Fox Theatre

4032 Nesconset Highway,
East Setauket, NY 11733

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All I know about this theatre is that it was located in East Setauket and was still open in 1980. The theater was demolished in 2004, having last housed a Blockbuster store.

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danio on May 27, 2006 at 5:27 am

I think it may be the same “mall” as GoodSkates, or maybe the strip mall closer to Port Jefferson on 347 that had the Jeffrey’s department store.

I loved this theater as a kid- I saw the Raggedy Ann and Andy Movie there, and whined because i wasn’t allowed to see the Breakfast Club when my big brother went. I think I saw War Games there, too.

The Brookhaven is on this site. I think it’s the one that was “uptown” Port Jeff, (now a Blockbuster) nearer to the train station. The old theater closer to the ferry is now Theater Three.

RobertR on September 25, 2006 at 1:47 pm

Check out this ad from December 1969 there is a theatre in Setauket called 3 Village. I can’t find it on CT, did we miss this one?
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vschaefe on March 6, 2007 at 2:03 pm

I grew up in East Setauket and went to the Three Village Theater every weekend. It isn’t the Fox Theater that you think. It was located on 25A in East Setauket. It was a small movie theater that was at the end of a small shopping center. Across the street from the shopping center is the St. James Roman Catholic Church (I was confirmed and married at that church). While the church was being built, Sunday services were held at the theatre. It closed in the early 70’s and after a few changes is now (I believe) an AID Auto Store. The owner of the theatre (As kids we knew him as Mr. Bishop) eventually opened up the PJ Twins in Port Jefferson, which was one of the first multiplexes around. That is if you can call two theaters a multiplex. It is now called PJ Cinemas, which is now a small mom and pop multiplex with about 8 theatres. ( ).

VivaLaDriveIn on September 20, 2007 at 2:09 pm

I saw Return of the Jedi at Fox on opening day. I was 7 years old at the time and I remember being in awe about how cool it was inside that theater. The line for the movie wrapped around the building twice. My older sister walked me over to checkout Goodskates while we were waiting. Ahh what memories.

ChuckNet on September 20, 2007 at 5:23 pm

Ah, memories…I vaguely remember when GoodSkates was in the adjacent shopping center in the mid-80s (which became a Photon lazer tag place later in the decade…my parents used to take me there on their Fri night visit to the bank, so I could play the arcade games!), and if memory serves me correctly, Smurfs and the Magic Flute was one of the last pictures to play there.

FriarFrank on September 3, 2010 at 8:34 pm

For a time, in the early 1980s until 1983, a church rented the space on Sunday mornings, named “Full Gospel Tabernacle.” Eventually, the lobby was transformed into a Blockbuster Video store. It has since been torn down and the land made into part of a shopping center.

robboehm on September 5, 2010 at 5:35 pm

And I believe the shopping center is called Fox Plaza.

movielovahhh on May 11, 2012 at 4:58 pm

There is a lot of misinformation in this one blog. The Fox Theater was on Rout 347 (Nesconset Highway, in East Setauket. It has been torn down. It was located in the strip mall area in front of Waldbaums. The three Village Theater was a cool movie theater loaded on Route 25A in Setauket. Mr Bishop was the owner when I was a kid as well, and he did move on. The movie theatre closed and was also torn down and an auto store has “blossomed” in its place. The Brookhaven Theatre was another art deco movie house in Prt Jefferson Station. That is where a Blockbuster Movie theatre appeared after that was torn down…Come to think of it all the movie theaters of my youth have been torn down. I am a big movie geek, and I used to spend hours watching the matinees at all those theaters. I work in movies a bit now, and will be in the new Batman film, The Dark Knight Rises in July, 2012. So thanks to all those great theaters for inspiring me, and making me fall in love with film.

movielovahhh on May 11, 2012 at 4:59 pm

Fox also had a Blocklbuster that stood in the place where the Fox theatre stood…so Blockbuster truly did destroy the movie houses ; (

FriarFrank on May 11, 2012 at 11:46 pm

Thanks for the updates, guy. We will look for you in the new BATMAN feature. How can we find you?

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