Candee Avenue,
Sayville, NY 11782

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Previously operated by: Island Theater Circuit

Previous Names: Sayville Summer Playhouse

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The theatre was on a former estate which had been converted into a country club. When the club was disbanded the owner, Edith Gordon, rebuilt the old club house into a modern summer theatre. It was call the Sayville Summer Playhouse and began screening films on 5th June 1948. First screening second run and finally art house films. The theatre burned down in March 1959.

As I mentioned in my comments on the Sayville Opera House a series of fires in the late-1950’s and early-1960’s destroyed many of the historical buildings in the village.

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Recent comments (view all 6 comments)

robboehm on March 7, 2010 at 5:50 am

When the Playhouse was “alive” they used to advertise “at the foot of Candee Avenue” which was at the Great South Bay in the middle of nowhere. Having done the research the location estate/country club/summer theatre makes sense.

robboehm on March 19, 2013 at 12:23 pm

There were a series of fires in Sayville in 1958, none of which were mentioned in the local paper, the Suffolk News. Presumably they were trying to down play them. Last ad for the Playhouse, at that time the Art Playhouse, was for August 29, 1958.

A side note, when the Playhouse opened for films on June 5, 1948, the other theater in town, the Sayville, doubled the size of its ad.

robboehm on March 19, 2013 at 4:35 pm

When the Playhouse was purchased in 1947 by James Poro, Manager of the East Islip Theater, is was rumored that the price was $50,000. At that time Mr. Poro indicated that he would spend $ 75,000 to upgrade the theater to include a loge and 750 seats. The article about the opening didn’t confirm the seating capacity.

rivest266 on October 9, 2013 at 5:14 pm

June 4th, 1948 grand opening ad has been uploaded in the photo section for this cinema. It had an TV lounge and free parking.

Billymac11 on March 22, 2024 at 1:23 pm

June 11, 1948 review of the new theatre by the Suffolk County News uploaded (The June 11th (second week of operations) movie listings separately uploaded, as well). It notes its location is “on the bay at the foot of Candee Avenue”.

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