Farmingdale Theater

360 N. Main Street,
Farmingdale, NY 11735

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Farmingdale Theater

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The Farmingdale Theater was located right in the center (or near enough to it) in the village of Farmingdale. The theater blended perfectly in with the small town feel of the village area. It opened in 1942 and suffered damage from a fire in 1950.

This section of Farmingdale was really charming in the 1970’s. I don’t know how it is now. In later years, the “downtown” area began to whither. The theater, I think, closed down in the early-1980’s but I don’t know for sure.

In the late-1970’s when I went there a couple of times, it was a discount theater. The admission was the last two digits of the year. It was closed in 1984.

Contributed by Chris Connolly

Recent comments (view all 41 comments)

Orlando
Orlando on April 17, 2015 at 9:59 am

To robboehm,

I'm not sorry about the comments I made, but they were true. Maybe I should have used the word MOST. The theatre during my two tenures there had many problems like vandalism, unruly teens who banged on the outside of exit doors and flung lit cigarettes on the audience members in the orchestra. It was so bad that we needed 2 guards and a police dog on Fridays and Saturdays. And not all members of churches and people who have college degrees are known to be angels and scholars. If you were a manager there you would know this but you were a patron and I was the manager who witnessed it.  
                  
robboehm
robboehm on April 17, 2015 at 6:07 pm

Orlando, I find it interesting that you mentioned a transfer to the Morton Village. On that site CT contributor longislandmovies said he managed the theater for one night and it was the worst in the Century chain in every aspect.

Orlando
Orlando on April 18, 2015 at 8:00 am

To the last contributor, He also worked the York and said that was the best. One day does not determine an evaluation. I will no longer answer your comments since you think you are a know it all. Remember what happened to Harris when he got persnickety. Cinema Treasures rubbed him out. You probably never went to the Morton Village at all.

Jim_C
Jim_C on May 5, 2015 at 6:39 pm

Hello All!– I recently discovered a stash of negatives of pictures taken when I worked at the old Farmindale theater in the late 1970’s & early 80’s. I’ve scanned them & added them to the ‘photos’ page. Enjoy!

Even though I now work at a number of famous film festivals and have a really great projection ‘gig’ where I now live in San Francisco, I still have fond memories of the old Farmindale Theater and all the people I worked with, and still consider it “the best job I ever had”

Orlando
Orlando on May 8, 2015 at 11:04 am

To Jim Cassedy, I enjoyed the photos tremendously, thank you for posting. My e-mail is . Drop me an e-mail, I go to San Francisco very often and maybe we can hook up and share a few memories. I remember the split breaks on Sat., and Sun.? too when we’d go back to your apt for the rest of the afternoon.

robboehm
robboehm on May 11, 2015 at 8:36 pm

View of the theater, in the day, uploaded from the Newsday Long Island Places We Loved site.

rrocke17
rrocke17 on May 14, 2015 at 8:17 am

Jim C. haha worked there 79-80 best job I ever had. Working for Yvonne etc. Worked with Phil, John, Debbie, Patty …what a party…any other pics??

pete c.

Jim_C
Jim_C on May 14, 2015 at 1:53 pm

rrocket17: “Ask and you shall receive” – I just came across several more old negatives. I’ve scanned them and added them to the photo collection- JimC-

robboehm
robboehm on May 16, 2015 at 6:48 am

Jim_C – re your Prudential Guide photo. When you say Kings Park I presume you mean the Park on Main Street rather than the Kings Park in the shopping center. If so, the Park site is in need of additional information if you have any.

I seem to recall Prudential having a theater in Moriches in addition to the Center Moriches. Am I correct? Do you have anything to substantiate that?

Jim_C
Jim_C on May 16, 2015 at 8:45 am

robboehm: Yes, it was the one on Main St that was run by Prudential, and not the one in the shopping center. I know nothing about either of the Moriches theatres.

Back in the 1970’s when I first started working, “the union” would send you out to fill in at different theaters on the regular operator’s night off or when they were on vacation, so that you would get experience on all different types of equipment and the different theaters. I worked at almost all the theaters on that Prudential pamphlet at one time or another. (I just found a bunch of pictures of the old East Islip theater from when I worked there which I’ll be posting on that theater’s page soon)

At the time I worked at the Farmindale, I was with Local 640 IATSE&MPMOOE (“The International Alliance of Television & Theatrical Stage Employees and Moving Picture Machine Operators of America”) [ ! ] With a name like that, my union card was so big I had to fold it to get it to fit in my wallet!

Back then, you couldn’t work in a projection room unless you were in the union. It was hard to get into, but it paid very well. In fact, it was not unusual for the projectionist to be the highest paid person in the theater- – in many cases making even more than the manager. There are still a number of jobs I do that require me to have a union affiliation. (and it still pays well!)

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