RKO Commack Twin

Veterans Highway,
Commack, NY 11725

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aircorps
aircorps on January 31, 2005 at 1:31 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 7:31 pm

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

bvdfitness
bvdfitness on November 10, 2004 at 7:24 pm

Write me at my email address.

bvdfitness
bvdfitness on November 10, 2004 at 7:23 pm

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

longislandmovies
longislandmovies on November 10, 2004 at 7:22 pm

JIM Ward went on to be DM and i took over from Duane as manager and then went on to dm…

longislandmovies
longislandmovies on November 10, 2004 at 7:20 pm

god i new them all well/

bvdfitness
bvdfitness on November 10, 2004 at 7:19 pm

When I started a woman names Mrs. Beal? was the manager. After that a man named James Ward took over with a George Gustafson as the assistant. They were followed by Duane Marino. That was the end of my days at RKO.
Did you work there also?

longislandmovies
longislandmovies on November 10, 2004 at 7:11 pm

your manager was?????do you remember?

bvdfitness
bvdfitness on November 10, 2004 at 6:52 pm

I worked at the RKO twin all through Jr high and high school years. I met my future wife there, she was the candy girl and I was the usher. We’ve been married for over 27 years and really miss the old theatre. I started there the day the Godfather opened and remember the folks standing in the rain for hours waiting to get in. As well as the bribes of $100 to get 2 tickets (no, I didn’t take it). I wish it was still open, with updated seating so I could bring my kids.

longislandmovies
longislandmovies on November 5, 2004 at 8:09 pm

`You might be able to reopen the Lowes south shore mall twin , Plaza in Patchogue if you want to spend your last cent,

Jacker
Jacker on November 5, 2004 at 7:10 pm

Do you have any listings of theatres for sale in Long Island?

I remeber the RKO Lawrence it is a duane Reed now. That theatre was horrible. The projection room was a nightmare, the seats were horrible and the screens were a mess when they made it a tri.
But you know what we went there every week and loved it!!!!

RobertR
RobertR on October 24, 2004 at 10:15 am

I think the Cinerama 1 & 2 did also if I am remembering right.

longislandmovies
longislandmovies on October 24, 2004 at 9:12 am

RKO LOVED THE SMOKED GLASS MIRRORS IN THE LOBBBY ALL LONG ISLAND RKO HAD THEM.

longislandmovies
longislandmovies on October 24, 2004 at 7:36 am

a twin and then a triple..a shit job here also..

RobertR
RobertR on October 24, 2004 at 7:25 am

The Lawrence was converted to a twin right? It was done around the same time these other 2 were built.

longislandmovies
longislandmovies on October 24, 2004 at 7:22 am

Century was to slow to plex and the few they did were poorly done .(SHORE)Rko opened those theaters as TWINS but most had no room to expand.

RobertR
RobertR on October 24, 2004 at 7:17 am

I remember when it was a big deal to go to one of the twin theatres because they were new and something different. It’s funny Century’s had theatres all over the island and was so slow to plex them, they seemed to close alot of loactions that might have made money.

longislandmovies
longislandmovies on October 24, 2004 at 7:13 am

One of the few theaters i ever sar back before big multiplexs that was almost always busy..Still open the old RKO RVC TWIN is still like that . (the sister theater to commack)

RobertR
RobertR on October 24, 2004 at 7:09 am

It’s always funny how that happens. I remember in Brooklyn The Marine which was just ok was always crowded. The Brook which was a beautiful house was never full when I went there.

longislandmovies
longislandmovies on October 24, 2004 at 7:02 am

great pic shows the RKO how it was always busy, strange down the street the Mayfair could not say the same ………..

RonMotta
RonMotta on October 22, 2004 at 8:45 am

D'OH!!!! Sorry, RobertR. Here’s the link:

http://www.commackarena.com/gallery_movies.shtml

I wish this were still open, since my wife and I just moved to Commack right off Commack Rd. near Jericho Turnpike. This would’ve been even closer than the Commack Multiplex.

longislandmovies
longislandmovies on October 21, 2004 at 8:49 pm

Cocoon was one of those movies that played for ever as did “1984”

longislandmovies
longislandmovies on October 21, 2004 at 6:08 pm

The Mayfair was located in the MAYFAIR center next to a chinese rest.

RobertR
RobertR on October 21, 2004 at 1:43 pm

Theres no link here CaptRonLI.