Brookhaven Multiplex Cinemas
440 South Service Road,
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The Brookhaven Multiplex opened in November 1985, and at the time was quite “state of the art”. It is one of the first Multiplexes to come to Suffolk, and is similar in architecture to National Amusement’s Commack Cinemas. It had padded highback and reclining seats.
The Brookhaven Multiplex is probably the final nail in the coffin for some of the smaller downtown small theaters closing, such as the Patchogue Theater and the Plaza Theater in Patchogue (of course Patchogue’s UA Multiplex also was a blow for the smaller theaters). The Brookhaven Multiplex originally opened with 12 screens, but at some point (early 90’s) they cut two of the bigger theaters in half to form a total of 14 screens.
The theater was very well kept at the beginning, but in the late-1990’s and early-2000’s it started to decline a bit.
Finally, it closed in 2003 when National Amusements built it’s new modern facility the Island 16 at LIE exit 62 in Holtsville which replaced the Brookhaven Multiplex at exit 64. The new theater features stadium seating etc, which the Brookhaven did not. At first it was thought that they would keep both theaters open, but they decided to close the Brookhaven.
It’s sort of a shame because the Brookhaven Multiplex only ran for a bit over 15 years, and the building really is in good shape, although the theaters got a little run down by the end, presumable because they knew they were going to replace it.
The building sat vacant for a while, and there was speculation that BJ’s or one of those other type of warehose type stores were interested in the building. It was demolished in 2007.
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