Oyster Bay Theatre

54 Audrey Avenue,
Oyster Bay, NY 11771

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Oyster Bay Theatre

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The Oyster Bay Theatre was built on the site of the Oyster Bay Opera House, which burnt in 1934, and its successor the Lyric Theatre, which also burnt down.

The new Lyric Theatre was subsequently renamed the Oyster Bay Theatre toward the end of its life, and after being an independent for many years became part of the AIT chain. After its closure it became part of the Oyster Bay Town Hall.

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Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on October 3, 2004 at 12:02 pm

Was it ever called the Oyster Bay Theatre? If not, the heading should be changed to Lyric Theatre.

stukgh on October 22, 2004 at 12:30 pm

I’d like to follow up on the comment of Nova, Oct 3. As a kid in Queens NY, 1967, I went several times to the Midway Theater to see the latest James Bond Film over and over again. At each show there was a trailer for the big prestige flick at the time, “The Sand Pebbles”, and after the trailer a still ad was projected on the screen saying the the film’s exclusive reserved-seat Long Island engagement was at — I think — The Pine Hollow Theater — and I think it’s location was listed as Oyster Bay. As a child in a congested Queens neighborhood who saw snatches of suburbia on rare trips to Jones Beach, the trailer and ad got me day-dreaming at odd moments about what a big, luxurious theater this Pine Hollow must be, and how fine life would be in this Oyster Bay.

This was one of those odd kid fantasies that keeps coming to mind every now and then, and when I discovered the Cinema Treasures web site I thought I could finally attach a concrete image to the fantasy. I was surprised that there was no Pine Hollow Theater listed on the site — and none found in a Google search. I figured that my 1967 memory had simply become blurred. After all, someone would have remembered a theater big and important enough to host road show engagements of important films. But now Nova too has a memory of a Pine Hollow theater. Can anyone enlighten us?!

BTACBA on November 5, 2004 at 10:40 am

I grew up in the village of Oyster Bay and we did have a theater “downtown” on Audrey Ave. I’m not sure what it was called. I remember it a one huge theater, but it could have been subdivided at some point. It was eventually closed (in the 1970’s) and turned into offices that the are occupied by the town hall.

About a quarter mile outside of town, in an area called Pine Hollow (not sure if that’s a legal name or just what people called it) there was another theater that we called the Pine Hollow Theater. This was also a single screen and was eventually split into two screens. It is on Pine Hollow Road (Route 106), across from the sand and gravel pits, and is now a BMW dealership.

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[Deleted] on November 5, 2004 at 12:51 pm

Perhaps your elusive Pine Hollow theatre had undergone name changes thru the years. I have found a listing for a Pine Hollow Theatre listed at 145 Pine Hollow Road. At this same address I find a Movies Theatre. Could the Pine Hollow and the Movies Theatre be one in the same? That is all the information I have right now.

OnAWhim on December 7, 2004 at 9:49 pm

I just started working at BMW of Oyster Bay yesterday at 145 Pine Hollow Rd. It was the Pine Hollow Movie Theatre. The Oyster Bay Movie Theatre was down town near Town Hall. Coincidentally,the service manager, Steve, and I were reminiscing about the changes in Oyster Bay just today. He has been working at BMW of Oyster Bay for I believe 26 years, and I was born, raised and still live in Oyster Bay, 48 years later. The old Carvel, Foodtown, Lizza Sand Pits, Rumrunners and of course Pine Hollow Theatre were mentioned. He told me today that in the current building you can see where the stage was, the projection room window is still intact, and one of the owners has the phone from the lobby in his basement at home. I will see what else I can find out.

OnAWhim on December 9, 2004 at 11:51 pm

The photo of the Lyric Theater was also known as the Oyster Bay Theater, not the Pine Hollow Theater where BMW of Oyster Bay is now. The building in the photo of the Lyric Theater/Oyster Bay Theater currently is an annex to the Oyster Bay Town Hall.

OnAWhim on December 9, 2004 at 11:51 pm

The photo of the Lyric Theater was also known as the Oyster Bay Theater, not the Pine Hollow Theater where BMW of Oyster Bay is now. The building in the photo of the Lyric Theater/Oyster Bay Theater currently is an annex to the Oyster Bay Town Hall.

Thanksforthememories on April 23, 2005 at 4:30 pm

I remember the Oyster Bay Theatre where I paid 25 cents to see House on the Haunted Hill, and, I rember very well the Pine Hollow Theatre where I was employed beginning August of 1966, my first job. I worked on the very first reserved seat engagement of “The Blue Max” starring George Peppard and Ursla Andress. I became the manager of the Pine Hollow when I was 17 years old. I have very fond memories and I have photos, although I don’t know where to put my hands on them at the moment. The Pine Hollow Theatre was in the same building that is now the BMW dealership. Many of Oyster Bay’s alumini worked along side of me at that theatre and we had lots of good times. It is sad that the town nolonger has a movie theatre. I ran across this site today by accident while I was searching for a 1966 graduate of Saint Dominic’s who used to be a good friend of mine and who also worked with me at the Pine Hollow. This was a pleasant surprise on a dreary day.

superstar on April 10, 2006 at 11:07 pm

I was 7 or 8 and I still remember going to the Pine Hollow Theatre and seeing Grease; Xanadu; Grizzly Adams and a bunch of others. Then we would get ice cream at Carvel. And what about the Pine Hollow Skating rink, what fun! Thanks for the memories!

robboehm on March 23, 2010 at 10:08 pm

The proof that the Lyric was laterly known as the Oyster Bay is on the Deer Park Theatre site where someone has linked an ad for the opening of the Deer Park. In the next column is the Oyster Bay (on Audrey Avenue).

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