Surfside Twins

13022 Rockaway Beach Boulevard,
Rockaway Park, NY 11694

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This twin in Rockaway, Queens has the distinction of being the last operating cinema on the peninsula. It opened in the 1960’s as a twin Jerry Lewis Cinemas.

When the chain failed, the twins became XXX houses. After a number of years, it reopened as the Surfside Twin and showed first-run fare. But sometime in the late-1990’s, it closed.

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Greenpoint
Greenpoint on February 1, 2004 at 8:11 pm

As a little kid in the early 1980’s, me and my mom would take the A train out to see our relatives, who at the time lived in the Ocean Village houses at Beach 60th Street/Beach Channel Drive in Arverne-Rockaway Queens. Then when we got there Me, mom and all of the relatives would pile on the bus and go to see a movie at the Surfside Twin.Rockaway at that time still had an amusement park, shortly after crack burst upon the scene,that amusement park closed, the whole peninusla of Rockaway went on downward crime-driven spiral.

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

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