South Shore Mall Twin

1701 Sunrise Highway,
Bay Shore, NY 11706

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South Shore Mall Twin

Opened in 1967 by Loews, the old South Shore Mall Theater in Bayshore shut its doors in the mid-1990’s. Once a single screener, a wall was installed down the middle to convert this to a twin.

The lobby was converted into a leather store, while the theater itself remained completely intact behind a gated area. The theatre was demolished in February 2014 to allow for improvements to the mall.

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Orlando on March 5, 2014 at 6:37 pm

This building is still standing, “Condemned” notices posted Nov, 2013. Building is completely fenced with the west wall facing mall with L O E W ‘ S block neon name in their original position since they were put up in 1967, (Painted Over). Over 6 years ago, mall management said it would be demolished. That’s some “Coming Soon”.

Orlando on April 22, 2014 at 4:13 pm

Drove by last Thursday, and the theatre is now gone and the area has been seeded and the grass is growing. I saw “Twister” here. It was a fast demolition. Theatre properties are being destroyed tenfold here and NYC. This year alone, the Lindenhurst, South Shore Mall on L.I. and the beautiful Savoy in Brooklyn (without saving it’s landmark façade) and the DeMille (nee Columbia, Mayfair) in Manhattan. NYC should be ashamed of itself for not protecting its' theatre treasures. It’s to late, there’s nothing left. For the very few that do remain in other uses such as churches and etc., Time Is Running Out!

robboehm on April 23, 2014 at 3:00 pm

Sadly, Orlando, the number of people who care is also diminishing. As those of us remember when movie going was a theatrical experience diminish so will interest in any sort of preservation and, the Cinema Treasures site itself. When I first found the site and joined the number of comments was far greater than you see today. Conversely, the number of theaters has increased due to the interest of a few.

Pete986 on August 10, 2014 at 7:48 pm

I know you guys are gonna hate me for asking, but, where on the mall property was this theater? I can’t remember for the life of me! I do remember that weird airplane-looking bank that was in the northeast corner of TGI Fridays parking lot. I’m thinking the theater halfway down, just west of Pentaquit Av?

Pete986 on August 13, 2014 at 2:04 am

Thanks!! Now, what about that weird bank? :)

RobertMauro on August 28, 2015 at 3:06 pm

Wow, I used to work there back in the 80’s. Memories…

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paul baar on June 1, 2017 at 12:05 pm

I went there to see the return of Sean Connery as James Bond in “Never Say Never Again!”.1983 was a big year for Bond movies,Roger Moore’s"Octopussy"was also released that year.

Coate on September 25, 2017 at 1:13 am

In what year was this theater twinned?

David_Schneider on July 17, 2018 at 8:22 pm

As a teen I enjoyed walking back and forth through the length of the South Shore Mall, (when I wasn’t in the video game room), and at one end there was this cinema standing apart from the mall several yards outside a side entrance/exit like my landmark, especially since I love movie theaters, for having reached that point.

This is where I saw the first three Star Trek movies, II and III being thankfully better than the first. During “Star Trek III: The Search for Spock” (1984), I had the haunting experience of sitting next to my father while Kirk’s son, also named “David”, (spoiler alert), is suddenly killed and we see Kirk’s paternal pain. Maybe that was the first time I’d seen that sort of loss portrayed, and I awkwardly glanced at my father imagining how he might feel if something happened to me.

This is also where I saw my first Star Wars movie, “The Empire Strikes Back” in 1980, (with “Episode V” included in the opening crawl, and it became known that nine episodes are intended, with IX coming soon these decades later).

Being a Star Trek fan who had watched reruns of the original tv show everyday after school, I wasn’t interested enough in seeing the original “Star Wars” in 1977, but came back here for its re-release in 1981 (with the new subtitle “Episode IV: A New Hope”). I have a vivid memory of Darth Vader’s ominous mask looming large on the screen while he piloted his TIE fighter.

The final time I visited the Loews South Shore Mall Twin in 2000 after a few years away, I found it closed with the lobby of the still intact interior occupied by Indian or Sikh or Pakistani folks selling maybe rugs or items of their culture.

Inside I approached the ticket booth and took a moment to silently relive the times I bought tickets there. I almost said I’d like one now, then thought the joke would be lost in translation, yet as I turned to leave the empathetic eyes of the man wearing a turban let me know he understood I had come for nostalgic reasons.

David_Schneider on December 21, 2019 at 10:50 pm

As I prepare to go see the just released “Episode IX: The Rise of Skywalker”, the final entry in the Star Wars saga, I’m thinking about this cinema, the South Shore Mall Twin, where I saw the first Star Wars movies almost 40 years ago in the early 1980’s (see my previous comment directly above).

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