Fox Plaza North and South

1100 Broadway Mall,
Hicksville, NY 11801

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Fox Plaza North and South

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Built in the 1960’s by Fox Eastern this cinema was located in the Mid-Island Plaza Mall in Hicksville. A 1968 ad shows Fox South playing “2001: A Space Odyssey” in 70mm Cinerama exclusively on Long Island. In later years this theatre was chopped up into six screens by an independant owner. It closed when it was announced Redstone was opening a new multi-plex in the new Hicksville Mall and was afterward demolished and replaced by an IKEA store.

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EMP
EMP on July 8, 2007 at 5:43 pm

Vito and drednor You may new my father he work at the twin theaters
during Grand Prix and Cleopatra’s Days. He was in his late 50s and his initials were E.P. When I was 15 their was a projectionist that let me watch the movies from the booth. Sure made me fell important.

peterpete
peterpete on October 12, 2007 at 2:38 pm

Ikea is only on part of what was the Twin N/S, The downtown theatre lasted longer than the Twin N/S, so N/S did not replace it.

drednour
drednour on October 30, 2007 at 6:45 pm

vito, Gus who worked as a projectionist along with my dad (BOB HURD) worked several different theatres over the years, & yes he served on the pension committee until his death in early 2003. My brother Bob Hurd jr. was also a projectionist, & Gus Hurd’s son, Al Hurd is still in the business in NYC @ the multiplex near Times Square. He quit the local #640 & joined the union in the city. Did anyone know George Constandikis? He moved to Fla. at one point & was commuting to N.Y. to work certain times of the year for the better money. He used to drop by & visit us when he was in town, but we lost touch with him. Hicksville memories, I can’t recall anyone with the initials E.P. I’m sure if you told me his name, i’d remember having heard of him.It was probably Bob Hurd who let you watch the show from the booth. My dad, Bob, was a very generous & kind man.

EMP
EMP on October 30, 2007 at 10:32 pm

My Dad Was the main maintenance person at the time he was about 52 years old Ed was his name. I was about 15 at the time. The manager of the twin was Mr. Lowery? All I remember Mr Lowery had my dad build him a dog house for his dog on company time. This was when the Twin was brand new. I also remember at the Mid Island plaza there was a radio station under a large “star”. That is going back a long time ago. I also remember when there was a farm there. Any one reading this can go back that far?

Vito
Vito on October 31, 2007 at 7:45 am

drednour, I remember Bob Jr. Didn’t he eventualy go into management with Natonal Amusements?

I remember your dad very well, a real gentlemen and a pleasure to work with. I think the last time I worked with him was in the mid 80s at the Hicksville six plex.
I also remember Gus, and swapping the old laser disks that were popular before DVD’s, he was a collector of them especailly the classics.

Coate
Coate on May 18, 2009 at 12:40 pm

Long Island’s Cinerama exhibition history posted here.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on June 14, 2010 at 12:47 am

This theater had to have been one of the earliest twin theaters built in the United States. Boxoffice of December 9, 1963, said that ground had been broken for the 2000-seat twin theater being built by Town & Country Theatres at the Mid-Island Shopping Plaza in Hicksville. An earlier item in the issue of October 14 had said that the architect for the project was Leon Miller.

So far I’ve been unable to find any Boxoffice items about the opening, but the Twin Theatre was in operation by spring of 1965, when it was the site of a wedding arranged as part of a promotion for the movie “Marriage Italian Style.” Boxoffice of April 5 has a photo of the happy couple with part of the theater visible in the background.

CSWalczak
CSWalczak on June 14, 2010 at 1:35 am

It probably would be more accurate to say that this theater was one of the earliest built at the beginning of the multiplex boom of the 1960s. There’s a chapter in the Cinema Treasures book about the evolution of purpose-built, multi-auditorium movie theaters. The Duplex, in Detroit, which had two side-by-side auditoriums, opened in 1919, and there are other early examples cited.

Coate
Coate on June 14, 2010 at 1:13 pm

<<< So far I’ve been unable to find any Boxoffice items about the opening, but the Twin Theatre was in operation by spring of 1965 >>>

Joe:
When Bill Kallay and I worked on 70mm in New York we learned “Cleopatra” played at this theater beginning in May of 1964. I’m not sure if it was the theater’s debut booking, but, whatever the case, the “Cleopatra” info offers evidence the theater was open at least a year before the time-frame you cited.

ronnie21
ronnie21 on September 3, 2012 at 4:28 pm

wasnt this theater shown in the 1980 horror movie “he knows your alone”???

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