Glen Theatre

47 Glen Street,
Glen Cove, NY 11542

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Previously operated by: Calderone Theatres, Skouras Theatres

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Glen Theatre

This was the first movie house in the North Shore, Long Island town, opening before 1914, therefore pre-dating the 1927 Cove Theatre. Together, their names formed Glen Cove, although the much smaller Glen Theatre was always treated as a sub-run, first under Calderone management and then Skouras Theatres who took over in 1935. It was closed around 1951, although Skouras Theatres still retained the shuttered theatre in 1979.

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RobertR on July 10, 2005 at 2:03 pm

I see a listing for another theatre here in Glen Cove called the Town. It is listed as operated by Town & Country
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cheebalicious on January 21, 2006 at 3:49 am

I recall this theater as the “Glen Cove,” with the comedy/tragedy masks on its marquee. Only thing I remember seeing there was Disney’s Jungle Book, but I don’t recall how long after that it closed – it was definitely gone by 1980. The stone facade that I’ve always known still exsists, though the building itself was gutted sometime ago and converted first to “The Shadow Box” gallery, then to CVS Pharmacy. CVS recently moved from one side of the building to the other, which included some new (and very ugly) construction. I’ll get a photo on my way out of town today – assuming I remember my camera.

The Town Theater was a different theater altogether. Both were on the same street about a block apart, which may account for any confusion.

mondo11560 on June 14, 2007 at 1:15 pm

This was the old Glen Theatre which stood where the Architects building and the access road to the garage now are (across from what used to be Acclaim Entertainment). My family lived up the block on Glen Street above Glen Floors (where they are now building an apartment complex). The Glen was the first of three theatres eventually built on Glen Street. The Cove Theatre was next, being on School St. where the Rgency now is. The Glen Cove Theatre (now CVS)
came next in the early 60’s (“Sink The Bismarck, first movie there). A few years later, the Town Theatre was built a few yards north of the still-operating Glen cove Theatre.

potato222 on November 9, 2008 at 11:02 am

The Town Theater was to the left of Wetson’s (later McDonald’s) and is long gone. The Glen Cove Theater was to the right of Wetson’s and like cheebs said is still standing although gutted and used for other things. You can see it on Google Maps using Street View. I keep looking for photos of these theaters taken back in the day, but so far haven’t found any, unfortunately.

There’s a good description of all of Glen Cove’s theaters (including the others, the ‘Glen’ and the ‘Cove’) on another post on this site:

Oh, and cheebs, I saw Jungle Book at The Glen Cove too. Maybe we were there the same day : )

robboehm on March 13, 2009 at 9:38 am

The Long Island Memories has a postcard image of what they call the Glen Cove theatre. There is no marquee to this effect. But since the location is Glen Street, I’m sure its the Glen. Would some techie please provide direct access to this.

robboehm on March 13, 2009 at 7:31 pm

With some time to kill I actually looked at all the pictures on this site and found another postcard image of the Glen theatres, from the opposite side as the previous one. This one identified it as the Glen.

cheebalicious on August 4, 2010 at 6:34 am

Ooo…my comment was supposed to have been deleted or moved over! This theater was a much older one that predated my family’s move to GC! I blame my parents for the confusion.

Glen Theater was located where the road into the parking garage is now. If you frequent our local Stop & Shop, in the produce dept there are historical photos, and in one of them you can see the ‘moving pictures’ sign next to the old post office. That building is still standing and gives us a good landmark for the location of this theater. Would love to know what’s beneath that roadway!

robboehm on March 27, 2015 at 8:18 pm

Links no longer work so I uploaded pictures to the photo section. Card says Glen Cove Theater but it was actually the Glen and had a vertical to prove it in later years. Only identifying element is the hanging signs which reads “Motion Pictures”.

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Comfortably Cool on May 13, 2019 at 9:54 am

A law suit filed by Skouras Theatres in 1959 revealed that the circuit had been paying a rental of $10,000 per year on the closed cinema, just to keep it from falling into the hands of a competitor. See news report displayed here

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