Theatre Three

412 Main Street,
Port Jefferson, NY 11777

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Theatre Three

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The Athena Hall a was built in 1874 as Town Hall. It later became a roller skating rink, before becoming a movie theatre known as the Port Jefferson Theatre. In the late-1960’s and early-1970’s it became the Art Theatre, playing many French and Italin films.

In the late-1970s it became Theatre Three, a place for live performances all year long. If you pay for your ticket you will still see the projection room. Mostly Theater Three has musicals, although there have been some non-musical productions.

Contributed by Alan G. Wasenius

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Lost Memory
Lost Memory on September 19, 2005 at 5:44 am

This is a photo of Theater Three in Port Jeff.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on June 1, 2007 at 6:44 pm

Here is an updated link for the Theater Three website.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on June 23, 2007 at 12:59 pm

Was this also known as the Scrimshaw Theater or was that a different theater?

Theater’s New Star Is Its Home.

NY Times October 7, 1979

PORT JEFFERSON: CONVINCED that even in community theater stagnation will result from a lack of growth, Theater Three Productions will open its 10th season on Saturday in a permanent home, the Scrimshaw Theater, formerly a 19th-century vaudeville house on Main Street here.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on September 12, 2008 at 11:22 am

The Port Jefferson Echo Dec 1, 1927

Mike Glynne takes over Athena Hall and will remodel it.

Athena Hall has been added to the “Mike” Glynne circuit of theatres and will be known as Glynne’s Port Jefferson Theatre. Paul Ruehl of 247 Park Avenue, Manhattan, architect, has already made plans for remodeling the building. New seats will be installed and the floor will be inclined. The entire front of the building will be remodeled and a canopy will project over the street. The balcony on the sides will be removed and the one in the rear will be extended.

Movies will be shown every night except Sundays with a matinee on Saturday afternoons. Beginning January 1st, Glynne’s traveling stock company will play here every Saturday night. Robert Howell, who is an experienced theatrical man, will be the resident manager.

Glynne now operates theatres in Patchogue, Bay Shore, Floral Park, Sag Harbor, Greenport, and Port Jefferson.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on September 13, 2008 at 2:18 pm

It’s official. The Port Jefferson Theater can show movies on Sunday.

The Port Jefferson Echo April 24, 1931.

The Town Board legalized Sunday shows by a vote of 8-2. It was already legal to show movies on Sunday in Patchogue, Riverhead, Huntington and Bay Shore. They also approved baseball games on Sunday in Port Jefferson, although no one was certain if there was any ordinance against it. A vote was taken just to clarify the situation.

Your tax dollars at work. LOL

robboehm
robboehm on August 4, 2009 at 10:52 pm

While looking up something on microfilm in the Port Jefferson Record in 1958 I noticed an article saying the old Port Jefferson Theatre would reopen with a new policy as the Art. And so it did.

Matteo48
Matteo48 on March 6, 2012 at 4:28 pm

When Theatre Three presented its first show in the building formerly known as Athena Hall, it was known as Theatre Three at the Scrimshaw Theatre. I was in the first musical performed there, ANYTHING GOES, and had a t-shirt calling it the Scrimshaw Theatre.

uncleal923
uncleal923 on June 8, 2013 at 10:46 am

Actually, the building dates back to 1863, which happens to be the same year as the Battle of Gettysburg. I wonder if that’s where people got news of the battle.

uncleal923
uncleal923 on June 8, 2013 at 10:51 am

I would like to encourage more people to go there and see a show. I would also like for them to contribute to the restoration fund. I ushered there during a storm and parts of the roof leak (lol) However, it is a beautiful theatre or theater and should remain.

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