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Richard W. Haine- EXCELLENT STORY!
Hmmm….by the location ,demeanor and age of this theater…I’m surprised at how few posts there are here with stories and recollections on this decades old neighborhood theater!
“Boggy Creek” was great scare-the-crap-outta-kids movie! I saw it at the (cut-rate) Larkfield in East Northport. “Live and Let Dive” was better than the the three or four Bond movies that followed it. ‘73 was a great year for “grind house” type movies (that are not listed in that big ad).
Or a snapshot from the 80’s?? I remember driving by this theater, I think it was still open by 1989 (!). Can anyone confirm this? I remember it looking very generic, with light colored brick work (very 1960’s).
It’s 1973, all over again! A dazzling UA page (with a Commack Drive In listing!) from one of the most under-appreciated years of the 1970’s!
I also had a friend who worked there in the late 1970’s. He got/stole for me some GREAT one sheet posters: The Poseidon Adventure, Phantasm, Grease, etc. He remembers The Bakers too! Where are they NOW? Would LOVE to speak to them!
you now have to scroll down for my posts about the Route 110 Drive In and Flea Market OR search the list for the post. Sorry about that! Meanwhile-let’s work on getting a damn picture of the place!
OK…that’s why I saw JAWS at Whitman, AFTER it’s long run at the Shore!
I agree 100% with the above poster “Irv"
NYC now feels like Aaron Spelling had just dumped off thousands of his kids that just came into their trust funds…and the money is burning a hole in their pockets…. totally creepy!
How come everytime I click on a Photobucket pic—it just takes me to the home page….
three lousy features at Commack: 1974/1978/1979
Thanks BobT! YES; I would haved loved to have seen that double bill there! I have the newspaper ad for it (in bad shape). Better yet, I would have loved to seen that double bill there, then next door to Cooky’s Steak Pub for surf'n turf! I think that was my all time favorite Long Island restaurant. Also, remember the HUGE birdcage in the Walt Whitman mall, filled with parrots? Also, what’s a “nabe”—where did that term come from?
EdSolero; I collect old newspapers (Newsday, Daily News, NY Post)(because of the movie ads only) and the funny thing is, they are so hard to find EXCEPT FOR these years:-1963 (Kennedy shot), 1968 (The other Kennedy shot), 1969 (Man on the Moon), 1974 (Nixon Resigns), 1977 (Elvis Dies), 1980 (Lennon Shot). LOL . I’m too familiar with all the movie time tables from those years because I find them over and over again! I actually identify movies with deaths now! “Orca” = Elvis Dies, etc. So;according to newspapers people saved because of their importance: NOTHING HAPPENED in 1964, 1965,1966,1967, 1970,1971,1972,1973,1975,1976,1978,1979,etc. LOL….
Longislandmovies; what years did you manage the York ?
…and ja2day gets points for seeing the Al Adamson double bill!
CAN I BUY ONE OF THOSE FLYERS OR GET A CLEAN XEROX COPY?!!!!!!! Great story ja2day! I also made like 100 pilgrimages to the Commack Drive In cemetery (alone and with friends). (It was creepy and haunting at night!)First few years, the snack bar was standing,the marquee, so was the screen and “toll” booths. Later, the screen and booths came down, followed by the sign (got a piece of it; see my above photo!)and only the snackbar was left—till someone set it on fire.Then people started dumping tires and garbage there (talk about “spitting on a grave”!) Me and my friends would go there at night, and ponder breaking into the snackbar to see what’s in there..but did not have enough nerve. Last night there, we stood outside on what looked like the remains of the linoleum /concrete floor of the snackbar.
P.S. what is the movie term “moveover”?
For your consideration: Here are some more Oscar winning films from The Whitman circa 1978-1980:
Enjoy the $7.00 one-scoop ice cream cone!
Probably…(not that there’s anything wrong with that!)
Either way; Asbury ain’t gonna turn into Hoboken (a 12 minute train ride to NYC)which is what greedy land developers will have YOU believe —-for the simple reason of the awkward proximity to NYC.
Rock n' Shock…….at the Whitman Theater!Wow! If I didn’t know it; I’d think the Whitman was a sleazy drive in theater!
I wish they were running out of the Commack Drive In!
in the summer of 1969, I saw the TV commercial for this movie; it scared the crap outta me! It was rated “M” (remember that?) so I could not get to see it.___Years later, it was on the ABC Movie of the Week, and I saw it…it was really really good! It’s on DVD now, so if you have never seen it; rent it or buy it. This original ad, shows this 1969 “shocker” playing at BOTH the Commack Drive In AND the Commack RKO at the same time! So now we have evidence that it happened twice (at least). The ad does NOT show the second feature at Commack; but knowing the lop-sided Commack double bills, the co-feature was probably “Born Free”…
LOL! SAPS! You rule! I think the smell is merely uncleaned movie floor. That place is a movie-goers nightmare
One more classic Commack Drive In hit, I forgot; “Grizzly” (summer 1976). I think, the co-feature was “Beyond the Door” with Juilet Mills?