Smithtown Center for the Performing Arts

2 E. Main Street,
Smithtown, NY 11787

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Pete986
Pete986 on June 28, 2015 at 1:32 pm

Do they still show Rocky Horror here?

robboehm
robboehm on April 8, 2015 at 6:45 pm

Uploaded photos of the auditorium old and new, and the photo from the stage which appears on the website.

robboehm
robboehm on April 6, 2015 at 7:42 am

Photo of raffle ticket for Shirley Temple doll as part of the promo for “Our Little Girl” at the Smithtown Theatre uploaded.

robboehm
robboehm on April 5, 2015 at 7:20 pm

Closeup uploaded.

robboehm
robboehm on August 26, 2012 at 1:26 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.

SeaBassTian
SeaBassTian on August 25, 2012 at 8:57 pm

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.

wally 75
wally 75 on June 10, 2012 at 9:39 pm

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..

robboehm
robboehm on May 31, 2012 at 8:04 pm

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.

moviegoer
moviegoer on August 16, 2011 at 11:25 pm

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.

Bloop
Bloop on March 6, 2011 at 9:08 pm

also saw the lousy “Jaws 3 – D” here

912er
912er on December 10, 2010 at 7:27 pm

I stood on that marquee many times…

Bway
Bway on April 20, 2009 at 7:22 am

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.

robboehm
robboehm on February 21, 2009 at 5:57 am

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.

antben14
antben14 on June 30, 2008 at 11:48 am

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

tombrueggemann
tombrueggemann on March 15, 2008 at 5:10 pm

This was my first movie-theatre at the relatively late age of 5 (1958, Merry Andrew with Danny Kaye). Packed on a Sunday afternoon – was fascinated most by it being in color (since TV was black and white at that time).

Bloop
Bloop on October 8, 2007 at 1:00 pm

Saw “Aliens” here……

VivaLaDriveIn
VivaLaDriveIn on September 20, 2007 at 2:01 pm

I remember seeing E.T. here back in the early 80’s, I thought it was first run at the time (then again I was 6 years old). In the 90’s my friends and I would go see any movie playing since it was only $1.99 for the longest time. I think we went almost every day when Pulp Fiction played. Bring back the cheap theater!!!! Who needs another playhouse!

jfbiscardi
jfbiscardi on August 23, 2007 at 2:18 pm

I worked as an usher in this theatre from 1986 – 1989. (16yo – 18yo) Some of my best memories are from the midnight screenings of Pink Floyd’s The Wall. Hanging out in the balcony, overlooking the crowd, comfiscating the beer and “funny” cigarettes.

Greatest Memory… Listening to the Mets win the World Series in 1986 while popping popcorn.

First Run Movies I remember…
Aliens (lines around the corner for weeks)
Jumpin' Jack Flash (lines around the corner for weeks)
Stand By Me (lines around the corner for weeks)
Outrageous Fortune (lines around the corner for weeks)
Sky Bandits (no customers for two days straight)

Shout Out to my former employees..

Mrs B
Jeanne M (my first love)
Tom D
Michelle K
Tisha B
Mike G

I miss this place….

Bloop
Bloop on July 9, 2007 at 9:59 am

No listing for the Smithhaven Mall theaters on this site?

ArtValentine
ArtValentine on February 13, 2007 at 11:45 am

I read somewhere that the same architectural firm that designed Radio City Music Hall designed this building. I will check into it and write back with info and sources. Art V.

ArtValentine
ArtValentine on February 13, 2007 at 11:45 am

I read somewhere that the same architectural firm that designed Radio City Music Hall designed this building. I will check into it and write back with info and sources. Art V.

Bway
Bway on June 8, 2006 at 5:47 am

I remember when this used to play rereleases of somewhat older movies…at least movies that were out of the theater for a while.

Monique
Monique on June 11, 2005 at 4:11 am

In 1999 my husband & I saw the Matrix here on the great big single screen of this Smithtown theatre! It was marvelous. We actually got to sit in a balcony! I truely miss being able to view movies in this single screen setting.

What would it take to open it again as a theatre?

In the same vein, I miss watching movies at Radio City Music Hall too!

Monique
Monique on June 11, 2005 at 4:11 am

In 1999 my husband & I saw the Matrix here on the great big single screen of this Smithtown theatre! It was marvelous. We actually got to sit in a balcony! I truely miss being able to view movies in this single screen setting.

What would it take to open it again as a theatre?

In the same vein, I miss watching movies at Radio City Music Hall too!

christopher667
christopher667 on May 2, 2005 at 1:07 pm

I think this theatre now goes by the name Smithtown Center for the Performing Arts. I used to go often in junior high to see the $2 movies and later saw Grease and West Side Story there when it first reopened. It was nice to see the old place all cleaned up with new seats and everything. Also nice to see the proscenium arch exposed. I guess it had been hidden behind the curtain or movie screen in the past. One thing I hope they’ve fixed, or will fix, are the stained glass windows. They’re not at all elaborate, but that should make them all the easier to repair.