Century's Baldwin Theatre

865 Merrick Road,
Baldwin, NY 11510

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Century's Baldwin Theatre

One of the older theatres in the Century Theaters chain. The Baldwin Theatre opened in March 1933 at what was then 71 Merrick Road. It had a nice balcony and remained single screen until it closed in the early-1980’s. The former theatre is now an office building.

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Ed Miller
Ed Miller on June 27, 2011 at 3:54 pm

I was born and raised in Valley Stream, and I was only in the Baldwin twice, but I’m as sad as any of you Baldwiners to see that the theater is gone, like so many of the theaters that we grew up with. The first time I drove out to the Baldwin was in 1972, to see the very obscure movie, “Rivals”. I’ve always been a Joan Hackett fan, and it was the only theater where the movie was playing. The following year I drove to the Baldwin again, to see “Night Watch,” which was ending its theatrical run (had the theater become a dollar venue?). That night was a very memorable experience, because near the end of the movie, which is a thriller, a woman sitting way down front let out a blood curdling scream, which turned my blood to ice and my 22 year old heart to stone.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on June 27, 2011 at 5:09 pm

Back on September 26, 2007, lostmemory said: “Was there another Baldwin Theater? A Midmer-Losh theater organ was installed in a Baldwin Theater in Baldwin, N.Y. in 1925.”

Chuck: Is it possible that the address you provided for this theater in the first comment was actually the address for the earlier Baldwin Theatre? It’s clear from more recent comments that the 1933 Baldwin Theatre is now the Baldwin Medical Plaza, and the Internet brings up addresses of of 865-869 Merrick Road for that building.

I’m thinking that either your source for the address was a pre-1933 publication, and actually belonged to the earlier Baldwin Theatre, or Baldwin has renumbered the lots on Merrick Road sometime since 1933. In either case, the current correct address of the former Baldwin Theatre is that of the Medical Plaza.

robboehm on June 27, 2011 at 8:25 pm

There was an earlier Baldwin Theatre on Grand Avenue. I established it on CT earlier this year based upon newspaper accounts. I have yet to establish a specific address. If I have an opportunity to access some really old phone books I may be able to do so. However, I’ve found that for listings prior to 1930 there are often only street names and no specific address. Life was simpler then.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on June 27, 2011 at 9:29 pm

If the earlier Baldwin Theatre was on Grand, then the most likely explanation for the current address of this theater not being the 71 Merrick Road that Chuck found would be a renumbering sometime after 1933. The newspaper article quoted earlier said that the area around Merrick and Grand was the original center of the village’s business district. If growth later led to several small settlements expanding into one another, then a renumbering of the lots would be fairly likely to have happened.

robboehm on June 28, 2011 at 6:02 am

Hey, a lot of stranger things have happened. The Bellerose Theatre is now in Floral Park, after having been in Bellerose for over 70 years. Seems they changed the Post office for the Nassau County portion of the village to Floral Park. The Queens County portion is still Bellerose. Go figure.

Ed Miller
Ed Miller on July 1, 2011 at 4:46 am

Lol, Bellerose-Floral Park had always been “iffy,” like Alsace-Lorraine. I grew up in Valley Streamn and as I remember, Floral Park spilled over the Queens-Nassau line.

rivoli157 on November 18, 2011 at 2:22 pm

Saw “Victor/Victoria” here in the early 80s-way after its initial release and engagements. I believe that by this time The Baldwin had become a dollar theatre

GeorgeStrum on August 30, 2012 at 6:18 pm

Yes by cracky I remember seeing Way of All Flesh and Susan and God back in the fall of 1940 but haven’t been thar since.

thunderagent37 on February 26, 2018 at 12:15 am

I saw my first movie, snow white and the seven dwarves, at this theater in the 1950s. also later saw tom thumb, the good the bad and the ugly, and a double bill of the secret invasion and robin and the seven hoods. it was old when I was new.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on March 6, 2018 at 3:53 pm

A brief article in the October 1, 1932, issue of The Brooklyn Daily Eagle said that plans for the new theater to be built by the Schwartz Amusement Company on Merrick Road in the village of Baldwin were being drawn by architect R. Thomas Short.

The article noted that the theater’s site, which Schwartz had purchased six years earlier, was west of the Baldwin M.E. Church. The church now displays a sign reading First Church Baldwin United Methodist.

The modern address of the theater’s lot, displayed on the front of the Baldwin Office Plaza, is 865 Merrick Road.

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