Memory Lane



Speaking with Joan O'Sullivan Lengyel

Joan O’Sullivan Lengyel, fifty three year resident of Sayville, speaks to us about her life. She shares memories of her early childhood and young adulthood growing up in the Chelsea section of New York. Bringing her love of culture with her to Long Island, she developed her skills as a painter and kept alive her passion for film. She combined these two loves when she began painting theaters all over the United States as she traveled with her husband, Tom Lengyel. It is through these combined interests that she conceived of “The Magic of Main Street Movies” which was featured at many area clubs and libraries, including the Connetquot Library. The lecture series highlighted her artwork and covered all aspects of movie theater-going, right down to participants sharing their memories of their favorite candy at the concession. Her lectures always included a raffle of boxed notecards featuring her “Marquee Collection” of theater paintings. Joan remains active in many organizations, including the Kips Bay Neighborhood Association, volunteers at an area thrift store, and keeps connected with her many friends and family members.


“History, art, and spirituality: Local artist finds “Islands of Serenity” in Oakdale”, Suffolk County News,  20 December 2007. Page 20.

“A green journey back” Suffolk County News, 18 March 2004, Page 9.

“Going to the movies” Suffolk County News, 3 April 1997, Page 6.

“Old-Time Movie Magic” Times of Northport and East Northport, June 7, 2007, Page 4.

Joan O'Sullivan Lengyel Interview