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Fare thee well, Commack Multiplex. A lot of fond memories here from years past. Unfortunately, for the past ten years, it mainly smelled like pee.
Regardless, I agree with CPA Eric. The Elwood is our first choice when going to the movies.
Does anyone know if Sears was ever a tenant in the place? For some reason I remember the theater being right by Sears in 1979-80…
They’re both doing well—both happily married. I keep in touch with both of them and see Sue about once a month for dinner. I’ll tell ‘em both you said hi.
Is there ANYTHING going on with this theater? Or does anyone know the current whereabouts of the former owners (just out of curiosity).
Last time I went by here I couldn’t see the pylon for the Whitman. I know it’s become obscured by trees. I was driving on the opposite end of 110, so I couldn’t really look close enough without causing an accident!
Erica, I think you might’ve been there when Sue Ferziger and Jill Rothblatt were there. They were really close friends of mine and I used to visit rehearsals when I’d come home from college (I graduated 1990 and was ACT president ‘89-'90). Still keep in contact with both of them, in fact. Jill’s out in California (just wrote an episode of the ABC Family episode “Lincoln Heights”) and Sue’s here in New York working for Playwrights Horizons (we get together for dinner every month or so). Haven’t seen Gaf in well over a decade. Always wondered what happened to him…
DAVE GAFNEY?????? To quote Obi-Wan Kenobi, there’s a name I have not heard in a long time…a long time. He and I were really good friends back in high school. Haven’t seen him in years, though. Also used to hang out with Josh Bentley, Paul Ianotti, Bryan Coffee…Erica, were you in ACT? I think we probably have a lot of mutual friends…
Heh…the Fox Hollow was where I got married in 2003. My wife and I still celebrate our anniversary there. And I miss the two movie theaters in Syosset like hell….
You know, I remember going here with a friend who had a teen-aged brother. We were six at the time and my Dad took us to see Jaws 2, I think. Anyway, kids were smoking pot in theater and I said to my friend, “Why does it smell like your brother’s room?”
Heh…I did my Trashy Teen-Aged Loitering at the Syosset Triplex, mostly. But since I live in Commack now, I’ll make sure I lock my doors.
Does anyone know if the Multiplex will close, will be knocked down or what? I’m curious as to what the plan will be.
I remember seeing Meatballs and, i think, Moonraker at the Commack drive in. I miss having this theater and Modells Shopper’s World right across the street. The Candlelight Diner is still there, though. My wife and I go there every Sunday for breakfast after our son’s swimming lessons. As a teenager of the 80s, I’m not sure if they “ruined everything” (heh heh), but certain things I think were better way back when.
And God…I can still smell the popcorn…
Growing up in Syosset, we’d refer to the triplex as the Syosset Triplex and this theater as the 150. So when they changed the name, they might’ve thought it wouldn’t be a big deal. There wasn’t any confusion.
Bloop, the Commack Drive-In, I’m assuming, is “folded in” with the RKO Commack Twin page, since it was part of that theater. If you want, make a seperate page for it. You seem to have a lot of info on it. I remember the Long Island Arena and Flea Market on that site, too…
I lived in East Northport until I was 7, and three years ago my wife and I moved to Commack. I really, really, REALLY wish this theater was still open, especially last week. Why? Because May 25th was the 30th anniversary of the release of Star Wars, which I saw at the RKO Twin. I did celebrate the anniversary, though—I rented Star Wars from the Hollywood Video that stands on the same site. I was a child during the 70s—born in 1972—but I’m convinced a lot of things were better then: movies, shopping, TV (TV was much better when you had the three networks, a handful of independent stations, a PBS station and one or two fuzzy UHF station). Man I’m only 35—far too young to sound like a grumpy old man! :–)
I never came here when it was North and South, but I was sure here a lot when it was the Mid-Island Cinema 6. My friends and I once spent literally all day—nearly 14 hours—taking in EVERY movie (changing shirt tops, wearing hats, etc. aided our scheme). I also remember the one screen that I don’t think was much bigger than my living room. I also seem to remember my knees being up to my chin because the rows were so close together. Saw “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off”, “Jumping Jack Flash”, “Coming to America”, “Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home”, “Star Trek V: The Final Frontier”, “Honey, I Shrunk the Kids”, “Pet Cemetary” (where my buddy Dave scared the bejeezus out of these girls in the front with his cat impersonation during a tense moment in the film)…good times.
I don’t live in Patchogue, but it’s really for the best. Judging from the pictures I"ve seen, there was absolutely no way that this would be revitalized or restored as a working theater. Too much time had passed. What I don’t understand is why the owner just left it to rot all these years?
Any news on this?
I’ll reiterate what I said—this is pretty much the only movie theater my wife and I frequent. The prices are beyond reasonable, the atmosphere is great and I cannot say enough about the wonderful and accomodating staff. Although my son is only 15 months, my wife and I are definitely planning on having one of his future birthdays here. In fact, when my 40th birthday rolls around in five years, I’m considering doing a movie party myself right at the Elwood. And I don’t see why you’re complaining about something the Elwood Theater had NOTHING TO DO WITH. Had they gone ahead and shown “A Night at the Museum” against the studio’s orders, they would’ve been putting their very business in jeopardy since the studio could’ve very well have banned the Elwood from doing business with them. And they did what any responsible business owner did—they knocked a few bucks off of your bill and gave you free passes. What gives? Support your local independent theaters, I say.
Maybe it was…I was only 7 at the time and we were only there for a year and a half…there used to be a Waldenbooks here, too, I think.
And, if I remember correctly, wasn’t it right by Sears? At least it was in 1979, I think…
Any news on what’s going on with this theater?
I’ve been to Ciao Baby’s…wasn’t exactly sure where the movie theater was located. The sign for the Mayfair Shopping Center looks like it’s from the 1960s, though…