Lindenhurst Movie Theater Will Be Removed for New CVS Pharmacy

Developers already have permits for demolition of old village landmark.

The old movie theater at Montauk Highway and Wellwood Avenue played films until the late 1990's. Credit: Patch file photo.
The old movie theater at Montauk Highway and Wellwood Avenue played films until the late 1990's. Credit: Patch file photo.
The old Lindenhurst Movie Theater on Montauk Highway will be torn down to make way for a new CVS Pharmacy pending approval from the Department of Transportation, village officials said.

According to The Babylon Beacon, the 1.67-acre site at the northeast corner of Wellwood Avenue and Montauk Highway will be developed into a 12,592-square foot CVS Pharmacy.

Currently on the sites are two residential buildings and the old movie theater, which last played movies in the 1990's and most recently housed a boat showroom. All three will be demolished before construction begins.

"All of the traffic in and out will be from Montauk Highway which will keep it off Wellwood Avenue and Washington Avenue," deputy village clerk Doug Madlin told The Beacon. Residents voiced their concerns about the new pharmacy causing traffic issues on the two village streets.

The new pharmacy will replace the one currently operated in the middle of the village's business district. That building went up for rent earlier this year in preparation for the eventual move.

Plans reportedly call for a 24 foot high building with 69 parking spaces. Developers for the new building have already received a demolition permit from the village.
Lindy Resident and Teacher November 07, 2013 at 11:33 AM
People need to come to the realization that this location is no longer a theater and has not been in years. Isn’t it possible to put a positive spin on it?-There will be a NEW clean and fresh building with landscaping that is kept up with in our town rather than old abandoned over-grown houses and a large empty store all in one place. Yes the CVS in town will now be vacant but now is the time to put pressure on our officials to do something about it. We need more parking and we need incentives for businesses to join our community. Any other successful village has one if not more parking lots. We have such potential (the picturesque "main street", the beautiful chase building, a caring community etc.) is so sad to see it wasted.
raazzx November 07, 2013 at 05:24 PM
Wasted, you want to see wasted go to end of east or west Riviera drive. Two bay beaches I and the Venice grew up on. Fishing, swimming, all let go to waste by the town. Why? My children are growing up in a worse environment than I did in the 70's. That's not the way its supposed to be.
Kevin Currie November 07, 2013 at 06:04 PM
I think we should start a petition?
Eddie November 10, 2013 at 11:04 AM
GW96 - You're a jerk and you're disrepsectful. Bay Shore? Have you driven through Bay Shore lately? Definitely not. They put up a good front but three steps off of main street and you better start running. Not like that here. Lindenhurst is not a "dumpy town." You're just a pessimist and you can't take the good with the bad. We're cleaning up a corner that hasn't had a business on it for several years (which is a main complaint around here, empty storefronts). You can't control what people buy, rent and create in a storefront because this is a free country. Why don't we all try to get something decent in the old CVS in town? It's not going to all happen overnight. This is a great town, great community and when I drive up Wellwood (which is our Village center, not Montauk) I think it looks pretty good. There are tons of stores, music store, coffee shop, burger place, restaurants, candy shop...open your eyes and get your head our of your you-know-what.
Denise Botiglione November 13, 2013 at 09:00 AM
I love this town, I always have. Some of my family are here since they were born more than 40 years ago. my daughter was born in our Lindy home, my son was a baby, he is long graduated Lindy HS. Be positive, yes we miss the movie theatre, but let's move on.
John Guschel November 13, 2013 at 01:00 PM
the last thing this town needs is another drug store, bank or gas station, I don't care if its being relocated or not. A professional business like a Real Estate office, Law Firm, Medical practice, This is Prime location with plenty of plenty of parking.
Eddie November 13, 2013 at 01:34 PM
Well then a real estate office, law firm or medical practice should've bought it while it was for sale and empty for 5 years.
GW96 November 13, 2013 at 02:05 PM
Eddie exactly how what am I being disrespectful to....A drug store, a street, a dumpy town?? Listen if I decide to put my head up my you know what it's only to avoid seeing the mess of this village, it does nothing but annoy me driving through that crappy "village".....ever been to Steinway street in Astoria...looks the same, this "village" looks like a dumpy Queens street, plain and simple. I'm sorry man but stop fooling yourself that Lindy is a nice place....it's not, it's just not. Even if Bay Shore is a mess and scary 2 blocks off Main St., they still had enough sense to pull it together and get their Main St. looking nice, like an actual village. Nice restaurants, bars and other attractive businesses...same with Patchogue. People come from all over the place to go to bars and restaurants in Babylon, Bay Shore, Patchogue, same as Huntington. Nobody from anywhere, including people in Lindy come to this village for anything...because it sucks, it's just a plain fact. I grew up on the North Shore where people took pride in the way their homes and town looked. I've never seen a place like this where so many houses and businesses look like such crap! I've never seen so many waterfront homes look so run down and dumpy...even before Sandy, it's a disgrace. Go to Northport, Huntington, Stony Brook, Port Jeff and then tell me you think Lindy has anything close to what should be called a village. I never thought I could live around so many auto body shops and gas stations in one town (except maybe Centereach, hence my comparison), but that's about all Lindy has to offer, oh I forgot fast food and run down businesses too. I am disgusted with myself that I chose to move here every day I drive through it. I CANNOT wait to get out and move back to the North Shore. You can keep this place. Call me a jerk, whatever, but I'll enjoy a real village while you're still here making up lies about a dump. This place will be Copiague in 10 years. Enjoy!
Eddie November 13, 2013 at 02:17 PM
If you are going to compare the South Shore with the North then you might as well start comparing it to the Hamptons as well. Slightly different situation when you're talking about people in million dollar homes with 35,000 dollars in taxes. I live south of montauk, no house on my street is dumpy, before or after (this would be the disrespectful portion of your post, for future record). Did you ever think that maybe you're focusing on ONLY the dumpy things instead of focusing on something else (arguments about there only being dumpy things will not be accepted). I think Lindy has had a rough spot, things were going out of business, we all couldn't keep up. Now there is a resurgence of community since the storm. I see good things happening, and well, you can't. We all can't wait for you to move back to the north shore either, by the way.
GW96 November 13, 2013 at 03:09 PM
You're view of the North Shore is as distorted as your view of Lindy. I pay more in Lindy for a smaller house, both in purchase price and in taxes than I did in Northport, and Stony Brook for that matter....but both had way better schools and were/are much nicer. You get much more for your money up there, in fact more for less money. Both places I had 3/4 of a acre with a 3,000+ sq ft house for less than Lindy. Million dollar houses and 35K taxes??? Have you been outside of Lindy, much less the North Shore?? Nobody on the north shore pays that in taxes and the hamptons pays even less. There are more million dollar houses in Babylon and West Islip than most places on the north shore....and just so you know you can't get a thing in the hamptons for a million. I live South of Montauk too, as far south as you can go, I've been down every single street south of Montauk and you cannot tell me there are streets that have no dumpy houses, please. The end of mine has a 700K house sitting next to a shack that has goats in the yard...goats! Listen I don't have anything against the south shore, trust me. I moved to Babylon from the North Shore and loved it, but the taxes are ridiculous for how small the schools are and they're not very good either. Moved over to Lindy to stay on the water but have better schools....should've went East instead of West and went to West Islip. Now I've just had enough and will go back to Northport where I know I'll get more for my money and have better schools, a nice village that my kids can actually walk through and a town that has some sense of upkeep. This place is for the birds....I mean auto body shops.
Eddie November 13, 2013 at 06:22 PM
Haha, when you said North Shore I thought you meant the actual North Shore, not north east suffolk. Well no kidding it's cheaper there, it's Stony Brook! I thought at first you were joking, but apparently not. That's not exactly what people think of as North Shore but I guess it is. Right up there with Commack. You're worried about goats and you're moving to Stony Brook??? You want to talk about taxes? I lived in West Islip. High taxes and for what? The town sucks. It has more drug stores than Lindy and absolutely nothing else to offer. I'm not saying Lindy is the say all end all for living. But I live by the water, affordably. It's not Babylon Village but I also don't have a million dollar house. So what? Lindenhurst has affordable bay side living, what's wrong with that? You also have a negative outlook. There are so many small shops on main street. Candy store, coffee shop, music store...okay, there's also an insurance place and empty store fronts but have you been to Joe's? It's friggin amazing! You're not opening your eyes, you're just looking at the auto body shops, which now that you mention it, there are a lot of them. Good for them. Why don't you calm down and try to enjoy yourself. There is a great sense of community here, try it out. Stop staring at the goats.
GW96 November 13, 2013 at 09:24 PM
Commack?? Commack is equivalent of Lindy, it's just a dump on Jericho Tnpke, instead of Sunrise Hwy. Cold Spring, Harbor, Huntington, Northport, St. James, Stony Brook, Pt. Jeff......that's not the North Shore?? I guess all that water that they all sit on isn't a shore. What do you think I was talking about those BS Nassau places?? Screw Nassau, I wouldn't live there if it was free and I got paid to. Goats are fine...on a farm, not the backyard of a crappy 1 room cottage that's been falling down since 1960. The absolute worst part of Stony Brook is better than any part of Lindy has ever been. There are places there that would blow your mind with the beauty and scenery overlooking LI Sound. I go there to visit my in laws and when I come back to Lindy I am sick to my stomach. I don't know what Joe's is, as I do whatever I can to avoid that dump of a village, but even if it is a good place, it won't be there for long. That village will be a blight in 10 years. I will have hopefully been out of here long before that, back to where people are civil, educated and have respect for their property.
GW96 November 13, 2013 at 09:25 PM
Hahaha Commack is the North Shore the same as North Babylon is the south shore....there isn't a part of Commack on the water, it's not any shore.
Eddie November 13, 2013 at 10:24 PM
Funny how I never felt the urge to use the word breathtaking and Stony Brook in the same sentence. Probably because I'm not an insane moron like you. Don't compare Stony Brook and Huntington. You can't afford Huntington, now thats the North Shore I was thinking about. You obviously don't want to try or care to try to like the place where you live. I mean, you've never heard of Joe's Gourmet so that sums it up for me. You aren't civil, you are apparently uneducated and you have no respect for other peoples property. They won't like you any where else. I'm tired of arguing with you. Don't take this the wrong way but PLEASE move as soon as humanly possible so we can rid this town of your dumpy attitude.
GW96 November 13, 2013 at 11:51 PM
Oh god that horrible meat store?! Give me a break, the place had flies all around it and on all the meat the one time I went in there....disgusting!! Hahahaa, I grew up in Huntington, my entire family still lives there. I grew up steps from the water...and trust me if you think that people are paying 35K in taxes you are insane....and I could afford it in a minute and did for years. I wouldn't move back though, the schools are crap, too much scum from Huntington Station...kind of like North Lindy in the schools here. My parent's were smart enough to send me to private school. You're right though I won't compare it to Stony Brook, Stony Brook is way nicer. Top notch schools, clean and beautiful. You've never felt the need to use the word breathtaking because you've never been there....go north of 25A sometime in your life, go down to old Stony Brook by the Stony Brook Yacht Club and tell me you still think Lindy is a "nice" place to live. Although it probably wouldn't compare to the beautiful scenery of the waste treatment plant on the bay at Bergen Point....just beautiful!! This town doesn't have one single piece of beauty in it, it's all just crap. You go west you're in Copiague...real scenic. You go north you're in north lindy....beautiful place.....west, hey West Babylon....great place......bordering friggin Wyandanch...awesome. Nope not for me, I will leave, never look back and never miss it a day. Why would I take your last comment the wrong way? I have stated I want to leave ASAP and will. I'll be out by Christmas....and guess what I'll be spending that Christmas at my family's house in Huntington....you know, the place I can't afford or know nothing about. Enjoy the flies at Joe's, go get some sludge from Top Bun and stop into the real upscale travel agency/tax store on the corner...watch out for the drunks roaming around though, you might get stabbed. Such a beautiful place....I'm embarrassed I ever lived here.
Deborah White Gangone November 15, 2013 at 03:42 PM
I've lived in Lindy for 20 years and it was so much prettier before. There's no enforcement of parking regulations, garbage and property upkeep. That leads to people not caring. Remember Giuliani's broken window theory. He cleaned NYC up in ways I couldn't believe. We now have drunks & crackheads walking around. Bars w skelly looking people hanging outside urinating in public. We need the Village to do what we pay Village taxes for. Enforce Village ordinances. Ask Suffolk PD to enforce to enforce laws about the drug houses. Get rid of the dilapidated / unsafe homes throughout the village. Duffy's and the cafe next to Music & Arts r the only real places to go and have a good time here. CVS in the village is a convenience for those that don't drive. Moving to Montauk will make it more difficult for some older folks. That big space where they are going should be turned into a draw for the town. There are a million CVS's on Montauk Hwy. Make it a bar/music venue - something that draws people to our town.
Jackie Milton November 15, 2013 at 05:26 PM
Unfortunately I don't think it can not be used for a bar/music venue due to the proximity to OLPH. That is why nothing like that can be done in the old Chase building. SLA law states that no alcoholic beverages can be served within so many feet of a church. Not sure of the footage. That is why Kabuki can only serve wine. I don't know if we really need another bar here.
cmaci68 November 16, 2013 at 10:53 AM
I did not grow up in Lindenhurst but have lived here for 25 years. When I moved here, the corner of Wellwood Avenue was Werner Bowl (which had seen better days), a disgusting dive bar, an old run down gas station, the movie theater (which was already a $1 movie). With the coming of CVS, all four corners will finally be new, attractive, and useful. We don't need another bar or music venue. Babylon Village is a beautiful downtown area with a lot to offer but on Friday and Saturday nights, there are a lot of drunken patrons bar hopping up and down the street. On New Years Eve a few years ago, someone was thrown threw a plate glass window where I worked after numerous street brawls had the apartment tenants hiding upstairs calling the police. As for Lindenhurst, I'm the first to say it could use improvement. But, as a resident who lost almost my entire home in Hurricane Sandy, I cannot say enough about the community, chamber of commerce, PTA, churches, etc. I could not have been more proud of my community and how much support and assistance was shown to those in need. If you are involved in your town and your community, you will get the most out of it. If you sit behind your curtains counting the days until you move back to the "North Shore," you are miserable and will see the worst of what the community has to offer. Lindenhurst schools has pros and cons. Although not ranked in the tops schools on the island, my children have been through elementary school, middle school and high school. Most of their teachers have been outstanding and some truly amazing who have shaped their lives (a friend in Dix Hills has extensive issues with teachers every year and has nothing but complaints). As far as Joe's Meat Market, the person who talked about flies and horrible meat belongs in an elite gentrified community. I have never seen either. When I visit Joe's, it's like being in an old neighborhood Italian pork store, where everyone knows your name and everyone speaks to each other like friends and family. I forgot my debit card one time after they rang up over $50 on steak, etc. I said I would run home to get it and was told, "You pay me tomorrow. What, I give you a steak and you don't come back?" Like I said, it's not all good but it's there if you look.
cmaci68 November 16, 2013 at 11:01 AM
And GW96, the lack of people like you is exactly what I love about Lindenhurst. I have nieces and nephews who have been through the private schools of Long Island... Chaminade. St. Anthony's, Sacred Heart, St. Johns. It gave them no advantage over my children who went through Lindenhurst public school and are both now attending prestigious private universities with academic scholarships. The only thing it did accomplish was creating elitist, narrow-mided adults with no tolerance for any other race, class or sexual orientation. You could probably say the same about yourself!
Eddie November 16, 2013 at 06:48 PM
Cmaci - yes! Thank you. In the same boat (bad word to use) as you, lost my home in sandy. Could not be more proud of this town and all they have done for us. Some things could be improved of course but agree completely about the four corners. Its best we continue to ignore angry miscreants like GW.
GW96 November 17, 2013 at 11:35 AM
cmaci68...what lack of people who keep their house and yard upkept, lack of people who don't want the town to be filled with garbage, drinks and drug addicts or lack of people who want the town to look like anything other than auto body shops, drug stores and fast food joints? Are those the lack of people you love not having in Lindy....then that's why Lindy is what it is. Hearing from people who have been in Lindy either their whole lives or for 25 years or whatever is pointless.....what really matters is an outsider opinion, outsiders are the people who will move in and change the place, outsiders are the ones who will bring businesses in....and let me tell you the outside opinion of Lindy is that it is a dump, I've heard it numerous time. I've overheard people talking about it, and I've had people say it to my face. I was on a gas line in Northport (where I was staying after Sandy) and overhead someone talking about all the talk of Lindy in Newsday, another person said who cares the place is a dump anyway if anything Sandy probably did it a favor, someome else agreed. I sat there and all I could feel was embarrassment that I lived there and chose to, it was the last straw in a disgust that had been building well before that. I had someone ask where I was moving when I moved from Babylon and when I told them they looked at me like I was kidding and said, "seriously....that place is a dump, why would you move there?" The outside view of Lindy is that it's a dump, if you've not been outside for 25+ years then you wouldn't know that...but that's how it is, just stating a fact. And that is why no real business will open here and that is why young people won't buy homes here and why the town will have a lot of trouble turning around. The fact that you can live on the water adds little after Sandy and due to the fact that most of the waterfront part of the town is the dumpiest part...which is insane. The neighborhoods north of Montauk but south of Hoffman are so much nicer than SOMO...it's bizarre. And before you continue into calling me an elitist and bring up race or sexual orientation...you should know my wife is African-American and her brother (the best man at our wedding) is gay....he was my roommate through all 4 years of college and introduced me to his sister...my wife. This has nothing to do with race or sexual orientation...I couldn't care if people were green and purple, gay or straight. It's about Lindy, about how it's going down hill fast and how it will continue and how it's an embarrassment. My original comment on this entire subject was about why anyone would be surprised about a drug store on Mtk Hwy in Lindy.....and let me tell you nobody should be who lives here and as I mentioned anyone outside of Lindy wouldn't be surprised either....Lindy is where you got to get your car fixed or get fast food...even you even bother going. Bayblon might have drunken people on Fri & Sat nights, but they are mostly people who came from other places to spend money....Lindy's drunks live here in broken down houses and are drunk every day of the week in broad daylight. I also don't understand how not liking a dirty meat market makes me an elitist.....Brother's Deli is amazing and clean...as in no flies sitting on the meat they gave you when another 20 are flying around your head. I hate flies sitting on my food...I'm such an elitist, maybe that's what you've come to accept living in this "town" for 25 years. The whole town is dirty after all.
Ali November 17, 2013 at 12:07 PM
There's an age-old lesson we teach our children: who cares what anyone else thinks. WHY do you care what anyone else thinks? If you're not happy here, then move. That's all there is to it. P.S.-I'm originally from Bayport. My mother's family has been here in Lindy since the late 1800's. I choose Lindenhurst over Bayport any day, any time. Oh, and I happen to love Joe's!
cmaci68 November 17, 2013 at 12:21 PM
Thank you, Ali! So much time and energy put into trashing a town that so many people call home. I have heard plenty of opinions about Lindenhurst but as Ali said, I couldn't care less. This is my home. GW96, you must have so much hatred to spend this much time ranting about a town, a community and its residents. I feel sorry for you with all that anger. You sound like a geniuinely miserable person.
Eddie November 17, 2013 at 12:28 PM
I love it here. I'm glad there are so many people who disagree with GW. I for one do not care about outside opinions at all. I know Lindenhurst is a great place, despite people like GW who happen to live here also. The outside view is not as dismal as you believe, GW. And why weren't you defending us on that gas line? Oh, I know why, you're a self-loathing, miserable pessimist. Go Lindenhurst!
cmaci68 November 17, 2013 at 12:43 PM
It's disgusting to generalize an entire town's population as dirty, drunken white trash. GW claims not to be an elitist yet it speaks volumes about the type of person you are. I wouldn't dream of degrading an entire community in the way you just did on this page, read by Lindenhurst residents. The people I know in Lindenhurst are honest, hardworking families who would literally give you the shirt of their back as Hurricane Sandy showed us all. GW, you don't belong here.
Debbie November 17, 2013 at 05:23 PM
I'm finding it difficult to understand why GW96 ever moved to Lindenhurst, considering its such a "dump". I grew up in this town and could have chosen to live anywhere else, but purchased a home here because because this is where I want to be. I also take offense when people feel the need to put down this town. For many people, their home is their largest investment and it is insulting to have someone like GW speak so negatively of it.
M. Perrotta November 19, 2013 at 02:42 PM
I think all traffic entering & exiting from Montauk is going to be one big headache
Kevin Currie November 19, 2013 at 07:15 PM
(1) The pessimist 'complains' about the wind... (2) The optimist 'expects' it to change............ (3) The realist 'adjusts' the sails.................... Dear Lindenhurst Village (taxpaying) resident ... Who are you?
Karen January 21, 2014 at 09:39 PM
omg I can not believe this idiot GW69. I am living in Lindenhurst now for 5 years. I was born and raised in Massapequa Park. I did have doubts about Lindy at first and that's only because for me it was the sudden change of having to move to another town. Well I have to say people here are real and so kind not like Massapequa stuck up and brag about there money and how better they are than you. and how everyone has to live south of Merrick road just to impress people. I am sorry no town is perfect and every town had drunks And drug addicts. but that's not what a town is about. what makes a town is after the disaster of Sandy the way people and even local businesses lend a helping hand to everyone that needed and still needs. so with that said I AM PROUD AND HONORED TO LIVE IN SUCH AN AMAZING TOWN. Thank you everyone for making this town a place I am proud to live and raise my family.
Karen January 21, 2014 at 09:51 PM
p.s the school districts here have been so great with my kids. and people like you shame our town. If you hate this town so much than move out. we don't want people like you here anyway. sorry but I needed to add my 2 cents in.


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