RKO Babylon Twin

701 Montauk Highway,
West Babylon, NY 11726

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RKO Babylon Twin

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Twin house with windows at the rear of the theaters. Large single concession stand to serve both houses. Although originally built as a traditional RKO twin, the depth of the theatres was subsequently doubled.

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longislandwally75
longislandwally75 on June 3, 2006 at 12:15 am

i remember when it opened…i wasn’t like a now a day twin..
it would show the same movie on both sides..
1 3 5 7 9 and 2 4 6 8 10
wally75

longislandmovies
longislandmovies on September 24, 2006 at 8:54 am

theater never did great always way behind COMMACK AND RVC …

JohnMoviola
JohnMoviola on March 3, 2007 at 10:08 pm

I HATED this theater! It was long, and if you had to sit in the back, you needed a telescope to see the screen! I’m not kidding! the screen always looked dark, like they were projecting the film with a 30 watt bulb. I wasn’t sorry to see it go. It was one of the worst.

BobT
BobT on March 4, 2007 at 2:27 am

“theater never did great always way behind COMMACK AND RVC …”

But nobody messed with “The Godfather” probably their greatest booking. They were on the Paramount run in the 70’s and I saw “Saturday Night Fever”, “Looking For Mr.Goodbar”, as well as B fare like “Laserblast” and a comedy directed by Joan Rivers called “Rabbit Test”. When I think of the RKO Twins, I always think blue and orange.

konga5
konga5 on September 19, 2008 at 3:10 pm

Yeah, that deep blue brick/tile ! We should have grabbed a few at demolition!

robboehm
robboehm on February 23, 2009 at 10:57 am

This site is frought with misinformation. The RKO Babylon Twin was built at the same time as the other RKO twins. It was not on Sunrise Highway but on Merrick Rd (Montauk Highway). The last time I was in the area it was used as retail space. When first constructed as a twin it was, virtually, identical to the Twin in Rockville Centre. Short and stubby. In later years they added to the back making it long and narrow. No way was this in Copiague. I might buy Lindenhurst, but more probably West Babylon, just west of the South Bay.

All the new RKO twins were to debut at the same time but the opening on this one was delayed to they could complete the “lavish finishing touches”. Yes, that’s what the ad said. Since I lived fairly near there I drove over to take a look. They hadn’t even put on the roof. Lavishing finishing touches my …

robboehm
robboehm on April 6, 2009 at 6:46 am

My question, how does one change an incorrect posting. This theatre was located in West Babylon at 701 Montauk Highway, not 901 Sunrise Highway in Copaigue. It was not demolished but exists as retail space per earlier postings. I went by the other day and realized that the f.y.e.(music, movies) sign on the facade doesn’t fully cover the old “holes” in the facade where the original theatre i.d. was. You can seen where the size of the theatres was doubled, that is, made longer, because of the way the rooftop A.C units are placed – midway on the building. When first built the A.C. units were at the back of the building.

robboehm
robboehm on April 23, 2009 at 8:01 pm

Yeah the posting has been corrected!

MarkieS
MarkieS on January 4, 2010 at 7:12 pm

I saw that all time classic “who slew auntie roo?” with Shelley Winters there!

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