Old Post Office Cinema

46 Newtown Lane,
East Hampton, NY 11937

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TLSLOEWS
TLSLOEWS on February 9, 2010 at 7:13 pm

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

Hyford
Hyford on February 18, 2008 at 10:57 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.

wombatzone
wombatzone on May 27, 2007 at 10:42 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.

Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on May 26, 2007 at 7:09 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.

jflundy
jflundy on May 24, 2007 at 5:06 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 24, 2007 at 8:41 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.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on May 24, 2007 at 8:27 am

On April 2, 1926 the Edwards Theater in East Hampton advertised D.W. Griffith’s “That Royle Girl” starring W.C. Fields, James Kirkwood, and Harrison Ford. No address given.

Another mention of the Edwards Theater in 1933. A book of chances on cash prizes with a pencil sold for fifty cents. The drawing was held at the old Edwards Theater followed by a showing of “I Cover the Waterfront.” The Edwards Theater should be listed in an FDYbook.

Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on May 24, 2007 at 7:57 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?

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on November 16, 2006 at 6:55 pm

Thanks for confirmimg the address GlenJ. Now people will have a better idea of where this former theater was located.

wombatzone
wombatzone on November 16, 2006 at 2:13 pm

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…

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on November 16, 2006 at 1:19 pm

Using the information given in the second comment on this page, I found the following:

A May of 2004 NY Times obit for Joel Dean of Dean & DeLuca claims that they opened the Dean & DeLuca store in East Hampton in 1979. The address given for the Barefoot Contessa was 46 Newtown Lane. Does that address sound correct?

jflundy
jflundy on November 16, 2006 at 12:05 pm

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

wombatzone
wombatzone on November 16, 2006 at 11:54 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.

JimMann9
JimMann9 on January 15, 2006 at 5:24 am

1980? Think that is wrong, saw movies here as a kid, even then it was weird, with columns down the center. Your stating of rear preojection explains how it was done there with the said columns. It became a Dean and DeLuca and then the Barefoot Contessa for many years since, now gone and now another trendy clothing store located there.
All I really remeber is sitting in folding directors chairs, uncomfortable and light leaking in from the side windows painted black

RobertR
RobertR on June 12, 2005 at 8:05 am

In December of 1973 they were showing the X rated cartoon “Heavy Traffic”.