Old Post Office Cinema

46 Newtown Lane,
East Hampton, NY 11937

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Opened in the early-1960’s, and operated by Ritchie Wesley (who also ran Mattituck, Hampton Arts, and Suffolk Theater at the time) in former post office in the heart of East Hampton. It only lasted four or five years. Rear projection system on tiny screen. Fairly arty.

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wombatzone on November 16, 2006 at 8:54 am

I saw a few movies there as early as the summer of 1972. I was 16, working and living at the Spring Close House restaurant at the time and a bunch of us would invade the place on our night off. The only movie I remember seeing there for sure was Bertolucci’s Last Tango in Paris. A few others come to mind but its more likely I saw them at the Orson Welles Cinema in Cambridge, in the mid-to-late 70’s.

jflundy on November 16, 2006 at 9:05 am

I saw the “Laughing Policeman” there in the Winter of 1973. There were three other people in the house.

wombatzone on November 16, 2006 at 11:13 am

Yes, it was at 46 Newtown Lane. From 1981 to 1984 I drove a truck for Dean & Deluca — between their Prince St. (Manhattan) store and the Newtown Lane store. Ah, the stories I could tell…

Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on May 24, 2007 at 4:57 am

Vintage film trade directories list a 1,026-seat Edwards Theatre for this town (then spelled as Easthampton), but with no specific address. I wonder whatever became of it?

Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on May 24, 2007 at 5:41 am

The Film Daily Year Book was among the “vintage film trade directories” that I mentioned. The Edwards was listed there from 1926 through 1957, but never with a specific address. In the 1957 volume, it’s listed only by name, without seating capacity, which probably means that it was no longer operating. By that time, the FDYBs ssemed to be listing seating capacities only for active theatres.

jflundy on May 24, 2007 at 2:06 pm

In 1972 I heard a rumor that an old theater had burned to the ground on the site of the then fairly new UA Easthampton Theater. This had been a Prudential house and was still single screen in ‘72. The local weekly newspaper which I think may be called the Easthampton Star probably has the details.

Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on May 26, 2007 at 4:09 am

If the Edwards did burn down, it could have been in the mid-1960s. The 1965 Film Daily Year Book lists the Edwards Theatre, East Hampton, among the theatres operated by the Prudential Circuit. But in the 1966 FDYB, the Edwards and the town of East Hampton are missing from the Prudential holdings. However, in the 1967 FDYB’s listings for Prudential, East Hampton returns, but with a theatre called the Cinema. Which could mean that a new theatre replaced the Edwards, or just that the Edwards was re-named the Cinema. I won’t be able to sleep until I know the answer.

wombatzone on May 27, 2007 at 7:42 am

The Edwards Theatre burned down in 1964. I have some post-fire pictures if anyone’s interested. Don’t know the address and I can’t place it from the photos. My brother would know, he was EHHS Class of ‘67.

Hyford on February 18, 2008 at 7:57 am

The Edwards Theatre location is exactly where the current theatre showing films in Easthampton is. Rumor has it that the Edwards was being forced out of business and arson was a very strong rumor but never proven. Independently owned. It was Spanish in style very much on the style of the Plaza Theatre on East 58th Street in new York City.

TLSLOEWS on February 9, 2010 at 4:13 pm

Interesting story had they named this theatre.Now thats truth in advertising.

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