585 Main Street,
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Previous Names: Star Picture Parlor
Somewhere around the turn of the 20th Century “Captain” John Eccelston created the Star Theatre as an outdoor venue for vaudeville. The intended audience was probably wealthy New York City residents who would summer at the various hotels in this and other Great South Bay communities.
Eventually the entire space was enclosed. At some point the introduction of Burlesque to Long Island was attempted here but short-lived due to community pressure.
It is listed in the 1914-1915 edition of American Motion Picture Directory as the Star Picture Parlor. According to the Film Daily Yearbook films were being shown here in 1926. Apparently live productions either were conducted simultaneously with, or subsequently to, the showing of films. The theatre then closed for a period of time.
Somewhere around the World War II era the space was renovated for retail, a drugstore, with the stage area closed off. In a subsequent renovation the building was divided down the middle into two retail locations.
The owner of the antique store which occupies the one half has opened up his portion of the stage. There is no other physical evidence of this having been a theatre.
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