Boulton Center for the Performing Arts
37 W. Main Street,
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Previously operated by: Associated Prudential Theaters Inc., United Artists Theater Circuit Inc.
Architects: John Adolph Emil Eberson
Styles: Art Deco
Previous Names: Regent Theatre, Hollyrock Theatre
The Regent Theatre was opened prior to 1914. It was first modernized in 1934 by John Eberson when the seating capacity was given as 678. In the 1940’s it was operated by the Prudential Theatres chain.
The theatre has now been renovated again, and has 290 stadium seats. Certainly not originally as spectacular as the Bay Shore Theatre (Ward & Glynne’s) vaudeville house. The Bay Shore Theatre was closed already in the 1980’s. The Regent Theatre puttered on into the 1990’s as a porn house.
The new Boulton Center marquee was quite attractive. It was blown down in a storm on September 24, 2022. The theatre has been closed since then
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I remember the doorman being very intimidating looking, but he was lovely and protective of my mother and I. I remember being fascinated with the lovely interior, which contrasted with the type of movies being shown. But, you may be right about the combination of people working there.
I want to add I now live in Europe and have not been back to Long Island for 28 years. I am sure things have changed a lot; especially Main Street, Bay Shore.
alyxzandra have you contributed info on your current theaters to CT?
No. I am not sure what I can contribute.
Are theaters where you are listed on CT? If not, they’re easy to establish. If you’ve been to one or more, look them up on CT and make comments which would be informational.
The first movie I saw there was in the early"60’s"a matinee"Little Red Ridinghood and the Monsters"imported from Mexico and dubbed into English by K.Gordon Murry,Elvis Presley’s “Paradise Hawiian style”,“The Sound of Music”,“Deranged”,“Mark of the Devil”(with barf bags)and a French movie"Going Places"with Garrard Depardeau. The theater was okay, not as grand as the other Bayshore on main street.
In the 1980’s the then Regent showed X rated films and shared ads in Newsday with the Ronkonkoma and Rocky Point Art Cinemas.
Uploaded a photo of an ad which appeared in the September 5, 1920 Paramount Week indicating that the, then Regent, would be participating in a special exhibiting event.
The marquee suffered damage during a wind storm yesterday. Portions fell to the ground but no one was injured. The age of the structure was also a factor. The fire marshals will inspect the building to see if it is sound. The Boulton has been closed since the beginning of the pandemic. Will this be the end for the venue?
The Boulton is still closed although the telephone is still operational.