South Bay Cinemas

495 Montauk Highway,
West Babylon, NY 11704

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South Bay Cinemas

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
robboehm on November 26, 2018 at 2:33 pm

The building materials are still on the roof and the cracks in the facade facing Montauk Highway have not been corrected. However, they have applied some sort of undercoating on some of the exterior walls, there are two dumpsters with stuff in them and one can see a pile of rubble through one of the windows.

Mike (saps)
Mike (saps) on November 26, 2018 at 10:51 pm

What kind of stuff is in the dumpsters

robboehm
robboehm on November 27, 2018 at 7:31 am

Can’t really see, Mike. Only a little over the top and they are behind a chain link fence.

robboehm
robboehm on December 17, 2018 at 9:18 am

Interior demolition has accelerated. There is now a chute from the building directly to a dumpster.

robboehm
robboehm on February 7, 2019 at 1:08 pm

Things are looking up. The dumpster is gone. They took down the South Bay signage, covered the side marquee, repaired all the exterior cracks and applied some sort of primer. There are a number of units being installed on the roof, presumably to heat/cool the projected five auditoriums in the first phase of the renovation. See photos uploaded.

robboehm
robboehm on April 14, 2019 at 6:45 pm

Don’t know what’s happening inside but nothing is happening outside.

robboehm
robboehm on May 23, 2019 at 8:03 pm

Went by on May 12th and saw no observable difference from the previous month.

markp
markp on May 24, 2019 at 5:19 am

Why don’t they just call it a day and say Thanks for the Memories and either sell it to another theatre operator or turn it into retail.

robboehm
robboehm on May 24, 2019 at 7:41 am

Well, they’ve gone to considerable expense to upgrade the theater by obviously upgrading the air conditioning for the five auditoriums and gutting the existing ones. At least they repaired all the exterior problems and gave the building a sealing protective coat to prevent further deterioration.

The Babylon Triplex ceased to exist and it served the same area. The only advantage at this site is a parking lot rather than catch as catch can street parking in Babylon Village. When something is gone this long I would think people have found alternatives (although there really is no theater to serve this large South Shore area of Amityville, Copiague, Lindenhurst, Babylon and Bay Shore}.

markp
markp on May 24, 2019 at 11:04 am

Oh I agree 100%. Im just saying that it seems the owners are working on a shoestring budget. It may take them 5 more years to complete.

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