Shirley Twin Theater

803 Montauk Highway,
Shirley, NY 11967

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Locaded in the shopping center at the northwest corner of William Floyd Parkway and Montauk Highway, the Shirley Twin theater closed in the 1980’s, a victim of the new multiplexes that opened during the 80’s in the area, such as the Brookhaven Multiplex and the UA Patchogue.

The building was converted into stores soon after closing. An Eckerd Pharmacy now occupies the space.

Interestingly, the old Shirley Twin sign remained standing for about 20 years, with it’s two theaters signs waiting for letters to movies that will never come again. It’s just recently within the last few months of 2004 with refurbishment of the shopping center, that they have finally covered the old Shirley Twin sign with a Lighthouse Plaza, and Eckerd listed under that. It is the same sign that was once used for the movie listings.

Contributed by Chris

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Bway
Bway on June 8, 2006 at 7:44 am

I remember that Howard Johnsons. It became Guido McMurphy’s afterwards, and some years ago was torn down to build the Boston Market that is there now.
The Bohack became Odd Lot, but it may have been another supermarket in between.

slimstone
slimstone on August 21, 2006 at 7:40 pm

When I was a kid, I was movie crazy. I would always beg my mom to either take me to the Shirley Drivein or out to Patchogue to drop me off at a theater. I remember being so happy that they were going to open a twin theater in Shirley. Back then I used to cut newspaper ads from the movie section out and paste them into a book. Something I still have to this day buried somewhere. I remember being so happy the week before the Shirley Twin opened. Trying to guess what movies they were going to play. Then when it finally opened, I was mad. The first movie that played in the Shirley Twin was Goodbye Mr Chips and it played in both theaters. What a bummer for an 8 year old huh? I believe I still have the grand opening ad around somewhere. Anyway I have alot of good memories about that theater and like RetroEd and jolly rodger tomcat, I remember Bohacks and I think the name of the bank next to the twin was a Chemical Bank and later became a Banco Popular. I remember the Robert Halls and of course the Hardees, where the burgers are charco-broiled. While I was underage at the time, there was this guy that worked there who would remember me from week to week; that would let me into all of the rated R movies at that time. I remember seeing all the crazy blaxpotation films like Shaft and Foxy Brown, but no matter how hard I begged that guy would not let me in to see The Exorcist.

Bway
Bway on April 20, 2009 at 9:24 am

Wow, that brings back so many memories! I didn’t remember what the theater looked like until seeing that photo!

jetengine
jetengine on September 26, 2010 at 6:17 am

Hi,

I grew up here as well. 1980 – 1999. I remember all of this very well. I think the food store that came before Odd Lot was named PLUS.

icom
icom on November 23, 2010 at 10:25 pm

oh my god, thank you lost memory for posting that pic… it brought a tear to my eye. I sure do miss those days. thanks again for the memories.

lauradmg
lauradmg on April 20, 2013 at 10:56 pm

Hey…I’m wondering if any of you knew my dad..he managed the theatre until 1977 or so – Serge Maynard. He passed away several years ago, and I’d love to hear your memories of him from back then (I was very little). Thanks! Laura

robboehm
robboehm on April 21, 2013 at 6:32 am

Laura, you wouldn’t happen to have pix to share with us.

RetroEd
RetroEd on June 21, 2013 at 10:08 pm

Hi Laura,

Your dad was actually the first person to give me a job. At the ripe old age of 14 I was made a matinee usher, because my cousin was the assistant manager of the theatre. In fact, at the time I lived in North Shirley and on Saturday mornings he would pick me up on Wm. Floyd Parkway in what I always felt was a really tiny red car, and drive me to the theatre. I really enjoyed working with him.

lauradmg
lauradmg on August 3, 2013 at 9:12 pm

Wow RetroEd…that’s amazing. I think the car you’re describing was an MG Midget. He still had it when we moved to Florida and he used to drive me around in it often. Don’t know if you’d remember this, but he also tended to ride a motorcycle to work…three piece suit with a leather bike jacket and helmet. :) I don’t have any photos from back then…but I do have some other ones. Thanks for posting.

RetroEd
RetroEd on August 24, 2013 at 4:40 pm

That’s the car, Laura! And I DO remember him coming to the theatre on his motorcycle, with the jacket, helmet and suit. I’d forgotten about that, but the memories are back. In fact, unless I’m mistaken – which could easily be the case, we had an alley that we let people out of theatre one to (our candy storage room was right by that exit). I THINK your dad would sometimes bring the motorcycle in that door where it was out of the way. I was so sorry that he left the theatre. The funny thing is that I was the one person he recommended to the new owners and they ended up absolutely HATING me — which, of course, made me miss him even more.

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