Amityville Twin

221 Broadway,
Amityville, NY 11701

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Previously operated by: Associated Prudential Theaters Inc., RKO Century, United Artists Theater Circuit Inc.

Architects: Maurice D. Sornik

Functions: Retail

Previous Names: Amityville Theatre

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This was the third Amityville Theatre to be built on this site, replacing the 1936-built theatre. Originally opened on May 4, 1960 with Ernie Kovacs in “Wake Me When It’s Over”. It was a neighborhood Associated Prudential house that flipped between first and second run. It was then twinned and went all first run. At the end in 1986 it was double features for $2 as the theatre crumbled into oblivion.

Contributed by RobertR

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Michael Furlinger
Michael Furlinger on October 20, 2009 at 10:22 pm

They were from AIT…Cathy and I cant remember the other sisters name. When the theater closed they both went to work in the dm office for Almi century. (might have been RKO CENTURY WARNER BY THEN) There reputation as managers of this theater was stella. I have never been in this theater.

gfm8959 on October 21, 2009 at 12:30 pm

Thanks for the update- I assume, of course, that they were siblings and not “sisters” as in nuns!!

robboehm on April 15, 2011 at 8:16 pm

As it turns out there were THREE Amityville theatres on the same site. The first started out as the Star and was renamed when taken over by Prudential. Prudential then built a new, larger theatre on the same site taking over neighboring retail space. Then when Broadway was widened the second theatre was “in the way”. A new, ever larger Amityville was built by Prudential. Then twinned. Then closed.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on November 5, 2011 at 6:17 am

This house is probably the theater at Amityville that was designed by architect Maurice D. Sornik in 1960, as listed in his entry in the 1962 edition of the AIA’s American Architects Directory.

robboehm on November 5, 2011 at 1:05 pm

Timing is right since the theatre was constructed 1960-61.

paul baar
paul baar on June 27, 2017 at 7:26 am

The “BIG A"had two different size seats ground level toward the screen.Look a the Pequa Theater photo page for examples of seating.

robboehm on December 28, 2020 at 1:02 pm

Paul, when there was no balcony in a Prudential Theatre, such as the Pequa or the Mid-Island, they usually had a special area in the middle with a railing around it and different sized seats as the smoking section. I was never in the Big A so I don’t know if there was a balcony.

When Century only had a one level theatre a certain number of the rear rows were designated as the smoking section.

ridethectrain on February 25, 2024 at 8:09 pm

As per RKO Century, the address is 221 Broadway and it closed under RKO Century

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