Argo Theater

485 Hempstead Turnpike,
Elmont, NY 11003

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Previously operated by: Century Theaters

Architects: Samuel Lewis Malkind

Functions: Retail

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Argo Theater

The Argo Theater opened in 1950. This one-time Century Theater stands on Hempstead Turnpike in the Elmont section of Nassau County. From the outside, the Argo Theater appears to have a balcony.

After Century Theaters gave up on it, the theater was an independent for a brief time. After closing in 1985, the building has served as a club, a store and now appears closed. It stands less than a mile from Belmont Racetrack.

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Recent comments (view all 38 comments)

nhpbob on November 22, 2011 at 1:43 am

The one time I went to this theater (lived in New Hyde Park with plenty of other Century theaters closer)…was to “Go Ape For A Day” when the Planet of the Apes marathon happened when “Battle For the Planet of the Apes” got released (but needed help). Nice memory.

Vito on November 22, 2011 at 8:05 am

It had a hugh projection room with a shower in the bathroon and large windows overlooking the turnpike. Of course working for Century in the day was the ultimate job for a projectionist.

Ed Solero
Ed Solero on November 22, 2011 at 9:42 am

Hey nhpbob… I know first hand that memory can play tricks, and it I think it has done just that in the case of your “Go Ape” recollection. “Battle for the Planet of the Apes” was released in the early summer of 1973 and probably did OK at the box office, given its relatively meager production costs. Fox issued the “Go Ape” marathon the next summer in 1974, probably to drum up interest for its upcoming “Planet of the Apes” network television series – and milk a few extra pennies out of the franchise at the same time.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on December 27, 2011 at 8:40 pm

The architect of the Century’s Argo Theatre was Samuel Lewis Malkind, who also designed the Parsons Theatre in Flushing, New York. Early in his career, Malkind worked as a draftsman in Thomas Lamb’s office.

Later, he was a partner in the firm of Malkind & Weinstein, with Martyn Weinstein (who later changed his name to Martyn Weston.) Malkind & Weinstein were associate architects (with the firm of Reilly & Hall) in the design of Loew’s Coney Island Theatre (later renamed the Shore Theatre) in Brooklyn.

Malkind might have designed other theaters on his own as well, but so far the Argo and the Parsons are the only ones I’ve been able to track down.

robboehm on March 16, 2012 at 10:21 am

The Community and Bellerose used to share prints when they had the same films. Presumably the Argo shared with the Park.

RobertR on August 6, 2013 at 8:54 am

The balcony is probably still intact above the store in the auditorium.

QueensCutie on June 29, 2014 at 9:51 pm

How long did the Mittman family own the Argo Theatre? Anyone know what became of them?

robboehm on March 26, 2015 at 8:40 pm

Additional after its day photo added.

DavidZornig on February 26, 2017 at 4:05 pm

1966 marquee photo added courtesy of Denise Stojda. Via the Long Island and NYC Places that are no more Facebook page.

rivest266 on October 20, 2020 at 2:46 pm

listings for this theatre ended in the NY Daily News in 1985.

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