Sunwave Twin Theater
404 Sunrise Highway,
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The Sunwave Twin Theater opened when the shopping center was built at the southwest corner of Sunrise Highway and Waverly Avenue, opening in 1971. It was in the middle of the shopping center, and you can still see the high roofline of the theater over the roofs of all the other stores.
Currently, Howard’s Cafe an Italian restaurant (was named La Stata) and a liquor store occupy the space formerly held by the movie theater in the Staples-Walbaum’s Sunwave Plaza Shopping Center.
The theater closed in early-September 1986, at a time when most of the other twin and single screen theaters in the Patchogue area, obviously a victim of the rash of multiplexes that were built in the area in the mid-1980’s such as the UA Movies at Patchogue right next door on the former Patchogue Drive-In property, and the Brookhaven Multiplex in Medford.
Ironically, it has come full circle, because now new megaplexes are putting the 1980’s multiplexes in the area out of business, the same multiplexes that put the little theaters out of business in the 1980’s are now falling victim. The Coram and Brookhaven Multiplexes already have closed within the last year, and the Patchogue 13 closed around 2009.
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