Smithtown Center for the Performing Arts

2 E. Main Street,
Smithtown, NY 11787

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Smithtown Center for the Performing Arts

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The Smithtown Theatre was operated by Prudential Circuit in the 1940’s. UA operated this for many years as a discount house usually day and dating with Lindenhurst and Northport. There was a period in the 1980’s when they booked first run here for awhile. (it might have been when the Smith Haven Mall was being quaded). “Hannah and Her Sisters” was one of the films that opened first run here, and did very well. In 2001 UA closed the theatre and a year later it was renovated and opened as a live playhouse.

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antben14 on June 30, 2008 at 7:48 pm

I saw Dumb and Dumber here. My ticket, soda and popcorn came to like $7.

robboehm on February 21, 2009 at 1:57 pm

An earlier comment mention Radio City Music Hall. What a coicidence, the designer was the same for Smithtown – a garden courtyard setting vs Art Deco. Amazing. When I was here for a live show there was a handout on the theatre. It mention the Old Town theatre which was also in town and which this, essentially replaced. I don’t see a posting for this.

Bway on April 20, 2009 at 3:22 pm

That’s a great photo Lost, thanks.
I remember when this theater used to play “just out of the theater” movies, and you could see them there cheap.

912er on December 11, 2010 at 3:27 am

I stood on that marquee many times…

Bloop on March 7, 2011 at 5:08 am

also saw the lousy “Jaws 3 – D” here

moviegoer on August 17, 2011 at 7:25 am

I saw Wyatt Earp here shortly after that picture was out of first run theaters. They actually showed it with an intermission and I recall the theater being quite packed for it.

robboehm on June 1, 2012 at 4:04 am

Theatre is having major financial problems. They need to raise big bucks or else they will close by the end of the year. See the web site for more information.

How may PACs can LI support? WHB is doing well; Patchogue has stuff now and then; Westbury is due to open in the fall, Suffolk (Riverhead) in the spring. And there’s CM and Engelmann and Theatre Three. Arena is history.

wally 75
wally 75 on June 11, 2012 at 5:39 am

Have you ever checked out show at CM PERFORMING ARTS CENTER? AKA OAKDALE… they are never dark new shows every one to two weeks…It can happen..just need good bookers to fill gaps between artsy shows, if that’s a word.Smithtown is in a great spot to draw from N & S shore..

SeaBassTian on August 26, 2012 at 4:57 am

Definitely worth the long drive from Port Jeff for that discount! I could even be persuaded to take in something slightly high-brow in my youth like Nell. The structure itself, probably crumbling but it’s an impressive sight.

robboehm on August 26, 2012 at 9:26 pm

The physical structure appears to be in good shape; the financial is another story. They are trying to raise funds to keep the place open. I think they need something like a quarter million.

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