Orpheum Theatre

65 W. Main Street,
East Islip, NY 11730

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This was an old vaudeville theatre that was then a movie house. It was listed in 1926 as the 250 seat Liberty Theatre. After closing it was converted into retail space.

Contributed by Ray Lembo

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sparkythecomic
sparkythecomic on September 4, 2006 at 5:26 pm

does anybody have the address of the old theater

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on September 21, 2006 at 4:43 pm

I believe that I do have the address. As Ray from Long Island pointed out in a comment above, the building is now an auto parts store. To be specific, the building is now occupied by Morgan Auto Supply. Address:

65 W Main St
East Islip, NY 11730

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on September 22, 2006 at 12:09 pm

Here is a photo of the auto parts store that occupies the former Orpheum Theater building.

jonnoboy
jonnoboy on November 3, 2006 at 3:06 am

last year there was a fire at this location in autoparts store- i worked there, about three years ago, and did admire the beuty of the old tinwork throughout, not to mention the feeling of the solid old wood floors, and stage area-jon

Bway
Bway on February 27, 2007 at 11:42 am

Wow, I never would have thought that building was a theater at one time. It doesn’t particularly look like one on the outside.
None of the links above work, anyone know of any historic photos of the Orpheum?

In the meantime….here’s an aerial view of the structure:

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Lost Memory
Lost Memory on February 27, 2007 at 12:29 pm

Here is an updated link that Ray from Long Island posted back in 2004. There are photos of the Orpheum and East Islip theater on that site.

unamurkel
unamurkel on October 17, 2007 at 8:49 pm

Very nice information on Percy Williams. Thank you.

According to most reports I’ve read about vaudeville and the performers, Percy was a charming, generous person. But you all know that from Williams 1) getting out of the Orpheum interests when it was starting to get ugly and monopolized and 2) founding an Aged Actors' Home. A good egg, all around.

Bway
Bway on May 26, 2009 at 4:48 pm

I am confused, is this the site of the old theater?

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Lost Memory
Lost Memory on May 26, 2009 at 5:02 pm

I think Google is showing the wrong location. The building should look something like this.

guitarpixistar
guitarpixistar on March 31, 2012 at 4:56 am

google has it right, its the home of VMA Kempo Jiu Jitsu Of East Islip now.

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