Boulton Center for the Performing Arts

37 W. Main Street,
Bay Shore, NY 11706

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Boulton Center for the Performing Arts

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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 is quite attractive.

Contributed by Bway Chris

Recent comments (view all 40 comments)

robboehm on March 26, 2015 at 11:27 am

Added a 1930s image of Main Street. Note the original Regent vertical is still in place but a marquee has been added.

robboehm on March 31, 2015 at 5:07 pm

Additional Boulton photo uploaded.

robboehm on April 8, 2015 at 6:27 pm

Night view of marquee uploaded.

alyxzandra on August 28, 2016 at 5:28 pm

I have fond memories of this theater. My mother, Judy, was a single parent and worked as a ticket seller when this was a XXX theater. She used to bring a little portable TV to watch while selling them and I used to sit just outside the ticket booth next to her and we would watch TV together. The foot police were always stopping in and the bouncer ensured there were no problems.

One day, my aunt and mother decided to go to the upstairs balcony, which was closed to the public, and watch a movie. They laughed so hard that the punters started to leave. Both of them had identical, loud laughter.

Some people would say it was very seedy to have a young, teen daughter with her, but I always understood we needed the extra money and this worked well around my mother’s day job. Before it became a XXX theater, we saw several films there as well as at Bay Shore theater.

My mother is now deceased (as well as my aunt), but I will always have funny and fond memories of this place.

robboehm on August 29, 2016 at 7:20 am

When I lived in Bellerose the cashier at the local theater was, I believe, a single parent of two sons, and a WWII widow. The doorman was an elderly gentleman. I think that was often the combination at the Century Theatres which always had continuous performances rather than just evening and, perhaps, matinees like most of the Long Island venues.

alyxzandra on August 29, 2016 at 4:55 pm

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.

alyxzandra on August 29, 2016 at 4:56 pm

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.

robboehm on August 29, 2016 at 7:00 pm

alyxzandra have you contributed info on your current theaters to CT?

alyxzandra on August 30, 2016 at 4:24 am

No. I am not sure what I can contribute.

robboehm on August 30, 2016 at 10:37 am

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.

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