UA North Babylon Twin

1130 Deer Park Avenue,
North Babylon, NY 11703

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UA North Babylon Twin

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Single screen converted to a twin in the late-1970’s/early-1980’s. Free standing marquee leaning out over sidewalk. The theatre was closed and gutted, then reopened as a Pier One Imports showroom. Blockbuster Video took over the location in the early-1990’s and operated for many years. By 2014 it was a medical center.

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BobT
BobT on January 9, 2005 at 5:04 am

Great comfortable theater in it’s day. Being so close, in a choice between The Deer Park Theater, North Babylon was the better.. In the center they had better seats they called “the loge” and charged more. I remember they had a smoking section too. Saw “Airport”, “…Mad Mad World”, tons of stuff. Very similar to The UA Brentwood.

aircorps
aircorps on February 1, 2005 at 2:48 pm

We moved to North Babylon from the City in 1967. Seeing “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang” at the North Babylon is my earliest movie memory (I was about five or six). As the years went on, I would see “Escape From the Planet of the Apes”, “Tora! Tora! Tora!”, and “The World’s Greatest Athlete”, among others. Would pass the theater all the time going to Sunset City with my mom and vividly remember seeing the poster for the original “Rollerball” (1975) starring James Caan, which was playing at the time, hanging in the window. Beginning in the late 1970’s, I would spend almost equal time in Commack as in North Babylon so I began to frequent the Commack RKO Twin, the Mayfair, and the Elwood Cinema. In 1982 I would see my last film at the UA North Babylon, a terrible cop thriller called “Vice Squad”, shortly after I graduated from North Babylon High and left for the service. I seem to remember the theater was turned into the Pier One Imports sometime in 1983-1984 and an era had past.

MrK
MrK on February 9, 2005 at 10:46 pm

In the late ‘70’s and early '80’s UA had to sell-off several theaters due to a monopoly lawsuit. The North Babylon was purchsed by an independent theater owner. The first film under new management was The Black Stallion, the theater was then twinned. The same owner owned the Deer Park Theater (see my post under Deer Park Theater). The North Babylon Theater was located in the Sunset City Shopping Palza on Deer Park Ave (exit 39 North on the Southern State). Bruinswick Lanes was next-door. I learned to master Defender there. There was a Robbins Dept Store, Breyers Ice Cream Shoppe, Woolworth’s and Sunset Bank in the shopping center as well. After being twinned the theaters seemed a bit narrow, but like the Deer Park, it was a great local movie house. Believe it or not, we did our best numbers with the Disney films. It was strange, but “family films” did better at North Babylon than Deer Park. Deer Park did great with Animal House, Ghostbuster, all the various Friday the 13th’s, Rocky’s etc. Once at the North Babylon we had Disney’s Sleeping Beauty. The line went throughout the shopping center. We had to run the film in both theaters and were sold out for days. A grandmother took a swing at me when I informed her the next three showings were all sold out … WOW. It was sad to see both theaters close. I actually got a job at Pier One when it opened in 1985. Hey, is the Pancake Cottage still open across the street? I ate there and Calucci’s Pizza many a night. Oh those Glory Days!

wirelessmedia
wirelessmedia on February 17, 2005 at 5:35 am

I remember seeing Robin Hood there in 1983 with my dad on the day before Easter. I was 8 at the time. Just a very vivid memory.

Orlando
Orlando on August 16, 2005 at 11:07 am

The heading of this theatre should read “retail use” as the building was NEVER demolished.

Roger Katz
Roger Katz on August 17, 2005 at 12:56 am

How ironic that Blockbuster Video, which helped kills theatres, took over this space. It did the same thing in Westerly, RI.

BobT
BobT on August 17, 2005 at 1:40 am

Could never bring myself to visit after the twinning but I had many an afternoon in those comfortable seats. Saw some really obscure second features here. I saw “Willard” & “Night Of The Living Dead” where the whole audience was under their seats. “Skullduggery” a never seen again Burt Reynolds flick with Elvis and Mary Tyler Moore as a nun in “Change Of Habit”. Joan Crawford in “Trog” with “Taste The Blood Of Dracula”, “Across 110th Street” with “Hickey & Boggs” starring Bill Cosby. How about a 007 triple feature, “Thunderball”, “From Russia With Love” and “You Only Live Twice”, where me and my friends all fell asleep and my father had to come in gets us. The had a great huge pylon Marquee right on the avenue.

MarkieS
MarkieS on September 9, 2007 at 4:51 am

I saw Willard there too! The last film I saw there was Cujo.

thosewerethedays
thosewerethedays on March 14, 2009 at 6:06 am

I saw the best trible feature there in the late 1960s, “Reptilicus”, “Konga”, “Godzilla vs. the Thing” Wow, those were the days!

robboehm
robboehm on November 23, 2014 at 9:08 pm

No longer retail. Now a medical facility. See new photo.

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