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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rajen55
rajen55 on November 24, 2004 at 9:10 pm

Yes it is. (I can’t figure out how to add to my original blurb..) I have pictures of the Theatre from at least 1915. View link

It became a Doll-Wig factory in 1919 or so up until just before WWII.

Here is an undated pic View link

longislandmovies
longislandmovies on November 24, 2004 at 10:22 pm

what is in this space now

rajen55
rajen55 on November 25, 2004 at 12:03 am

Its an Auto parts store. Has the original tin walls and ceiling.

sparkythecomic
sparkythecomic on September 4, 2006 at 12:26 pm

does anybody have the address of the old theater

jonnoboy
jonnoboy on November 2, 2006 at 10:06 pm

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 6:42 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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unamurkel
unamurkel on October 17, 2007 at 3:49 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 11:48 am

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

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guitarpixistar
guitarpixistar on March 30, 2012 at 11:56 pm

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

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