Rockville Centre Cinema

340 Sunrise Highway,
Rockville Centre, NY 11570

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NYer on September 5, 2014 at 1:25 pm

The late great Joan Rivers hustling opening weekend, making personal appearances for her directorial debut ‘Rabbit Test" in photo section.

Mike (saps)
Mike (saps) on February 13, 2014 at 9:24 pm

Well, last year is a lot longer ago than “currently being demolished” as posted on 2/4/14. It seems that the empty space was there for months before new construction started.

longislandmovies on February 13, 2014 at 9:14 pm

Just demolished last year .

Mike (saps)
Mike (saps) on February 4, 2014 at 12:25 pm

Building is long gone. New one is arising.

robboehm on February 4, 2014 at 11:59 am

Orlando, I’m confused. Postings in 2013 indicated the building had been demolished then?

Orlando on February 4, 2014 at 11:44 am

The RKO Rockville Centre is currently being demolished. The building is covered with tarp as a precaution to asbestos becoming airborne. I saw this on Friday morning 1-31-2014 while riding the LIRR from Penn Station to Babylon. …..and another one bites the dust.

longislandmovies on December 5, 2013 at 9:05 am

Amazing how many years this sat in such a great location .

kong1911 on June 21, 2013 at 6:48 am

It’s now just a hole in the ground.

Ed Solero
Ed Solero on May 26, 2013 at 6:58 pm

When I passed by just a few days ago, on Thursday, the building appeared to be about completely down. The blue construction shedding that surrounds the property, still had the protrusion along Sunrise Highway that allowed for the marquee, but the lot behind the shedding looked completely leveled, save for a bit of steel framework that supported what would have been the theater’s western wall, adjacent to the HSBC branch.

kong1911 on May 21, 2013 at 6:07 am

Passed by yesterday. They are taking the building down.

lornemyers on April 4, 2013 at 7:41 pm

Looks like a restaurant is coming to the old location:

robboehm on February 4, 2012 at 7:04 pm

Many theatres never did weekday matinees. In the day Century always had continuous performances from 1PM. In the end this policy was abandoned and matinees were only on weekends. The Regal multiplex in Ronkonkoma doesn’t do matinees. I don’t imagine too many theatres do.

From my childhood days, many years ago, I remember that Prudential, which pretty much ruled Suffolk County didn’t do weekday matinees except in the Summer if it was raining. I always thought that was interesting.

RobertR on February 4, 2012 at 3:54 pm

This theatre was making money until it closed but AMC would not continue to operate a twin. The only competition is the 5 screen Fantasy. The problem is the bank owns the building and wants so much money to take it over. They only allow matiness on Sat & Sun because they share the parking lot. I guess its more profitable for them to let it sit empty 6 years then to lower the rent.

lornemyers on February 3, 2012 at 11:31 am

Still very surprised this property is still available. I still think it would be kind of neat to have someone independently fix it up and make it a theater again. However, I am not sure a twin theater can really be profitable anymore.

Ed Solero
Ed Solero on December 9, 2011 at 6:24 am

Great image. Looks like pretty much every building in that photo has been replaced, with the exception of the structure on the far right along the same block front as the TSS. I believe that is where Kollner Prime Meats is located today.

CConnolly1 on December 9, 2011 at 5:00 am

Years before this theater closed, my Mother told me that it had been a TSS (Time Square Stores). I found it interesting that a store would close and be replaced by a movie theater. Nowadays, it’s the other way around. The link in this post shows the TSS store circa 1940 and it is right where this theater used to be.

RobertR on August 17, 2011 at 10:29 am

I can’t believe this place is still sitting empty.

lornemyers on February 27, 2010 at 6:16 pm

Would love to see someone buy it, fix it up and run the theater as an independent owner.

kong1911 on November 1, 2009 at 8:26 am

To longislandmovies, The building is still there. Still with a for lease sign on it. I don’t think the inside has been touched. Last I heard the owner of the property wanted too much rent to make it work for an operator.

markp on March 3, 2009 at 6:11 am

Its funny how this theatre was an RKO from the start, and yet was built similar to many Jery Lewis theatres from the early 70’s. I remember the twin my late father worked at in Carteret N.J. The left theatre was blue and the right theatre was red. The concession stand was built right across the lobby, so there was no way to cross from one side to the other. This was helpful later in the decade after JL was out of the business and the theatre started showing soft porn in the blue theatre (which they called the adult side, the other theatre was the family side.) It finally closed in 1984, but man that place was fun, alot like your sounded like.

EcRocker on March 2, 2009 at 9:04 pm

I am sorry to see that this theatre is closed. I would take my GF there after going to Time Piece Cafe for dinner. I seem to recall it was always busy on Fri and Sat nights. I would try to time dinner with enough time to eat and not have to rush for the movie. I liked it because you could not only see the movies but hear them as well. If I had seen the movie playing there I would go to the Green Acres or Sunrise multiplex that was before they put the airport metal detectors in there.

longislandmovies on January 10, 2009 at 10:54 pm

Any news on this???????

longislandmovies on July 13, 2008 at 9:58 am