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May 21, 2019 1:28 PMPublication: The Southampton Press

CVS Eyes Hampton Bays Movie Theater Location

The owner of the Hampton Bays building where a United Artists movie theater is located is looking to replace the big screens with a CVS. GREG WEHNER
May 21, 2019 4:17 PM

One of the few remaining movie theaters on the East End could be a thing of the past, as a popular drug store chain eyes a central location along Montauk Highway in Hampton Bays.

The Southampton Town Planning Board is in the beginning stages of reviewing an application to allow the owner of the building where the Hampton Bays United Artists movie theater is located to bring a CVS to Main Street, replacing the theater.

On Thursday, May 23, the Planning Board will set up a pre-submission conference on an application to convert the 14,886-square-foot theater into a 27,552-square-foot drugstore operated by CVS.

Located at 125 W. Montauk Highway, the movie theater is currently zoned village business, and operates under an allowed use. But also allowed under that zoning is retail use, which a drugstore would fall under.

Plans submitted to the Planning Department show proposed modifications to the 2.7-acre property, including the relocation of light poles, modification of the rear parking lot entrances and the addition of sidewalks.

The plans also show that the existing entrances—one from Springville Road and the other from Montauk Highway—will remain as they are, with 156 parking spaces in the lot.

Alexander M. Gayer, an attorney with Lazer Aptheker Rosella and Yedid, P.C. in Melville, was listed on the filed paperwork, but, when called for additional details about the project, said he was not attached to the project.

Walter Morris of WDP Management Inc. in Huntington is also listed on the paperwork under owner’s endorsement, but could not be reached for comment.

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Oh no. The movie theater must stay. It’s the heart of the town. Closest place to see a movie.
By bouncer32 (1), Hampton Bays on May 21, 19 5:10 PM
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This is GREAT news ! Best news....- ...

SHTB and the Planning Board will make the owners move the structure to the street as out lined in the HB overlay district with parking the the rear.

Go to it Planners..............make it happen.
By Hamptonsway (107), Southampton on May 21, 19 6:44 PM
Oh yeah, get rid of the movie theater and add yet another drugstore. There are plenty of drugstores and pharmacies in town for residents to choose from already. Keep the movie theater in town!
By CampHero (10), East Quogue on May 21, 19 5:26 PM
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This is terrible news!!
Might as well be nothing to do in this town! I am an avid movie goer and this is truly upsetting!
By Over it (1), Southampton on May 21, 19 5:48 PM
This has to be a joke. Why would you take away the one thing this town actually has that provides entertainment? For another drug store? HB, the land of nail salons, soon to be one grocery store and let’s not forget the condos. Keeping it real, as always HB
By Thewayitusedtobe (6), Hampton Bays on May 21, 19 5:53 PM
There has been rumors of the Theater closing for a number of years. I am disappointed, but not surprised. I would have hoped that someone would consider converting it to a Performing Arts Theater such as the Westhampton Performing Arts Theater, Suffolk Theater in Riverhead or the "iconic" Sag Harbor Theater that just received $3 million of tax monies (CPF) for its development rights....Maybe the owner should apply for the CPF for HB...LOL...Maybe better occupied by CVS than vacant???
By G.A.Lombardi (575), Hampton Bays on May 21, 19 6:40 PM
Soon to be one grocery store? What did I miss ?
By toes in the water (884), southampton on May 23, 19 6:47 AM
toes: King Kullen, which also owns Wild by Nature, is in the process of being sold to Stop N Shop. The deal was to have been completed first half of this year but is currently being held up due to a lawsuit by ShopRite. Hence, once the deal goes through, Stop N Shop will be the sole supermarket in HB.
By bird (829), Sag Harbor on May 24, 19 8:18 PM
Few locals in Hampton Bays spend money on dining and entertainment. That is why there are no good restaurants in Hampton Bays. And now there won’t be a movie theater.
By Isrolia (2), Hampton Bays on May 27, 19 10:23 AM
What is going on with the grocery stores?
By metsfan2 (163), southampton on May 21, 19 9:24 PM
Interesting question since the Town just paid the owner of the King Kullen shopping center a ridiculous amount of money for the portion that houses the senior center and the vacant former home of the Mormons. Wasn't the Town Board concerned that buying the Bel-Aire with CPF would limit the taxes paid to the school to just PILOTS? Doesn't buying this property with Town funds PERMANENTLY take it off the tax roll? Need to figure out how much, but I suspect it is more than the $20K from the Bel-Aire.
By G.A.Lombardi (575), Hampton Bays on May 21, 19 9:47 PM
The Town just paid $8.5 million for the portion of the King Kullen Shopping Center that borders on Ponqugue know as 25 Ponqugue. The only listing on the real estate roll for King Kullen is 50 East Montauk - no separate listing for 25 Ponqugue. The total assessed value on the 2018/2019 roll is $27 million. Is it possible that the Town paid almost a 3rd of the assessed value for the portion on Ponquogue? Either I am missing some piece of information or this is something horribly amiss.
By G.A.Lombardi (575), Hampton Bays on May 21, 19 11:09 PM
Originally, when the CPF program was being promoted, it was sold to Taxpayers as a way to preserve open space, and in the process clean water. Now it's being used for all sorts of planning and zoning gimmicks.

Instead of watching movies the local youth could buy drugs at CVS...you can never have too many drugstores, can you?
By Funbeer (273), Southampton on May 22, 19 9:12 PM
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Well it appears that HB King Kullen will no longer be a grocery store. this place is going down the tubes fast. Time to move. M&M theory in full affect.
By toes in the water (884), southampton on May 23, 19 6:51 AM
Can you imagine if they had built a CVS on Main Street in Sag Harbor instead of the cinema? Only in Hampton Bays...
By pigroast (100), East Quogue on May 21, 19 11:03 PM
"Call someplace paradise..."
By Mr. Z (11847), North Sea on May 22, 19 12:21 AM
If people supported the movie house it would not be closing.I have attended movies and sat in the theater alone,,how could this be sustainable ?like the diner when it closes so many people are sorry its not there anymore.I hope the rear of this theater complex will be upgraded its not attractive viewing it from Springville Rd.
By watchdog1 (543), Southampton on May 22, 19 7:47 AM
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Pig roast when was the last time you made the long track from East Quogue to see a movie in H Bays?
By watchdog1 (543), Southampton on May 22, 19 9:05 AM
WD! - I agree that the cinema has probably run its course and it is not frequented by many. I don't know first hand, but I haven't been there in more than a decade. I personally would rather see a CVS than an empty building and hopefully there will be some capital improvements. I don't want to speak for PR, but it was really shocking that the Town Board approved $3 million of Community Preservation Funds to save the "iconic" move theater in Sag Harbor. That building is a stand alone building ...more
By G.A.Lombardi (575), Hampton Bays on May 22, 19 9:13 AM
Same here...the HB theater is basically a relic so for the few films each year that benefit from the theater experience we hike out to Island 16. The new theaters have bigger and better recliners than the one at home!
By Fore1gnBornHBgrown (8265), HAMPTON BAYS on May 22, 19 9:18 AM
Pharmacies open everywhere now because they are financially subsidized by the Federal government in the form of Medicare and Medicaid and by the New York State government in the form of providing free healthcare including prescriptions for anyone with child under 18 even undocumented residents who claim that their children.are under 18. Under current law, pharmacies get substantial "kickbacks" from pharmaceutical companies and there are fat profits everywhere because Medicare and Medicaid are not ...more
By dfree (818), hampton bays on May 22, 19 9:42 AM
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Well this sucks very much. Best popcorn game in town.
By johnj (1024), Westhampton on May 22, 19 10:08 AM
@ dfree


"Maybe it should show Spanish language movies since the majority of households in HB are Spanish speaking. Don't believe that?"

No, dfree, I don't believe it. Perhaps you could provide a more detailed reference to direct us to the data you cite.

What "I" found - - - at "https - colon - forward slash - forward slash - www - dot -census - dot - gov - forward slash - quickfacts- forward slash - hamptonbayscdpnewyork" ...more
By highhatsize (4217), East Quogue on May 22, 19 10:21 AM
The Census term is "hispanic" and refers to "race". If someone considers themselves "white", that is a different thing. They could consider themselves "white" and still be speaking only a language other than English.

I am referring to what the Census Bureau now calls "Language spoken at Home" which is Spanish in Hampton Bays. The definition includes ONLY households where NO ONE in the household over 14 years old speaks English "only" or self rates their spoken English as "Very Well". ...more
By dfree (818), hampton bays on May 22, 19 11:46 AM
When I was growing up there were zero residents of Hispanic descent registered as students, though we did have a couple students temporarily attend before moving on. 28% is a huge change in 40 years. Used to be I'd see former classmates behind the counters of the various businesses I patronized. Not any more, not at all.
By Funbeer (273), Southampton on May 22, 19 9:15 PM
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.. too bad. I went to the movies there few months back and the manager, wearing a tie and suit jacket, was scrubbing the sinks in the men's room.

The place was spotless and you could tell the manager was proud of his work. No sticky floors littered with empty candy boxes.

I sent an email to the parent company pointing this out and they sent back a nice acknowledgement.

Chain drug stores on every corner in NYC have ruined the city, I can only hope we are not next.
By William Rodney (561), southampton on May 22, 19 10:38 AM
Hampton Bays needs more local business NOT a chain store. There are enough pharmacies and honestly CVS is a grocery store that sells medicine which we don't need. It's time to start really developing a master plan for HB main street instead of allowing random development.
We MUST oppose this!
By Shawbie (8), Hampton bays on May 22, 19 8:30 PM
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HB DOES have a master plan from 1999 that they still haven't implemented which is completely irrelevant now. They are still trying to implement the "form based code" with the book of pretty pictures from 3 years ago. Look back at the old articles when the Movie Theater Shopping Center was being developed....
By G.A.Lombardi (575), Hampton Bays on May 23, 19 7:26 AM
Yes - we need a NEW master plan that fits with the change that is coming/already here that reflects the diverse culture and embraces local business. No more chain stores which ultimately degrade the character of any town. It's short term gain in revenue for long term loss in character. This kind of quick fix is only going to end badly for HB.
We need to speak out.
By Shawbie (8), Hampton bays on May 23, 19 5:32 PM
Lol!! So rite aid and liggets aren’t enough? This town is truly pathetic. So now we will have 3 drug stores, 7 banks, 4 pizza places, 4 Chinese food places. Real fun town in the summer. Maybe put the cvs in the ALREADY abandoned friendlys or diner?
By WhoHasTheHenny (3), Town of Southampton on May 23, 19 6:25 AM
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not 100% but i thought that East Hampton had a law banning chain stores within a specific part of the town/village - SH should look in to something like this
By adlkjd923ilifmac.aladfksdurwp (747), southampton on May 23, 19 6:53 AM
what local person can afford to rent one of the many empty store fronts on Jobs Lane? Chain stores dont want the stores on SH Village bc the rent is too high. Walk the village ...theres not much to do but shop at high end stores. If you dont own the building, its not worth it in these changing times.

Im right there with dfree....if the movies were in spanish, the movie theater wouldn't be closing.

And Henny, gotta have plenty of Chinese Food places in HB . Latinos love that. ...more
By toes in the water (884), southampton on May 23, 19 7:04 AM
East Hampton has no such law, as it is illegal. East Hampton had three Lauren stores,at one point,and Tiffany’s which has since closed. EH currently has TWO CVS stores!
By East End Gent (7), Sag Harbor on May 31, 19 11:34 AM
it was definitely proposed, you can find the 27east article about it below in my comment.
Ralph lauren and tiffany's would most likely be excluded b/c they are not franchised (what the law targeted) CVS/Rite Aid might actually be exempt (if the law were to pass) for the same reason.

By adlkjd923ilifmac.aladfksdurwp (747), southampton on May 31, 19 11:53 AM
"EH currently has TWO CVS stores!"

And lots of old people...
By pigroast (100), East Quogue on Jun 1, 19 12:15 AM
How about another Latin Center?
By Babyboo (293), Hampton Bays on May 23, 19 7:28 AM
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By toes in the water (884), southampton on May 23, 19 7:33 AM
Do you all know there is a Auto Zone before the Planning Board at the site of the old North Fork Bank? I believe the Capital One is also closing.
By G.A.Lombardi (575), Hampton Bays on May 23, 19 7:29 AM
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Bridgehampton National Bank (BNB) is moving to the "old" North Fork site, they've had a sign up for weeks. The Capital One bank has closed already.
By MrsD (53), Hampton Bays on May 31, 19 9:52 AM
The battle against chains was lost when the McDonalds successfully sued the Town. Before that, the 7-11 right in the middle with the only throughway from Main Street directly to the train station.

When you add in the financial return to every prescription written, subsidized by Medicare and Medicaid payments that are, by law, non negotiable in price, you bet your life every healthcare capitalist will open storefront after storefront gathering new customers. Putting a big pharmacy right ...more
By dfree (818), hampton bays on May 23, 19 11:28 AM
@ dfree


"And HB is over 50% Spanish speaking ... "

As I pointed out above, that assertion is FALSE. The cited reference that I posted refutes that belief. The data which you posted yourself does NOT support that conclusion (which you have arrived at by inference only.)

Your opinion on other matters is discredited by your reiteration of this plain falsehood.
By highhatsize (4217), East Quogue on May 23, 19 11:36 AM
High hat the US Bureau of the Census says 31.7% of the households in Hampton Bays in 2017 ONLY speak Spanish and obviously there are easily another 20% where the parents speak only Spanish and very little English and their children, either born here and are therefore de factory US citizens, or have siblings that came here as children and are now over 14 speak English and therefore that Hampton Bays household is NOT. counted as part of the 31.7%,. I. The 2020 US Census do you think that Spanish ...more
By dfree (818), hampton bays on May 23, 19 12:46 PM
Not to sure if statistics are figured by assuming that 20% obviously speak Spanish. I’m pretty sure it’s done with numbers, not assumptions.
By Fred s (3321), Southampton on May 23, 19 1:03 PM
Question: I read this "
On Thursday, May 23, the Planning Board will set up a pre-submission conference on an application to convert the 14,886-square-foot theater into a 27,552-square-foot drugstore operated by CVS."
How can the theatre be doubled in size from 14K sq Ft to 27K??? Where is additional space coming from?
By baywoman (165), southampton on May 25, 19 10:41 PM
Try to get ShopRite in King Kullen. ShopRite in Riverhead (former Waldbaums) is so much better than StopnShop.
By btdt (449), water mill on May 26, 19 1:39 PM
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btdt hopefully someone hears you, i do all my shopping there now its so clean and nice its well worth the drive and the few dolors more to go to river head a few times a week!
By Erin 27 E (1281), hampton bays on May 28, 19 11:42 AM
It’s not Regal that wants to close, its the town and the landlord that wants to close.
By Cerridwen (2), Manorville on May 27, 19 12:11 PM
It’s not Regal that wants to close, its the town and the landlord that wants to close.
By Cerridwen (2), Manorville on May 27, 19 12:11 PM
it is none ! of the towns business, maybe they should put there energy into getting the homeless camp out of the woods next to the macdonals... there was a fire in there today and everyone knows they are living in there so why is nothing being done ???

WHY ???
By Erin 27 E (1281), hampton bays on May 28, 19 11:45 AM
Interesting commentary regarding Regal Movie Theater closing. The Town of Southampton has no control over who the landlord chooses to rent the space to. A retail use is allowed,and CVS is a retail business. It is not a conspiracy or a backroom deal. Perhaps Regal Theatre's lease is up and they want out. It is unfortunate,but there is nothing shady about the proposal. Perhaps it is time for Hampton Bays to become an Incorporated Village.
By East End Gent (7), Sag Harbor on May 31, 19 10:22 AM
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