RKO Twin Plainview Theatres

377A South Oyster Bay Road,
Plainview, NY 11803

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Plainview RKO Twin Theatre, South Oyster Bay Road, Plainview, NY

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The RKO Twin Plainview Theatres stood in a shopping center across the street from Century’s Plainview. It closed in the late 1980’s, was demolished a few years later, and the site is now occupied by a modern supermarket.

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Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on January 10, 2007 at 6:32 am

“snarkymike,” what would you know? To the best of my memory, you have never contributed anything to this website except a listing for a porno venue that you apparently once encountered while cruising the highways and back roads of America in search of sexual gratification. As I recall, you were reluctant to visit the premises because you weren’t sure if it was straight or gay. In your case, what would it matter? I’m sure that the place would have emptied out as soon as you entered with your slimey aura.

mikemorano
mikemorano on January 10, 2007 at 9:15 am

‘Warrenwimp’ perhap’s it was you I saw exiting that porn theatre as I cruised past. Was the other fella with you ‘Tonino’ your significant other. haha

Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on January 11, 2007 at 4:30 am

Punctuating statements with “haha” and addressing people as “fella” are definite signs of senility. Ask any doctor.

Bloop
Bloop on June 6, 2007 at 10:44 am

Guys; let’s not fight with each other! Let’s go after the REAL ENEMY to all vintage cinemas and theaters: that enemy is called PROGRESS. Actually, in this horrid age that we live in , it’s actually GREED+ REAL ESTATE VALUES + YUPPIE CONDOS & HOUSING (and C.V.S.’s —for some weird reason?) = Destroy Everything in it’s path! Remember in the 1960’s when elder people who recalled the 1940’s, thought everything was going to hell in a mini-skirt? Well, it’s all the same but worse and more unstoppable, now. What can we do but remember the past…..It’s getting bad when even, 1977 seems like a LONG time ago!

ArchStanton007
ArchStanton007 on June 6, 2007 at 11:45 am

Bloop,

Great posting and NYC feels like one big, sterile Starbucks including too many out of control Yuppie brat children. The entire borough is losing it character. Even Astoria, Queens now has been overtaken by national retailers. Some of Hell’s Kitchen is about the only remaining real nostalgic NYC left…

DixonSteele
DixonSteele on September 6, 2007 at 1:33 pm

Not much of a venue, saw Peckinpah’s CROSS OF IRON here.

Also, for my second time, DAYS OF HEAVEN, with a girl I had a crush on. Afterwards, she told me she had a big crush on Richard Gere!

Not what I wanted to hear at the time!!!!

Bloop
Bloop on September 6, 2007 at 2:50 pm

The current state of New York City, feels like Aaron Spelling dropped off thousands of his children there…gave them big trust funds, and said “OK, do whatever you want!”. and they act as if they own the place! And, as if ,they care about any dirty old movie palaces…..

expo66
expo66 on February 11, 2008 at 4:15 pm

Saw SHOOT and Sailor Who Fell On His Ass From the Sea right after it opened in 1976. Two things about this rectacular vacuum-
1. There was no carpeting inside the theater, just cement.
2. The place stank from aging pickles. At least that’s what they looked like from a distance…………….

robboehm
robboehm on January 18, 2012 at 6:07 pm

The twin theatres were not at the front of the shopping center. On SOB Road the only thing you saw was the pylon. If the supermarket is where the original theatres were, the stores on SOB Road must have also been torn down, or at least the rear walls demolished and expanded.

RSB
RSB on January 18, 2012 at 11:02 pm

I grew up in Plainview…I know it well. When they first made the foundation for that theater, around ‘73 or so, the developers ran into some sort of problems (zoning maybe) and called off the project for a couple years, filling in the raised concrete foundation with dirt and turning it into a sort of strange, raised park. When they were able to continue building, the theater took shape and replaced the park. The theater was actually behind the main shopping center, accessible by walking down a plaza in the middle of the shopping center from the front. When the supermarket took over that location, it kept the same basic location, and no main shopping center stores in front of it were torn down. The picture I posted of Shop Rite was taken from the store’s south side, behind the main shopping center. I’m also posting another picture, taken from the front, showing the plaza leading to the theater/supermarket building.

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