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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fred1 on March 16, 2015 at 5:10 am

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

robboehm on August 16, 2015 at 12:49 pm

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 on October 25, 2015 at 11:07 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 on October 25, 2015 at 1:52 pm

Don’t forget $5 Tuesdays at Hampton Arts.

MFmoviedude on October 27, 2015 at 12:28 am

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 4:05 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 12:33 pm

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 8:47 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 3:17 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 1:25 pm

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

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