Amity Theatre

Carmans Road,
South Farmingdale, NY 11735

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Previously operated by: Associated Independent Theatres Inc.

Previous Names: Studio 78

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Amity Theatre

The Amity Theatre was opened in 1959, and was part of the Associated Independent Theatres Inc. (A.I.T.) chain. It was located in the Inter-County Shopping Center (a strip mall) in South Farmingdale, on Long Island. Like all A.I.T. (they all looked identical) it was a simple no frills house. It burned down in 1967.

It reopened with a new powder blue fa├žade and a sub-run showing of “The Planet of the Apes”. In the 1970’s it became a 76 cent bargain house and was still open in 1975. Then, closed and the shopping center was demolished.

Contributed by Don Rosen

Recent comments (view all 38 comments)

robboehm on October 17, 2010 at 6:08 pm

Bands playing in the lobby? When was that? I was there a few time- Support Your Local Sheriff and Blazing Saddles. No band.

Monie on October 18, 2010 at 8:38 pm

Bands played in the lobby before the 1968 fire…local bands played before the show, and on occasion, they would take the stage after the show. It had to be 1965 1966. Not a regular thing but the place would be packed when they were there. The manager was very cool Mr. Switzler. I remember the song “On Broadway” being played. Does anyone else remember the bands? Only those over 50 would.

ironkitten12 on January 13, 2011 at 6:01 pm

Does anyone remember when the Amity movies at Intercounty Shopping Center would run cartoons all day for free on every December 24th. This was paid for buy the Intercounty stores so the parents could shop all day. Don’t see that anymore.

robboehm on June 4, 2011 at 9:42 pm

After the fire it was called, I believe, Studio 78

gfm8959 on October 21, 2012 at 3:30 pm

Updated pics/info added.

robboehm on October 21, 2012 at 5:58 pm

As you can see from the “in course of demo” picture the theatre was fairly large; very long. I don’t recall a balcony. That wasn’t common place in an AIT venue.

robboehm on May 30, 2017 at 3:24 pm

Paul, it would have been possible for you to reenter your comment correctly and then delete the erroneous one.

paul baar
paul baar on May 31, 2017 at 5:42 am

In this wonderful strip mall I saw"Mr.Majestic",“Billy Jack”,“Deliverance”,“Death Race 2000”,and"Taxi Driver"not too many laughs,and many more….

robboehm on May 31, 2017 at 8:38 am

Blazing Saddles and Support Your Local Sheriff for me.

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