Hampton Arts Cinema

2 Brook Road,
Westhampton Beach, NY 11978

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robboehm
robboehm on August 20, 2014 at 3:02 pm

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 7:31 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 13, 2013 at 4:14 am

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 10:12 pm

The Soundview will open by the end of April

robboehm
robboehm on April 12, 2013 at 7:21 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 12:11 pm

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 3:01 pm

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 7:25 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 6:51 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 3:23 pm

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 15, 2011 at 3:38 am

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 3:47 pm

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 9:36 pm

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

robboehm
robboehm on October 21, 2010 at 8:35 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 5:10 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.

ptk1071
ptk1071 on November 12, 2008 at 9:10 pm

Hello I am writting a paper about this area at the turn of the century to about 1925 and I am particullary interested in the Hampton Arts building and the bulding that is now the westhampton steak house. If anyone has any images of these buildings during this time period I would greatly appreciate and e-mail
I would galdly give credit for any images provided.

efriedmann
efriedmann on October 23, 2007 at 6:55 pm

It is a twin and has been since 1984. If my memory is correct, the first two features upon becoming a twin were THE WOMAN IN RED and OXFORD BLUES.

The theater is still open thanks to the Hamtons Synagogue, who purchased the theater and the property several years ago. The theater is certainly widespread in it’s selection of films – from Hollywood summer blockbusters (they showed EVERY part III sequel this past summer!) to independent gems in the Fall. The synagogue also holds their film festivals there.

efriedmann
efriedmann on September 25, 2007 at 4:40 pm

The theatre IS open. It has never closed.

efriedmann
efriedmann on July 26, 2007 at 8:58 pm

Just wanted to mention that with all of the new hype regarding BLADE RUNNER: THE FINAL CUT and all of the different film versions and DVD packages that will become available, it was at this theater (when it was a single screen) that I saw the original theatrical release in June 1982.

It’s still the best version!

efriedmann
efriedmann on May 3, 2007 at 2:41 pm

Chelydra, I remember Scarlett’s. I was a semi-regular there in the late ‘80’s before eventually switching to Marikesh on Main Street. That building (Scarlett’s) is now Westhampton Steakhouse. I still have yet to go there.

BobT
BobT on May 3, 2007 at 11:27 am

Growing up on Long Island, as a kid I learned of “Night Of The Living Dead” from their weekly midnight show ads in Newsday. Showed it way before the rest of the country. Of course my parents would never have taken me to a horror midnight show,(they did have their limits, dealing with a movie obsessed kid), and I didn’t drive so when it played as a double feature with “Ben” the sequel to “Willard” at The UA North Babylon Theater, me and my friends ran. Of course we were terrified and I regretted never having gotten to the Hampton Arts. 30 years later I have the DVD signed by director George Romero and star Judith O'Dea. I still remember that ad.

efriedmann
efriedmann on May 3, 2007 at 10:46 am

Hello. I’m a brand new member. This is the first movie theater I’m speaking about.
I’ve been a seasonal resident of Westhampton Beach since 1977. The first time I ever saw this theater, ROCKY was playing, fresh off of it’s Oscar victory for best picture of 1976. I remember the theater went twin in 1984, playing THE WOMAN IN RED and OXFORD BLUES.
This theater continues to represent the last of the intimate movie house experience that I can get anymore, as it has become obvious that amusement park-style multiplexes have taken over our culture like a disease.
Those who know this theater well will also know of the “Smoking Upstairs” painting that hung on the wall for years depicting the
theater in an abandoned setting, with the movie titles “Night of the Living Dead” and “State Of Siege” on the marquee. In fact, it was this painting that first got me interested in seeing this classic 1968 original “Dead” film. Today, it’s one of my favorite horror films of all time. That painting is no longer on the wall, but I surely hope it wasn’t destroyed. There was another painting they had which depicted Paul Newman playing pool in a classic scene from “The Hustler."
This coming weekend (5/4/07), the Hampton Arts will show SPIDERMAN 3 on both screens. I have no intentention of seeing this movie, but to my knowledge, this is the first time this theater has dedicated both screens to a movie.
I’m glad this theater continues to remain open. I hope it never closes.

ericscrow2002
ericscrow2002 on April 6, 2006 at 10:46 am

I live in the West Hampton Beach area, and I am doing some reserch on the theatre too, and this information has been very helpful. To clear up some missing information:
The theatre has 2 screens now, and since the Synagogue has taken over the building, everything (Unless otherwise marked on the package) is kosher. The popcorn is great, matinee shows are 6 dollars, after 6PM the shows are 9 dollars, and tuesdays are 4 dollars for every show.
We expect renovation to happen soon (Possibly within this year, I hope :) ) and some ideas include adding 2 more screens, a downstairs bathroom, new seats, new walls (Because the old ones in the theatres are ripped) and a new candy stand/ticket booth. I’m not an offical spokesperson for this theatre, so what I say may change.
If any other reserchers need some info, or would like to give me some, please contact me at

Thanks everyone!

westhampton1
westhampton1 on March 26, 2005 at 4:54 am

The hampton arts is still open being run by a independant with bargain tuesdays all shows are $4.00. There has been talk of a much needed renovation.

chelydra
chelydra on November 9, 2004 at 1:08 pm

But when Ritchie Wesley was running the place in the 1970s, there were plenty of sold-out nights, even in a huge single-screen auditorium in the dead of winter, and with his relatively adventurous movies. There were packed midnight shows (Rocky Horror mostly, but also some ancient scary movies). When Cineplex Odeon closed its doors – I think it was 2002 or early 2003, about a decade or so after they bought it – Wesley remarked that they hadn’t given much thought to the local residents' taste in movies, and just showed whatever came along.
Before Wesley’s renovations started (and before the arrival of cats), the place was kind of a disaster zone, with a terrible sound system echoing off cement walls, cold drafts in winter, and reports of rats scurrying around underfoot. By the late 1970s, it was pretty classy, with good free coffee and real butter on excellent fresh popcorn.
There was also a hippie bar next door, The Long Island Potato, with good live music. Together these places made Six Corners into a sort of cultural mecca (by Westhampton’s modest strandards).