Hewlett Theatre

1350 Peninsula Boulevard,
Hewlett, NY 11557

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Richard
Richard on May 7, 2013 at 6:59 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.

robboehm
robboehm on July 9, 2011 at 7:16 pm

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.

Ed Solero
Ed Solero on July 9, 2011 at 7:06 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?

Ed Solero
Ed Solero on July 8, 2011 at 10:15 pm

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.

robboehm
robboehm on July 8, 2011 at 8:27 am

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..

robboehm
robboehm on June 25, 2009 at 6:30 pm

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

formerprojectionist
formerprojectionist on December 21, 2008 at 3:34 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.

Ed Solero
Ed Solero on September 6, 2007 at 2:08 pm

Here are a few shots I took yesterday:

Matty’s Toy Shop
Long shot
Mall signage

So, can anyone confirm that this was the theater building?

In any event, movie listings show this was on Century’s late-run discount circuit by 1980 (probably a few years earlier than that) and continues to pop up in movie listings I have in 1982, 1985 and as late as October of 1986. So the theater lasted at least that long.

Ed Solero
Ed Solero on August 25, 2007 at 9:15 pm

Does anyone know which space in the Peninsula Mall was occupied by this theater? The mall is largely a single level strip, however, there is a two story unit that seems like the likely location of the former theater. The unit is occupied by Matty’s Toy Stop and is adjacent to the Blockbuster outlet in the mall. If I’m correct about this, that would make the address 1350 Peninsula Blvd, Hewlett, NY 11557.

According to their website, they’ve been open since 1988 – which would fit the timeline established above. I’d never been to this theater – I used to haunt the theaters in Valley Stream, Lynbrook, Rockville Center and Lawrence in the ‘80’s, and for discount late-run we used to go to the Five Towns Theater in Woodmere. I do recall the Hewlett being listed in the discount run advertisements, however. Anyone have an approximate size here? Was there a balcony?

Here’s a local.live.com view where one can make out Matty’s Toy Stop as the narrow two story space with the three blue awnings on the 2nd floor. The blue awning of the adjacent Blockbuster can be seen to the left of the site. Can anyone confirm if this is the former Hewlett Theater?

longislandmovies
longislandmovies on January 31, 2007 at 3:44 pm

this theater closed later than 82……..my best guess is 84

RobertR
RobertR on May 24, 2006 at 3:33 pm

Annette at the Hewlett in 1963.
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CathyN
CathyN on November 11, 2005 at 4:38 am

The theater closed in 1982.

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CathyN
CathyN on November 11, 2005 at 4:36 am

The theater closed in 1982.

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CathyN
CathyN on June 28, 2005 at 2:42 pm

It was in Hewlett, not Hewlett Harbor, in the Peninsula Shopping Center, Corner of Mill Road and Peninsula Blvd. Known local as the four corners because of the four gas stations on each corner. The same strip mall always had a supermarket. Woodrow’s Deli and Carvel are still there, next door to the site.

chconnol
chconnol on December 8, 2004 at 2:52 pm

I had this one completely mixed up. This one was on Penninsula (sp?) Blvd in the shopping center. Kind of large, gaudy sign on the street. It was about a mile or so south of Sunrise Highway. Kind of near Valley Stream.

I saw “The Karate Kid” and “Another Woman”. “Another Woman” was an annoying experience though it wasn’t the movie that annoyed me (I actually liked it..). I saw this on a sunny Sunday afternoon in the winter. But the way the auditorium was setup, everytime someone opened the auditorium doors, the place and the screen would fill with light. It got so annoying that people started yelling.

This was a decent movie theater in a good location.

RobertR
RobertR on November 24, 2004 at 11:44 am

On Rockaway Blvd Centurys had the Five Towns which really never found success until it went discount. I was suprised because it was a modern theatre in the mall. The other was the RKO Lawrence.

chconnol
chconnol on November 24, 2004 at 11:31 am

I remember the marquee on Broadway. What was it…five six lines tall at that? If you blinked, you’d miss the place. I never saw a movie at this place for some reason. Of the theaters in the Five Towns, I went to the one in Cedarhurst (which is not listed here) and the other one in Lawrence on that lovely stretch of LI road, Rockaway Blvd.

RobertR
RobertR on November 24, 2004 at 11:24 am

It had a small free standing marquee on the road and a flat one on the front of the building.

chconnol
chconnol on November 24, 2004 at 11:01 am

I answered my own question about where this theater was by racking my brain. This was right on Broadway in Hewlett a few blocks south of E. Rockaway Ave. (or Road). What was strange was that it was the very last building in that strip mall and I don’t think there was a very large marquee. You wouldn’t know there was a theater there. It was in an unexpected place.

chconnol
chconnol on November 24, 2004 at 9:01 am

Does anyone know exactly where this theater was? I lived in on the south shore of Nassau county for years and frequented the “Five Towns” area a lot and I can’t seem to remember where this was…

Also, does anyone remember a large, very nice theater in Cedarhurst? I don’t see it listed here. I know it closed back in the 80’s.

longislandmovies
longislandmovies on November 9, 2004 at 11:20 pm

it closed as a first run house

R143
R143 on October 20, 2004 at 1:48 pm

Somehow I can see why it closed. The neighborhood never would have let an XXX theater open up in it’s neighborhood.

longislandmovies
longislandmovies on October 19, 2004 at 4:29 pm

All the theaters are gone as movie theaters but the SHORE stillgoing strong , THis was the only property they owned in Huntington .A SIDE NOTE = CENTURY ASLO OWNED CENTURY LANES Huntingtons bowling alley at the same time.

longislandmovies
longislandmovies on October 19, 2004 at 4:21 pm

The strong point of CENTURY in suffolk county had to be HUNTINGTON THE SHORE ,YORK , WHITMAN, 110 DRIVE IN . THE ALSO HAD THE HUNTINGTON THEATER AND ONE IN HUNTINGTON STATION. So at any given time they had at least 4 theaters going.

longislandmovies
longislandmovies on October 19, 2004 at 4:16 pm

The shore /huntington -Fantasy /rvc-
PRE 1990 Green acers/vally stream