Hewlett Theatre

1350 Peninsula Boulevard,
Hewlett, NY 11557

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Hewlett Theatre Today

Opened in the 1960’s, this strip mall theatre never quite found it’s niche. It was originally opened as a first run house by Fox Eastern Theatres and a few years later was sublet to the same independent 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. It was closed on June 27, 1991 with Susan Sarandon in “Thelma & Louise”.

Contributed by Robert R

Recent comments (view all 36 comments)

Ed Solero
Ed Solero on July 9, 2011 at 6:06 pm

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

Richard
Richard on May 7, 2013 at 5:59 am

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
Jeffwitt on September 6, 2015 at 8:02 am

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

robboehm
robboehm on September 6, 2015 at 2:23 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
robboehm on June 25, 2017 at 5:56 pm

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

ridethectrain
ridethectrain on November 2, 2019 at 7:21 pm

Please update, this theatre was ran by FOX Eastern Theatres in the 1960 and 1970, then became Cinema 5 for a short spell and independent, it was taken over by RKO Century in 1982. It was a discount movie house 1982 t0 1987. In the middle of 1987, Cineplex Odeon which bought the RKO Century chain operated this theatre as first run. It closed in the summer of 1991

ridethectrain
ridethectrain on November 2, 2019 at 7:23 pm

Another side note, the theatre closed during the financial problems of Cineplex Odeon.

robboehm
robboehm on November 3, 2019 at 9:43 am

ridethetrain Such troubles also caused a delay in the rebuild of the Shore in Huntington. All the beams were in place for both the exterior and interior. It was interesting to see how they nested the auditoriums. Sorry I didn’t have a camera with me at that time.

ridethectrain
ridethectrain on November 3, 2019 at 4:28 pm

I started taking photos in 2003 when I got my first digital camera, I wish I had photos of the Hewlett, old Fantasy, Green Acres, Lawrence, Central, Surfside, Five Towns and other theatres I been too.

I was at the Sunrise one last time after 2003, but with the metal detectors I was afraid to take the camera. It was before smart phones.

ridethectrain
ridethectrain on April 9, 2020 at 7:49 pm

Please update, the theatre closed June 27, 1991. Last feature was Thelma and Louise

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