Bay Shore Cinema

1881 Sunrise Highway,
Bay Shore, NY 11706

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MrJohn on December 8, 2017 at 5:27 am

Uploaded a set of pictures of the interior of the Cinema in 1989, as well as one of the demolition in 1991.

robboehm on May 30, 2017 at 6:49 am

Believe Shuyler’s church was called the Crystal Cathedral.

paul baar
paul baar on May 30, 2017 at 4:11 am

I saw"For Your eyes Only"at the in door,at the out door I saw “The Odd Couple”.The minister Robert Shuyler had made one of these into a church in California.

Ed Solero
Ed Solero on October 24, 2011 at 1:09 pm

I don’t know why the link would have disappeared, but uploading the photo to CT may have been in some sort of copyright violation.

moviegoer on October 21, 2011 at 10:25 pm

Hmmm…for a long while the picture that Joe Vogel linked to in his post on 11/10/09 was posted here. Now it’s gone and the link is also not working. I wonder if there’s a connection. Hope the picture is not gone forever because I haven’t been able to find any others of the Cinema.

robboehm on August 29, 2011 at 7:53 pm

There was originally a plan to have multiple theatres on the site and called Cinema City. Then the bottom dropped out of the movie business.

Ed Solero
Ed Solero on August 29, 2011 at 9:43 am

Took my then 12-year old brother here back in the late summer of 1985 to see the decidedly R-rated “Return of the Living Dead.” Not sure what I was thinking! He seemed to perk-up when a girl in the film did a striptease number in the middle of a graveyard! Ah the classic B cinema of the 1980’s!

jpark377 on November 6, 2010 at 8:07 pm

Joe V., would have liked to see that cover for Boxoffice Magazine. I guess you took it down?

BobT on November 10, 2009 at 6:17 am

Yup, that’s her. The theater sat just outside the UA Bayshore Twin Drive-In though run seperate. Just down the road from the Lowes South Shore Mall theater, later twinned. Once 5 screens in a short distance no no longer represented at all. Here at the Cinema, I saw such fare as “Coal Miners Daughter” and “Jaws 3D”. Went under the Blue Ribbon Theater banner.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on November 9, 2009 at 11:43 pm

Could someone who has seen this theater take a look at the picture on the cover of Boxoffice Magazine for January 7, 1963, and tell me if the 1962 Maurice Sornik-designed house for Prudential Theatres it depicts is the Bay Shore Cinema in New York? The caption says that it is in Bay Shore, New Jersey, but I’ve been unable to find any confirmation that the New Jersey town ever had a theater called the Cinema. I think the caption writer might have made a mistake.

jpark377 on May 29, 2008 at 6:28 pm

Hello Jeana-
There never was a Bay Shore Cinema on Main Street. The Bay Shore Cinema and Drive-In were both at 1881 Sunrise Hwy. The YMCA was known as the “Bay Shore Theater”. It was a real show palace, so I’m sure there’s some pictures hiding somewhere on “the web”.

Jeana on May 29, 2008 at 3:14 pm

If anyone has pictures of the Bay Shore Cinema on Main Street (it is now a YMCA), please post here or email me at (take out the trash). I have a large collection of photos of Bay Shore and Brightwaters, but I have never been able to find any pics of this theater. My album is here:

I would appreciate any photos. Thank you.

jpark377 on March 28, 2007 at 6:16 pm

I don’t remember this theater being called the Cinema Bayshore? If it’s the Bay Shore Cinema, that was at 1881 Sunrise Highway, in front of the Drive-In. Yes Bill, Bay Shore is two words, like East Hampton!

moviegoer on May 4, 2005 at 8:33 pm

Mr. K., you’re talking about the Bay Shore Theater (Bay Shore is 2 words, people). It is a YMCA and it is across the street from St. Patrick’s. It’s listed on this site if you want to check it out.

GeorgeStrum on February 25, 2005 at 8:03 pm

My father once told me he worked as a projectionist at the Bayshore for a very short time between 1945-1947. He was fired after three months.

MrK on February 10, 2005 at 1:43 pm

Wasn’t there a big grand theater in Bayshore on Main Street years ago? Now I think its a YMCA. It was right by a church, St. Pats, Paul’s? It had a big lobby with a chandelier. It might have even had a stage. I remember seeing Midway and Earthquake there with my father. When it closed, there was a battle to preserve it as a historical building but that failed. Does any one remember it?

BobT on January 8, 2005 at 8:50 pm

Bayshore Cinema was ok but it was new and modern and the better shows went to the Bayshore Theater downtown before it closed.

BobT on January 8, 2005 at 8:48 pm

Only went there once. Seemed like it was home made, it was an old store converted. It was obviously independant, one of those one person sells the ticket, runs behind the concession stand and then as your waiting for the show to start you hear footsteps running up the stairs. I saw “10”.

chip26 on October 28, 2004 at 2:56 pm


If my memory is correct, the Encore was located in a strip mall on Montauk Highway in Bay Shore. It was locally owned and operated and only occupied the space of one storefront. I would estimate the theatre had about 150 seats at most. I remember seeing Jaws and Meatballs there in the late 70s.

RobertR on October 26, 2004 at 5:02 pm

I found an old listing for a theatre in Bayshore called the Encore. Does anyone know anything about it?

RobertR on October 24, 2004 at 12:16 pm

UA managed to keep this house in pretty good shape until it closed.