Brookhaven Multiplex Cinemas

440 South Service Road,
Medford, NY 11763

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Brookhaven Multiplex Cinemas

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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.

Contributed by Chris

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DoroFoster730
DoroFoster730 on August 7, 2007 at 3:42 pm

Any updates on what is going on the Brookhaven theater site? The last post about Walmart was from 2006?

VivaLaDriveIn
VivaLaDriveIn on September 20, 2007 at 2:29 pm

I heard Walmart was building a store about 3 miles from that property on Route 112 (where the defunct Saturn building is). Why would they put 2 stores in such close proximity? Maybe I heard wrong…..
I miss this theater very badly. For the few months they operated after Island 16 was open, my wife and I always preferred Brookhaven. After it was closed, some of my friends and I wanted to break in to make a homemade horror film, but we chickened out. Now there is nothing on the property other than overgrown weeds and the old sign. Heartbreaking. I would love to see a friggin Drive-In built on the site. Imagine that?? Bring back the drive-ins already.

KingBiscuits
KingBiscuits on July 25, 2008 at 4:38 pm

The theatre opened on November 27th, 1985 with Rocky IV, Santa Claus: The Movie, To Live and Die In L.A., One Magic Christmas, King Solomon’s Mines, Bad Medicine, Starchaser: The Legend Of Orin in 3-D, Rainbow Brite and The Star Stealer (matinees only), Jagged Edge (evenings only), A Nightmare On Elm Street 2, Back To The Future and Once Bitten. I know that’s only 11 of the 12 auditoriums possibly filled but Rocky IV may have been interlocked.

robboehm
robboehm on February 19, 2009 at 4:56 am

The theatre was leveled in 2007. The free standing marqee is all that remains. It had been boarded up to prevent vandalism.

TomMurray
TomMurray on March 19, 2009 at 12:21 pm

Someone should open a drive-in theater in that location. I would if I had the money. Someday, drive-in’s will return.

robboehm
robboehm on March 19, 2009 at 12:32 pm

Any theatre on a major highway service road is a plus. It’s almost odd that this one was positioned at a relatively obscure location some twenty years ago and now that there has been major development eastward closed it down in favor of the new one in Holtsville a couple of exits back. When you look at the spotty location of theatres out here any viewing involves a drive of 20 miles (which is one of the reasons I rarely go, even to see pictures I want to see).

Bway
Bway on April 16, 2009 at 9:47 am

ALl what remains of this theater is it’s sign out front. Hard to believe it’s gone, it was such a “state of the art” place when I first saw Rainman there in 1987. Of course, that was before stadium seating became popular.

Dean_O
Dean_O on January 19, 2013 at 6:02 pm

One of the best jobs I had as a teen. The day before they opened the doors for the 1st time we all watched a midnight showing of Rocky IV

BrkMltCin86
BrkMltCin86 on November 9, 2013 at 5:36 am

Very sad. It was part of my childhood always coming here. The last movie I saw here was Poolhall Junkies. I actually took a walk to the old site this past Monday via the back entrance which is blocked off by a huge dirt pile and took some pics. Looks awful! Tons of bushes and trees growing all over the parking lot. I didnt go all the way in towards the front where the theater building once stood but I plan on doing so sometime soon

robboehm
robboehm on November 13, 2014 at 10:26 am

It has been announced that Suffolk Off-Track Betting Corp. will buy the 31 acre tract for $10.95 million on which they will construct a 1,000 electronic slot machine casino. Ground will be broken either in December 2014 or January 2015.

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