Surfside Twins

103-22 Rockaway Beach Boulevard,
Rockaway Park, NY 11693

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Surfside Twins

This twin in Rockaway, Queens has the distinction of being the last operating cinema on the peninsula. It opened in September 1971 as a single screen Jerry Lewis Cinema and was located in a corner store front of a mini mall.

When the chain failed it was taken over by a new operator and they added a second screen in early-1980’s. In 1981 it reopened as the Surfside Twin and showed first-run fare. But sometime in the late-1990’s, it closed.

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RobertR
RobertR on October 2, 2004 at 2:09 pm

Being the only theatre on the peninsula, I thought this place would have thrived.

Eaglo
Eaglo on March 10, 2013 at 8:12 pm

The Surfside was located in a modern strip-mall of stores which still stand.

RobertR
RobertR on March 11, 2013 at 12:02 pm

Still suprises me it closed with ZERO competition

Tony
Tony on March 26, 2016 at 3:55 pm

The Jerry Lewis Theater was located at 103-22 Rockaway Beach Boulevard, Rockaway Beach, NY 11693. It rented a corner store front in a new mini mall. However, it only lasted a very short time when the “Surfside Twin” opened up and took over operations. Today the theaters are long gone. (Note: The above location map is incorrect)

CJ1949
CJ1949 on December 6, 2018 at 1:16 am

I have a poor photo of it from late 1997 and it was out of business at that time.

ridethectrain
ridethectrain on August 17, 2019 at 12:47 pm

Correction, the theatre was a single screen. They build an aother auditorium next to the original in the early 1980’s. It closed in the late 1990s. Please update it open in the early 1970s as a single theatre. An added auditorium to make it 2 in the early 1980’s.

Theatre 1, the original was fairly good in the 1980’s. It had Dolby Stereo and theatre 2 was MONO. The current owner Harvey Elgart that owns Kew Gardens and Cobble Hill, the last owners of the Surfside Twin Cinema.

The theatre was business wasn’t good in the late 1990’s when they had competition form the Kings Plaza Cinemas 6 and UA The Movies at Sheepshead Bay 9.

I went their when I was a teenager and lived in the Rockaways for most of my life before leaving in 2013.

ridethectrain
ridethectrain on September 1, 2019 at 6:44 pm

The theatre closed labor day weekend in 1996. Don’t have exact date, their last features was A Very Brady Sequel and Carpool

ridethectrain
ridethectrain on September 1, 2019 at 6:49 pm

Just to let you know, Harvey Elgart was the owner of the movie theatre and he also own At the time of closing, he was operating the Cobble Hills Cinemas. He eventually open the Kew Gardens Theatre and Williamsburgh Cinemas

Mike (saps)
Mike (saps) on September 1, 2019 at 10:12 pm

I think he also operates the Grand Avenue Cinemas in Baldwin, (Long Island) NY but I couldn’t swear to it…

fred1
fred1 on September 2, 2019 at 7:58 am

The owner of the Grand Ave cinemas also operates various theaters on Long Island and in Queens

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