be changed. Since it was written, descriptions, as well as photos, have been posted, including three images that I re-linked above on 5/11/08.

robboehm
robboehm on February 20, 2009 at 10:21 am

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

Bill Huelbig
Bill Huelbig on May 7, 2009 at 1:39 pm

Two cool ads from Newsday:

11/15/60:

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8/63:

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Bloop
Bloop on March 5, 2011 at 1:31 pm

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

robboehm
robboehm on July 9, 2011 at 2:50 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The heading is way out of date.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
robboehm on March 26, 2012 at 11:00 am

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
rivest266 on October 6, 2013 at 1:12 pm

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

robboehm
robboehm on February 5, 2014 at 1:22 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.

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