Century's York Theatre

811 New York Avenue,
Huntington Station, NY 11746

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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?

DavidZornig on October 25, 2015 at 10:16 pm

1961 marquee photo added courtesy of Stephen Sclafaniā€ˇ.

longislandmovies on December 5, 2013 at 11:25 pm

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

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 9:02 am

This theatre had about 100 seats less than the Whitman.

rivest266 on October 6, 2013 at 4:23 pm

This opened on December 26th, 1961.

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.

longislandmovies on January 10, 2012 at 8:07 pm

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

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.

robboehm on August 14, 2011 at 9:41 am

Well I put the correct address in but the Google map hasn’t been updated. Is that something that takes time?

robboehm on August 13, 2011 at 5:16 pm

The theatre was an auto parts store for awhile. Now it’s Famous Footwear.

longislandmovies on May 2, 2011 at 7:54 pm

The theater was next to a pharmacy then fabric shop then Woolworths. Fanny Farmer was the last store at the end of the strip next to Sears .(Sears then became Pathmark)

robboehm on May 2, 2011 at 6:45 pm

All I remember was LILCO per my predicament finding the car above.

Bloop on May 2, 2011 at 2:09 pm

There was a Woolworths in the same strip of stores (next door?) . I imagine that many patrons stopped there for candy before the show!

Bloop on March 5, 2011 at 3:16 pm

Where is this pic ?

robboehm on April 15, 2010 at 5:58 am

And will you be sharing it with us?

longislandmovies on April 14, 2010 at 10:29 pm

just found an old pic of the york outer lobby as you approach the box office …..has to be from the early 70s.

robboehm on June 14, 2009 at 4:01 am

Always liked the images and they were in a number of Century’s shopping center theatres. What ever happened to them when the theatres closed. And what happened to all the stuff in the Century front office. Another posting mentioned a montage of the marquees of all the Brooklyn theatres. I remember the old coming attractions fliers they used to send out. Until I moved I had samples of each. Who would have known I’d find Cinema Treasures. If I still had them I could share. That’s why people save stuff, you never know when you might have use for it.

vistafilms on June 14, 2009 at 12:12 am

Interesting stuff indeed…here’s one more for you…The York in the “Big H” was the first theatre I got to by bicycle. Actually, my older brother pedaled, I just hung on to the banana seat/sissy bar (remember those?). I was only about 7 or 8 and we saw “Fat City” with Jeff Bridges and Stacy Keach. I checked and apparently this was in 1972. I think I went to see one other feature there but my recollection of the York back then was that it was still in good shape and that the interior had the classic theatre faces for comedy and trajedy and the walls.

robboehm on June 11, 2009 at 11:03 am

It would be nice if someone could locate a photo. I checked American Classic Images but there was none.

robboehm on June 11, 2009 at 11:00 am

I was only in the York once. I don’t remember what the interior looked like and only, vaguely, the exterior since I drove by the location on occasion. Also, don’t remember what the movie was but I was driving a 4 door blue Valiant. When I came out of the movie the lot was filled with dozens of blue Valiants from then LILCO, now LIPA. Altho' their cars were a different shade than mine the lighting in the parking lot made them all look the same. I walked up and down, up and down. Now whenever I have trouble locating my current car it’s hit the door lock button, look for the flashing lights and the horn.

Bloop on July 12, 2007 at 12:25 pm

Per:BobT “walking out on a movie”. I have only walked out of two movies in my lifetime: 1) “Something Special” (look it up on IMDB—-too complicated to explain). 2)The “Batman” movie (part 3? Part 4?) the one with with Mr. Freeze and Poison Ivy.__-Movie I WISH I could have walked out on but did not because I was with friends :—>“WILLOW”, “Summer Rental”, “Hellraiser”.

Bloop on July 6, 2007 at 3:42 pm

How come no postings for the Hauppauge Theater on here???????

Bloop on July 6, 2007 at 11:10 am

You see, BobT, that’s what I miss about going to the movies—the MYSTERY of not knowing what you are gonna see! The York and Whitman were a “barrel of suprises” back in the day! LOL. Although I do not condone animal killing on film, I do support bringing the Grind House out here—to Long Island! When I look back at it, from where we are now, it will never ever ever happen again. Imagine a cheap, exploitive, unpromoted, film from a small company playing at a Multi Plex today? I appreciate those theaters so much more now, than I did then. One of my best so-bad-that-it’s-hilarious movies experiences was when we went to the Smithtown Indoor, to see a movie called “Night Train to Terror” ! Laughed our asses off, more so than at any current Chevy Chase comedy! I guess I’m just low-brow at heart!