Smith Haven Mall

15 Smith Haven Mall,
Smithtown, NY 11755

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BrkMltCin86
BrkMltCin86 on November 9, 2013 at 1:25 pm

There used to be a Pathmark at Smith Haven Mall back in the day? How come I dont remember it?…. Forever 21 is where the movie theater used to be along with Baskin Robbins and Mrs. Fields lol. God I miss those days

moviegoer
moviegoer on August 15, 2011 at 3:50 am

I was just in the mall the other day. I forget what store is where the theater was, but I did note a long exit hallway which I recall being next to the theater entrance. If I’m right, the location is on your right in the first corridor as you walk toward the center of the mall from the food court. I think it’s a very large womens' clothing store.

I was here several times but my favorite memory was when I went alone to see Heaven’s Prisoners. Had to have been pretty shortly before it closed. Once it was quadded the theaters were really small. I was the only person in the theater. Literally the only one. The size of the theater made it feel like a private screening in some really rich dude’s home.

GeorgeStrum
GeorgeStrum on January 19, 2010 at 2:10 am

What stores in the mall now fill in the space where the theatre used to be? Anyone remember?

Bway
Bway on April 19, 2009 at 5:47 pm

Does anyone know which store now occupies the space of the theater? I remember the theater so well, but the mall has changed so much, that I can’t remember what store is there now.

DISHMAN TV
DISHMAN TV on July 18, 2008 at 3:07 pm

I enjoyed Midnight Maddness 3 Stoodges Movies in the 80’s at the Mall Theater…

Bloop
Bloop on October 8, 2007 at 9:11 pm

QUESTION: I remember this mall did not open up until 1975 or so. Am I wrong? Some of the posts go back further than that date! Best flick I had seen there: the 1978 “Invasion of the Body Snatchers”! UA always showed Pink Panther cartoons before their features…this was a lost art by the late 1970’s with other chains, but UA kept doing it. Does anyone recall “Featurettes”…short films shown before the features. The RKO Twin in Commack often had these……

longislandmovies
longislandmovies on June 6, 2006 at 2:38 am

bway true only thing left is the pylons

Bway
Bway on June 6, 2006 at 1:20 am

You can’t even tell this theater existed in the mall anymore. I went by some weeks ago in the mall, and had trouble even locating where it was!

Bway
Bway on January 23, 2006 at 1:33 pm

No. Pathmark’s old parking lot opens up into the Smithhaven parking lot, but not the mall itself. Seperate buildings and shopping centers.

AllieFox
AllieFox on January 23, 2006 at 12:23 pm

I hate to keep harping on the PathMark question, but didn’t the PathMark open up into the mall area?

JimMann9
JimMann9 on January 15, 2006 at 9:50 am

I worked there as an usher from its opening day till about a year or so later. Lived within walking distance and this being my second theatre position. I previiously worked at the All-weather diagonally across form the Mall.
We had uniforms then and there even was a matron for the weekend to keep the kids in line.
Opeing night, after al the big wigs left, I accidently shut the door to the employee dressing room, locking all our street clothes till the proper keys arrived a few days later. The manager never had a compplete set, Creates a good impression on the first day of work
doesnt it?
The door man, a very nice gentlemann , work for many years there, I remember seeing him when visiting the mall where I was employeed later.

Bway
Bway on October 4, 2005 at 11:09 pm

Ah yes, right next to/near Ben’s “Kosher” Deli….or whatever it’s called now…

AllieFox
AllieFox on October 4, 2005 at 6:26 pm

Was there a PathMark in the Smith Haven Mall at one time?

uncleal923
uncleal923 on October 4, 2004 at 12:50 am

Vince;
It’s exactly like the current presidential race (LOL). Only some movies have substance. However, you do get dogs like Mean Girls.

vinceiuliano
vinceiuliano on October 4, 2004 at 12:45 am

ya know i don’t wholly subscribe to the megaplex theory; if you’ve ever been to the Huntington Art Cinema, or remember it when it was even dinkier, and happen to see it when there’s a particularly interesting flick, people DO show up.
if the content’s there, i theorize that the people will come in droves.
on the other hand (as Tevya would say) you ARE correct. the megaplexes are alive and well and bustling. which proves to me that people are desperate to be entertained and don’t really care all that much about substance (sort of like the upcoming election! lol)

longislandmovies
longislandmovies on September 30, 2004 at 4:28 am

lots of good points all around

Bway
Bway on September 30, 2004 at 4:04 am

Vince, I totally agree, with you about the prices of movies, and the concession prices, etc.
However, it’s not that that killed the smaller movie theaters, it’s the megaplexes. Go to many of those (such as the Holtsville Island16 or the Stony Brook, the Ronkonkoma, etc), and you will see no shortage of people going to the movies or buying the over-priced popcorn. Movie-going is alive and well, it’s just that they are all going to the megaplexes.

RobertR
RobertR on September 30, 2004 at 3:56 am

Also did you see the way the marquee looked the last two years? One side was all dark and broken. Anyone driving by would think it was a ghetto house.

vinceiuliano
vinceiuliano on September 30, 2004 at 3:53 am

agree li, i too hope to open a cinema one day.
The Smithhaven Mall was big and clunky and had a giant red curtain, and wonderful films like Splash and Logan’s Run, and Cuckoo’s Nest, and that western movie with James Caan who’s name i’ve forgotten (bertolucci i think directed it) and Judge Roy Bean and Bank shot, and a hundred wonderful memories. I miss it.

I like to blame the theaters less, and the crowds less, and put the problem squarely where it belongs…
The product is simply inferior (movies suck these days) AND the concession center rips people off. How can a family of 4 go to the movies anymore without severely testing their budget?
I’d like to go WATCH a movie, and not necessarily FINANCE the damn thing everytime i go.
In fact i’d go a step further – although this may be largely subjective….refund money if the movie is a bomb. Show better more well-crafted films and stop mugging people at the snack bar, and you’ve got yourself a recipe for success.

Anyway, good luck .

longislandmovies
longislandmovies on September 29, 2004 at 5:25 am

Sorry one more point as an art house just to big as a single as a quad rent just to high.

longislandmovies
longislandmovies on September 29, 2004 at 5:22 am

We would all like to see nice single theaters doing wellthat is why many of us are on this site and i hope one day soon to own my own single or twin.The mall never helped this theater late shows after 9:30 you could only come in and out of one mall door Holidays forget the theater was the only thing open and it was dead.Why did they keep it open so long 1. UA and Century were in it together for some years2. as a single the rent was so cheap with a 50 year lease ,when they multiplexed the rent was raised to current prices.3. It stayed open in the hopes it would be multiplexed that bought it about 5 years until all the permits and mall said it was ok.This was one of the last multiplexes of a century house soon after only new theaters went up.

longislandmovies
longislandmovies on September 29, 2004 at 5:08 am

GUSTAVELIFTING- Long land Mall theaters do not work staying open does not mean it was making money.I saw the # for SMITHAVEN FOR MANY YEARS as a manager and a district manager and as the one who over saw the renovation for CINEPLEX ODEON I can tell you it was a big box office bomb. That is not to say as a single it did not make money on films from time to time.

RobertR
RobertR on September 29, 2004 at 3:47 am

Gustavelifting
I agree 100%, this theatre could still be open and making money. Smithtown and Nesconset are affluent areas and they could have booked this upscale and with art and independant films.

uncleal923
uncleal923 on September 29, 2004 at 3:05 am

To Longislandmovies and everybody;
You said that mall theaters do not work. Well, the Smith Haven Mall proved you wrong. It lasted from the 1960s well into the late 1990s. Of course there were modifications, including the change to a multiplex, but that was in the 1990s.

I recall going to this theater when it was a single. In the 1980s, when I spent many an hour going to movies, it was nice to see a theater like this. This was a time when many theaters had bare screens with just some projected designs, if anything. THIS ONE HAD A CURTAIN. In other words, it was a likable throwback to simpler times. It was a small contemporary picture palace in a shoebox. That was its charm, and it held despite the sticky floors. I would have preferred they keep it that way instead of making it a multiplex. The nasty staff of the multiplex did not help anything anyway. We need more of these shoebox picture palaces, and that’s the way it is. The few times I went to the original Smith Haven Mall Theater were gems, and that’s the way I remember it.