RKO Commack Twin

Veterans Highway,
Commack, NY 11725

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RobertR
RobertR on October 18, 2004 at 3:48 pm

If I remember right this theatre had a long marquee in the front like the RKO Rockville Center, does anyone remember?

RonMotta
RonMotta on October 18, 2004 at 3:34 pm

Ahhh….the RKO Commack Twin. I saw “Star Wars” for the first time here when I was six and it really changed my perception on how I saw movies from then on. I was watching “Superfriends” one rainy Saturday morning when my father asked me if I wanted to go see “Star Wars.” I didn’t really want to, because I thought it’d be like a World War II movie, so I reluctantly went. From the instant the fan-fare blared and I saw that giant Star Destroyer fill the screen, I was hooked. I made my Dad take me another three times.

I have really vague memories of this place—I remember the bathrooms were kind of shoddy and you could hear the movie next door playing. I also remember the theaters being kind of narrow, but really long. And I still remember those giant buckets of popcorn. My family and I also went to see “Grease” at the drive-in next door. I don’t think I made it past “Greased Lightning” as I fell asleep in the front seat of my Dad’s 1969 Chevy.

Until I came to this website, I always thought that the Commack Multiplex ran the RKO Twin out of business, but I recently discovered that it got closed down due to asbestos. For years, the Twin and the Drive-In (as well as the nearby Commack Arena) sat vacant, until four or five years ago, when the whole area was razed to put a big shopping center there.