Cove Theater

90 School Street,
Glen Cove, NY 11542

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I last went to the Cove Theater in the early-1970’s. I don’t remember much about it except that it was a good sized theater possibly decorated in the French style. It was opened August 12, 1927 and harbored a Midmer-Losh organ. It was transformed into a dinner theater, but Glen Cove, NY is off the beaten path on the North Shore of Long Island and the draw was not all that good. It closed and was demolished.

I remember that the stage house with the stage exposed to the elements was the last to go and stood sadly in downtown Glen Cove for some time before being pulverized. It was replaced by some sort of condos or assisted living complex now.

Does anybody else remember this gem?

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thestoren on August 16, 2009 at 1:19 pm

Back in the 1950s and early 1960s there were no cineplexes. Today we have multiple screens, movies stay for weeks or even months before transitioning on to DVD. You have a choice of cineplexes. Back then a movie would come into a single screen house, stay a week, then move on to another one in the next town. On Long Island’s north shore, movies always played the Cove before they played in Great Neck at either the Squire or the Playhouse. After a week or so they’d move on to another town. If you missed a movie in your own town you had to chase it around the island to see it.

EricSh on December 23, 2009 at 10:14 am

I worked on the stage crew (a “grip”) at Nothstage on and off between 1976-1978. Shows I remember working included West Side Story, South Pacific, Fiddler on the Roof. I know there were others.

The last time I was there was seeing the Go-Gos in concert. Though I was no longer working there, I had connections and was basically allowed to sneak in. Even got to meet the band briefly after the show.

The place holds a special place in my heart; many friendships were started & nourished there. I was devastated when it was torn down.

cheebalicious on August 4, 2010 at 9:20 am

Any idea what projectors might have been here in the early days?

Just to make things clear: this is the theater which stood on School St, not any of the three which stood on Glen St at various times. (BTW, our Stop & Shop has historical photos hung in the produce dept, and one of then shows the sign of the Cove’s sister theater, the Glen!)

If anyone could repost the auditorium photo, it would make some Girl Scouts very happy. :) Sadly I did not save it while the link worked.

EricSh on August 4, 2010 at 3:56 pm

I can’t comment on the projectors, but I got the link posted above to work by getting rid of the “i8” bit: View link

Ed Solero
Ed Solero on May 1, 2011 at 1:18 am

The excellent Long Island Library Resources Council’s Long Island Memories website includes a number of images concerning the Cove, digitized from the extensive Calderone Theatres collection of Hofstra University’s Library.

A view of the house from the stage

Entrance c. 1970

View from balcony left – I had these seats for a 1982 concert

Alt view of house from stage

Grand Opening – marquee dated Aug 12, 1927

Alt. view from balcony

So opening date verified August 12, 1927.

Click on the image to zoom in. Click on the thumbnail image to move the “red box” and change the area of detail to be viewed in the larger image.

Jeff M.
Jeff M. on February 19, 2012 at 12:27 pm

Back in 1969 I worked part time as an usher at the Cove Theatre. The manager and I had our differences but she became my best friend when the Carroll Baker film Paranoia was to be shown. It had, at the time, an “X” rating (which by today’s standards would have been “R”) and I was the only part time usher old enough to work with an “X” rated film in the house. It was a double feature along with The Oblong Box starring Vincent Price. Needless to say the first ever “X” rated film shown in Glen Cove was well patronized. I became friends with the gentleman who worked the projection room and he used to play my LP’s of Everett Nourse at the SF Fox Wurlitzer during intermissions. The stage was filled with junk which included the old Midmer-Losh organ console minus its pedalboard. It had 3 manuals of which the lower one was of 88 keys. The pipe chambers were behind the stage left wall and had been pretty much trashed. It was Opus 5315 and consisted of 3 manuals & 10 ranks. It was installed in 1927. I remember seeing a central vacuuming system that still worked! I also remember taking black and white pictures of the auditorium which are very much like the ones already posted. I enjoyed working at the Cove back then.

Criswell_Weatherman on July 17, 2013 at 7:45 pm

I remember that I attended some great shows at NorthStage Dinner Theater. I guess I’m too young to remember it as the Cove. I saw Kreskin, and got called onstage with him twice! I also saw Uncle Floyd Vivino’s live show. In addition there were a number of plays I saw there, such as Damn Yankees and One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest, which is extremely different from the movie. I am certain I saw another play there, but can’t remember what play it was.

dallasmovietheaters on October 30, 2015 at 10:14 am

Architected by Douglas Hall with Landish Studios of Rutherford, NJ providing draperies, stage furnishing, rigging, and scenary to the Cove.

Comfortably Cool
Comfortably Cool on October 31, 2015 at 10:19 am

“Architect” is not a verb.

robboehm on October 31, 2015 at 12:42 pm

Comfortably you all missed pointing out the incorrect spelling of “scenery” and the fact that furnishings were “for” not “to” the Cove.

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