RKO Commack Twin

Veterans Highway,
Commack, NY 11725

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longislandmovies
longislandmovies on May 23, 2007 at 6:14 pm

i have a commack drive in jump suit the manager gave me ..i loved all that memorabilia back then…

dsslave
dsslave on May 23, 2007 at 5:59 pm

Don’t know…Bloop. I saw Rocky Horror at Haupauge also but in 1980. Also saw JAWS at Haupauge in 75. I missed POLYESTER at RKO but all my friends went without me. Thats awesome that you collected the cards. I actually saved the large popcorn box from RKO when I saw the THE OMEN there…but its now sadly gone. I was a freak when I was a kid about movie memorabilia.

dsslave
dsslave on May 23, 2007 at 5:58 pm

Don’t know…Bloop. I saw Rocky Horror at Haupauge also but in 1980. Also saw JAWS at Haupauge in 75. I missed POLYESTER at RKO but all my friends went without me. Thats awesome that you collected the cards. I actually saved the large popcorn box from RKO when I saw the THE OMEN there…but its now sadly gone. I was a freak when I was a kid about movie memorabilia.

Bloop
Bloop on May 23, 2007 at 5:03 pm

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.

dsslave
dsslave on May 9, 2007 at 6:41 pm

I remember sitting at the OLD Candlelight diner as a child in 1971 and looking out the window to see EVEL KNEVEL playing at RKO. My father took my family to see it right after. I remember every movie i’ve seen there. From “Westworld” to “The Omen” to “Star Wars” to “All That Jazz” to “Sign of the Times”. I actually have a recording of the outgoing answering message of RKO Commack from 1980 when “Blue Lagoon” and “Empire Strikes Back” was playing AND they were doing separate admission midnight shows of “WIZARDS” and “LAST HOUSE ON THE LEFT”

longislandmovies
longislandmovies on May 9, 2007 at 5:50 pm

Thats about when i think it closed 87 or 88 ……

BobT
BobT on May 9, 2007 at 5:37 pm

Gosh, growing up on Long Island you didn’t have to go far to see a movie, every town had a theater, Commack had 3 indoor screens and a drive-in within walking distance. I saw “King Kong Lives!” there too Bloop, maybe you were the other party in the theater that night, not exactly a hit. I remember going with the family to “the stores” for new school clothes and of course couldn’t pass a theater without investigating. “Woodstock” was playing on both screens. The last film I saw there was Prince’s concert movie “Sign O' The Times”, in ‘87, again to an empty auditorium and I don’t think they lasted much longer after that.

Bloop
Bloop on May 9, 2007 at 3:46 pm

Movies I have seen at the Commack RKO Twin: Beast of Blood,Taste the Blood of Dracula, Spinal Tap, Angel Heart, Mel Brook’s Silent Movie, King Kong , King Kong Lives, Monty Python and the Holy Grail, When A Stranger Calls. Wow, that’s some time span! I did submit pix of the Commack RKO to this site and hope they will post them with the listing. I believe the theater closed in the late 1980’s? Didn’t everything leave us then?

Mike (saps)
Mike (saps) on March 14, 2007 at 1:23 pm

I started going here in the early 1970’s. I think the first one I saw was “Dracula Has Risen from the Grave.” My father dropped me off, and I went in alone. Excellent!

longislandmovies
longislandmovies on March 13, 2007 at 12:13 am

i do not have a pic of this theater……..strange as it was one of my all time best theater……

dsslave
dsslave on March 6, 2007 at 2:38 pm

Hey longislandmovies…do you have ANY more pictures of movie theaters in Commack? You were kind enough to post a 1973 RKO pic that was amazing! Any more???
thanks
David

longislandmovies
longislandmovies on September 24, 2006 at 11:51 am

location,well booked,loyal patrons…we ran 2 boxoffices for a twin.. i ran shows very tight because they would all sell out……

Theater was in front of ua drive in

RobertR
RobertR on September 24, 2006 at 11:47 am

Was it the location longislandmovies? What was near it?

longislandmovies
longislandmovies on September 24, 2006 at 11:42 am

No one can imagine the bsns this theater did……just amazing…..

RonMotta
RonMotta on September 26, 2005 at 3:00 pm

The Candlelight Diner is still there, believe it or not, and still always busy. I can only imagine what kind of business they did when the RKO was open.

longislandmovies
longislandmovies on March 7, 2005 at 6:49 pm

go to the link above . only pic as of now

dsslave
dsslave on February 20, 2005 at 6:10 am

hey guys,
anyone have pictures of RKO or Commack drive in or candlelight diner from the 70’s??? I would love them!!!!
thanks
David
please email me at

dsslave
dsslave on February 20, 2005 at 6:07 am

hey guys,
anyone have pictures of RKO or Commack drive in or candlelight diner from the 70’s??? I would love them!!!!
thanks
David

longislandmovies
longislandmovies on February 13, 2005 at 11:52 pm

Candlelight was were all the theatre people went to so many great times .

aircorps
aircorps on January 31, 2005 at 4:36 pm

I forgot-

Sometimes we would eat at the Candlelight before going to catch the show at the Twin. It was great having everything so close together for us teens who couldn’t yet afford car insurance!

aircorps
aircorps on January 31, 2005 at 4:31 pm

I saw my first R rated feature, “Monty Python’s Life of Brian” at the Commack Twin in 1979 when I was 16. Used to live in the Fairfield Garden Apartments across the back parking lot behind “The Stores”, as we local apartment teens used to call the Korvette’s strip mall hang out. When we weren’t there, we were practically living in the Twin (or watching a free movie through the fence of the Drive-In!).

Besides “Life of Brian”, also saw everything from “Humanoids From the Deep” (which I got dragged to) to “The Empire Strikes Back” (we went to the Twin to see that about 15 times that summer of 1980) to “Death Hunt” (with Lee Marvin and Charles Bronson) to “Porky’s” to “Stripes” to “Das Boot” at the RKO Twin. Great memories. I’m sorry the theater is gone.

Anybody else there during the late ‘70’s early 80’s era?

longislandmovies
longislandmovies on November 10, 2004 at 10:31 pm

I was the manager of the york theater in huntington before going to the twin……

bvdfitness
bvdfitness on November 10, 2004 at 10:24 pm

Write me at my email address.

bvdfitness
bvdfitness on November 10, 2004 at 10:23 pm

How did you know them, were you an employee also?