Hewlett Theatre

1350 Peninsula Boulevard,
Hewlett, NY 11557

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Previously operated by: Century Theaters, Cineplex Odeon, Fox Eastern Theatres Corp., RKO

Functions: Retail

Previous Names: Cinema 5

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Hewlett Theatre Today

Opened on June 24, 1960 with Johanna von Koczion in “Aren’t We Wonderful”. This strip mall theatre never quite found it’s niche. It was originally opened as a first run house by Town and Country Theatres. Later taken over by Fox Eastern Theatres and a few years later was sublet to the same independent owner who had the Polk Theatre in Queens. He originally planned to run XXX, but the upscale neighborhood would never allow it. He played second run films until his lease expired.

RKO Century then re-opened it as a discount house. It then spent the last two years of its life day and dating with the strongest first run feature from the RKO Century Green Acres. It was closed on June 27, 1991 with Susan Sarandon in “Thelma & Louise”.

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Recent comments (view all 38 comments)

Jeffwitt on September 6, 2015 at 11:02 am

I think that the town of
Hewlrt ,MY. Should have it’s own movie
theater again in the near future.

robboehm on September 6, 2015 at 5:23 pm

Uploaded a long shot to show the roof line. Reminds me of the North Babylon and Mid-Island.

And to Jeffwitt the day of each town with it’s own theater is over; just check the Newsday Movie Guides. Over 70 theaters have bitten the dust on Long Island.

robboehm on June 25, 2017 at 8:56 pm

Early Newsday ads show the Hewlett as being operated by Town and Country Theaters along with the Wantagh, Glen Cove and Town (Glen Cove).

ridethectrain on November 2, 2019 at 10:21 pm

Please update, this theatre was ran by FOX Eastern Theatres in the 1960 and 1970, then became Cinema 5 for a short spell and independent, it was taken over by RKO Century in 1982. It was a discount movie house 1982 t0 1987. In the middle of 1987, Cineplex Odeon which bought the RKO Century chain operated this theatre as first run. It closed in the summer of 1991

ridethectrain on November 2, 2019 at 10:23 pm

Another side note, the theatre closed during the financial problems of Cineplex Odeon.

robboehm on November 3, 2019 at 12:43 pm

ridethetrain Such troubles also caused a delay in the rebuild of the Shore in Huntington. All the beams were in place for both the exterior and interior. It was interesting to see how they nested the auditoriums. Sorry I didn’t have a camera with me at that time.

ridethectrain on November 3, 2019 at 7:28 pm

I started taking photos in 2003 when I got my first digital camera, I wish I had photos of the Hewlett, old Fantasy, Green Acres, Lawrence, Central, Surfside, Five Towns and other theatres I been too.

I was at the Sunrise one last time after 2003, but with the metal detectors I was afraid to take the camera. It was before smart phones.

ridethectrain on April 9, 2020 at 10:49 pm

Please update, the theatre closed June 27, 1991. Last feature was Thelma and Louise

rivest266 on June 2, 2021 at 4:31 pm

The Hewlett Theatre was opened by Town & Country Theatres on June 24th, 1960. Its safe was blown open on June 26th with $1,500 inside it. Hewlett theatre smash openingHewlett theatre smash opening 27 Jun 1960, Mon Newsday (Nassau Edition) (Hempstead, New York) Newspapers.com

rivest266 on June 2, 2021 at 4:31 pm

Grand opening ad posted.

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