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KONeill commented about Boulton Center for the Performing Arts on Jun 8, 2007 at 1:58 am

Regarding the recent posts…great to hear Bay Shore pulling itself up by its bootstraps again…Funny storys about the Regent….Made my first all day trek to “another town” on my bicycle, riding all the way from East Islip at 12 yrs. to see “Blood On Satan’s Claw”… Took me all day to get there, then realized…
a.) It was an R rated film and as such I would not get in ( I did, no questions asked!) and
b.) It would take me well into the night to get back…Had some explaining to do, but it was an adventure and the movie scared the crap outa me…

I watched that theatre crumble almost in timelapse as I would take a bus to school and pass it every day…First run films….2nd run double bills…Softcore films…Porno chic(Devil in Miss Jones)…hardcore porn…closed….

BTW… the record store you might be thinking about may have been The Cucumber Castle…
We would pass that place every time we drove to Robert Moses, my brother and I would beg my folks to stop and let us go in….never happened….years later older cousins let us in on the fact that it was a head shop….

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KONeill commented about East Islip Theater on Jun 8, 2007 at 1:21 am

Similar story to March 3 post…I along with my 8 year old brother ( at the time) and several older cousins made our way to the theatre to see “Shoes of the Fisherman” (1968)…As we ponied up to the little ticket booth I remember Mr. Poro leaning out and pearing down at the two of us and telling my oldest cousins something to the effect…“This is a roadshow picture…If these two get outta line cause they’re bored you all gotta go…

(A Road Show had an intermission and ran about 2.5 to 3 hours…)

I’ll also admit to seeing at that theatre movies as varied as “Sound of Music”, “The aristocats” and “Frankenstein vs. the Space Monster”…

Thanks to Mr. Poro and the good ol EI Theatre I now make a living in “The Movie Biz”…

Kevin O'Neill