Raceway Cinema

1020 Old Country Road,
Westbury, NY 11590

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Raceway Cinema

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Not to be confused with the present Loews Raceway Cinemas this was a single screen first run B.S. Moss house also in Westbury.

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marie
marie on July 9, 2007 at 11:19 pm

I worked at the Raceway Cinema in summer 1975 during the Disney Film festival. At that point, the building was having structural issues… it’s balcony was unavailable to the public as it no longer could support a full seating up there. It was indeed a Mann theater and their film selections during those years weren’t competitive. It began to have the re-issues of SciFi and oldies as did the now defunct Syosset Theater… tho’ that lasted into the 90’s and was THE place on LI to see the original Star Wars’ re-release.
Initially, the movie house was a premier theater with first run, exclusive showings. Tickets had to be purchased in advance and were high priced for the time. It was geared for the Raceway, Island Inn/John Peel Room crowd for a more formal night out. There was a full bar lounge on the second floor balcony overlooking Old Country Road through floor to ceiling plate glass. Pretty swanky.
The structural problems and the beginning of the summer blockbusters took its toll and the theater was sold and, as stated, became the Racket Club. When they refurbished it, they were able to remodel the structure to eliminate the balcony problems.
The Racket Club (and health club… not much of a spa!) lasted a few years before becoming a retail store. It was then torn down when the entire Roosevelt Raceway properties were sold and the current incarnation of retail/restaurants popped up.

RobertR
RobertR on September 9, 2008 at 10:39 pm

Remember when theatres would throw in re-issue garbage like this in early December right before they opened their holiday attractions?
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robboehm
robboehm on December 22, 2009 at 2:29 am

The theatre was first run, road show in it’s early days. I remember seeing Thoroughly Modern Millie there. I would presume that the Century Roosevelt Field was a contributing factor to it’s demise. The only other theatres in the area were the old Westbury on Post Avenue which was not first run and the Salisbury which resorted to adult films to extend its lifespan.

Ed Miller
Ed Miller on May 28, 2010 at 2:11 am

rvb, I too saw “Thoroughly Modern Mille” at the Raceway when it was a very new house. As a matter of fact, I think that “TMM” was its first attraction. I’m dumbfounded to see that it closed after such a short lifetime. Your mentioning the old Westbury on Post Avenue dredged up memories of a midnight showing of Mick Jagger in “Performance” there.

marie
marie on June 16, 2011 at 3:27 am

The map location is off… it should be further West… across from Carle Rd in Westbury.

Vito
Vito on June 16, 2011 at 11:43 am

rafaelstorm; yes indeed TMM was the opening attraction it was a roadshow reserved seat presentasion which we showed with 4 track mag stereo sound

rivoli157
rivoli157 on November 18, 2011 at 9:55 pm

I believe I saw “The Lion in Winter” here

RSB
RSB on December 26, 2011 at 8:30 am

I agree with Marie…the map location shown is way off…I also remember it to be adjacent to Carle Road, just west of Fortunoffs. I never went to this theater, or even noticed it when it was open. I only have vague memories of it being boarded up for quite some time.

Tinseltoes
Tinseltoes on July 25, 2012 at 3:07 pm

Described in this 1967 trade report: Boxoffice

Barry170
Barry170 on September 6, 2012 at 3:45 am

I was an usher at the Raceway Cinema from 1971-1973. It was a wonderful experience. I remember ushering for Deliverance for like 6 weeks straight.

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