Lawrence Theatre

343 Rockaway Turnpike,
Lawrence, NY 11559

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

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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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longislandmovies on August 6, 2006 at 5:40 pm

eveyone of those rko theaters are now closed…….

RobertR on August 30, 2006 at 7:07 pm

This ad for Five Card Stud advertises this as the New RKO Lawrence Twin.
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Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on March 18, 2009 at 12:15 pm

This first opened in 1967 as the RKO Twin Theatres. “Why Twins?,” ads wondered. “Here are the reasons: The TWIN miracle of convenience. Each TWIN theatre will show the same feature— with starting times staggered. Come early…come late…whenever you come, the TWIN concept eliminates the long wait to see the picture from the beginning. The identical TWIN theatres each have 750 seats.” The RKO Twin boasted of free parking for 4,000 cars due to its location between “the giant Korvette Shopping Center and the mammoth "Bargain Town."
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formerprojectionist on December 12, 2009 at 2:55 pm

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 7:30 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 11:28 am

Ads always referred to it as Twin Lawrence

Tinseltoes on July 25, 2012 at 5:33 pm

Described in this 1967 trade article: Boxoffice

paktype on October 17, 2012 at 6:23 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 6:38 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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