Hicksville Twin Theater

19 East Marie Street,
Hicksville, NY 11801

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Hicksville Theater, East Marie Street, Hicksville, NY

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Operating prior to 1941 as the Hicksville Theatre. By 1950, it had been renamed Playhouse. Great neighborhood theater near the Hicksville train station. Not sure exactly when this stopped showing first run films but I know I saw “Aladdin” there in January 1993. Became a Bollywood theater in the late-1990’s for a few years before closing completely around 2000.

Last time I drove by it looked like the building had been converted to retail. The theater had a lot of history surrounding it. I believe “A Hard Day’s Night” played there in 1964 and the ensuing pandemonium made the newspapers.

The building is now in use as a church.

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moviehouseguy
moviehouseguy on July 15, 2007 at 12:58 am

Worked here in the sixties before UA twinned it. Was still a Prudential Theater. The manager was a cigar smoking drunk I think his name Mr Pinkingham, spent more time in the bar down the street than at the theater. I remember Ray Wheeler was the regular projectionist there for many years. Many happy times then. Anybody remember when they had a live stage show there called “Weekend at the Apollo”?. Have many great memories there.

Rory
Rory on September 4, 2007 at 3:38 pm

I remember the Hicksville Twin Theater was were I first saw “2001: A Space Odyssey” in either 1968 or ‘69, I can’t recall which as I was only 8 and 9 years old then. I also recall seeing a double feature of “The Ghost and Mr. Chicken” and “The Reluctant Astronaut” there in 1969 or '70, and later “Tora! Tora! Tora! and much later "Star Wars” on opening day in 1977.

cinepaul
cinepaul on October 1, 2007 at 8:49 pm

Even back in the late 60’s and early 70', this place was considered a “dump”. But it was cheap – one of the first, if I recall correctly, that offered double features for a dollar. My friends and I rode bikes over there, and used to chain them to the stairs behind the theater. I saw so many great movies in this house (and I’m talking about before it was “twinned”): They Shoot Horses, Don’t They?; Pretty Poison; a double bill of Thunderball and You Only Live Twice; Live and Let Die (paired with a forgotten spy film called Scorpio, with Burt Lancaster and Alain Delon); Barry Lyndon; The Night Porter (well, that was a stinker – but I do remember seeing it here).

Last time I was there was for My Cousin Vinnie, I think .

peterpete
peterpete on October 12, 2007 at 5:41 pm

XXX theatre you are thinking of was not Hicksville, it was in westbury called the Salisbury. Played skin flicks for as long as I remember

Champlin
Champlin on June 29, 2008 at 8:15 am

Am looking for first hand accounts of seeing The Night Porter at this theater in connection with film history research i am engaged in. Anyone with memories of The night Porter, please feel free to get in touch. .co.uk

AllieFox
AllieFox on August 27, 2008 at 11:11 am

Sorry for the misinformation I gave about three years ago. limovies is totally correct. Star Wars opened at the Hicksville Fox Plaza North and South. Sources list it as a Mann Theater at the time.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on February 23, 2010 at 3:29 am

A few before and after photos of the Hicksville Theatre remodeling of ca.1956 appeared in Boxoffice, February 2, 1957. The project was designed for Prudential Theatres by architect Maurice D. Sornik.

Judging from the original facade, this theater must have been built in the 1920s or earlier.

robboehm
robboehm on October 13, 2011 at 5:36 pm

To the person who recently put two photos on this theatre. Wrong theatre. They were of the theatre listed on CT as Fox Plaza Twin. That theatre was originally known as Mid-Island Plaza Twin North and South. The first picture you put up showed a portion of the Twin North signage. The second picture was the auditorium in on of these. You can tell by how new it looked. I don’t recall the former Hicksville, subsequently twin, ever looking new even when they put in the dividing wall. The pictures have been deleted from this, the incorrect site, but the CT people can’t load them where they belong. That is up to you. No need to respond. When I see the pictures in place I’ll remove this comment. Thanks.

PaulRosenthal
PaulRosenthal on December 12, 2011 at 4:28 pm

The Hicksville had the marvelous style of the old time theaters. Even though it was mostly a second run house showing double features for 75 cents to $1, it has a sculpted ceiling and assorted gingerbread and tapestry curtains. As a kid it was fun to browse at the Trading Post next door.

RSB
RSB on December 26, 2011 at 2:28 am

I saw “A Hard Day’s Night” here in 1964…the girls were screaming so loudly, the manager went over the PA to try to quiet everyone down, threatening to turn off the movie! I’ll never forget both the greatness of the movie, as well as the pandemonium!

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