Amity Theatre

Carmans Road,
South Farmingdale, NY 11735

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Amity Theatre

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The Amity Theatre was opened in 1959, and was part of the A.I.T. chain. It was located in the Inter-County Shopping Center (a strip mall) in South Farmingdale, on Long Island. Like all A.I.T. (they all looked identical) it was a simple no frills house. It burned down in 1967.

It reopened with a new powder blue facade and a subrun showing of “The Planet of the Apes”. In the 1970’s it became a 76 cent bargain house. Then, closed and the shopping center was demolished.

Contributed by Don Rosen

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Monie
Monie on October 17, 2010 at 7:38 am

OOPS – I messed up a bit…I can’t believe I found this site…the bands played before the movie in the lobby, and sometimes after the movie on stage. Great memories.

gfm8959
gfm8959 on October 17, 2010 at 8:17 am

Monie, can you email me- we HAVE to talk!!

Monie
Monie on October 17, 2010 at 9:40 am

sure, please give me your e-mail address

gfm8959
gfm8959 on October 17, 2010 at 9:46 am

robboehm
robboehm on October 17, 2010 at 4:08 pm

Bands playing in the lobby? When was that? I was there a few time- Support Your Local Sheriff and Blazing Saddles. No band.

Monie
Monie on October 18, 2010 at 6:38 pm

Bands played in the lobby before the 1968 fire…local bands played before the show, and on occasion, they would take the stage after the show. It had to be 1965 1966. Not a regular thing but the place would be packed when they were there. The manager was very cool Mr. Switzler. I remember the song “On Broadway” being played. Does anyone else remember the bands? Only those over 50 would.

ironkitten12
ironkitten12 on January 13, 2011 at 4:01 pm

Does anyone remember when the Amity movies at Intercounty Shopping Center would run cartoons all day for free on every December 24th. This was paid for buy the Intercounty stores so the parents could shop all day. Don’t see that anymore.

robboehm
robboehm on June 4, 2011 at 7:42 pm

After the fire it was called, I believe, Studio 78

gfm8959
gfm8959 on October 21, 2012 at 1:30 pm

Updated pics/info added.

robboehm
robboehm on October 21, 2012 at 3:58 pm

As you can see from the “in course of demo” picture the theatre was fairly large; very long. I don’t recall a balcony. That wasn’t common place in an AIT venue.

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