RKO Commack Twin

Veterans Highway,
Commack, NY 11725

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Bloop on September 21, 2007 at 11:25 am

PINK FLAMINGOS???!!!! Was Commack ready for John Waters in 1972 ?!

dsslave on September 18, 2007 at 2:11 pm

Vigilant Realty…no(e)…was first where White Castle is now in Commack and then it moved to where Blockbuster is now in Commack Corners. The Commack Drive In intermission commercials I remember were Neuman Auto Tops…Shuberts Auto Body and a store in the Mayfair shopping center that I cant remember…but the Mayfair theater marquee was shown playing Putney Swope and Pink Flamingos!

Bloop on September 18, 2007 at 12:06 pm

Wrapping things full circle: The Commack RKO Twin served hot dogs at the snack bar. This was unusual for a walk-in theater that was not a drive in!
The new issue of my zine; Snackbar Confidential is almost ready. It’s a small cut n' paste digest CRAMMED with old ads for movies, toys, fast food, and basic junk culture from 1966 thru 1976. SEE BLOG to get one. Lots of little Long Island related items as well!

longislandmovies on September 18, 2007 at 10:02 am

funny because zips in Huntington had a SABRETT hot dog cart ..and sold the dogs…..

Bloop on September 18, 2007 at 9:22 am

also: Zips had these little plastic molded seats, I think they were bright yellow. This place was so popular, how come it closed?

Bloop on September 18, 2007 at 9:18 am

RE: ZIPS! longislandmovies; weird and IRONIC: the Zips in downtown Huntington became a hot dog place in the very early 1980’s, called George E’s ! The owner was a tall grinning older guy that reminded me of a character from an old western series. Was that George himself ?? LOL.
frankaholic: Vigilante Realty, had a commercial,that was show at intermission time at……the Commack Drive In (in the very early 1970s)! How about that?
Saps: Yes, the concept (at Zips) was for kids to dump every single topping (except the YUCKY pineapple) in your little plastic batting helmet and go to town. I have a Zips newspaper ad that I will post when I find it.

longislandmovies on September 17, 2007 at 3:48 pm

zips was the best………. A family from Massapequa owned it GEORGE (cant remember the last name)I saw there daughter about 10 years ago in some mall…that had to close about 89?

frankaholic on September 17, 2007 at 3:48 pm

By the way, Bloop, I don’t remember the smaller Pergaments at Commack Corners. I remember some yellow sign with black lettering accross the street, however, something like Vigilante Realty (?)…We used the Cheesecake King bakery at Commack Corners, (my sister got fired on her first day for making wrong change—which is ironic as she became an accountant)…
Thanks for reminding me: Tiffany’s!!!! It’s all coming back.

frankaholic on September 17, 2007 at 3:41 pm

I remember you got your Zips sundae in a plastic baseball hat, and you could select the team of your choice. The one in the Pathmark shopping center in Commack didn’t last very long, maybe a year or two.
My favorite thing to do here is to remember particular movies I saw, and at which theaters. Some more are:
Haloween – Huntington York Theater
First Family, Blood Beach – Huntington Shore
Extremeties, Amityville Horror, Don’t go in the house (which we walked out on, as the killer tortured naked women with fire while they were tied up, my dad made us leave) – Whitman Theater
Jaws 2 – Smithtown theater. I remember the 10 PM show was sold out, and my father got us tickets to the midnite show. He was/is such an amazing dad. Also at Smithtown, Jaws 3, Superman II…
We used to go to the Northport Theater almost every Sunday. I know it went up to .99 cents, but if I remember correctly, I think it started out at like .55 cents or something like that…

Mike (saps)
Mike (saps) on September 17, 2007 at 2:49 pm

I kind of remember that Zips vanilla soft-serve ice cream was blindingly white, and I always put too many toppings on which rendered it more sickening than delicious.

Bloop on September 17, 2007 at 2:25 pm

Does anyone remember the smaller Pergaments (not the big one) in the Commack Corners shopping center? This would be like circa 1969 (I’m old). There was a “make-your-own-Sundae” Zips Ice Cream Parlor in downtown Huntington… man, that was such a BIG DEAL back then!

Bloop on September 17, 2007 at 2:21 pm

Frankaholic: the “oh soooo 1970’s” wine & cheese bar in Commack Corners was called Tiffany Touch ? Sound right? Sound stupid? LOL. I did As well as see PARASITE (in 3-D) at Elwood too! The Commack Roller Rink was called “Laces” (?) in the mid 1980’s? Was it called something else in the 70’s? *********BOB T : Baskin Robbins was much more expensive than Carvel, so many parents avoided it altogether. I do not recall one in Commack Corners OR Mayfair Shopping Center…..As for the no-name electronic store in Commack Corners;
we were there a few times when renting VIDEO TAPES as well —– it was not easy back in 1982/1983!. You guys remember when they charged like $129.99 a year to join? Geez….and the only movies to be had were “The Sound of Music”, “Jaws” and the 1979 “Superman” movie! LOL!

frankaholic on September 13, 2007 at 8:04 pm

I don’t remember a baskin-robbins at Mayfair, my first experience with Baskin-Robbins was when they opened the Sears Mall in Commack (and for some reason dubbed it “East Northport”), I had egg-nog flavored ice-cream after seeing “Popeye” at Elwood. I also remember seeing “Seems Like Old Times” there, Going Ape, Every Which Way But Loose, Reds, Ordinary People, Rocky II. I can’t remember if we saw Kramer Vs. Kramer at the RKO or Elwood…
I do remember seeing Don Knots and Tim Conway in Private Eyes at the RKO, however…

BobT on September 13, 2007 at 6:44 pm

Wasn’t there at Baskin Robbins in the Mayfair too? I remember seeing “The Red Tent” a Sean Connery action movie with my family and they had this new weird named ice cream store and I had bubble gum ice cream with pieces of gum in it. Over at Corners there was an electronic/ appliance store that was the first store to rent VHS tapes. I bought the first VCR, when you had a big choice of two, an RCA VCR and a Beta Max before anyone thought to rent them and this place did and we came all the way from Deer Park to rent movies.

frankaholic on September 13, 2007 at 6:43 pm

Bloop, here’s a link to The Fog/Phantasm trailer on you tube, if you’re interested:

I LOVED Hardees! I totally remember the 5 & 10 store at Commack Corners, I remember an A & P there as well! What was the name of the wine and cheese bar in the corner?

frankaholic on September 13, 2007 at 6:17 pm

The ice-cream parlour was “Buddy’s”! (I remember all the orange lettering). I also remember for a time in the late 70s, a “ZIPS” ice-cream parlour (by Pathmark) where you’d create your own sundae.
So many cool movies I wasn’t allowed to see. I wanted to see Polyester so badly, and wasn’t allowed. I remember walking up to Korvettes, and going over to the RKO parking lot and finding an odorama card there.
I saw Parasite at Elwood, Creepshow there as well. I remember the one time we went to Deer Park was to see Fame, and to Kings Park to see 9 to 5.
Remember the Commack Roller Rink?
Boy, has Commack changed. Every time I go back to visit, there’s a new shopping center!
I remember going to pick my sister up from her college classes at New York Tech (formerly Marion Carll elementery school) with my parents, and as a kid I peeked into the classroom windows and saw students raising their hands while smoking cigarettes. Ahh, the 70s.

Bloop on September 12, 2007 at 2:39 pm

Commack addendum: places of yesteryear: that strange ice cream parlour next to Toy’s R Us (which was Bargain Town USA when it opened in 1971 or 1972??) , Bargain Books (in the Mayfair shopping center), Pergaments!, Hardees, the 5 & 10 store in the Commack Corners plaza, and where Starbucks is now, it was a vacant lot for years going back to the 1970’s….but back in the 1960s it was a small shopping center with a beauty parlour!

Bloop on September 12, 2007 at 2:29 pm

Frankaholic, I was also at the Commack Drive In for Friday the 13th/ Frightmare (forgot the name of the second bill!), and When a Stranger Calls at the RKO Twin! The great Fog/Phantasm double bill trailer (commercial) turns up on DVD trailer comps, (I think on Something Weird Video?) The voice-over said: “The Fog grabs you! Phantasm never lets you go!” . I would have never paid money to see Caveman, however. LOL. I saw Grease at the Mayfair. I’m telling you- we need to have a Commack Drive In / RKO reunion in the parking lot of that shopping center! Bring beers and tell stories……..

frankaholic on September 8, 2007 at 2:50 pm

I’m so glad I found this site, ahhh the good ole days! (and i’m only 37…). Some flicks I saw at Commack RKO twin: The Fog and Phantasm on a double bill,(and my Dad pulled me out during the opening scene of Phantasm), When a Stranger Calls, Grease, Empire Strikes Back, Mommie Dearest, Return of the Jedi. At the drive-in: Saturday Night Fever (the “PG”, re-released version)on a double bill with Jaws, Friday the 13th (with Frightmare), Battlestar Galactica was on a double bill with something, I don’t remember! Mayfair was the first movie house in Commack. I saw Caveman there, Risky Business. We went to see Cinderella there in the 70s, but it was sold out.

Bloop on August 24, 2007 at 10:27 am

longislandmovies; is that your car parked in my RKO pic!?

Mike (saps)
Mike (saps) on August 23, 2007 at 12:53 pm

This shot is looking west; that is actually the front of the RKO, even though it is so nondescript is looks like the rear. And I can see the Candlelight Diner just past the RKO.

Bloop on August 23, 2007 at 12:45 pm

Elvis died in Summer of 1977; therefore, Rosie was probably watching Star Wars, Orca or The Deep ….. although I’d like to think she was seeing Suspiria !

Bloop on August 23, 2007 at 12:41 pm

a 1980’s Commack Drive In marquee shot w/ the RKO Twin behind it!

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longislandmovies on August 16, 2007 at 7:38 am

rosie lived close to the theater ….this is were he saw many a movie……

Mike (saps)
Mike (saps) on August 16, 2007 at 7:18 am

From Rosie O'Donnell’s blog at www.rosie.com

Kathy writes:

Q: PLEASE, PLEASE ANSWER … Do U remember where U where when U heard Elvis Presley died? I do and I was only 7. Luved that man!

A: I was at the rko movie theater in commack long island