Orpheum Theatre

65 W. Main Street,
East Islip, NY 11730

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Functions: Martial Arts School

Styles: Greek Revival

Previous Names: Liberty Theatre

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This was an old vaudeville theatre that was then a movie house. It was listed in 1926 as the 250 seat Liberty Theatre. After closing it was converted into retail space. Today it is a Martial Arts school.

Contributed by Ray Lembo

Recent comments (view all 14 comments)

rajen55 on November 24, 2004 at 9:03 pm

Its an Auto parts store. Has the original tin walls and ceiling.

sparkythecomic on September 4, 2006 at 9:26 am

does anybody have the address of the old theater

jonnoboy on November 2, 2006 at 7:06 pm

last year there was a fire at this location in autoparts store- i worked there, about three years ago, and did admire the beuty of the old tinwork throughout, not to mention the feeling of the solid old wood floors, and stage area-jon

Bway on February 27, 2007 at 3:42 am

Wow, I never would have thought that building was a theater at one time. It doesn’t particularly look like one on the outside.
None of the links above work, anyone know of any historic photos of the Orpheum?

In the meantime….here’s an aerial view of the structure:

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unamurkel on October 17, 2007 at 12:49 pm

Very nice information on Percy Williams. Thank you.

According to most reports I’ve read about vaudeville and the performers, Percy was a charming, generous person. But you all know that from Williams 1) getting out of the Orpheum interests when it was starting to get ugly and monopolized and 2) founding an Aged Actors' Home. A good egg, all around.

Bway on May 26, 2009 at 8:48 am

I am confused, is this the site of the old theater?

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guitarpixistar on March 30, 2012 at 8:56 pm

google has it right, its the home of VMA Kempo Jiu Jitsu Of East Islip now.

robboehm on March 25, 2015 at 8:07 pm

Uploaded interior of the Orpheum in the day.

robboehm on May 16, 2015 at 12:21 pm

Uploaded photo as auto parts store.

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