Farmingdale Theater

360 N. Main Street,
Farmingdale, NY 11735

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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.

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 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.  
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.

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.”

NYer on April 16, 2015 at 11:35 am

79 cent policy ad in photos.

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.

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 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.

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.

GeorgeStrum on August 30, 2012 at 6:33 pm

Orlando was Lenny any relation to you?

atmos on September 28, 2009 at 8:06 pm

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

Bway on April 27, 2009 at 7:58 am

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

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robboehm on February 19, 2009 at 12:47 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.

JimC on December 16, 2007 at 1:12 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

longislandmovies on December 16, 2007 at 12:13 pm

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

lkbrowneyedgirl on July 26, 2007 at 10:15 am

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

JasonW on May 30, 2007 at 5:43 am

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

longislandmovies on May 30, 2007 at 5:22 am

Jason was MRS Burns the manager then…..

JasonW on May 30, 2007 at 5:13 am

I was an usher there from 1980 to 81. My friends all worked there at the same time. We had the best time of our lives there. We used to leave the upstairs balcony door unlocked and come back into the theater with all our friends after it closed for the night!! We had major parties with music (from the house sound system) and free popcorn. Surprise Jim! Bernie, Scott, Phil, Jeff, me and sometimes the ticket girls (Patty, Debbie). So many memories from that old building. I hope one day someone has the money to restore it to its old glory…..

JustinMarchesi on April 24, 2007 at 5:59 am

I hope someone can help me or give me an idea where to look. I am trying to find Joseph Clark, an usher at the Farmingdale Movie Theater on Main Street around late 1956 and early 1957. At that time he would have been in his early 20’s. There is an urgent matter I must discuss with him. Feel free to reply to



DixonSteele on June 20, 2006 at 11:37 pm

This was a terrific, large Art Deco theater where I saw many films growing up. In the mid 70s it was for sale and I found out the asking price was $120K.

As I was only 15 I couldn’t afford it.

br91975 on June 10, 2005 at 8:41 am

What became of the space or building which formerly housed this theater?

longislandmovies on March 7, 2005 at 4:00 pm

WAS Katty Burns the manager here for years before going to the Whitman .

TomJKelly on February 3, 2005 at 10:11 pm

Say JimC just in case my email is Do you remember Maurene Fullam? George? The assistant manager for a short while Rhonda? The police car that landed in the emergency exit? There is so much more. So many stories attached to this theater. All happy memories all good times. We won UA’s award for the best maintained and improved theater in the circuit while I was there, distributed the prize money with the whole (theater) family.. Are there any other family members out there? It would be cool to have a reunion know where we all moved on to… I live in Virginia now just outside Charlottesville. Write soon!