RKO Twin Plainview Theatres

377A S. Oyster Bay Road,
Plainview, NY 11803

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Texas2step on August 15, 2018 at 6:07 pm

This one opened on October 8, 1976. The feature attraction was “A Matter Of Time” with Liza Minnelli.

NYer on September 5, 2014 at 3:27 pm

The late great Joan Rivers hustling opening weekend, making personal appearances for her directorial debut ‘Rabbit Test" in photo section.

RSB on January 19, 2012 at 1:02 am

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.

robboehm on January 18, 2012 at 8:07 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.

expo66 on February 11, 2008 at 6:15 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…………….

Bloop on September 6, 2007 at 4:50 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…..

DixonSteele on September 6, 2007 at 3:33 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!!!!

ArchStanton007 on June 6, 2007 at 1:45 pm


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…

Bloop on June 6, 2007 at 12:44 pm

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!

mikemorano on January 10, 2007 at 11:15 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

mikemorano on January 9, 2007 at 6:49 am

Liar liar pants on fire. If you lost your connection fella your comment wouldn’t have been saved. haha

mikemorano on January 9, 2007 at 6:22 am

You certainly were babbling fella. You wrote ‘Here is another ad confirming the name of RKO Twin Plainview Theatres. The ad also gives a specific address of 377A South Oyster Bay Road, which was in the Plainview Shopping Center.’ You didn’t post the ad with that comment fella. Perhap’s now we can read the ad and understand the point you are trying to make.

mikemorano on January 9, 2007 at 5:47 am

Perhap’s if you posted the ad we could all read it to confirm what your babbling about instead of double posting nothing fella.

longislandmovies on January 8, 2007 at 1:09 pm

Warren you are right but the locals still called the plainview twin..

micohen on January 15, 2005 at 9:27 am

Yeah, I know, but I really didn’t have a choice considering the R-rating. After the opening shower scene it really wasn’t so bad…

chconnol on January 12, 2005 at 11:23 am

You went to see “Dressed to Kill” WITH YOUR PARENTS! Oh My God…that is one of the last movies I’d EVER want to see with my folks.

Sorry…I know this has nothing to do with Cinematreasures. But still!

micohen on January 12, 2005 at 10:45 am

My only memory of this place was going there in July, 1980 with my parents to see Brian De Palma’s thriller “Dressed to Kill” and running into some other kids from my middle school who were there to see Rodney Dangerfield in “Caddyshack.” I was appalled at their lack of cinematic taste, and couldn’t believe they were missing an opportunity to see a fine De Palma film. Yes! – only 14 years old and already a complete film snob.

longislandmovies on November 5, 2004 at 10:15 pm

they all looked alike!!!!!!!!!

longislandmovies on September 25, 2004 at 9:49 pm

this was one of the worst RKO houses god this was ugly.always did fair to good bsns