Centereach Theater

1970 Middle Country Road,
Centereach, NY 11720

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Centereach Theater 2001

The Centereach Theater was a typical shopping center theater of the 60’s and 70’s. The theater closed in the 1980’s and was converted into stores.

A few years ago the entire shopping center was torn down and replaced with new shopping center, so nothing remains of the old Centereach Theater.

Contributed by Bway

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iarussi on April 29, 2005 at 12:00 am

I spent my summers in Selden, N.Y. when
the area was still a quiet area to live in.
The Centerach Movie house was a great place to spend a Saturday afternoon, nothing fancy, just good wholesome movies.

The area has gone downhill and is far from the little town it used to be. I was recently back in Centereach and was saddened by what the area has become

I will always have the memories of seeing John Wayne and other heroes on the screen. While hanging out with my cousins

Bway on June 8, 2006 at 6:55 am

Bronx-boy. Yes, it has become terribly suburban. Sprawl is everywhere.

ChuckNet on September 20, 2007 at 5:29 pm

Actually saw Smurfs and the Magic Flute there back in 84…it later became a Blockbuster Video near the end of the decade, then turned into a discount gift store sometime in the early 90s before they razed the shopping center to make room for the present one…the sole link to the past on that lot is KFC, which survived the transition fully intact (as it was a separate establishment from the main shopping center).

Nyce475 on January 9, 2009 at 9:58 pm

The fire occured in the late 80’s/early 90’s in the cheap johns discount store and spread to damage the theatre. I dont beleive that it sustained fire damage, but major smoke and water damage.

Bway on April 20, 2009 at 11:40 am

Is that when it closed?

robboehm on May 8, 2009 at 1:13 pm

I somehow stumbled onto a Drive-In site and was looking for LI theatres. It’s pathetic how poor the site is. But one thing sparked my curiosity. They mentioned a Drive-In in Centereach. There was none to my knowledge can anyone confirm?

Bway on May 17, 2009 at 3:47 am

If I am not mistaken, there was a drive in somewhere around where the mall is now, but not entirely sure where….I think near where Rt 25 and Rt 347 meet.

robboehm on May 17, 2009 at 5:44 pm

True, but I wonder where the Drive In site got the info to begin with.

robboehm on May 17, 2009 at 6:14 pm

And I know for certain there was one in Moriches and where. The problem is I’m having difficulty getting enough material together for more than a skeletal posting. Also, they seem to have fallen behind on new theatres. I put up a posting on the 15th and the last newbies they show are for the 14th. On my three previous creations I saw results in 24 hours or less.

robboehm on May 17, 2009 at 6:25 pm

I figured it was something, not just me since there’d been no activity since the 14th. But it was my baby and I’m just as anxious to see it up as previously. Then I can pursue a couple of others in the works.

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