Rocky Point Cinema

49 Route 25A,
Rocky Point, NY 11778

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Rocky Point Cinema

Opened in the summer of 1973, in an effort to remain open this small, independently operated strip shopping center theatre adopted an adult film policy in 1975.

As a result of continued community opposition and demonstrations, declining business due to the availability of home videos and certain eviction at the expiration of its lease by the new landlord, this theatre quietly expired in summer of 1983.

The space has subsequently been used by a series of eateries, including Fatty Beltbuckles. It is now in use as a travel agency.

The closure in 1980 has been confirmed by newspaper reports, but, interestingly, the date of the adult film policy has been established from an individual whose son was caught trying to get into the theatre just after celebrating his sixteenth birthday which was just after the change.

Contributed by rvb

Recent comments (view all 7 comments)

robboehm on May 26, 2011 at 3:41 am

The restaurant is now Anthony Joseph’s.

robboehm on June 20, 2012 at 3:02 am

Another restaurant on the site.

robboehm on June 23, 2013 at 11:51 am

Now Liberty Travel

gfm8959 on May 23, 2016 at 3:43 am

Newsday archives show adult films playing since July 1973 which seems to have been when it opened.

robboehm on May 23, 2016 at 3:19 pm

Per my source when I created this site, it wasn’t always adult despite the two year discrepancy in the date. Interested to see what you found in the Newsday archives.

NYer on May 24, 2016 at 1:22 am

From what I can tell, the theater opened unceremoniously without an ad as a second run theater, playing such features as “Fiddler On The Roof” and “Sounder”. First show I could find was June 20,1973 with Steve McQueen in “The Getaway” and the Jack Lemmon comedy “The War Between Men and Women” and the last mainstream show was “Live & Let Die” and “Scorpio” on September 26, 1973. The next week they went “X” although softcore, with “All The Loving Couples” and “Is There Sex After Death?” but went hardcore soon after.

robboehm on May 31, 2018 at 10:05 pm

According to a shared ad with the Ronkonkoma Art Cinema and the Regent in Bay Shore appearing in the Newsday Vault classic edition of May 18, 1983, the theater lasted longer than the impression given in the blurb.

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