Farmingdale Theater

360 N. Main Street,
Farmingdale, NY 11735

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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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NYer
NYer on July 23, 2015 at 11:30 pm

A couple of ads from 1974 & 1977 added to photo section.

LauraLynn
LauraLynn on October 1, 2015 at 10:09 am

During the opening of Star Wars, I was hired to paint scenes from the movie in the lobby. I had some great pictures that were lost, wondering if anyone else ever took any photos? Laura

mariabeatles
mariabeatles on October 31, 2015 at 4:45 pm

Help! I have fond memories of seeing Mad Monster Party with my grandfather here in the late 1960s. The movie came out in 1967 but I can swear that I would have seen it in 1968. Do your records show the dates when this movie ran at Farmingdale? Thanks so much!

NYer
NYer on October 31, 2015 at 6:40 pm

“Mad Monster Party” opened here and the NY area on the weekend of February 28 and March 1 1969 with Matinees only. The NY Times gave it a favorable review the next weekend. Opening ad in the photo section.

mariabeatles
mariabeatles on November 2, 2015 at 6:00 am

To NYer:
Thank you so much for the info!

paul baar
paul baar on May 19, 2017 at 6:13 am

I SAW RUSS MEYER’S “BEYOND THE VALLEY OF THE DOLLS”,“INVASION OF THE BEE GIRLS”,“THE LEGEND OF BOGGY CREEK"and"MY NAME IS NOBODY"with TERENCE HILL and HENRY FONDA. WHEN I MOVED TO FARMINGDALE VILLAGE in "1976” THE PRICE OF A TICKET WAS .76 CENTS.

Mike (saps)
Mike (saps) on May 19, 2017 at 6:31 am

you don’t need to post in all caps…

robboehm
robboehm on May 19, 2017 at 6:35 am

He didn’t. “And” was in lower case.

paul baar
paul baar on May 27, 2017 at 8:24 am

I saw the re-release of the late “1950’s” Steve Reeves movies “Hercules” and “Hercules Unchained” at the Farmingdale theater. I had originally seen them on W.O.R. channel nine. It was a big treat to see it on the “Big” screen. Steve Reeves had been the 1948 Mr. Universe, went to Italy, and became an international “star” making mostly Greek legends and Roman hero roles. When the genre died in the mid 60’s he retired. The new trend would be the spaghetti western, starting with the original “Django” starring Franco Nero.

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