Oceanside Twin Closed For Good?
posted by rcdt55b on December 26, 2005 at 2:24 pm
LONG ISLAND, NY — Just before Thanksgiving, a fire was intentionally set to an old abandoned supermarket. The building burned down. Unfortunately, this building was connected the the Oceanside Twin movie theater.
The theater itself sustained no fire damage. It did however sustain heavy smoke and water damage. But the main damage was done by the fire department ripping the ceilings and walls open.
The theater is currently closed. All indications from the ownwers are that the theater will never re-open.
Long Island loses another of it’s oldtime movie houses.
Oldtime movie houses? Sorry but the Oceanside opened sometime in the mid to late 50s. To me, that does not exactly qualify it as Old Time but maybe that’s just me.
The Oceandside was always very second rate, perhaps even third. The place was rundown even back in the 70s. It never played first runs and it was a game in our family to try and figure out what was playing there because somehow the letters would always blow off the marquee.
The burning down of the old Foodtown supermarket AND the demolition of the truly awful Oceanside Motor Inn right across the street will go a LONG, LONG way to helping that section of Long Beach Road improve. It was a blighted section in an otherwise decent area.
But I will say this: the area needs and deserves a movie theater locally. And that site is now prime. It’s HUGE. They should somehow knock all of those buildings down and put in a shopping center with a theater. It will not happen though.
In some ways it’s sad to hear that the Oceanside is (probably) gone as I saw a lot of movies there (ableit with lousy projection and awful sound, sticky floors etc.) when I was much younger. It was kind of like going to White Castle. No one really liked it much but it was there.
Now that they will get all that insurance money they could redo the place properly.
RobertR: I agree. That space is huge for some a built up area. Developers are salivating over what they can do to it. But a quick run up and down Long Beach Road shows how developed that whole area is. I mean, what else does that area need now? Another nail place? Sushi? Tanning salon? It would be a good place for a smaller multiplex and back 15 years ago it would be assumed that the Oceanside Movie theater would be replaced. Now? No way. It has to be a megaplex and that site is just not suited for that.
Well, guys did it ever reopen you guys live up there!