Hampton Arts Cinema

2 Brook Road,
Westhampton Beach, NY 11978

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robboehm
robboehm on March 26, 2019 at 10:05 pm

Reopening for the season this Friday. Glad to have it back. Good movies at good prices. Who needs recliners?

robboehm
robboehm on February 1, 2019 at 10:48 am

Once again closed for the winter; a combination of fewer people in a largely summer community and a heating system in need of replacement.

robboehm
robboehm on February 28, 2018 at 10:39 pm

As per usual the cinema closed in February with a promise to reopen in the Spring, new heating system not withstanding.

robboehm
robboehm on January 9, 2018 at 8:48 pm

Possibility they may remain open through the winter. They finally got a new heating system. Time will tell.

robboehm
robboehm on January 6, 2018 at 3:18 pm

Surprise, surprise. We had a crippling snow and they didn’t close (yet). However, they didn’t update their website for showtimes past January 4th until I called them.

robboehm
robboehm on February 10, 2017 at 7:42 pm

As per usual, first crippling snow storm and the theater closes until spring.

robboehm
robboehm on August 2, 2016 at 10:47 pm

Deja vu. When I was a youth in the 1950s, the Eastern Long Island Theaters under the, long gone, Prudential banner had a policy of having matinees on rainy summer days. The Hampton Arts is offering that this year.

robboehm
robboehm on April 3, 2015 at 2:17 pm

Theater set to reopen April 10th. Guess the digital rental scheme worked out.

robboehm
robboehm on February 22, 2015 at 4:41 pm

As per prior years, theater closed “For the Winter” in mid-February as the weather, which has been terrible, must have cut into business even with Fifty Shades, Still Alice and American Sniper as the last shows.

robboehm
robboehm on October 16, 2014 at 10:03 am

Although the kickstart program failed to raise enough money for the conversion to digital the manager hopes to keep the theater viable by renting/leasing digital equipment.

robboehm
robboehm on August 20, 2014 at 10:02 am

Went to the Hampton Arts the day I saw the reference to the kickstart program. There were some black and white copies of an innocuous flyer. I only saw it because I was looking for it. Was it there when I was there previously? Didn’t see anyone else glance at it. They’re going to have to be more aggressive.

robboehm
robboehm on August 19, 2014 at 2:31 pm

I see by the headlines on CT that the Hampton Arts must complete its $125,000 kickstart for digital upgrade by the end of the month. When I mentioned the upgrade to the manager in the fall there was no plan. After the winter hiatus I’ve been back about a half dozen times. Never saw anything about funding. Wonder who they’ve approached? Doesn’t seem like the general public.

robboehm
robboehm on April 12, 2013 at 11:14 pm

So they said. But the shopping center has been in foreclosure. To do all they want to do is going to take more than a month. You may recall that the original projected opening date was Fall 2012 The Westbury was supposed to be open in March 2012. Still no word. The Suffolk, when it opened last month, was many months late. Islip is supposed to be open by the end of April. Doubt it. There are major problems with that building. The new management said they were going to put $400,000 into it. An informed source told me it would take closer to a million. An earlier newspaper article indicated that the remediation of the real problem would cost more than the value of the building. And Long Beach in general is still a mess.

fred1
fred1 on April 12, 2013 at 5:12 pm

The Soundview will open by the end of April

robboehm
robboehm on April 12, 2013 at 2:21 pm

Theater has reopened. Now all that remains are Long Beach (recovering from Sandy), Islip (renovating and under new management, Soundview (renovating and under new management) and the Westbury (renovating as a performing arts center).

robboehm
robboehm on March 20, 2013 at 8:11 am

When doing some research on another theater I came upon information which indicated that the current building was built in 1927 but was damaged by fire in 1932 and closed. At that time the address was 6 Corners and it was called the Hampton Star. Corners are gone and now there is a traffic circle. The theater reopened in 1947. It operated as a summer theater for a time before returning to movies.

robboehm
robboehm on March 7, 2013 at 10:01 am

Turns out the closure wasn’t weather related but a problem with the heating system which caused a potential fire hazard. Since they had to shut the system down this could further impact the infrastructure as temperatures plummet.

chelydra
chelydra on February 25, 2013 at 2:25 am

Apologies to RobertR, contributor of the accidentally deleted picture. I found a few substitutes on Google images (three almost certainly public domain, one originally in Newsday), but am unable to get them to appear in the Overview picture slot (can’t deletes the article scan to make the theater move into its place, either). I emailed the site managers to see if they can fix this, hopefully even restore RobertR’s.

chelydra
chelydra on February 25, 2013 at 1:51 am

Major screw-up, which I hope the management can undo – uploaded an old article about a painting stolen from the Hampton Arts lobby, and somehow it displaced a perfectly good photo of the theater itself! Cannot find any trace of the previous photo. Maybe it can be found, or maybe someone can find a substitute to upload?

robboehm
robboehm on February 23, 2013 at 10:23 am

In a surprise move, the theater which usually operates year ‘round, closed suddenly for a break before spring. Don’t think this was intended but the severe weather with it’s lingering snow must have been a factor. Also, in 2013 the bargain Tuesdays now cost $ 5.00 rather than the previous $ 4.00. Still a major bargain.

robboehm
robboehm on January 14, 2011 at 10:38 pm

Happy to report the marquee has been returned to the facade of the theatre. According to the original banner it was to have been repaired. However, driving by it looked new albeit the same. Wow, is it ever bright now. And they actually sprung for new letters for the signage.

robboehm
robboehm on November 25, 2010 at 10:47 am

Well, at least during the summer there was a sign saying the marquee was being repaired. But the last time I went by the sign was down. Perhaps in prep for the new marquee?

efriedmann
efriedmann on November 17, 2010 at 4:36 pm

That marquee was down all summer and still is! What the hell is going on???

robboehm
robboehm on October 21, 2010 at 3:35 pm

In a continued effort to upgrade the theatre the old marquee has been removed. I’m curious to see what will cover the gaping hole in the front of the building. I would presume they would then address the box office, refreshment stand area.

robboehm
robboehm on May 8, 2010 at 12:10 am

Haven’t been there for a while, but am happy to report the new seats are in. Nothing fancy but functional. Walls look in good repair. I see no change in the “box office” or the refreshment stand. The Hampton Arts painting referred to above has been relocated to the lobby wall facing the street. Other new, semi-bizzare images adorn, what would be, the exterior wall of the auditoriums. With the new seats capacity is 279 and 277.