Thursday, August 19, 2010

7. Did You Know....................

Did you know our movie theatre is Eighty-four years old?

Eighty four years ago today (August 19, 1926), this article appeared in The Southampton Press:

“New Modern Theatre for Southampton; New York Syndicate Buys Hill Street Site For New Theatre”

“The Bennett property with a frontage of about 140 ft. adjoining the Salek(?) Sales Rooms, in the Village of Southampton, was sold Tuesday, thru Wullenburg, Hall & Keller, real estate brokers of Job’s Lane, and 215 Montague St., Brooklyn, to a large theatrical syndicate of N.Y. City, represented by Harry Suchman, of Suchman & Samuels, 1560 Broadway, N. Y. Judge Oscar F. fanning of Southampton, represented the owner of the property, Mrs. Annie F. Bennett.

Plans and specifications are being prepared by Lamb & Son, the well-known theatre architects of N.Y. City, for a modern theatre to be erected on the premises at a cost of approximately $500,000. The price paid for the property was $65,000.
The theatre will have a seating capacity of about 1800 seats, with a large stage and a complete equipment of dressing rooms for the staging of theatrical performances of any magnitude. The purchasers are contemplating the production of pre-Broadway appearances of new plays, musical comedies, and comic-opera one or two nights a week, and one or two nights of first class refined vaudeville and pictures, and other nights there will be first-class, first-run pictures.
It is also contemplated to have a first-class billiard academy, and up-to-date bowling alleys. The building will be of fireproof steel construction, with stores on Hill St. The management will be high class in every particular.

The theatre itself will have luxurious ladies’ and gentemen’s retiring and lounging rooms, and the whole structure will be something that Southampton can be proud of and at the same time it will satisfy a long-felt want. The plans and specifications and a photograph of the fa├žade of the proposed structure will be on exhibition in the office of Wullenburg, Hall & Keller on Jobs Lane, Southampton as soon as they are ready, and the people of Southampton and vicinity are cordially invited to inspect same at any time. A number of theatres [have been developed by] this syndicate, and among them are the following: Blenheim(?)….1800….Webster 1500, Golden Rule 800, Benenson 1600, Boston Road 1800.”

Clearly the movie theatre has evolved a great deal from 1926, but it sure is interesting to know its history!

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