Boulton Center for the Performing Arts

37 W. Main Street,
Bay Shore, NY 11706

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robboehm on April 8, 2015 at 6:27 pm

Night view of marquee uploaded.

robboehm on March 31, 2015 at 5:07 pm

Additional Boulton photo uploaded.

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 16, 2015 at 8:20 am

Added 1914 image of Main Street showing the vertical of the New Regent.

robboehm on May 18, 2014 at 8:12 pm

Doing research on something else I came upon an article indicating that, in 1917, the Regent was in receivership but would be reopening under the management of Nathan Goldstein who operated the Unique and Star in Patchogue. It was subsequently operated by W.D Eccleston until it was acquired by Mike Glynne in 1926. At some point in time it became a Prudential theater.

Notice the parallels of movie exhibitors and banks? Always changing ownership and, sometimes, names.

jukingeo on December 1, 2012 at 9:04 pm

I don’t know. I know there are quite a few small theatre outfits on the island as well such as the Arena Players, The Airport Theatres. I do gather that they must be hurting now big time with the recession. Gateway, one of the more well known theatre groups seems to still be doing OK. I have seen a few of their shows at the Patchogue. That is a nice place BTW. Too bad that more theatres like that didn’t survive on LI. After I saw pictures of the Bayshore theatre, that would have been a nice candidate for restoration. But in the case of the Regent, the place was a hole so I did welcome the idea that Hollyrock presented. It certainly did breathe some life into the place. It was a good idea while it lasted. It was just poorly managed. It’s a shame as the place nicely lit up main street too as it had quite a bit of neon on the facade.

robboehm on November 30, 2012 at 7:46 pm

How many performing arts venues can LI sustain? You have the Patchogue, Westhampton Beach, Engelmann(at Northport), CM (at Oakdale), Smithtown, Paramount (at Huntington)soon to be Westbury and Suffolk (Riverhead), all former theatres PLUS Bay Street in Sag Harbor and a myriad of others.

jukingeo on November 30, 2012 at 7:03 pm

Echoing Robboehm, I clearly remember the Regent being Hollyrock in the early 90’s. At the time I was a DJ / Sound system installer and I did clubs in that area. While I never did any work, nor DJ'ed at Hollyrock, I was inside there twice. The place was done up very nicely in an art deco style. They nicely restored the outside and marquee and even had the name “Hollyrock” on the vertical. Inside, the orchestra section had all the seats removed and in the day time they operated the place as a luncheonette complete with 50’s style car’s as seats that faced the movie screen that played old movies, trailers and cartoons. At night they removed the “car” seats and that area became the dance floor. They had railings around the dance floor area with tall tables and stools to sit at. The balcony was semi converted and still had some theatre seats in place towards the front. The extreme front/center of the balcony is where the DJ booth was. The back of the balcony is where the bar was along with a few more tables to sit at. Food was prepared downstairs behind where the ticket booths were. All in all, they didn’t do a bad job at making something of the place, considering the porn hole it was prior. However, the business was poorly run and was pretty expensive compared to other clubs in the area. The owners made people wait outside to make the line long so the place looked packed…even though it was nearly empty inside. This tactic pissed many people off. Overall, Hollyrock didn’t last very long. I think it was only open for about 4 years and then shut down. A couple of friends and myself tried to get a hold of the place in receivership, but as it turned out, the owners owed so much money on the place that everything inside was liquidated and sold off. So in the end, the building was once again an empty shell. I don’t know what it looks like now as the Boulton Center For The Performing Arts, but I must say the whole repurposing the theatre as a nightclub was interesting in the least and I really did think Hollyrock was going to be around for a long time. I was sadly mistaken…but I think it could have worked with the right management.

I took a look at some pictures of the Bay Shore Theatre (a couple blocks down from Boulton) and THAT place really looked nice. It SHOULD have been restored as a performing arts venue.

robboehm on September 3, 2011 at 5:25 am

But some times the results are interesting. Look at the picture of the Oasis. I thought the current use was as a church because of the way the poles are situated.

Ed Solero
Ed Solero on September 2, 2011 at 1:55 pm

Oh yes, David. The bane of every photographer interested in documenting street-level architecture! I have hundreds of photos ruined by those lines. Same can sometimes be said of trees in full bloom, when you’re out there between April and October! Thankfully, Manhattan is at least one area where above ground lines are virtually non-existant.

DavidDynamic on September 2, 2011 at 12:02 am

Since joining this site I have come to despise pole to pole utility lines. So many pictures of aesthetically pleasing theaters are ruined by those wretched wires cutting through the foreground.

Bway on April 20, 2009 at 7:34 am

Wow, the theater really looked crapy by that point.

robboehm on February 19, 2009 at 12:55 pm

Somewhere between being the Regent and Boulton Center it was the Hollyrock. There was a cafe infront and a screen showing movies. Bizarre – a little like the current Studio One in NYC that has stage plays in a setting like that.

BobT on February 1, 2008 at 11:56 am

The Regent can be seen briefly in the movie “Last Summer”. Directed by Frank Perry, the film was about four teens spending the summer on Fire Island. Starring Bruce Davidson, Barbra Hershey, Richard Thomas before John Boy Walton and Cathy Burns who received an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actress. There’s a scene where the four are running out of the theater to catch the ferry.

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on August 22, 2007 at 4:40 am

The Regent Theater is listed as open in the 1926 edition of Film Daily Yearbook with a seating capacity of 700.

KONeill on June 7, 2007 at 5:58 pm

Regarding the recent posts…great to hear Bay Shore pulling itself up by its bootstraps again…Funny storys about the Regent….Made my first all day trek to “another town” on my bicycle, riding all the way from East Islip at 12 yrs. to see “Blood On Satan’s Claw”… Took me all day to get there, then realized…
a.) It was an R rated film and as such I would not get in ( I did, no questions asked!) and
b.) It would take me well into the night to get back…Had some explaining to do, but it was an adventure and the movie scared the crap outa me…

I watched that theatre crumble almost in timelapse as I would take a bus to school and pass it every day…First run films….2nd run double bills…Softcore films…Porno chic(Devil in Miss Jones)…hardcore porn…closed….

BTW… the record store you might be thinking about may have been The Cucumber Castle…
We would pass that place every time we drove to Robert Moses, my brother and I would beg my folks to stop and let us go in….never happened….years later older cousins let us in on the fact that it was a head shop….

FriarFrank on May 7, 2007 at 12:17 pm

I just visited the Boulton Center last Friday night. Kenny Rankin performed an intimate concert there to a full house. I also saw Livingston Taylor on March 31st, 2007 and he was spectacular and also packed full. Janis Ian came by last year and graced her sold out audience with her thoughtful and moving talent. It is a GREAT venue!

I work across from the theatre and I want all to know that Bay Shore is coming back! At one time, there was a silent movie studio in this town…so it has a history. The town by the Great South Bay on Long Island will rise again and be gloious. It’s all being restored!

JohnMoviola on March 3, 2007 at 9:23 pm

The Regent Theater! I loved this theater. It was small, but it always seemed to have good movies. I first went there in the early 60’s, and last went there (as the Regent) when it was showing an awful soft core, X-rated film called “Alice in Wonderland” somewhere in the late 70’s, I think. To start off, I saw A LOT of matinees at this theater. Mom or Dad would drop me and my brother off to see some Don Knotts movie, and pick us up after the movie was over. Much later, they started showing a lot of horror movies at night, so as a teenager, I was always going with my friends to see some Hammer film or another cheap horror extravaganza from another studio, then we would go next door to eat some pizza. Does anyone remember the music store that was just east of the Regent in the 60’s? We used to go in there to look at the latest 45’s and LP’s!

In 1964, I saw the Beatles in “A Hard Day’s Night” there, and later, “Yellow Submarine.” When it was the Hollyrock in the 1990’s, I saw a band called RTZ there. It wasn’t until 2005 that I returned to see at the Boulton Center, ironically, The Pete Best Band, led by the guy who was kicked out of the Beatles in 1962. In 2006, I saw another British classic act, Chad & Jeremy.

Bway on June 8, 2006 at 6:32 am

Interestingly, while the Boulton Center is mostly a live theater now, they do still show film, and it pays to check their film list every so often. For example, they sometimes do Alfred Hitchcock movies, and here’s their current list, which includes mostly Disney films in this case, but also stuff like ET if anyone wants to see it on the big screen again….

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Jeana on October 13, 2005 at 2:27 pm

BTW, parking is in the back.

RobertR on July 10, 2005 at 2:06 pm

As the Regent they were part of this 1965 showcase run.
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Ken Roe
Ken Roe on May 5, 2005 at 7:37 am

The Film Daily Yearbook,1930 gives a seating capacity of 770 for the Regent Theatre.

BobT on March 8, 2005 at 5:13 pm

As the Regent it was always second run compared to the grand Bayshore up the street. In The 70’s they played B picture double features like “Walking Tall” and “Big Bad Mama”. Then it went XXX and lasted well past other theaters that closed when video cassettes took over porn.

DonRosen on December 20, 2004 at 5:23 am

In the 60s, when owned by Prudential, the Regent used to day & date with the Rialto, while the Bay Shore and Patchogue day & dated.

Bway on October 17, 2004 at 12:40 pm

Actually, they do still show movies there.
For example, this coming October 30th, they are showing a double feature, Alfred Hitchcock’s “The Birds” and “Psycho”.

So here’s your chance to see these old classics on the big screen once again. Check their website for oter movies in the “film” section.