South Shore Mall Twin

1701 Sunrise Highway,
Bay Shore, NY 11706

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David_Schneider on July 17, 2018 at 3:22 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.

Coate on September 24, 2017 at 8:13 pm

In what year was this theater twinned?

paul baar
paul baar on June 1, 2017 at 7:05 am

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.

RobertMauro on August 28, 2015 at 10:06 am

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

Pete986 on August 12, 2014 at 9:04 pm

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

NYer on August 10, 2014 at 3:25 pm

If you consider the front of the mall the side that faced Sunrise Highway, the theater was around in the back. You couldn’t see it from the highway.

Pete986 on August 10, 2014 at 2:48 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?

robboehm on April 23, 2014 at 10:00 am

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.

Orlando on April 22, 2014 at 11:13 am

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!

Orlando on March 5, 2014 at 1:37 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”.

Bordick on June 20, 2013 at 10:41 am

It closed late December 1997, a week after Titanic opened.

offp2001 on January 19, 2012 at 8:40 pm

Hey Mike….I posted a pic I found of Myself, Bill, and the staff from summer of 1986…..Patrick <><

JohnMessick on January 19, 2012 at 8:15 pm

This looks like the Howard Theatre in Lebanon Pennsylvania. It too started out as a single screen and was twinned. The Howard was demolished in the early 2000’s.

offp2001 on January 19, 2012 at 7:26 pm

Hello Mike Rogers…..Absolutely….The One and Only Spy Himself….Bill Simon….Prior to Managing the Bayshore, I had the pleasure of managing the Trylon on Queens Blvd…and yes….The Spy lurked among us….LOL…Thats allright….25 years of Law Enforcement now and no internal complaints made….I owe it to Bill….I know he’s still watchin me….Best Wishes my Friend….Patrick <><

kc on January 7, 2012 at 12:39 am

Wow. I moved to Bay Shore in 2005 and never got to see the space that is shown in the picture. Unfortunately all I and the rest of the area get to see is a ugly green baricade. The theatre was just the beginning to many other closings at the mall.

moviegoer on September 26, 2011 at 11:01 pm

Trying to pin point just when this theater closed. I’ve been using New York Magazine listings to do that for some other local theaters. Unfortunately, sometime in 1994, the Magazine apparently stopped listing shows for Long Island. In June 1994, this was showing The Crow and Maverick. By November 1994 the magazine had stopped listing LI theaters.

robboehm on August 15, 2011 at 8:58 am

Moviegoer click on about in the heading and follow the prompts to notify the folks at CT about an update.

moviegoer on August 14, 2011 at 9:43 pm

Is there a way to suggest new info for the overview blurb? The theater was torn down a few years ago to make room for the new Sears building at that end of the mall. Incidentally, I never was in this when it was a single-screen. As a two-screener I can remember seeing Batman here in 1989 and I think I might have alos seen Start Trek III here.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on August 20, 2010 at 9:05 pm

Patrick,More on Bill Simon.was he the City Manager,because I had the same problem with “SPYS”.

TLSLOEWS on August 20, 2010 at 8:24 pm

Another one-time Loews to add to my list.

offp2001 on February 27, 2010 at 9:00 am

To think 24 years ago I managed that theater….How can you forget Bill Simon sitting in the parking lot watching my staff goof off :–) A very Special tribute to a True Gentleman, Bill Martin….God Bless you and your family….May you rest in peace my friend….to all my other friends…God Bless you all wherever you are….Patrick H.

longislandmovies on March 4, 2007 at 6:22 am

the old lobby of the theater is retail space…………..the rest is not used

JohnMoviola on March 4, 2007 at 12:59 am

I loved this theater when it was a one-screen, but after it was chopped up, it completly lost its attraction. Originally, It wasn’t a very old type of theater, it seemed modern and a fair screen size, and nice seats. It also had a good, deep, multi-channel sound system, which was highlighted when 2001: A Space Odyssey ran there, which I saw a few times at the theater. It was chopped into halves, and we were left with the choice of two shoeboxes. It closed and the lobby turned into a budget clothing shop, I don’t know what it’s function is presently.

Ron Newman
Ron Newman on July 1, 2005 at 1:43 pm

The 1966 annual report of Loew’s Theatres has an artist’s rendering of this theatre, which it expected to open the following year.

The caption reads: “Rendering of Loew’s new 1,200 seat theatre in the South Shore Mall of Bayshore, L. I., where Macy’s and J. C. Penney are major neighbors.” It looks like the original name was to be “Loew’s Bayshore”.

longislandmovies on February 14, 2005 at 12:00 am

plans for a 10 plex being redone to a 16 plex on this old loews site