Cameo Theater

63 Main Street,
Brewster, NY 10509

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Previously operated by: Brandt Theaters

Architects: William I. Hohauser

Styles: Streamline Moderne

Previous Names: Cameo Twin Theater

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Cameo Theater

Replacing an earlier Cameo Theatre/Ritz Theatre at Park Street & Main Street. This Cameo Theater was opened April 29, 1939. It was closed in 1997.

Contributed by R. McCarthy

Recent comments (view all 35 comments)

FilmBuffNY on August 5, 2009 at 2:26 pm

GC, don’t bother.“Morini purchased the Cameo in September 2000 from Southeast resident Denise Quinn for $195,000”. Morini, who was also the broker at the time, rejected higher offers from buyers and groups who had plans to do great things with it for the community, but never submitted them to the owner Denise Quinn, so he could purchase it himself at a lower price. Like all the other property he owns in town, he is just sitting on it until he can profit enough from it. He’s the one renting the tiny apts to large groups of day laborers that you see hanging around on the streets in town.

FilmBuffNY on August 5, 2009 at 3:18 pm

If you want to contact Morini, or want to tell him what you think of the abandoned theater or ask where the $100K that was supposed to go to the theater went, his website and email are here:

kencmcintyre on March 16, 2010 at 9:40 pm

Here is an article about the Cameo from Boxoffice magazine in November 1939:

mverdoux on November 15, 2011 at 3:14 pm

My first encounter with the Cameo was when it was one glorious screen. My Father took me to see both STAR WARS and RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK on that single screen. Later when it became two screens I went there and saw all three BACK TO THE FUTURE films, ROCKY IV, MIDNIGHT RUN, HOWARD THE DUCK, STAR TREK IV: THE VOYAGE HOME, RAIN MAN, INDIANA JONES AND THE LAST CRUSADE, DICK TRACY, DEAD POETS SOCIETY and SCENT OF A WOMAN. It’s so very sad to see it sit dormant. I fear it will be torn down, just like the Plaza in Scarsdale, where I’m from originally.

cybermoz on March 31, 2013 at 4:21 am

– The Cameo Theater, Putnam County’s first movie house, was built in 1939 and served the community until 1997. In 2000, the darkened theater was purchased by a local developer to forestall its demolition. His original intent was to renovate the 6,500-square foot building and lease it to an experienced theater operator, but he was unable to find a suitable tenant. The interior of the structure has deteriorated to the point where rehabilitation may be cost-prohibitive.

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Joe Vogel on August 5, 2013 at 11:53 pm

The Putnam County Courier of Thursday, April 29, 1939, said that the new Cameo Theatre in Brewster would open at eight o'clock the following night.

ChrisJNJ on December 28, 2013 at 3:22 am

I have been researching potential grants from the National Trust for Historic Preservation. This building can be saved. The question is, are there enough interested parties in joining an effort to restore this building. I do not know the gentleman who owns the building or what his intentions are. But the building is useless as his. Can anyone share the exact history of the transaction? He purchased the building for 195K then was granted 100K and did nothing with it? Please share.

ErosCestLaVie on April 20, 2016 at 10:26 pm

Did you know the Cameo is the first movies theater in Putnam County? It is. The Cameo is great.

The Village of Brewster has ignored the historical significance of this place for too long. Private individuals may also have ignored the personal and cultural significance of this place, as well. If you support the preservation of the Cameo, please direct your attention here:

The more names, faces, and stories we get, the better.

ErosCestLaVie on April 20, 2016 at 10:28 pm

ChrisJNJ not sure if you’re a local, but I have become increasingly aware of the importance of this place. If you have any connection or know people who do, please direct them to the page and have them share their memories of Putnam County’s oldest theater.

Brewsterbendi on August 18, 2017 at 4:47 am

@filmbuffNY I’m interested in that Morini story. Where can I read more?

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