Lawrence Theatre

343 Rockaway Turnpike,
Lawrence, NY 11559

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The RKO Twin Theatre in Lawrence (Five Towns) Long Island, New York

Built by RKO it opened as the RKO Twin Theatres in 1967, and was a first run theater. Each auditorium had 750 seats. It was triplexed in the 1980’s, and the theater quietly closed in 2002.

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Ed Solero
Ed Solero on May 9, 2006 at 9:22 am

Here’s an updated link to my photobucket album where those photos from February are now located. The old links no longer work.

Ed Solero
Ed Solero on May 30, 2006 at 6:32 am

Came across an old copy of Newsday I saved from the time just after John Lennon’s murder. I also have copies of the NY Post and Daily News from this time and it seems that only in Newsday did theater chains like RKO run these sort of throwback block ads:

RKO block ad

Elsewhere in the paper, RKO also had a smaller block for its bargain-priced third run cinemas (at the time priced at “80 cents at all times”) such as the Mineola, Valley Stream and Hempstead Theaters.

longislandmovies on August 6, 2006 at 1:40 pm

eveyone of those rko theaters are now closed…….

RobertR on August 30, 2006 at 3:07 pm

This ad for Five Card Stud advertises this as the New RKO Lawrence Twin.
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formerprojectionist on December 12, 2009 at 8:55 am

Yeah, a very sleazy little theater. Saw tons of movies there, took my girlfriend to see the insane Nightmare, a misanthropic slasher movie from 1981. I saw Godzilla 1985 there. McDonalds right across the street ensured proper food for proper movies. They showed The Hills Have Eyes Part II (1985) while Inwood Video, right around the corner, had the video tape up for rental. I trained there as a projectionist, it was a nightmare, everything about the booth was screwed up, the young guy who trained me even wrote a survival manual. They called me to work the place once, I made up a lie and told them I hadn’t finished my training there. There was no way in Hell I was going to work that theater. It had a rat problem as well, an infestation, they were closed for that once I believe.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on July 19, 2012 at 3:30 pm

In the photo on this page of Boxoffice, January 15, 1968, the name on the theater’s marquee is RKO Twin Rockaway Boulevard.

robboehm on July 20, 2012 at 7:28 am

Ads always referred to it as Twin Lawrence

paktype on October 17, 2012 at 2:23 pm

The theater building was turned into a supermarket about five or six years ago. It failed and the building remains empty today.

Ed Solero
Ed Solero on October 17, 2012 at 2:38 pm

It was a Duane Reade pharmacy for a while. I have photos from 2006 showing the Duane Reade still in full swing. I go to the Costco near there from time to time and hadn’t noticed what the state of the occupancy is.

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