Century's Plainview Theatre

337A South Oyster Bay,
Plainview, NY 11803

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Previously operated by: Century Theaters

Architects: John J. McNamara

Functions: Office Space

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Century's Plainview Theater, South Oyster Bay Road, Plainview/Hicksville, NY

The Plainview Theatre, a Century Theater, was opened with a private preview on December 26, 1957. It opened to the public on December 27, 1967 with Jerry Lewis in “The Sad Sack” & Dana Andrews in “Zero Hour”. It was closed in 1982. It was retrofitted into an office building.

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Recent comments (view all 42 comments)

RSB on December 26, 2011 at 1:18 am

I remember seeing Alfred Hitchcock’s “The Birds” at this theater, and that scared the hell outta me. Now my dentist is located in this building and THAT scares the hell outta me. (What year did the theater close?)

robboehm on January 18, 2012 at 6:09 pm

The Plainview didn’t have a balcony but a stadium rear section. The office complex is quite nice. There are actually three levels off a central atrium.

Tom Crawford
Tom Crawford on January 9, 2014 at 9:34 pm

I worked there in 1968.. Assigned to balcony. “Gone With the Wind” Played there for at least a month. Mr Scolnick was the manager. Every night at closing we stood a tall lamp at front center stage. I remember the theater was huge with plush carpeting.
My name is Tom Crawford.

robboehm on January 10, 2014 at 6:43 am

Tall lamp on the stage. How Broadway theatrical. Mr. Scolnick must have had a legitimate theater background.

Coate on November 24, 2014 at 12:47 pm

What booking followed the roadshow of “My Fair Lady”? Was “My Fair Lady” the longest-running engagement at this theater?

Coate on December 2, 2014 at 11:48 pm

Thank you, NYer.

robboehm on April 9, 2015 at 7:52 pm

Photo of the Plainview in the day uploaded.

robboehm on April 25, 2015 at 7:42 am

Splashy marquee shot for Network uploaded.

rivest266 on October 20, 2020 at 1:32 pm

NY Daily News listings ended in 1982.

Decoman36 on February 18, 2024 at 4:23 pm

This theater came to mind today. Was there several times in the mid 70’s. A very comfortable modern single theater, with excellent sound. Theater had a different look to it with stadium like seating in the back instead of a balcony. I’m pretty sure the seats were grey in color as opposed to the standard red as well. I remember seeing “The Return Of The Pink Panther” here with one of the best movie audiences ever. People were all laughing so hard and long it made for a very memorable movie going experience. I wish I could remember the other movies I saw here. Possibly “House Calls”? IT would be nice if somebody were able to list the movies played in each theater on this site. I know a really tough task, but I’m sure other people would love to know this info.

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