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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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 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 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 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 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!)

NYer on July 23, 2015 at 11:30 pm

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

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 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 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 on November 2, 2015 at 6:00 am

To NYer:
Thank you so much for the info!

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