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.

Contributed by RobertR

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[Deleted] on November 5, 2004 at 9:51 am

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.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on November 5, 2004 at 11:56 am

There is a theater called “Movies” listed on Cinematour with the address of 145 Pine Hollow Road in Oyster Bay. Thats on Rt 106 right near Pine Drive. I still can’t find any listing for a Pine Hollow theater. Maybe you should add the Movies theater here since I don’t see it listed.

OnAWhim
OnAWhim on December 7, 2004 at 6:49 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.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on December 9, 2004 at 6:44 pm

There is a postcard picture of the Lyric Theater here:
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OnAWhim
OnAWhim on December 9, 2004 at 8:51 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
OnAWhim on December 9, 2004 at 8:51 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
Thanksforthememories on April 23, 2005 at 1:30 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.
Thanksforthememories.

superstar
superstar on April 10, 2006 at 8:07 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!

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on June 14, 2007 at 7:36 pm

6 SAVED AS THEATRE IN OYSTER BAY BURNS; Five Firemen Overcome of 200 Fighting the Blaze That Threatens Whole Town. FIVE VILLLAGES SEND HELP Families in Apartments Above Three-Story Lyric building Escape on Scaling Ladders. Flames Fill Interior of Theatre. Five Firemen Are Injured.

NY Times December 18, 1931

OYSTER BAY, L.I. Dec. 17.—Six persons, two of them children, were rescued this afternoon and five firemen were overcome or injured when fire destroyed the Lyric Theatre building. The fire, which occurred on the site of the Oyster Bay Opera House fire just twenty five years ago, started from some unknown cause in the basement of the theatre building. The three story brick structure was modernized four years ago, and six apartments were erected above the playhouse.

Obviously the Lyric was rebuilt.

robboehm
robboehm on March 23, 2010 at 7:08 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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