Island 16 - Cinema de Lux

185 Morris Avenue,
Holtsville, NY 11742

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Island 16 - Cinema de Lux

National Amusements built the Island 16 as an endevour to make movie-going a night out as opposed to just a part of a night out. This theater at exit 62 on the Long Island Express way is National Amusements replacement theater for it’s former Brookhaven Multiplex Cinemas, which was just closed at a young age of less than 20. At first it was stated that NA was not going to close it’s Brookhaven Multiplex, but a few months after the Island 16 opened, they did close it anyway.

The Island 16 is being promoted by National Amusements as the first theater of it’s kind. Along with it’s 16 screens, it also boasts an alcohol bar and lounge, fast food, a coffee bar, and many other amenities. The food court is comparable to a small version of a shopping malls food court.The lounge/bar has an outdoor patio, indoor seating, plasma TVs with satelite connections and offers food too.

Four of the Island 16’s auditoriums are “director’s halls” featuring ultra comfortable leather seating, beach murals, and reserved seating. The remaining 12 auditoriums feature highback rocking recliner seats with drinkholders, and raisable armests.

Contributed by Chris

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Vito on April 7, 2007 at 3:22 am

Splits, as they are called, are a common method of film booking. When two movies have come close to the end of their run they will be tied together to create a split, where the two films share a common screen in one auditorium. The two movies usually alternate showings through the day, a family G rated film might get all the matinees and one evening show and the adult film will follow later in the evening. But generally the two films will be evenly spit throughout the day.
Another reason for setting up a split is when two movies are alternated between two auditoriums, for example a kids movie might play in a larger house during the day and then moved to a smaller auditorium for the late shows when not as many seats are needed. This is also happens on a rainy weekend day where
You want all the kid friendly movies in your largest auditoriums for the matinees.

moviebuff82 on April 7, 2007 at 3:54 am

One reason why is that kid friendly movies have loud surround sound and that the larger auditoriums (with their big screens) can hold lots of kids and their families as opposed to smaller ones. This is the case with smaller multiplexes like the Allwood Sixplex, where a kid’s movie would be played in the four other auditoriums that don’t have digital sound (e.g., Tarzan in theater 3, Hercules in theater 4). Newer theaters, such as the AMC in Rockaway, NJ, do show family movies in their large to medium large screens (e.g., Night at the Museum and Happy Feet) to accommodate the crowds. As for that incident at the Long Island theater, that is quite a rare occasion.

lioddities on September 24, 2007 at 1:11 pm

This theater is the worse I’ve been to, and I went to alot of the LI greats. The popcorn tastes stale, everything is expensive, the employees are nasty, the place has the vibe of being in a generic plasticy airport, the directors theater seating is a rip-off. GRADE: F

longislandmovies on September 24, 2007 at 1:47 pm

Love this theater one of the best of modern giant plex in the country!!!!!!

moviebuff82 on September 24, 2007 at 2:26 pm

is that theater better than the rockaway 16? I wouldn’t want to go all the way to this one unless a friend of mine lives in long island!!!

Vito on September 25, 2007 at 6:03 am

Let me quess LI Oddities, you are a ex-employee with a score to settle, right??
For the record, National Amusements, who owns and operates the Island 16, is hands down one of the best theatre circuit in the country. The conditions you described would never be tolorated at this or any other NA location. I speak with authority since I am proud to have worked for them for over 20 years.
The Managing Director, an old friend of mine, and a veteren of many years, has been there since the theatre opened. I can assure everyone who reads this, he would never allow his theatre to deteriorate to the level described in that prevous post.

Bway on April 16, 2009 at 9:46 am

The Island De Lux seems to still be going strong, and now especially so now that even the Patchogue Multiplex is gone.

robboehm on March 31, 2015 at 7:27 am

Street view photo uploaded.

robboehm on March 31, 2015 at 7:31 am

Been there once. Cavernous. Went for a so called Senior Day price but they don’t observe that here. It was interesting to watch it being built. The two sides that house the auditoriums were built first with a big space in the middle which then became the lobby.

Mike (saps)
Mike (saps) on December 10, 2016 at 6:46 pm

So, is this place start of the art, or a fading dump?

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