Sayville Theater

103 Railroad Avenue,
Sayville, NY 11782

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Sayville Theater

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A new 1,000-seat theater was built adjacent the the original Sayville Theater (former Novelty Theater), designed by architects John Eberson and Drew Eberson, it opened on April 29, 1951. It is one of the surviving downtown theaters. Nicely maintained, the theater brings you back to a simpler time before the multiplexes.

I don’t know too much on the history of the Sayville Theater, however, at some point it was divided into four screens.

It’s one of the few theaters nowadays where for $12 you can get the movie ticket, a medium popcorn, and a drink all included.

Contributed by Bway Chris

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Gerald A. DeLuca
Gerald A. DeLuca on June 22, 2010 at 11:37 am

This picture of the Sayville entrance appeared on the cover of the Modern Theatre section of Boxoffice magazine, March 7, 1953:
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wally 75
wally 75 on April 24, 2011 at 12:38 am

ANYONE KNOW WHO OWNS IT NOW?

CBDeBill
CBDeBill on April 2, 2012 at 1:47 pm

I worked at the Sayville Theatre from September of 1974 to February of 1976. At that time, it was one screen. You could see the screen from the lobby. The auditorium was large and the theatre had a balcony which, I suspect, has been converted for one of the four existing screens. Also, on the back wall of the lobby was a painting of some fish that reminded me of the “Nutcracker Suite” sequence from “Fantasia” with the fish swimming around in a kind of underwater ballet. I remember very well the time we showed a movie called “Brother of the Wind” – a G-Rated film about nature that was heavily promoted on TV the week before we showed it. It was a Saturday matinee. We didn’t know what was in store for us. A line started forming down Railroad Avenue and by the time we opened the box office it was bedlam. The cashier was selling tickets so fast that she was throwing the money on the floor. Showtime was 40 minutes late and we had a sold out audience made up entirely of kids. What a nightmare! We also showed a lot of off-beat things. I think UA, who operated the theatre at the time, used it as a kind of dumping ground for the, shall we say, less than mainstream movies. We showed both “Last House On The Left” and “the Texas Chainsaw Massacre” in their original releases – before they achieved their infamous reputation.

wally 75
wally 75 on April 10, 2012 at 11:39 pm

CBDebill..When you worked there was Dotty MGR.?

Tinseltoes
Tinseltoes on June 20, 2012 at 9:11 am

Here are three views of the Sayville Theatre in a 1951 trade ad: boxofficemagazine

wally 75
wally 75 on June 20, 2012 at 10:31 am

Thanks for that MOM would have loved it.

Tinseltoes
Tinseltoes on July 9, 2012 at 10:08 am

“Comfortably Cool”:boxoffice

robboehm
robboehm on March 19, 2013 at 10:18 am

The local newspaper, Suffolk News, ads showed a larger ad for the Sayville when it opened. There was no promo ad or news article. The ad said “new” and boasted ample parking across the street. In time the format went back to the original but the term “new” reappeared possibly indicating an upgrade down the road.

CBDeBill
CBDeBill on October 15, 2013 at 1:34 pm

Hey Wally 75. Sorry I didn’t reply until now. Yes, Dotty was the manager when I was there. Actually, I went through 4 managers. the first one I remember was an older man whose name I forget. Then there was a guy named Steve. Then a woman named Patty whose mother managed the glorious Bayshore Theatre (now a YMCA). Then came Dotty.

CBDeBill
CBDeBill on October 15, 2013 at 1:40 pm

Hi again Wally 75. Clearly you are related to Dotty since you have the same last name. Son? Husband?

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