Hewlett Theatre

1350 Peninsula Boulevard,
Hewlett, NY 11557

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Hewlett Theatre Today

This strip mall theatre never quite found it’s niche. It was originally opened as a first run house and a few years later was sublet to the same owner who had the Polk Theatre in Queens. He originally planned to run XXX, but the upscale neighborhood would never allow it. He played second run films until his lease expired.

RKO Century then re-opened it as a discount house. It then spent the last two years of its life day and dating with the strongest first run feature from the RKO Century Green Acres.

Contributed by Robert R

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formerprojectionist on December 21, 2008 at 10:34 pm

Matty’s Toy Shop was the theater. Look to the top, you can see the door that lead to the roof from the projectionists booth. I had begun my earliest projectionist training at this theater, and I lived right down Penninsula Blvd by the Woodmere Middle School. The theater closed in 89/90 if I remember right. It certainly wasn’t any earlier. The guy who owned the Polk was Walter Gusson (sp). He kept trying to turn it into an adult theater but the authorities kept closing it every time he did. I saw a matinee of 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea there in the early seventies. I also believe (or have memories of) Destroy All Monsters there as well. It had no balcony, it was a simple strip mall theater.

robboehm on June 26, 2009 at 12:30 am

All the comments above lead to the conclusion that the address of the theatre was 1350 Peninsula Blvd. The heading should be amended accordingly.

robboehm on July 8, 2011 at 2:27 pm

I have a 1981 ad for the myriad of RKO Century Warner theatres which existed at that time. All the theatres but the Hewlett just show the name. The Hewlett, however, is listed as “Hewlett Theater”. How grand. At that time the price policy for the discount theatres, which included the Bellerose, Brookhaven and Farmingdale was $1.00 Mon-Thurs. $1.50 Fri-Sun. The Hewlett reference, however, was also unique $1.00 Mon-Wed, Thurs..

Ed Solero
Ed Solero on July 9, 2011 at 4:15 am

Once again, the address for this theater should be updated to 1350 Peninsula Boulevard, Hewlett, NY 11557 to correct both the map locator and the street view. Currently, both are smack in the middle of a residential development in Hewlett Harbor, a good distance away to the east from the theater location.

Ed Solero
Ed Solero on July 10, 2011 at 1:06 am

Remove the word “Harbor” from the address. Should be just plain “Hewlett.” Hopefully, that will reset the map and re-position the street view?

robboehm on July 10, 2011 at 1:16 am

It has been my experience that, rarely, is information on the site heading updated from comments. After your posting, to reinforce the correction I contacted CT with the correct information. When I looked at it earlier I sent them a note that it still wasn’t quite right. I know they pay attention when you contact them because they’ve done a number of updates and corrections for me on individual theatres and other things. The one thing which I’m still waiting for is for them to update the prompt when you enter “Long Beach” to also show Long Beach, NY.

Richard on May 7, 2013 at 12:59 pm

My mom recalls that she saw “E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial” and “Fantasia” there in 1985.

It since became a Blockbuster Video store, but it has since closed. It’s now the site of an Ace Hardware store.

Jeffwitt on September 6, 2015 at 3:02 pm

I think that the town of
Hewlrt ,MY. Should have it’s own movie
theater again in the near future.

robboehm on September 6, 2015 at 9:23 pm

Uploaded a long shot to show the roof line. Reminds me of the North Babylon and Mid-Island.

And to Jeffwitt the day of each town with it’s own theater is over; just check the Newsday Movie Guides. Over 70 theaters have bitten the dust on Long Island.

robboehm on June 26, 2017 at 12:56 am

Early Newsday ads show the Hewlett as being operated by Town and Country Theaters along with the Wantagh, Glen Cove and Town (Glen Cove).

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