Wellwood Theater

168 South Wellwood Avenue,
Lindenhurst, NY 11757

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Ground was broken for the National Theater on October 13, 1913. Built at a cost of $4,500 by local businessman Edward Gleste, it was to be a venue for both silent films and live performances. The theatre opened on December 27, 1913.

After operating under several owners, and a change of name to Wellwood Theater, the theatre was acquired by the Prudential Theater Circuit on November 24, 1941.

Although the structure had been constructed to be as nearly fireproof as possible, it burnt down an hour after closing on Easter Sunday, April 7, 1947.

Contributed by Lost Memory, Rob Boehm

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GeorgeStrum
GeorgeStrum on April 10, 2005 at 3:00 pm

I had a cousin John, now deceased, who was able to pull a reel of film from the rubble. I believe it was from “Tarzan’s New York Adventure”. After my cousin’s passing that reel no longer exists.

robboehm
robboehm on May 4, 2009 at 9:44 am

Checked with my cousin re the Wellwood theatre fire pictures. They didn’t make the cut when she moved to California. Maybe I’ll try the Library or the Museum.

robboehm
robboehm on December 11, 2013 at 11:38 am

The theater was 30 x 100 and reported to seat 500. That figure is impossible considering the dimensions and the fact that there was a stage. A more realistic figure would be the 350 reported in the 1941 and 1943 Film Daily.

robboehm
robboehm on December 11, 2013 at 5:24 pm

Floor was sloped concrete. As a child I remember the marquee as being boxy with the name in red neon lights. There was also neon around the sign boards.

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