Lakeside Cinema

136 Portion Road,
Lake Ronkonkoma, NY 11779

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Lakeside Cinema 1983

This single screen Jerry Lewis Cinema opened on October 4, 1972 as a first run house. The opening movie was Marlon Brando in “The Godfather”. On September 12, 1975 it was renamed Lakeside Cinema. A few years later in went to a dollar policy. It was closed on October 30, 1986 with Matthew Labyorteaux in “Deadly Friend”. Currently it is being used as an OTB.

Contributed by Robert R

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markp on April 28, 2009 at 6:00 am

This is how a lot of the independants in the New York Northern New Jersey area got into the business in the first place. Put your money down, and Network Cinema Corporation, the company overseeing the franchises guided you along. The problem was Network took the money, expanded things too fast and poof!! by 1974 they were history. Then the mom and pops were free to rename the theatres whatever they wanted.

AdoraKiaOra on April 28, 2009 at 6:03 am

Thank you both for your time.
You learn something new every day.

robboehm on April 28, 2009 at 9:28 am

Turn key is also used in standard real estate terminology.

robboehm on May 2, 2009 at 4:44 pm

In order to be consistent with logic used in other postings this should be changed to the Lakeside Cinema (aka JL)since that was the name it bore when it closed. The address of the theatre (now OTB per an earlier posting is) 136 Portion Road. Interestingly, since this is a racing theatre site the front portion of the theatre actually has a screen and seats.

robboehm on May 2, 2009 at 4:47 pm

The entrance to the OTB has been moved to the east side of the building but from Portion Road it is readily seen to have been a theatre.

robboehm on May 14, 2009 at 7:56 am

You’ve got to be kidding Lost Memory. Lake Ronkonkoma and the village name for it go back to antiquity – Indian name you know. Glad you posted the picture. Despite the instructions you gave me previously I haven’t been successful. I actually looked at every theatre in New York at the image site and found this confirming my theory that the Lakeside was the former JL. There are a great number of other theatres whose images appear on this site which you frequently access. That’s why I devoted and hour plus listing them. Now all I have to do is move them over if they’re not already there. I was happy to see they had an image of the Floral with its new signage after they had to remove the old one because of the widening of Jericho Tpk. Unfortunately, it’s after the theatre closed and it is in disrepair. I also sent a letter to the webmaster at images about one image incorrectly labelled, the Playhouse, in what they show as Merrick but is actually Bellmore. When I last checked they had not made a correction. This could be a full time job just to get the LI theatres up to snuff. And there are at least a half dozen I’m working on. Love to chat and try to pool our efforts/interes/talents.

robboehm on May 14, 2009 at 12:03 pm

Never even noticed. Just happy to see the image.

balabankatz on October 23, 2009 at 11:09 pm

What a crime, Rich Jerry Lewis stealing Mom and Pop’s money! They totally got away with it too. They where the worst theaters of their time.

dallasmovietheaters on April 17, 2020 at 8:35 am

This venue launched as a Jerry Lewis Cinema on October 4, 1972 with “The Godfather.” Long after the Jerry Lewis Cinema circuit had disbanded, it became the Lakeside Cinema on September 12, 1975. Florin Creative Film’s final showings are listed as “Deadly Friend” on October 30, 1986.

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