What was old has been re-newed again. Although much of original Floral Park has been lost to modernization, some of its original features are still survive.
On Jericho Turnpike you can still see the exterior of two old theaters. The Lily Theater at number 212 is a small 600 seat theater built in the early days of film; it is very modest by today’s standards. The upper section retains its original decoration. Today it is a tire store.
The Floral Theater at number 250 is a catering hall today, but at a glance you can tell that it was once an impressive film palace. The exterior has extensive architectural decoration and the name ‘Floral’ is still boldly chiseled on the façade. The interior is reworked on the lower level; however the main ballroom on the top floor retains its movie palace ceiling.
At 29 Tulip Avenue is the original 1929 Masonic Temple, now Centennial Hall. The Floral Park Museum, which is open by appointment for groups of six or more, is located on the second floor. In addition, on the same level as the museum is a former Masonic meeting room. The theater seats there are purported to be salvaged from the Roxy Theater in Manhattan, which was opened in 1927 and demolished in 1960 and was one of the most impressive and famous of the movie palaces ever built in the US. The seats appear to retain their original paint and fabric. On the side of each row of seats is a large, ornate letter ‘R’ embossed into the metal frame.