South Bay Cinemas

495 Montauk Highway,
West Babylon, NY 11704

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Architects: Leon A. Miller

Previous Names: South Bay Trio

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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 opened by Imperial Theatres on June 28, 1967 with John Wayne in “El Dorado”. On May 21, 1975 it became the South Bay Trio. On November 30, 1990 it became a quad. It expanded to 5-screens on November 15, 1991. It was closed in November 2016 for renovation.

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ridethectrain on June 8, 2021 at 6:46 pm

Reopen at Trio on May 21, 1975 another ad posted

robboehm on June 20, 2021 at 11:08 am

Windows still broken. However, the recessed lights on the marquee were lit today and a few floodlights have been installed at the roof line since I was last there. Next report July 4th.

robboehm on July 6, 2021 at 6:27 pm

Belated July 4th report. No change from June 20th. Next report mid-August.

ridethectrain on July 11, 2021 at 12:26 pm

Please update, became a Triplex on May 21, 1975, quad on November 30, 1990 and five on November 15, 1991

robboehm on November 21, 2021 at 2:47 pm

Windows are still broken. Appears to be a work light inside. There are several sheet rock panels leaning against the entrance windows. There is also some sort of machine and a porta potty inside the fenced in area.

grindhouse on November 21, 2021 at 3:12 pm

The town should give them a date, finish or demolish the eyesore.

robboehm on November 22, 2021 at 12:07 pm

They gave it a fresh coat of paint and refurbished the marquee and the signage so it looks far better. They also installed new heating/AC units on the roof of the five auditoriums. There has been sporadic work on the interior over the years. What’s such a big deal about replacing broken windows? The building is behind a high chain link fence.

robboehm on December 12, 2021 at 1:16 pm

They finally boarded up the broken windows! But they also boarded up the entrance lobby?????? In addition to the machine and the porta potty I mentioned previously there is also a back hoe within the fenced area.

ridethectrain on December 23, 2021 at 3:18 pm

From the South Bay Cinemas facebook page @robboehm Hi Everyone. It has been a long time since you have seen a post from this page. The short of the story is that the principal partner of the company passed away in 2020 after a long battle with cancer and it set the project back greatly. Many of you have started seeing construction going on again. I can confirm now that we have re-grouped and are moving along. The hope is to be ready before Easter. It will still be 5 screens with all luxury recliner seating. As a matter of fact, the seats were purchased today. The interior will be all-new. The plan is to have some food items as well as beer and wine and an all-new party rental program. And no, we will not nearly as expensive as Farmingdale or Deer Park. We don’t have anything else right now to share but again, if everything moves along, we shall see you by Easter. – The South Bay Cinemas Team

fred1 on December 24, 2021 at 3:37 pm

Can we call this a Christmas miricle

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