South Bay Cinemas

495 Montauk Highway,
West Babylon, NY 11704

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South Bay Cinemas

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The South Bay is a free standing building within the shopping center it is located in. It was closed in November 2016 for renovation.

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robboehm on October 25, 2015 at 11:52 am

Don’t forget $5 Tuesdays at Hampton Arts.

MFmoviedude on October 26, 2015 at 10:28 pm

Well its the cheapest in the general area anyway. Its a no frills place to see a movie, sure they could put some leather reclining seats in but here you can see 2 movies on a Sunday afternoon for $10 a person, so Ill drive past Farmingdale and go to South Bay. Its a bit derelict but that’s been the situation for long enough for anybody to know what to expect.

David_Schneider on January 17, 2016 at 2:05 pm

Wow, the first place I ever saw a movie still exists!

When I was a little kid my mother brought me to the South Bay in maybe 1974 to see the cartoon feature “The Aristocats”. Though I had been attracted to the ads on tv or in the paper because I love cats, I was overwhelmed by how “big” the screen was (having never been to a cinema before) and we left early. In 1976 I urged my father to take me here to see “In Search of Noah’s Ark”, the second time I had ever gone to the movies. (To this day I still love documentaries.)

Later on in the 1980’s, I saw the “Back to the Future” films, “Dead Poet’s Society”, and others.

In the corner of the shopping center across the parking lot from the theater there was some nightclub in the 80’s called Les Jardins. While in high school I heard some other kids talking about it as if going there would be naughty or daring and some claimed to have gone themselves but I never went. (The club may have been open to people under 21 on some nights.)

In the 70’s I sort of remember smoking being allowed in this theater and seeing lit cigarettes in the darkness, then not in the 80’s. (Am I correct, does anyone remember?)

Orlando on November 4, 2016 at 10:33 am

David, you are correct and as of today there is no movie listing on, a sure fact they have started the renovation, I saw the plans from the operaters and West Babylon is in for a newly reconfigurated multiplex like no other. The interior will be gutted and everything will be brand new. Even the South Bay neon sign will be remounted and be fully illuminated. And I know that the theatre will remain with the policy that has suited it for the past twenty years. Jump with JOY West Babylon and neighboring towns and villages!!!! and that’s the truth!

Mike (saps)
Mike (saps) on December 5, 2016 at 6:47 pm

Orlando, you’re one of the few voices here that I trust, so this does seem like very promising news.

robboehm on December 11, 2016 at 1:17 pm

Passed by today. Building looks derelict with cracked facade, broken marquee. No signs of anything having been done. Pylon says renovating with a 2017 opening, see uploaded photo. Gonna need a lot of renovating in my opinion.

robboehm on March 12, 2017 at 11:25 am

Passed by today. Exterior looks even worse. No apparent activity inside. Think we can say bye bye.

robboehm on April 7, 2017 at 1:11 pm

Still no signs of activity, only decay.

baysider73 on April 23, 2017 at 7:01 pm

The theater is now owned by Jay Levinson and his mini JJ chain which own the Bellmore Playhouse, Merrick Cinemas, Elwood and Sayville. Not sure if he owns the Teaneck or Kinnelon in NJ. He use to own the Glen Cove but that’s going to AMC. This theater has been around forever, even before I was born. I never been to this theater but I been to JJ’s other theaters in Bellmore and Merrick and are worth going to. I wanna see how it looks once JJ finishes renovation. You can take a look at the South Bay Facebook page on the progress of the reno.

robboehm on April 24, 2017 at 6:45 am

The South Bay Facebook page shows the way the theater will look whenever they finish the reno. The reality is that as of two weeks ago it looked like an abandoned building that should be demolished.

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