Farmingdale Theater

354 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

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JasonW on May 30, 2007 at 8:43 am

No. Mrs Vitale was in 80 and then Mr Lopes 81.

lkbrowneyedgirl on July 26, 2007 at 1:15 pm

I worked at the Farmingdale Movie Theater in ‘81. Lenny Lopes and Mrs. Burns were the managers then. Fondest teenage memories working there…

longislandmovies on December 16, 2007 at 3:13 pm

Mrs Burns has passes away and Mr Lopes is now the head of NY theater
Historical society.

JimC on December 16, 2007 at 4:12 pm

I remember both Mrs Burns, Mr Lopes & Mrs Vitale, who was one of my favorites. There was also a ditzy woman manager named Yvonne there for awhile who I could go on about for several paragraphs. She was married to one of the UA “big-wigs”. And to Jason W: Yes, I knew stuff went on there after hours. I could tell that light switches etc were not the way I left them the night before when I’d come in somtimes. I wasn’t trying to trip anyone up. I just had a “system” in the way I did things and I could tell when things were not the way I had left hem. But you guys never caused me any problems so I never said anything or complained. The staff at the theater I’m at now unplugs cables or TOTALLY screws up my sound & light settings sometimes and that kinda pisses me off now that I’m getting old & cranky! hahahaha

robboehm on February 19, 2009 at 3:47 pm

The main floor now houses a law office among other things. I’ve been told that the balcony is still intact including the seats. This was another theatre that didn’t have a signboard marquee – the alan and lindenhurst are two others which come to mind.

Bway on April 27, 2009 at 10:58 am

This is a pretty large building, I hadn’t realized this was a theater. When did it close?

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atmos on September 28, 2009 at 11:06 pm

John and Drew Eberson had a project listed as Theatre Building for Farmingdale Theatre Inc with a date of 1941.

GeorgeStrum on August 30, 2012 at 9:33 pm

Orlando was Lenny any relation to you?

robboehm on March 28, 2015 at 10:43 pm

According to the Historical Society, the Farmingdale was built next door to a building which had housed an earlier theater, the Strand. It opened in 1942 a few weeks after Pearl Harbor. After a fire in 1950 it reopened and lasted until 1984.

robboehm on March 28, 2015 at 10:55 pm

Photo added of the theater in the day. Toward the end of its days a crude sign was placed atop the marquee indicating films which were playing.

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