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Many years ago myself and Chris Campbell saw “Ghostbusters” and “Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom” at the Strand. I forgot about the Asia being just two doors away, still my favorite Chinese food restaurant after many years and many miles. Thanks for bringing back some great memories, Chris!
We moved to North Babylon from the City in 1967. Seeing “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang” at the North Babylon is my earliest movie memory (I was about five or six). As the years went on, I would see “Escape From the Planet of the Apes”, “Tora! Tora! Tora!”, and “The World’s Greatest Athlete”, among others. Would pass the theater all the time going to Sunset City with my mom and vividly remember seeing the poster for the original “Rollerball” (1975) starring James Caan, which was playing at the time, hanging in the window. Beginning in the late 1970’s, I would spend almost equal time in Commack as in North Babylon so I began to frequent the Commack RKO Twin, the Mayfair, and the Elwood Cinema. In 1982 I would see my last film at the UA North Babylon, a terrible cop thriller called “Vice Squad”, shortly after I graduated from North Babylon High and left for the service. I seem to remember the theater was turned into the Pier One Imports sometime in 1983-1984 and an era had past.
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!
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?