Sayville Cinemas

103 Railroad Avenue,
Sayville, NY 11782

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on November 26, 2019 at 9:55 pm

An ad for Heywood-Wakefield seating in the May 28, 1952 issue of The Exhibitor says that the Sayville Theatre was built for Associated Prudential Theatres.

wally 75
wally 75 on April 1, 2015 at 11:04 pm

CBDEBILL…I’m her son, I also worked for UA. Thanks for asking. The last place she managed was Northport be for she retired..

robboehm on April 1, 2015 at 10:32 am

Daytime image uploaded.

CBDeBill on October 15, 2013 at 4:40 pm

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

CBDeBill on October 15, 2013 at 4:34 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.

robboehm on March 19, 2013 at 1:18 pm

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.

wally 75
wally 75 on June 20, 2012 at 1:31 pm

Thanks for that MOM would have loved it.

wally 75
wally 75 on April 11, 2012 at 2:39 am

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

CBDeBill on April 2, 2012 at 4:47 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 24, 2011 at 3:38 am


Gerald A. DeLuca
Gerald A. DeLuca on June 22, 2010 at 2:37 pm

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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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on November 29, 2009 at 11:46 pm

To amend my most recent comment, I should say the spreadsheet has all those of their projects that are represented in the Wolfsonian’s archive collection. You can see from the spreadsheet’s “job number” column that many of their projects didn’t make it into the archive.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on November 29, 2009 at 11:34 pm

I forgot to mention the Project Index at the Wolfsonian. It’s an Excel spreadsheet program, and contains the names and locations of all their projects, including work other than theaters.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on November 29, 2009 at 11:25 pm

The Ebersons were based in New York, and the majority of their work was in the east, but they designed theaters as far away as South America and Australia. Their papers are in the Wolfsonian collection in Florida. Click this link to see the basic information about the collection, and from that page you can download the PDF file of the Finding Aid for a list of their work. It includes biographical information.

robboehm on November 29, 2009 at 6:40 am

These two have a large number of theatres to their credit. Were they exclusively LI, NY, east coast?

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on November 29, 2009 at 3:01 am

Yes, the Sayville and Brookhaven theaters were both designed by John and Drew Eberson.

robboehm on November 24, 2009 at 9:24 pm

Am I correct that these same persons also designed the Brookhaven in Port Jefferson Station. From the exterior they looked identical.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on November 24, 2009 at 6:50 am

The second Sayville Theatre was opened by Prudential Theatres in April, 1951. It was designed by John and Drew Eberson. Photos of both the interior and exterior of the house were featured in an ad for Heywood-Wakefield theater seats in Boxoffice of December 8, 1951.

Bway on April 20, 2009 at 10:42 am

Is this place still showing movies? Every time I go by, it never has movies on the marquee, and says “something” coming soon or by some date.
It always looks lit up, but unless they only rely on the posters, no movie is ever on the marquee.

criddic on November 13, 2008 at 5:39 am

One comment on the Patchogue theatre. That multiplex was around a lot longer than anybody anticipated. It was running on empty by the end. Speakers were broken, staff was down, the place was always a mess. I used to go there a lot, as well, in the 1990s. The last movie I saw there was “Open Range.” But I stopped going, because it was so poorly maintained. It was only a matter of time. One of the signs of it’s impending passage was that the sign out by the street still said “U/A” but the signs on the doors said “Regal.” A shame, too, because now Patchogue has no movie theater. Everybody has to go to the Island 16, which is hard to get to because of its awkward location in Holtzville and no buses go near there. It’s expensive, too. That’s why I like Sayville. They have better prices, and it’s actually been redone nicely.

criddic on November 13, 2008 at 5:31 am

I’ve been going to the Sayville Theatre for many years, since the early/mid-1990s when “Jurassic Park” and “Schindler’s List” played there. Back then they had 3 screens. Through the years I saw many movies there, including the first screening of “Titanic” on Dec. 19, 1997 at 12 noon. But the theatre was a bit shabby. Now they’ve fixed it up and it really is very nice. The new management is good. I do wish they would play smaller films more frequently, though. Last year I was lucky enough to see “La Vie en Rose” there. Prices are great, and they now have a lot of “special midnight shows.” The only draw back is that if you wanna bring in a Starbucks drink, they won’t let you anymore even though they are right off Main Street. But that’s understandable since they make their money from the concessions.

Bway on October 7, 2008 at 2:24 pm

Why does it only show one movie on the marquee?

POMOVIE2 on October 4, 2008 at 9:49 pm

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gerryrules73 on October 4, 2008 at 9:46 pm

Does SBS (Shadow Booking Service) have other independent theatres in the area as clients or in other states as well? If so, who are the other clients? It’s interesting to know.

wally 75
wally 75 on October 4, 2008 at 6:38 pm