Century's York Theatre

811 New York Avenue,
Huntington Station, NY 11746

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Another of Century Theaters Long Island houses which thrived in the 1950’s and 1960’s. The theatre was located in the Huntington Shopping Center and opened in 1961. It was closed in 1985.

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robboehm on November 2, 2011 at 5:53 pm

Noticed on another site that the facade of the York and the lobby, such as it was, was done in green and white glazed brick. The large Century’s sign was in green with the name of the theatre in white.

longislandmovies on January 10, 2012 at 8:07 pm

The green bricks were very light and the signage was dark green.

Spindoc on July 20, 2012 at 3:00 pm

I worked at the York for a couple of years as an usher beginning in August, 1962, evenings after school and weekends. Century envisioned this theater as: 1) an art house which played films such as La Dolce Vita and Long Day’s Journey Into Night, and 2) a more conventional theater which played more commercial releases, including the Huntington premier of West Side Story. We had a Manager named Peter Manzione, and an Asst. Manager named Nick Mastacouris, both of whom were obliged to work in tuxes. We had two union projectionists, plus uniformed ushers, matrons and concession stand people. In the lobby photo posted on this site, the doors on the left lead to the concession area, and the small door in the cashier’s booth leads to the manager’s office. The theater was slightly smaller (and older) than the Whitman Theater in South Huntington. Century also operated the Huntington Theater and Shore Theater in the Village of Huntington, and a drive-in theater on Rte. 110 in South Huntington, and I believe they also owned the Huntington Lanes opposite the Shore Theater.

rivest266 on October 6, 2013 at 4:23 pm

This opened on December 26th, 1961.

longislandmovies on December 5, 2013 at 9:02 am

This theatre had about 100 seats less than the Whitman.

robboehm on December 5, 2013 at 10:10 am

I seem to recall the manager of the Whitman saying it had 750 seats which would make this 650.

longislandmovies on December 5, 2013 at 11:25 pm

That’s about the number I know the York had 600 and something seats.

DavidZornig on October 25, 2015 at 10:16 pm

1961 marquee photo added courtesy of Stephen Sclafaniā€ˇ.

shirleytemplefan on November 13, 2015 at 10:47 pm

there was something I can’t explain what it is that I always liked about the York theatre that’s why I was so upset when I first heard they made the decision to close back in 1985.

that’s why I’ve not ever forgotten that 1985 is when they closed.

but I was always wondering when they opened and thanks to this site finally finding out that they opened in 1961.

well at least the York theatre was around for 24 years from 1961-1985 even thought it would’ve been nice if they could have been around for more than just 24 years.

but I’ve been dying to see pictures of the York theatre besides just the 3 on this site right now,

if anyone knows of a site where there are pictures of the York theatre on it or if anyone could load more pictures of the York on this site i’d greatly appreciate that?

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