Carmel Movie Theater

Gleneida Avenue,
Carmel, NY 10512

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Plan Putnam Online -- "Quonset Hut Faces Final Days"

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Previously operated by: Liggett-Florin Booking Service

Styles: Quonset Hut

Previous Names: Carmel Theatre

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Quonset hut theater, Carmel NY, 1952

The Carmel Theatre was opened by 1950 when it was operated by Liggett-Florin Booking Service. They were still the operators in 1957. I came across this article about a Quonset Hut movie theater in Carmel, New York. I’m listing it as the Carmel Movie Theater. It might have had another name. You can read the article by clicking the link below.

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Recent comments (view all 5 comments)

Louella on October 17, 2005 at 4:27 pm

This was a favorite Saturday night place for us summer kids from Shenorock (Somers) which, through the 60’s, was basically a summer home community. I remember the quonset hut structure. We had to park behind the jail. Carmel was a “dinky” town in those years. The old Putnam division of the NY Central RR still stopped there.

Jeffrey1955 on December 4, 2005 at 9:27 pm

I think, before the link to that Plan Putnam Online article referred to at the top possibly disappears, the relevant portion should be posted here:

(From “Quonset hut faces final days"
Original publication: March 05, 2001)

[Putnam County National Bank president Dean] Ryder and others remember the vibrant Carmel Movie Theatre of the 1950s. The venue closed in the early 1960s.

“I can remember walking up the street with my nickel in hand to go to the movies,"
said Dean Ryder, 54.

Corn Kemp of Carmel, who is in his 80s, said he remembers there were church
services in the Quonset hut, in addition to movie showings.

His daughter, Pat Kemp, said she was an avid moviegoer in the 1950s, when she
was in grade school. She saw “Tom Thumb” and Disney movies at the theater.
There were live shows before the Saturday matinees, she said, such as
performances by magicians.

“They would have people lined up on the weekends to see the movies,” she said.

csoldan on March 6, 2006 at 5:33 pm

I also remember this theatre in the 50’s. As part of our Xmas party at the Carmel school we would walk to the theatre where we would be given boxes of hard candy (I think Santa may have been there) and then we could watch lots of cartoons. I went to many movies with my parents in the 50’s also. Carole

easpaulding on July 1, 2013 at 3:15 pm

My grandmother, Kay Somerville, worked at the theater in the 1950’s. My father is Bill Somerville. I have a picture from around 1952 of the block where the theater and Spudnut’s were. I would like to post it here if anyone knows where/how I can do that.

easpaulding on July 1, 2013 at 3:19 pm

I just figured out how to add my photo. Hope it brings back good memories to those who remember the theater.

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