Shore Theatre

37 Wall Street,
Huntington, NY 11743

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ridethectrain on June 4, 2021 at 4:51 pm

Please update, became a twin on May 24, 1972, triplex on June 27, 1980 and a quad on June 11, 1982. Theatre closed on October 24, 1996 No Grand Opening ads for Triplex and Quad

Theatre closed on October 24, 1996

robboehm on March 17, 2021 at 6:38 pm

Almi was in the mix for awhile too. Interestingly, way back when Loew’s wanted to buy Century, which wasn’t too surprising since the two had a history of exchanging theatres.

ridethectrain on March 17, 2021 at 6:01 pm

Remember RKO merge with Century in the around 1981, Cineplex Odeon bought the chain in 1986

robboehm on March 17, 2021 at 3:29 pm

ridethectrain - RKO Century Warner did not exist at the time this, the original Shore Theatre was in operation. The ads for that period of time (see the one on the Smithhaven Mall) specified Cineplex Odeon & RKO. When the new Shore was built that was also, initially, the case.

ridethectrain on March 16, 2021 at 5:25 pm

Please update, theatre closed in the fall of 1996 to be replace by the Shore 8. Add previous operators RKO Century Warner and Cineplex Odeon

robboehm on April 27, 2020 at 7:04 pm

ridethetrain-Cineplex levelled the building and built an entirely new structure on the site. See it on CT as Shore 8. That theater took a long time to build because the company had financial trouble. The internal construction was visible for months before they resumed work.

ridethectrain on April 27, 2020 at 3:38 pm

Please update, Cineplex Odeon closed it to convert into 8 screens

paul baar
paul baar on May 30, 2017 at 6:23 am

I saw “American Graffiti in the Shore 1,snuck into the Shore 2 to see "The Seven-ups”.Shame on me!

robboehm on March 29, 2015 at 10:14 am

Looking at the photo section I see the image of the Shore when it opened. There was a narrow marquee but no sign boards. Latter in it’s life a huge signboard was affixed to the front of the building. You could read it a block over, New York Av, which was the main drag. Probably the intent. Would like to see a photo with that.

robboehm on February 5, 2014 at 3:22 pm

At the time Century announced it would build the Shore it also indicated it would build a 1,000 seat theater in Huntington Station, in addition to the one which was already there. It was felt that, the way the area was developing, it could sustain two theaters in the village and two in the “Station”. The second theater in the Station was never built and, when the neighborhood went down the Station was closed. Century did, however, subsequently open two theaters in what was technically Huntington Station: the York in the Big H Shopping Center and the Whitman at the Walt Whitman Mall.

rivest266 on October 6, 2013 at 4:12 pm

1950 and 1972 grand opening ads has been uploaded in the photo section for this theatre.

robboehm on March 26, 2012 at 2:00 pm

And, supplementing my July 9th comment, a large chunck of the facade was covered by an illuminated sign board for the four auditoriums which could easily be read a block away (which was probably the intent since Wall Street is one block west of the main drag.)

robboehm on July 9, 2011 at 5:50 pm

The heading is way out of date. By 1981 the RKO Century Warner ads showed three auditoriums. A forth was subsequently added before closure and subsequent demolition. The beautiful exterior looked really sad in it’s final days with the wooden colonial accents peeling and rotting.

Bloop on March 5, 2011 at 3:31 pm

Saw “The Towering Inferno” here. That was the last time I sat through a movie that had an INTERMISSION !

Bill Huelbig
Bill Huelbig on May 7, 2009 at 4:39 pm

Two cool ads from Newsday:


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robboehm on February 20, 2009 at 11:53 am

Re a comment way back, the 110 Drive in was actually in Melville at the western intersection of Rt 110 and the north service road of the Long Island Expressway. It was a big one 2, 500 cars. After a lot of research on this site I couldn’t find it and have made an attempt to post it. Wish me luck it’s my first posting.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on January 11, 2009 at 9:02 pm

Boxoffice Magazine’s issue of April 1, 1950, carried an item saying that Century Theatres planned to open the new Shore Theatre in Huntington on April 8.

In its December 16, 1974 issue, Boxoffice said that Century was selling the Huntington Theatre in Huntington, but would still have two screens in the town because their Shore Theatre had been twinned.

A New York Times article about the theater business on Long Island, published January 27, 2002, said that the 8-screen multiplex that had replaced the Shore Theatre in 1998 was designed by architect James Thomas Martino of Port Washington.

rivest266 on April 13, 2008 at 10:12 am

This was the last building spree by Cineplex Odeon, They built this one, Quartier Latin 17 and St. Bruno 11 in the Montréal area, the South Keys 12 in Ottawa, The renovention of the Varsity in Toronto, Ajax 10, 401/Morningside, the Canyon Meadows 10 in Calgary, which they lost when they failed to pay the rent, and the 3 theatres built with the partnership on Inner City Entertainment in Chicago. All the grand opening ads had the same design. In 1998 they merged with Loew’s.

FormerFlixGuy on December 3, 2007 at 2:36 pm

I was Managing Director of the Shore from 1999-2004. Cineplex ran out of money as it was being built and slapped it together at the last minute. As a result, the theatre only had one escalator going up, but none coming down, never had a marquee as it was originally supposed to and was rather nondescript considering it’s the largest building in the village. The projection and sound systems, however, were some of the best anywhere. The former (Cineplex) manager there didn’t care much for it, but I knew all it needed was a little TLC. Within a couple of years by replacing most of the managers and staff and reaching out to the community the annual attendance almost doubled. While I never got all of what I wanted, I think we made it a great place for families to see movies. I’m sickened by what AMC has done to the late-great Loews by systematically purging all of the former Loews managers. There are nearly none of them left. I’ll never see a movie in an AMC theatre.

Bloop on October 15, 2007 at 12:49 pm

The bowling alley became a supermarket in the early 1980’s (not the late 1970’s as some posted above). I believe it was 1982 or so?

Michael Furlinger
Michael Furlinger on June 1, 2007 at 8:54 pm

Warren do you know was this the only bowling alley that Century had?

Suboda on May 23, 2007 at 4:57 pm

I worked at The Shore as an usher, summer of ‘72. The theater had JUST been converted into a “double” theater, by sealing off the balcony and making that “Theatre 2” (or whatever the “upstairs” theatre was called. God help you if it sold out and you were in one of the end seats, next to the wall!) Ed Fatscher was the manager, and I thoroughly enjoyed my time there, brief though it was. Of course, we had uncommonly fabulous titles in the the few months I was there: Clockwork Orange, Cabaret, The Other, The War Between Men and Women, Prime Cut (with a very young Sissy Spacek), and my favorite, The Heartbreak Kid. All in one summer!

Thurberdrawing on March 1, 2007 at 11:10 pm

Sometime in the late seventies, the Century chain of movie theatres changed its way of doing things and the Shore, which had been a bit of a showcase, was essentially allowed to deteriorate until, some time in the mid-nineties, a petition began appearing in local shops in Huntington, urging the town to force the theatre to revamp or shut down. The petition worked and the Shore (no longer Century by this point) was rebuilt on the exact same spot, becoming an eight-screen theatre. Century, in the late seventies, lost a lot of good will when its management decided to sell an incredibly deluxe bowling alley across the street. It became a supermarket overnight.

Michael R. Rambo Jr.
Michael R. Rambo Jr. on September 28, 2006 at 11:47 am

The new manager of the AMC Loews Shore 8 is coming from the AMC (William Goldman’s/Budco) Orleans 8 Theatre, in Philadelphia, PA

Nyce475 on January 22, 2006 at 3:08 pm

I worked in Shore 8 – Cineplex Odeon in 2003 after spending 2 years prior at the Stony Brook 15. This theatre has some of the best Sound on Long Island. The Shore 8 is actually owned by Loews Cineplex. Its a nice theatre, huge lobby with a great game area for the kids. There is an elevator and a pair of escalators as well. There was an outside walk up box office until about March 2003, when a local drunk “remodeled” the front and the box office was relocated inside to the left of the concession stand.