Fox Theatre

4032 Nesconset Highway,
East Setauket, NY 11733

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Bloop on October 9, 2021 at 6:38 pm

Does ANYONE remember a movie theater in either Stonybook OR Setauket that decorated the CEILING of the theater with old one sheet movie posters ?? Was this it ??

robboehm on June 2, 2021 at 7:02 am

Now if only someone could find a picture of this theatre.

rivest266 on June 1, 2021 at 3:04 pm

Opened on October 16th, 1968 with “For the Love of Ivy”. Grand opening ad posted.

rivest266 on October 21, 2020 at 4:48 pm

Opened 1968-1985 per NY Daily News listings

FriarFrank on May 11, 2012 at 11:46 pm

Thanks for the updates, guy. We will look for you in the new BATMAN feature. How can we find you?

movielovahhh on May 11, 2012 at 4:59 pm

Fox also had a Blocklbuster that stood in the place where the Fox theatre stood…so Blockbuster truly did destroy the movie houses ; (

movielovahhh on May 11, 2012 at 4:58 pm

There is a lot of misinformation in this one blog. The Fox Theater was on Rout 347 (Nesconset Highway, in East Setauket. It has been torn down. It was located in the strip mall area in front of Waldbaums. The three Village Theater was a cool movie theater loaded on Route 25A in Setauket. Mr Bishop was the owner when I was a kid as well, and he did move on. The movie theatre closed and was also torn down and an auto store has “blossomed” in its place. The Brookhaven Theatre was another art deco movie house in Prt Jefferson Station. That is where a Blockbuster Movie theatre appeared after that was torn down…Come to think of it all the movie theaters of my youth have been torn down. I am a big movie geek, and I used to spend hours watching the matinees at all those theaters. I work in movies a bit now, and will be in the new Batman film, The Dark Knight Rises in July, 2012. So thanks to all those great theaters for inspiring me, and making me fall in love with film.

robboehm on September 5, 2010 at 5:35 pm

And I believe the shopping center is called Fox Plaza.

FriarFrank on September 3, 2010 at 8:34 pm

For a time, in the early 1980s until 1983, a church rented the space on Sunday mornings, named “Full Gospel Tabernacle.” Eventually, the lobby was transformed into a Blockbuster Video store. It has since been torn down and the land made into part of a shopping center.

ChuckNet on September 20, 2007 at 5:23 pm

Ah, memories…I vaguely remember when GoodSkates was in the adjacent shopping center in the mid-80s (which became a Photon lazer tag place later in the decade…my parents used to take me there on their Fri night visit to the bank, so I could play the arcade games!), and if memory serves me correctly, Smurfs and the Magic Flute was one of the last pictures to play there.

VivaLaDriveIn on September 20, 2007 at 2:09 pm

I saw Return of the Jedi at Fox on opening day. I was 7 years old at the time and I remember being in awe about how cool it was inside that theater. The line for the movie wrapped around the building twice. My older sister walked me over to checkout Goodskates while we were waiting. Ahh what memories.

vschaefe on March 6, 2007 at 2:03 pm

I grew up in East Setauket and went to the Three Village Theater every weekend. It isn’t the Fox Theater that you think. It was located on 25A in East Setauket. It was a small movie theater that was at the end of a small shopping center. Across the street from the shopping center is the St. James Roman Catholic Church (I was confirmed and married at that church). While the church was being built, Sunday services were held at the theatre. It closed in the early 70’s and after a few changes is now (I believe) an AID Auto Store. The owner of the theatre (As kids we knew him as Mr. Bishop) eventually opened up the PJ Twins in Port Jefferson, which was one of the first multiplexes around. That is if you can call two theaters a multiplex. It is now called PJ Cinemas, which is now a small mom and pop multiplex with about 8 theatres. ( ).

RobertR on September 25, 2006 at 1:47 pm

Check out this ad from December 1969 there is a theatre in Setauket called 3 Village. I can’t find it on CT, did we miss this one?
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danio on May 27, 2006 at 5:27 am

I think it may be the same “mall” as GoodSkates, or maybe the strip mall closer to Port Jefferson on 347 that had the Jeffrey’s department store.

I loved this theater as a kid- I saw the Raggedy Ann and Andy Movie there, and whined because i wasn’t allowed to see the Breakfast Club when my big brother went. I think I saw War Games there, too.

The Brookhaven is on this site. I think it’s the one that was “uptown” Port Jeff, (now a Blockbuster) nearer to the train station. The old theater closer to the ferry is now Theater Three.

Ed Solero
Ed Solero on May 1, 2006 at 10:37 am

I passed by this site over the weekend and the old double sided pylon sign is still standing, with it’s large attraction board a blank white canvas facing traffic in either direction on Route 347. The top of the derelict sign reads “FOX CENTER” and behind it is a vacant lot where the theater once stood.

Ed Solero
Ed Solero on November 4, 2005 at 3:51 am

The Fox was located on the north side of Nesconset Highway (Rt 347) just west of the intersection with Old Town Road. The Blockbuster Video that used to be here is still listed on Mapquest at 4032 Nesconset Hwy with a zip of 11733, so that is probably the theater’s old address as well. From the outside it was a big white box (like a lot of free standing suburban theaters built in the 60’s). I can’t recall much about the interior appointments, but I do seem to recall this being a large theater with a balcony.

My cousins lived on Possum Lane in East Setauket and we visited this theater on a number of occasions. I believe the 1st time was for “Battle for the Planet of the Apes” in 1973 or so. I also saw the original “Star Wars” here in ‘77. I believe this theater also hosted the somewhat infamous “Go Ape” marathon in the late '70’s where all 5 “Planet of the Apes” films were shown in order for a single admission. I seem to recall the “Go Ape” quintuple feature was booked into the Century’s chain for the most part.

Did this share the same parking lot as the strip mall where the Good Skates rink was located? The rink hosted some concerts in the early 80’s and I can remember seeing the Jerry Garcia Band around ‘81 or so.

Bway on October 21, 2004 at 7:33 am

I don’t think the Brookhaven on 112 is on this site yet. What is in it’s building now?

Orlando on October 21, 2004 at 6:48 am

This theatre opened in 1968 with “For Love Of Ivy” under the then National General Theatres banner, later Mann. The theatre was totally demolished this year, nothing remains except the pylon marquee if that hasn’t been removed as yet. Blockbuster gave up on this one since the one housed in the former Brookhaven Theatre on Rt. 112 does better business. The theatre closed after 15 years of operation and right before the opening of the Brookhaven Multiplex which rang the death nell for the Fox and Brookhaven Theatres then under the RKO-Century Circuit. The Brookhaven was still a reduced price theatre and profitable theatre at its' closing.

Michael Furlinger
Michael Furlinger on October 20, 2004 at 9:25 pm

I think this theater closed 1984 one of the best theaters on long island .GOLD seats and curtain this wasa gem. I was only here once on the last day it looked as if the theater was just opening not closeing.This location is now a blockbuster