Bar Harbour Theatre

4962 Merrick Road,
Massapequa Park, NY 11758

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Previously operated by: Associated Independent Theatres Inc.

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The Bar Harbour Theatre was part of the Associated Independent Theatres Inc. chain, in Massapequa Park, on Long Island. Like all the A.I.T. theatres, it was a simple no frills house. Although the Bar Harbour was a stand alone building, it was part of the Bar Harbour Shopping Center.

Started in the early-1960’s, they specialized in art house and foreign films, sometimes running for months. They showed kiddie matinees, mostly monster films in the 1960’s.

It was closed in 1976 and was soon torn down. It was replaced with a smaller shopping center and upscale condo complex.

Contributed by Don Rosen

Recent comments (view all 10 comments)

RobertR on June 8, 2005 at 9:17 pm

I just found a listing for a theatre called North Massapequa Cinema. Is this the Bar Harbour or Pequa with a different name? Or maybe a totally different house?

DonRosen on June 13, 2005 at 2:57 am

Nope. The Bar Harbour Theatre was always that name. The North Massapequa and Pequa Theatres were always those names, too. The North Massapequa Theatre was asecond run house in a shopping Center below a dance studio. The Bar Harbour was an art house, stand alone theatre in the Bar Harbour Shopping Center. The Pequa was a real nice first run stand alone on Sunrise Highway, opposite the Massapequa train station.

RobertR on June 13, 2005 at 3:17 am

Thanks Don, I don’t think that one is on here.

GTI2297 on July 12, 2006 at 12:29 am

Was the North Massapequa theater on the East side of Hicksville Rd by Rumbottoms just south of SS Parkway? Can’t remember for sure where it was. I remember the Pequa and Bar Harbour theater’s well but not the NM theater. Was there ever a theater in downtown Amity just south of Brunswick hospital? I seem to remember a theater in that area. You seem to have some good knowlege of the area. Got there in 58' left in 89',…miss it terribly! Soon to return!

DonRosen on July 12, 2006 at 2:15 am

The North Massapequa Theatre was located on the right side of a shopping center (east-west-north-south…can’t remember). Above the theatre lobby was a Fred Astaire Dance Studio. It was an A.I.T. Theatre, which means it looked exactly like the Amity, Bar Harbour, Levittown, Bethpage, Deer Park, Ronkonkoma, and Larkfield Theatres.

RobertR on August 18, 2007 at 1:39 pm

An Avco Embassy double kids bill in 1969
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robboehm on August 15, 2011 at 6:06 am

Although the bulk of the shopping center was torn down, particularly the area which housed Sachs 34th Street (laterly Gimbels) I believe that the portion which housed the Bar Harbor, the left most side at Merrick Road was just renovated. The line of the building which subsequently housed an eatery looks exactly the same as it did previously.

robboehm on December 25, 2011 at 5:32 pm

Assuming my contention is correct the space is now occupied by a grill called Zim Zar and a Super Cuts.

rivest266 on October 20, 2020 at 3:56 pm

NY Daily News listings ended in 1976.

rivest266 on June 2, 2021 at 3:37 pm

The Bar Harbour theatre opened on August 26th, 1959. It sue two theatres in October 1960 per:

Bar Harbour theatre lawsuitBar Harbour theatre lawsuit 28 Oct 1960, Fri Newsday (Nassau Edition) (Hempstead, New York)

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