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.

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Orlando
Orlando on February 4, 2014 at 11:58 am

This theatre is going to close soon and the “lessees'” & not the owner are at fault.

robboehm
robboehm on March 15, 2015 at 12:54 pm

As I heard the story the theatre will be razed and a new, larger one built. Should be happening around now.

fred1
fred1 on March 15, 2015 at 4:23 pm

I hope so . The theater seen its better days.

robboehm
robboehm on March 15, 2015 at 5:34 pm

Seems odd that it’s thriving when the Babylon in town couldn’t make it. The parking?

fred1
fred1 on March 16, 2015 at 3:10 am

There a good sized parking lot . PathMark supermarket is a co tennet.

robboehm
robboehm on August 16, 2015 at 10:49 am

Status is renovating? Place is still open and looks more like an abandoned property all the time. If they are going to build a new theater there is no announcement at the site. Could easily build it adjacent to the current building because of the size of the parking lot.

MFmoviedude
MFmoviedude on October 25, 2015 at 9:07 am

They’re not renovating, honestly they shouldn’t. The place is ancient and looks the part, and yes Im sure people drive by this place every day thinking its abandoned or not even noticing it, but seriously, $5 matinee and $8 prime time movies? Every chain theater on LI is renovating and robbing you for $14.50 to see a movie. Sure they could update, It would probably be cheaper to just build a new movie theater, and LI would lose its last discount movie house. I hope this place never goes away.

robboehm
robboehm on October 25, 2015 at 11:52 am

Don’t forget $5 Tuesdays at Hampton Arts.

MFmoviedude
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
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?)

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