Salisbury Theatre

610 Old Country Road,
Westbury, NY 11590

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Site of original Salisbury Movie Theatre, Westbury, NY

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As far back as the 1970’s this strip mall theatre was showing adult films. Does anyone know if it was ever a first run house? The cinema opened in 1961.

Contributed by RobertR

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Bloop
Bloop on July 18, 2007 at 8:36 am

Nobody has pictures of this place?

cinepaul
cinepaul on October 1, 2007 at 5:27 pm

In the 70’s, it seems to me that this place alternated between porno,and being part of a small LI “art-house” group of 3 or 4 theaters which would show foreign films(in Nassau County – with the Malverne, and the Cinema Manhasset?). I remember seeing “The Sicilian Clan” (a good French heist movie, with Alain Delon and Jean Gabin) here in July 1970 (I was desperate to see it, and my mother told my dad to take me – the day before we were driving to Florida).
Also, in the summer of ‘73, I drove over with a group of friends to see Truffaut’s “Such a Gorgeous Kid Like Me”. I think I also saw the Zeffirelli “Romeo and Juliet” here in '68 or '69 (even though there was nudity in it, it was Shakespeare! so what could your parents do?).

The sleazy reputation of the theater lent a certain “frisson” to seeing legit movies there.

formerprojectionist
formerprojectionist on December 17, 2008 at 2:28 pm

The Salisbury Theater was forced to censor the adult films they showed. A fellow projectionist who I used to picket the UA theaters with in the early nineties worked that theater and confirmed for me that they had to cut the hardcore out or color in the more salacious scenes with a black magic marker. And I did witness this because it was the closest adult theater to me and I saw Female Athletes there and it was cut and colored in! Talk about killing a mood! Westbury had strict rules, Pink Flamingos was banned from being shown theatrically there. Later, they went to video projection and started showing hardcore. They went out of business shortly there after.

robboehm
robboehm on February 21, 2009 at 11:28 am

I only went there once. I was impressed by the way they emblazoned the name of the theatre across the facade in muted blue.

dorsing
dorsing on February 25, 2009 at 8:17 am

I worked there spring and summer 1970. Artsy then, for sure. The movie Z, directed by Constantin Costa-Gravas, with Yves Montand and Irene Papas, played for months. Ben Hur for a couple weeks. Yes, then Sicilian Clan in the summer before I left for college.
I remember 600 seats, (no multiplex around here then!) because we kept some tabs on busy nights to warn people they’d be in the first two rows, or we were close to sold out.
Reeses Peanut Butter cups sometimes sold out, too!
General trivia: minimum wage went up from $1.50 to $1.85! But they didn’t have to give our 16 year old co worker the raise.
At that point there was a management or ownership(?) tie in with the recently opened Jerry Lewis Twin Cinemas on Hempstead Tnpk. We were the expensive theatre-they were 99cents admission! (Friend rvb -previous post-says that one is listed on this site by last name used- FLICK.)
Regarding his comment-I’ve often said I wish I had a photo of the place. It was my first job. Anyone have one?
Is Michael my manager still out there?!
Also,

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on August 26, 2010 at 2:52 pm

Great ads guys,don’t see them like that anymore and never will.

RSB
RSB on December 26, 2011 at 12:08 am

I only went there once…OMG, I was so naive…I took a date there to see the animated “Fritz The Cat”…I had NO idea!

robboehm
robboehm on December 26, 2011 at 2:57 pm

Fritz was mild compare to what followed.

BobMch
BobMch on October 30, 2012 at 11:37 pm

I think “The Salisbury” is named after Westbury’s little village of Salisbury that was long ago part of a vast area known as Salisbury Plain. Also Charles Lindeberg on his solo flight to Paris choose to travel over a road where the theater was to be built which was (and is) Old Country Rd. He would probably be at a hundred feet soon to turn left towards Long Island Sound.

I was an usher in the Spring of 1967 when it was an “Arts Cinema”. Fairly classy – I wore my own black shoes/slacks white shirt and the theatre loaned me a nice fitting black jacket with bow tie. I was told to stand straight and never ever lean against the wall. Saturday matinees for the kids. It kind of felt like 1947 not 67. A Chech movie “Loves of a Blond” (I own in VHS), “Georgie Girl” (which I later named my cat) and Persona. Bergman directing Ullmann and Andersson was one of those experience that I can relive whenever I want – like the lunar landing or 9/11. Just last week a very young persona of ulimate beauty introduced the New England premier of the doc. “Liv and Ingmar” – following the showing the forever young Liv gave such a generous Q&A that even a bumbleing guy like me got in a one-on-one afterwards. Liv also announced that she would be directing her own translation of Henrik Ibsen’s 1875 play “A. Dolly’s House” on Broadway. RLMcG

BobMch
BobMch on October 31, 2012 at 7:11 pm

TT – thanks for the fantastic opening day poster. The poster says “near the Salisbury Golf Course” not “Named after …” I know the village of Salisbury (town of Westbury) is the actual locale. I want to find the 1967 Persona ad. I tried Newsday online but got no response. All in all you could be right that there taking on naming THEATER > GOLF COURSE > PARK

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