Lawrence Theatre

343 Rockaway Turnpike,
Lawrence, NY 11559

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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.

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.

robboehm on July 20, 2012 at 7:28 am

Ads always referred to it as Twin Lawrence

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.

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.

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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longislandmovies on August 6, 2006 at 1:40 pm

eveyone of those rko theaters are now closed…….

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.

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 February 25, 2006 at 7:47 am

Thanks longislandmovies… but I was thinking of a theater where from the lobby you actually had to step down a couple of steps before pushing open the doors into the auditorium. I thought it might have been the Lawrence.

longislandmovies on February 25, 2006 at 6:49 am

THE LAWRENCE HAd a 2 step up from the box office to the lobby.

Ed Solero
Ed Solero on February 25, 2006 at 6:38 am

This was known as the RKO Lawrence when I attended in 1979 and the very early ‘80’s. I remember seeing “Apocalypse Now” for the 3rd or 4th time here. Saw a number of movies here. I also saw the 1980’s 3-D flick “Coming At Ya” here and possibly “The Elephant Man”. I seem to remember this as a twin, but it might have been a triplex by the early '80’s. I know CConnoly is talking about another theater when he mentions the light flooding the auditorium whenever someone would enter from the lobby, but I think that occured at several theaters. Was the RKO Lawrence the theater where you had to walk down a few steps from the lobby to the doors leading into one of the auditoriums?

Anyway, here are a few shots of the building now, which is a Duane Reade now. The entrace looks the pretty much the same and the lobby ran along the wall that faces Rockaway Boulevard (facing the camera lens in the 1st photo) with the auditoriums on the left.

RKO Lawrence
Pylon sign
Old entrance

RobertR on July 8, 2005 at 2:33 pm

It was still a twin when “Williard” played there.
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longislandmovies on December 6, 2004 at 6:31 am

CCONNOLY that was the HEWLETT theater it is listed

chconnol on December 6, 2004 at 6:16 am

There’s another theater from the Five Towns that I don’t see listed on this site either. It was located on Peninsula Blvd in a shopping center. I’m not sure if the area was Valley Stream (south) or Hewlett. What I remember was seeing Woody Allen’s “Another Woman” there on a Sunday afternoon. Everytime someone came into the auditorium, the theater would be flooded by light. It was really annoying. Not sure when it closed but I’m sure it is…anyone recall this theater? It was NOT near Rockaway Blvd but much closer to Sunrise Highway, maybe a mile or so south of it.

rcdt55b on November 27, 2004 at 5:59 pm

What a horrible booth to work in the 90’s

RobertR on November 24, 2004 at 10:45 am

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Just realized I forgot to include the link

RobertR on November 24, 2004 at 10:43 am

I’m shocked to read on this site that Star Wars played the Lawrence in 70mm. I never thought this was a top house.

chconnol on November 23, 2004 at 7:52 am

A bit of a dump in a noisy, ugly, congested area of Rockaway Boulevard (isn’t the whole roadway like that? Is this not the ugliest stretch of road in Nassau County?). Anyway…I saw a lot of movies here in the mid 80’s but the place was not well maintained. The surprising thing about it was that you would think that the clientele from the affluent 5 Towns would expect/demand more. Ugh. This was in such an ugly area.

ANOTHER question: There was a really nice single screen movie theater located (I believe) on the “main drag” in Cedarhurst. It was right on the street but I don’t see it listed here on this site. It closed in the mid 80’s I think. I was a beautiful theater. I saw only two movies there: “The Deep” in 1977 and “Grease” in 1978. I remember the seats in the balcony were big, plush and rocked like the stadium seats do now. Does anyone remember this place?

longislandmovies on October 24, 2004 at 9:15 am

THE talk was this theater was going to add on nothing ever came of it.. not sure why this closed.

RobertR on October 24, 2004 at 7:53 am

I’m suprised business fell off here, there was not really any theatres around until you drove to Rockville Center or Valley Stream.

longislandmovies on September 28, 2004 at 3:01 pm

always did good bsns for RKO

RobertR on September 28, 2004 at 2:05 pm

This theatre was actually twinned in 1968 and then triplexed later on.