Commack Multiplex Cinemas

100 Long Island Expressway,
Commack, NY 11725

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September 12, 2011

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Commack Cinemas was the second multiplex built on Long Island by National Amusements, and located off the Long Island Expressway. It opened on October 28, 1983 with ten screens. Four screens with 512 seats and the other six with 364 seats. The theatre then added two 226 seat houses, split one of the 512-seaters in half, then added two 250 seaters for the current total of fifteen.

The Commack Multiplex Cinemas was closed on September 25, 2011. It was demolished in early-2013.

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Mike (saps)
Mike (saps) on December 2, 2016 at 6:19 am

I wonder what was to become of the theater already in that shopping center, i.e., AIT’s Mayfair which apparently lasted until 1984.

theatrefan
theatrefan on December 2, 2016 at 7:12 am

It probably would have been re-purposed for retail like the original Loews Bay Terrace in Queens.

robboehm
robboehm on December 2, 2016 at 12:00 pm

Please see my comment on the Mayfair site of 6/30/13. Walking around the back of the center one sees common structural elements of a theater. I believe the site is now a Chinese Restaurant.

Coate
Coate on May 21, 2017 at 5:29 pm

(from the overview) “It opened on October 28, 1983 with ten screens. Four screens with 512 seats and the other six with 364 seats. The theatre then added two 226 seat houses, split one of the 512-seaters in half, then added two 250 seaters for the current total of fifteen.”

Does anyone know the years in which the many screen/auditorium additions were made?

markp
markp on May 22, 2017 at 7:51 am

Coate, I was a projectionist for NA in NJ at the Amboys Multiplex for 21 years. If they followed the pattern of splits/additions like they did at ours, then it was probably every two years. Ours opened as a 6 in 79. 2 were added in 81. 2 more in 83. 2 more in 85, and 2 were split in 87 to get us to 14.

Coate
Coate on May 22, 2017 at 12:19 pm

markp… Thanks, but I desire more precise information. If anything, what interests me is how many screens did the Commack Multiplex have during the summer of 1992?

markp
markp on May 22, 2017 at 6:15 pm

Coate, Ive seen many of your posts. I’m sorry I couldn’t provide exact dates. You do a great service to all of us CT readers.

robboehm
robboehm on May 22, 2017 at 8:21 pm

Coate perhaps you could access the Movie Timetable in Newsday during that time period to make the determination.

NYer
NYer on May 22, 2017 at 8:56 pm

I posted the time table for The Times in photos for June 19 & August 28. It appears there are 15 screens. Some titles like Batman are on two screens but appear together and some features share a screen. If you check the first show of the day it comes to 15.

Coate
Coate on May 24, 2017 at 11:28 am

Thank you, NYer!

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