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

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robboehm on March 28, 2015 at 7:43 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 7:55 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.

Orlando on April 16, 2015 at 9:22 am

To George Strum, Lenny Lopes and Orlando Lopes are one in the same. Lenny was nickname. Think of the parties that I didn’t know about at the time, but the staff were great, Patty A., James C. projectionist, and many others. It was so long ago, I worked here for UA in 1977 with a 77 cents policy. I returned in 1981 when ALMI was formed to take over 5 UA theatres. The price was 80 cents for the decade. I had them raise the price to $1. shortly after. The patrons of this theatre were strictly low class due to the price. When Almi took over Century, I asked to go to the Century’s Morton Village. The theatre closed in 1984. The other 4 theatres Almi took from UA were the Amityville, Bayshore (Main St.), Plaza and the Brookhaven (the best grosser of the group). By the way when I went to Plainview reguarding my switch to Morton Village, the manager, Ed, came up with the jingle “We’re in the Almi now, etc. etc.. I worked for Century before the Almi takeover at the Whitman, York and Shore Theatres. All gone but not forgotten.

robboehm on April 16, 2015 at 10:39 am

Orlando, I take exception to your deprecating remarks about the patrons. As a resident of Farmingdale I often attended performances there as did members of my church, most of whom had college degrees.

NYer on April 16, 2015 at 11:35 am

79 cent policy ad in photos.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on April 16, 2015 at 12:07 pm

Here is the brief notice of the opening of the Farmingdale Theatre that appeared in The Nassau Daily Review-Star of Friday, January 30, 1942:

“Theatre Opens Tonight

“The official opening of the new Farmingdale theatre, tonight at 8 o'clock, will feature the attendance of village and town officials who have accepted invitations to be present at the first performance. The theatre, of which Sidney Jacobsen will be managing director, has a seating capacity of 800. It adjoins the Farmingdale Strand, motion picture theatre owned and operated for many years by Mr. Jacobsen. The new theatre is one of the Prudential chain. Only one feature film has been planned for the opening night, in addition to the dedication program.”

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on April 16, 2015 at 2:14 pm

The address of the law firm that now occupies the former Farmingdale Theatre is 360 N. Main Street. 354 was the address of the earlier Strand Theatre next door.

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 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 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.

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