Merrick Holiday Twin

1692 Merrick Road,
Merrick, NY 11566

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Merrick Holiday Twin

This strip mall theatre was built as part of the Holiday Shopping Center and opened on August 25, 1963. It was twinned in the late-1970’s and lasted until around 1988. It played first run films.

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robboehm on November 13, 2011 at 10:46 pm

Before they twinned it they used to have the movie times on the pylon. I was to meet a friend of mine, who was alway late there, so I told him the picture began 20 minutes earlier than the stated time. When he arrived, on time, because of my fib, he exited the car laughing because he saw the time on the pylon. He said, “You know me”.

divorcecoach on May 26, 2016 at 12:38 pm

These posts are years old but I’m hoping those who remember the Holiday Park Shopping center from 1981 through 1990…might be able to tell me what was the name of the Bank that was in the shopping center. My mom will be turning 80 and she was a model for a painting in that bank..had to do with Merrick’s history, the Merokian Indians…I’d like to track it down and buy it for her but so far luck. Any one remember? thank you.

robboehm on May 26, 2016 at 6:34 pm

divorce = even if one knew the bank I’m sure it has been absorbed by Citi, Chase or whatever.

divorcecoach on May 26, 2016 at 6:52 pm

It was as you say, absorbed by Chase and therein lies the problem. The painting was in the original bank, which at this point, may have been WaMu….but I don’t know if the original bank too the painting when they left or if Chase when the remodeled put it somewhere. Chase actually has been trying to find out for me..but this is some 20 years hence so not the easiest.

robboehm on May 26, 2016 at 7:00 pm

Uploaded an early photo of the theatre which didn’t carry the Holiday Park designation on the facade. Don’t remember if this was changed later on.

7thRowCenter on February 11, 2017 at 4:15 pm

Before it was a twin it was just The Merrick Theatre. I’m certain I saw “Colossus: The Forbin Project” there. Also, Neil Young’s “Journey Through the Past” with a short (i.e. music video before music videos) of Grand Funk Railroad’s “We’re an American Band”. They also sometimes showed foreign films. I saw “Going Places” there (incredibly raunchy for the time) and earlier they had Costa-Gavras’s “Sleeping Car Murders”.

PhilB on March 6, 2017 at 1:00 am

I worked as a new Pharmacist in the the Holiday Drugs (later called Town Drugs) pharmacy right next door to the theater. Remember seeing Gimmie Shelter one hot summer day …..all day to get out of the heat!

PhilB on March 7, 2017 at 9:08 pm

I believe the bank was Anchor Bank located at the entrance of the shopping centeer

vhfmcdermott_31334 on March 12, 2017 at 3:17 pm

Prior to the Anchor Savings Bank it was the Heritage Savings Bank, then the movie theater, pharmacy, A&P, bakery, Colonial Cards ( use to get my match box cars and balsam wood airplanes there) barber shop, jewelry store, pizzeria ( took up two store fronts ). RH Grants and later they had an addition that was the Chinese restaurant. I also remember the Shell gas station they added up front.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on January 13, 2020 at 6:15 am

The August 24, 1964 issue of Boxoffice had a brief item dateline Merrick which said “[t]he Merrick Theatre here will be celebrating its second anniversary on Tuesday (25) with a champagne party.”

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