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Addendum to above: I believe the 110 Drive-In flea market was gone by 1974, but the Sunrise Drive-In continued on with this. Century’s 110 also has something other drive-ins did NOT have: working (electric) kiddie rides! (Albeit cheap and dinky). They had a mini train, a small carousel, and I remember a tiny “chair-o-plane”. These rides would not thrill a child over the age of 7, but still, very impressive and gave this drive in a great “carnival” atmosphere! So there we have it. The late great Route 110 Drive-In; with not a single photo as evidence that it existed!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
One of the best things about this Drive In was around 1971/1972/1973, on Sunday mornings, it was a Flea Market. $9.00 per car/truck/van to set up and sell. $1.00 to get in to buy. This was a pretty big drive in, so imagine about 300 cars/trucks/vans, filling the place—packed with vintage stuff! If you liked flea markets, this was heaven-on-earth. It was liked the biggest garage sale in the world! Many people had the old station wagons, with the tailgates down—selling old stuff out of their cars. (I will be posting photos soon, I have a Newsday color Magazine section with an article on this —SADLY, no pix of the drive in, just the vendors). I believe the Route 110 Drive In sign was up until about 1979(?)(when I was in high school).
I forgot: also saw “Midway” at this theater — in Sensurround here in summer of 1976. I have NO memory of this movie—NONE. (only the Sensurround effect).
Once in the very early 1980’s, I saw “Last House on the Left” here as a re-release. Isn’t that strange? I loved the movie, however. I just thought it was an odd choice for this type of theater. It played with a horrible second feature called “The House by the Lake” with Brenda Vacarro! I will never , ever go out and watch a Brenda Vacarro movie in the theater! Kidding aside— I wonder if this “Last House” release was due to “I Spit on Your Grave” becoming a huge video (VHS) sale/rental because Siskel & Ebert named it “Dog of the Week” on “Sneak Previews” ?
Rockville Centre is a congested little unfriendly town CRAMMED with it’s own rules and regulations (some of which include not being able to park in front of your own house!). You don’t wanna open this theater back up. I was at this theater only once a few years ago, and the friend I was with who went to the bathroom, also commented on it’s “haunting atmosphere”…..other people posted such comments. What was up with the restrooms in there? Was someone killed down there in 1968?
Benson 2 PORN Theater Ad from 1975. Does anyone know exactly when they STOPPED showing porn?
P.S. I have a slight lead on a photo of the closed Huntington 110 Drive In. Not sure if it includes the marquee, though. When I worked in Huntington, there was a mirror/glass store on New York Avenue. The owner had the blueprints/illustration for the 110 Drive In hanging up in his office! This was about 10 years ago. He would not sell it, but what a fool I was for not getting a photo! (Kicking self right now).
http://snackbar-confidential.blogspot.com/ My blog has some new Long Island theater posts and pix of the COMMACK RKO TWIN. In one shot you can see the Commack Drive-In screen. dsslave and longislandmovies, we should meet for drinks and chat more!
Oh, yeah…I have one of the wooden picketts from the Commack Drive-In Fence……a red plastic film reel….and a broken section of the plastic sign / marquee !
MORE on Hauppauge Theater: I remember when “The Warriors” was playing there before the “Rocky Horror” crowd was let in. I saw “Silent Scream” there.
I used to have a “Night of the Creeps” surgical (paper) mask. We went to the Huntington Shore theater and actually saw this boring movie. The movie ads said “Get your FREE Night of the Creeps mask with ticket purchase”. When me and my friends got there, nobody knew what were talking about, so they got the manager. He was like “Huh? Oh, yeah” and walked into the office and came out with a plastic bag filled with a bunch of the masks. We each got 3 or 4….I doubt anyone else asked or cared for one. I cannot remember one damn thing about this movie! It came out during the “Nightmare on Elm Street” craze…“Deadly Friend”, “House”, “Night of the Comet”, “Fright Night”. Ugh. Makes me wish I was a 21 year old in 1975 or 1965…not 1985. Certainly you guys may agree with me.?
Also saw “The Legacy” there in 1979. That was a now forgotten thriller with Katherine Ross, Sam Elliot and Roger Daltry.
dsslave, I was there as well for “The Omen”. (Left it off my list above.) That was summer 1976. My most memorable viewing experiences was in 1981, for John Water’s “Polyester”. Not only did we love the film, afterwards everybody else dropped or discarded their Odorama cards. Naturally, we were all “Grab ‘em!” ! Still have my original one, and it still smells. The Commack RKO snack bar served hot dogs…which was a little odd for a walk-in (non Drive In) theatres at the time. I believe that Evel Knevel movie is in all “dollar” DVD bins now. dsslave; how come no mentions of the Haupaugge theater on here? That was my “Rocky Horror” theater in the late 1970’s. I saw “Spinal Tap” at the Commack RKO. The Rockville Centre RKO Twin was a squat version of the Commack. I was there once a few years ago.
I saw “EARTHQUAKE” in Sensurround here, in 1974 ! This was a GREAT theater. In the 1980’s we went out of our way to go here, Saw the 1980’s re-release of “Metropolis”, “Return to OZ” (anyone remember that one?), “Little Shop of Horrors” , “Cape Fear”, and the last time I was there was in the 1990’s , that movie “Ransome” I think that was the name….a Ron Howard movie…..
The Mayfair had Rocky Horror?? Must have been the early 1980’s? How come the Hauppaugue Theater is not listed on this site??
I saw DEVO at The Calderone Concert Hall, right BEFORE “Whip It” became a top ten hit.
In 1979, I was almost alone in the theater, watching the Bee Gees and Peter Frampton in “Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band” in this theater! At one point, the York (like the Whitman) was a “blind bid” theater and showed low budget “grindhouse” type movies? I also saw “Young Frankenstein” here in 1975, and in 1980, I saw “Zombie”.
When this was a “blaxploitation” theatre in the mid 1970’s, they showed “Abby”, a black version of The Exorcist! I believe this was the only theater on Long Island that showed it. This film was sued and yanked by Warner Brothers for being too close to The Exorcist as well, and was a rare movie for some 20 years! Does anyone know if this theater played “The Amityville Horror” (1979)? LOL!
In the early 1980’s, I saw some art/revival movies: Andy Warhol’s Frankenstein, Christiane “F”, and some others….does anyone remember this?
I believe at one point, the Whitman was a “blind bid” theater. I remember in 1978 through 1980 or so (I was in high school), they showed super low budget 42nd Street type movies like “H.O.T.S.” “The Children”, “Screams of a Winter’s Night” (which Quentin Terantino showed at a festival in Los Angeles recently!)and obscure Joan Collins movies like “The Bitch”, “The Stud”—real garbage. These were really crappy movies that would not show anywhere else on Long Island. (But I went to see them anyway!). By 1980 or 1981 I saw “Dressed to Kill” there, and it was business as usual. I think the Big “H” Shopping center in Huntington Station was run by the same company? On another note: Long Island people: how come no mention of the Happauge Theatre? OR Commack Drive-In on here ??
I saw “Earthquake” in SENSUROUND at the 150 in 1974. No big deal. Now when I go into Best Buy and the have all those horrible booming speaker systems assaulting your ears…makes “Sensuround” sound like someone is typing on tin foil. Saw “Alien” and “Animal House” at the Syosset as well.
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My grandparents lived around the corner. I recall my Grandmother asking my parents , “What’s the difference between "X” and “XXX” ? “ . LOL. I was never inside there but I love reading all this memories. I remember when in summer of 1976 "Squirm” was playing there. Wish someone had a nice clear photo of the front. I loved buying comic books and Mad magazines from that tiny newsstand to the left of the Benson all through the 1970’s. Oh boy has that neighborhood CHANGED!
The Smithtown Outdoor was actually better than the Commack Drive-In. In high school I saw some weird double bills there as well. Hard to believe I saw “I Drink Your Blood” there in 1979 . The movie was already 8 years old, pretty old even for a second billed movie! I saw “Halloween” there and as I recall, the outdoor was opened even in the WINTER! At the Indoor part, I think the only movies I saw in there was “Creepshow”, “Night Train to Terror” and “The Perils of Gwendolyn”. The snack bar was very 1960’s looking, and pretty big too. Does anyone know when this theater opened ?
First movie I saw at this crappy “Plex: "Amityville: 3-D”. (1983). Yeah bad smells in there.