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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!
Wish we had pix of the interior— sometimes The Larkfield, till this day, pops up in my dreams/nightmares!
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……..
The current state of New York City, feels like Aaron Spelling dropped off thousands of his children there…gave them big trust funds, and said “OK, do whatever you want!”. and they act as if they own the place! And, as if ,they care about any dirty old movie palaces…..
will the Cinema deLuxe have a detention pen with electric cattle prods and an “Odor Control Unit” ?
And believe me, “JAWS 2” is not a pot smoking “head” movie…..
longislandmovies; is that your car parked in my RKO pic!?
T.T.W.L.I.T.C.M. (Trashy Teeens Who Loiter in The Commack Multiplex) will hold a protest on Oct. 1, 2007. All are welcome to show their support. No one over the age of 18, please! After that, the Commack Multiplex Odd Smell Preservation Society will hold a rally in order to bottle and save the original Commack Multiplex odor. All are welcome.
If it closes , all the trashy , obnoxious, teenagers will be in the STREETS! Beware!
Full 1980’s shot of the Commack Drive In Sign, with the RKO Twin Behind it!
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 !
a 1980’s Commack Drive In marquee shot w/ the RKO Twin behind it!
Did Jerry approve that UGLY caricature that was used for the marque and in ads ?
I’m with you on that. Disney should erect an “adult” replica/ retro theme park, with a strip of vintage Grind Houses! That would be so cool!
The first movie I saw at Whitman, was “The Jungle Book” when it was new. We did not go there often, but I remember every movie I had seen there. A friend of mine worked there in 1978/79. Saw “Animal House” for free, as well as a re-release of “American Graffiti” . This was shortly before Whitman went “grind house” (SEE my above history and ads!). For some reason , “Dressed to Kill” sticks out in my mind the most, out of any movies I had seen at the Whitman.
Saps, another great story! Yeah, the Larkfield marquee was so SMALL. So I have no idea how you could have “juiced up” the movie titles—except with an exclamation point here and there. LOL.
What was the last movie playing there when you had left in 1978? Do you remember a strange double bill at Larkfield of “TunnelVision” and a cheap movie called “American Tickler” circa 1977? Also, like I said earlier…do you remember when people actually smoked POT in movie theaters? I remember this was a common practice for the early Cheech and Chong movies, and other related “head” movies.
Gutted! Drove by today,saw heavy construction at the former site, July 27, 2007. The pylon/sign is still out facing Route 110! Someone grab it.
Nobody has pictures of this place?
Concession stand prices in movie theaters SKY-ROCKETED in the Regan 1980’s and never slowed down. Today, the price is obscene (mainly the popcorn issue, as to how actually cheap it is, per pound, when you visit the supermarket). But who goes to the movie theater to eat? Have dinner first.
Per:BobT “walking out on a movie”. I have only walked out of two movies in my lifetime: 1) “Something Special” (look it up on IMDB—-too complicated to explain). 2)The “Batman” movie (part 3? Part 4?) the one with with Mr. Freeze and Poison Ivy.__-Movie I WISH I could have walked out on but did not because I was with friends :—>“WILLOW”, “Summer Rental”, “Hellraiser”.
Great story! Maybe on E-Bay you can find one?
So this does not exist yet?LOL
wish someone had a picture….
Hmmm… I’m gonna go with the last bit of information. Wouldn’t it be a hoot if the Commack Drive-In explained it on their marque in plastic letters! “Please excuse the distributor’s title change on Revenge of the Living Dead…It’s former title was Children Shouldn’t Play with Dead Things…we just thought you’d like to know that before paying so there was no mistake or deception. Enjoy the show!”
P.S. BobT’s “Revenge of the Living Dead” comment : That series in the “Orgy” ad, was from the Spanish “…Living Dead” series (“Tomb of the Blind Dead”, etc) …just assumed they were obscure retitles from God-knows-where. If indeed one of those titles was actually “Children Shouldn’t…” we will never know for sure!? Also, this “Orgy…” was mentioned in Michael Weldon’s Psychotronic Film Guide with no mentions of “Children…” and he’s pretty dead-on about those things…but who knows, it was the willy nilly 1970’s when ANYTHING could happen!