Belair Twin Theatre

209 W. Merrick Road,
Valley Stream, NY 11580

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Belair Twin Theatre

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I don’t know much about this theatre, except in the early-1980’s it was showing second run films for $2.

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Ed Miller
Ed Miller on May 26, 2010 at 9:07 pm

There’s a lot to reply to here, but I can’t cover everything. I lived in Valley Stream for the first 25 years of my life, and I remember very well when the Belair opened in the early 60s. It was in a brand-new shopping center that housed Hills Supermarket, and it did NOT start life as a twin. It was an art house for many years, with an occasional revival, like the 1939 “Wuthering Heights” It was still arty/indie in the late 70s; I saw Bergman’s “Autumn Sonata” there, with subtitles, and it still hadn’t been twinned that late in the decade. They also had the occasional first run studio movies, like “Julia”. If anybody thinks they saw the Dave Clark Five perform there, they’re mistaken.

Ed Solero
Ed Solero on March 7, 2011 at 5:18 pm

A more likely venue for a Dave Clark Five appearance would be the larger Valley Stream theatre on Rockaway Avenue.

Ed Miller
Ed Miller on March 14, 2011 at 3:08 pm

You’re 100% correct, Ed. The Valley Stream had been a vaudeville venue, and if I recall correctly, it even had an orchestra pit. I’d guess that its seating capacity was twice that of the Belair.

RichD on March 31, 2011 at 2:23 pm

Yep…unremarkable. But what I do remember about it was that the very few pictures I saw there were ones that did NOT appear at any of the other theaters in my town and/or surrounding areas, hence my going to such a small, plain movie house to begin with. Those films include “Godzilla vs. Megalon” and Cornell Wilde’s “Shark’s Treasure”.

Ed Solero
Ed Solero on July 9, 2011 at 6:26 pm

There is a current photo for the CM Performing Arts Center in Oakdale, Long Island, that is very reminiscent of what the Belair Twin looked like, with it’s L-shaped shopping center location. The only thing I seem to remember is that the Belair was tucked a bit further into its corner than the CM is. Imagine the CM entrance moved a bit to the right in the photo and I think you have a very good approximation of what the Belair was like.

Ed Miller
Ed Miller on January 4, 2013 at 1:06 am

The photos displayed here should really be removed, because they have nothing to do with the Belair. The theater was in the mall that was previously on this property, but it was totally demolished and rebuilt. The centerpiece of the old mall was Hills supermarket, with the Belair adjacent. It was built in the very early ‘60s, and was not initially a twin. As a matter of fact, the last time I was in it, in the late '70s, it had yet to be twinned. There was nothing distinguished about the Belair, inside or out. It was just a plain auditorium, no more and no less.

fred1 on January 4, 2013 at 5:52 am

This theater opened by B.S. Moss

Ed Solero
Ed Solero on January 5, 2013 at 1:10 pm

Hey Ed… You’re probably right about the two photos (which I took and posted), but at least they indicate where the theater once stood. The street view for this theater is entirely off the mark, pointing the view arbitrarily in some residential block behind Valley Stream State Park! And you are dead on about the Belair being utterly undistinguished! Nothing remarkable about the place at all, at least form a physical standpoint. Believe the last movie I saw here may have been “Doctor Detroit,” in 1983 or so.

youtwofan on March 3, 2015 at 10:50 am

I just came across this site while doing research to try to find the date I saw The Dave Clark Five at The BelAir. Yes you read that correctly. They did not perform, they were there to promote their movie, but my friend and I were at the front of the line and got great seats. I may not remember what I had for breakfast these days but that is a day I will never forget.

formerprojectionist on March 4, 2015 at 12:08 pm

Hey, thanks for confirming this. My friend was quite confident he saw them there, but most of the reactions on this board were that my friend was wrong. Anyhow, you put this to rest, thank you!

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