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Leighton18 commented about Plaza Theatre on Jun 14, 2010 at 12:22 am

Hi Possibilities…Thanks for the info. about the Alive After Five kiosk…I don’t live in the area any longer but will be back there during the 7/6 – 7/20 time frame and will try to make it on 7/16. Sorry where is the Alive After Five located? In the Patchogue Theatre?
Boy Broadway you really know your stuff. Yes used to go to the old CVS site when it was a liquidator…I have to Google “Jack & Jerry’s” as I’m sure that was the name of the “sloping floor” store. I have a book by Hans Henske of Patchogue history and perhaps it is in there.

Leighton18 commented about Plaza Theatre on Jun 11, 2010 at 12:41 am

Hi rvb!

I just remembered the name of the store with the “slanted floor”. Jack & Jerry’s. It was an auto supply store, sort of in the mode of Pep Boys nowadays. It was on the south side of West Main Street. Not sure about what you are referring to….is it the bldg. that used to (still does..haven’t been in town in a while) be a CVS? There was never a movie theatre there as far as I know. I concur.

Leighton18 commented about Plaza Theatre on Jun 10, 2010 at 4:48 pm

Hi Possibilities – I like the positive tone of your e-mail name! Okay sure will check out the video and also the website. The building is so far gone though it would be hard to renovate, no? Looking at the pictures reminds of the Titanic….the Fanta soda dispenser, the reels of film on the floor, the seats with no one sitting in them….very eerie…as if it too is on the bottom of the sea, frozen in time. And yeah, I wonder what film it was scattered on the floor…or maybe it was a preview reel. At any rate, eeerie.

Leighton18 commented about Plaza Theatre on Jun 10, 2010 at 2:03 pm

I was going to say this site is fun; I just sent the link to a friend who used to live in Patchogue and she is loving it as well. She asked about True Value/Rollic – I told her to check out these comments!
I also remember the “powder room” at the Patchogue Theatre….it had a curtain at the “door” and then there was a living room type of situation with a long mirror on the wall, followed by the bathrooms in the next room. Wonder if they kept that. Movie theatres used to be regal and quite an experience. Now they’re all cookie cutter models.

Leighton18 commented about Plaza Theatre on Jun 10, 2010 at 1:51 pm

Hi rvb – Oh sorry I stand corrected about the Multiplex…also, I remember going into I think an auto parts store on East Main Street and the floor sloped…it was rather disorienting – almost like a “vertigo” feeling. This was in the late 1950’s. I was just a kid, but someone said that it used to be a movie that must have been the Granada? Do you remember the store that was there?

Hi Bway – Well that Italian restaurant is La Strada which was there at the same time as the Sunwave…it later was a carpet store I remember that (Sunwave that is). This site is fun!


Leighton18 commented about Rialto Theater on Jun 10, 2010 at 4:18 am

I saw all of the “biker” flicks (Peter Fonda/Nancy Sinatra) there in the mid-60’s; also some oddities like “The Horror Chamber of Dr. Faustus”…it sure ran the gamut from A – Z! I remember the owner or manager turning off the movie one Saturday afternoon and telling the kids (us!)we’d have to go home if we didn’t shut up! I don’t remember what film it was. In the winter of ‘78 I was driving through Patchogue and it wasn’t there anymore; someone said it burned down. Made me feel sad. I believe “Sat. Night Fever” was screening there at the time.

Leighton18 commented about Plaza Theatre on Jun 10, 2010 at 4:06 am

Oh and lets not forget the Sunwave Theatre which was on the corner of Sunrise Highway and Waverly Avenue in the 1970’s – 1980’s, in the Waldbaums strip mall! That also succumbed to the times.
And the Patchogue Drive-In which eventually became an indoor multiplex, only to close just a few years ago. I believe a condo. complex is there now. Sunrise Highway.

Leighton18 commented about Plaza Theatre on Jun 10, 2010 at 3:59 am

Oh somebody asked what the name of the 5 & 10 Cent Store was (across from the Patchogue Theatre). It was a Woolworth’s (soon to become Patchogue Stationery).

Leighton18 commented about Plaza Theatre on Jun 10, 2010 at 3:58 am

The Rialto Theatre burned down in the winter of 1978. The film that was screening there at the time was “Sat. Night Fever”. Truly the end of an era in Patchogue lore! I remember Bette Davis making an appearance there in 1964 for one of those awful low-budget horror movies she resorted to later in life. I know longer live in the area but visit family 2x a year. The Plaza is a constant eyesore. If you ask me, it is too much on the “outskirts” of town which probably lent to its downfall. I don’t see much of a prospect for renewal; it’s unsafe and an eyesore and needs to be razed.

Leighton18 commented about Plaza Theatre on Jun 10, 2010 at 3:53 am

Regarding the usher at the Patchogue Theatre w. the dark, slick-backed hair (remember the white gloves?) – his name was Charles Fezler. He passed away in the early 1990’s and there was a plaque in his honor placed in front of the Patchogue Theatre. I believe it’s still there. And yes, after the theatre closed, you could still see him standing inside; poor guy, that was his life.
As for the Plaza, the last film I saw there was “Back To The Future” in the summer of 1985. My brother used to be an usher there and could recite the dialogue from “Midnight Cowboy” verbatim!