Five Towns Theatre

253-01 Rockaway Boulevard,
Rosedale, NY 11422

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Five Towns Theatre

Built as part of the Five Towns Shopping Center, this Century Theaters house started first run but spent most of it’s life as a discount house. Like some of the other Century Theaters bargain houses, the price was always the last two digits of the year. It was closed around 1982.

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caltiki54 on May 8, 2015 at 10:13 pm

I remember the “FIVE TOWNS” Theatre entrance was at the back of a wide corridor, attached to the left of MAYS DEPARTMENT STORE. You walked in, & there were side entrance doors to MAYS on the right. You walked straight down & there was a nursery to purchase Plants & gardening items. The Theatre doors/box office was all the way back. My Parents started taking me there around 1968. I saw a re-release of the “1966 BATMAN” Feature Film, at a Saturday Morning Matinee. Also saw a re-release of “FANTASIA”, & 1st release showings of, “THE LOVE BUG”-1968, “THE BOATNIKS”-1970, & “THE ARISTOCATS”-1970…For a few years, Early-70s, there was a huge PLAYWORLD TOYS DEPARTMENT STORE, at the far left of the complex. MAYS had a good Toy Department, with all the G.I JOES, but the nearby KORVETTES & Times Square Stores/TSS, had all the Best Toys & Gumball Machines!…

ChrisPlatt on August 13, 2018 at 1:29 am

This cinema was located in Rosedale, thus the name. Meadowmere Park on the opposite side of Rockaway Blvd. is in Nassau County.

TSS was located in that mall when Mays went bust. My friend’s brother worked in the camera department there. Later they moved down the road to a large standalone building, where Costco is now located.

Decoman36 on October 24, 2018 at 1:24 am

I Have to laugh! It’s amazing that none of the members on here including myself can remember what stores were at this theater’s location and when. ChrisPlatt, Mays was at this Theater’s location for sure and TSS was at the location where Costco is now in Lawrence @ 605 Rockaway Turnpike. TSS was at the Costco location the whole time Mays was in business. Mays Closed around 1983. It’s very possible that TSS moved to the May’s location when Mays closed in 1983, but I really doubt that they then moved back to the Costco location after that. I just can’t place TSS at the Mays location at all. This theater closed around 1982. If TSS really was at this location they were for sure not there while the theater was still open. Can anybody here finally please clear this confusion up for good?

Ed Solero
Ed Solero on October 24, 2018 at 3:57 am

Man… Just when i thought we had it! I remember always referring to this theater as being in the TSS shopping center, and took Chris Platt’s post as a little vindication for that memory. I wish someone here could unequivocally confirm or deny that for once and all!

Decoman36 on October 28, 2018 at 4:30 am

Hi Ed, and anyone else here curious as I about the stores at this theaters location. The above Youtube video is a commercial for the Fleaport Flea Market. This is the store that came in after Mays went out of Business. The video states 1981, but I’m almost certain that this is from 1983. You can see the Five Towns Plaza sign a few seconds into the video on the left. Is it still possible that TSS was at this location early on before Mays came there, that could still be. Mays was there from at least 1970 though as far as I can remember. The Theater & May’s once glass enclosed garden center are now both an “NWL”, The Household Warehouse store. Below is part of a post I found on another site, that talks about the mini mall that was at this location. The only mistake in this post is that the movie theater was not in the “mall” area of the shopping center, which was to the right of Mays. The Theater was to the left of Mays it’s own building next to the garden center. Playworld Toy Store was all the way to the left where Lowes is now. I believe the Lowes building was rebuilt since that time. Here is part of a post that I found elsewhere:

“Moving up the road a bit we have the Five Towns Plaza. It is now a motley assortment of stores(K Mart, Dress Barn, etc), but back in the day, hahaha. Pergament(now Conway). Mays(which became the Fleaport flea market which itself closed later). OTB(which became Nathan’s, now it’s something else). Pathmark(which is now an Applebee’s, of all things). But the stores that were in the little interior mall that has since been demolished…such as classics like the 4 Joker’s video arcade…Jahn’s Ice cream(they had the best shakes)…there was a duplex movie theater in there…also a Halloween supplies store…and a Radio Shack…but the best one of all was(drum roll please) Mr. Music, the baddest music shop around(until I found Slipped Disc in the 1990’s)– the walls were covered with wicked blacklight posters, it smelled like incense, and it seemed like every time I went in there they were rocking "We Are Family” by Sister Sledge."

davidcoppock on October 28, 2018 at 8:27 am

The site is now T.J. Maxx.

davidcoppock on October 28, 2018 at 8:30 am

I wonder if it was noisy inside the theatre, with the nearby John F. Kennedy International airport?

robboehm on October 28, 2018 at 11:11 am

Couldn’t be any worse than the Queens and Community Theaters which backed to the LIRR tracks, particularly in the days of steam engines.

Decoman36 on October 28, 2018 at 2:04 pm

I don’t remember hearing any outside noise inside the theater. This might be why the theater was set so far back from the main doors, down a super long hallway. T.J Max is located in part of the area where the mini mall once was. A National Warehouse Liquidators store is now in the exact location of the former theater, or at least as of December 2017.

Decoman36 on October 28, 2018 at 2:30 pm

OOPS, I meant to say the theater is a National Wholesale Liquidators store on my last post, not “Warehouse”.

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