Fox Plaza North and South

1100 Broadway Mall,
Hicksville, NY 11801

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Orlando
Orlando on May 9, 2014 at 4:12 pm

This theatres' name in the heading should be changed to Twin Theatres North & South. The “Fox Plaza” never preceded or was the name of this Twin Theatre. It was never called Fox Plaza North or Fox Plaza South. Note the Cleopatra ad above and you’ll see. It WAS never a Fox Eastern Theatre when it opened, that was only after it was sold to Fox-Eastern. When Mann took over all Fox Eastern Theatres in 1973, they were still known as Mann’s Twin North and Mann’s Twin South. Thanks CT if you correct the error.

Orlando
Orlando on April 26, 2014 at 4:07 pm

P.S. Cleopatra was the inaugural attraction at the Twin North and South Theatres. Mr. Miller told me when I met him two or three years ago. By the way, Leon said “Torn Curtain” opened the South Bay Theatre. His other theatres were the Wantagh and Town theatres on Long Island.

Orlando
Orlando on April 26, 2014 at 4:02 pm

This theatre was built by architect Leon Miller in 1963-4 and operated by him for several years before he sold or leased it to Fox-Eastern Theatres along with some other “Town And Country” theatres he designed and built. The only one he kept to this day is the South Bay Theatre in West Babylon.

ronnie21
ronnie21 on September 4, 2012 at 12:28 am

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

Coate
Coate on June 14, 2010 at 9:13 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.

CSWalczak
CSWalczak on June 14, 2010 at 9:35 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.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on June 14, 2010 at 8:47 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.

Coate
Coate on May 18, 2009 at 8:40 pm

Long Island’s Cinerama exhibition history posted here.

Vito
Vito on October 31, 2007 at 2:45 pm

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.

EMP
EMP on October 31, 2007 at 5:32 am

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?

drednour
drednour on October 31, 2007 at 1:45 am

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.

peterpete
peterpete on October 12, 2007 at 10:38 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.

EMP
EMP on July 9, 2007 at 1:43 am

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.

Vito
Vito on July 7, 2007 at 9:36 pm

drednour, forgive an old man for not getting your dad’s name right. It was a long time ago in a ….well you know.
Your dad was a terific guy and an excellent projectionist.
I first worked with him at Twin South on the roadshow engagement of “Grand Prix”, in those days there were two projectionists on duty for 70mm roadshows. We worked together again after the theatre became a sixplex.
I also worked with his brother (your uncle)Gus, I believe it may have been was at the Commack Multiplex.
Gus also served on Local 640’s pension commitee until he passsed away. I also seem to recall Gus had a son in the business as well,
possibly a projectionist or manager.

drednour
drednour on July 7, 2007 at 7:53 pm

My father,Bob Hurd(not Bill Herd) was the projectionist at the Twin South Theatre who ran the Star Wars film. I remember all the hoopla & excitement leading up to opening night. My father spent 6 days, 14hrs/day running it. It caused quite a stir in the local #640 because there were other projectionists that wanted to be a part of it. Those were pretty grueling days for him & he came home at night pretty exhausted. That 70MM film was not easy to haul around the booth. After rewinding the film on to the take-up reel, he took a common clothes belt & ran it through one of the holes in the reel & fastened the belt. Then he put the belt over his shoulder & walked the reel over to the projector where he hoisted it up into the magazine of the projector & threaded it. Those reels were 40 minute reels & were very heavy. He did this from opening day til the movie ran it’s course in the theatre, & never once watched the movie. We all thought that was pretty funny. He was never a Scifi fan. He worked at the Twin South from the late 60’s,early 70’s til the late 80’s. I remember going to the Twin South with him as a kid, & i thought i was some sort of a celebrity because i got to walk past all the people waiting in line for the show & go right in. He used to let me splice film & rewind it sometimes. When i got done watching the movie, i’d go over to the North side & cut through the booth & say hello to Solomon who ran the North. Bob Hurd was #2 on the seniortiy list of the local#640, when he was forced to retire because of poor health. He passed away in 2001.

Bloop
Bloop on June 18, 2007 at 2:55 am

LOL. yeah, I know! Oh, was there a porn theater in Hicksville? I recall driving by it in the very very early 1980’s….

longislandmovies
longislandmovies on June 13, 2007 at 11:08 pm

You would not see that now adays………….

Coate
Coate on June 13, 2007 at 11:04 pm

Yes, “Star Wars” began as a limited-market release. And as hard as it may be to believe, “Star Wars” at the TWIN SOUTH for the first ten weeks of its run was a Long Island exclusive. “Star Wars” didn’t go “wide” in the greater New York City area until the first week of August of ‘77 (it opened initially in May).

Link to a Cinema Treasures 30th anniversary discussion regarding first impressions of seeing “Star Wars.”

Bloop
Bloop on June 13, 2007 at 12:26 am

I too saw the original 1977 “Star Wars” here. Must have been a limited release, because we were from Commack, and my friends Mom drove us all the way to Hicksville wich seemed so far away.

RonMotta
RonMotta on May 14, 2007 at 5:09 pm

I never came here when it was North and South, but I was sure here a lot when it was the Mid-Island Cinema 6. My friends and I once spent literally all day—nearly 14 hours—taking in EVERY movie (changing shirt tops, wearing hats, etc. aided our scheme). I also remember the one screen that I don’t think was much bigger than my living room. I also seem to remember my knees being up to my chin because the rows were so close together. Saw “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off”, “Jumping Jack Flash”, “Coming to America”, “Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home”, “Star Trek V: The Final Frontier”, “Honey, I Shrunk the Kids”, “Pet Cemetary” (where my buddy Dave scared the bejeezus out of these girls in the front with his cat impersonation during a tense moment in the film)…good times.

Coate
Coate on May 13, 2007 at 8:50 pm

Vito,
Thanks for clarifying. This supports the belief that at least during the 1960s both sides could run 70mm. (“Cleopatra” played a reserved-seat run in the NORTH house.)

Vito
Vito on May 13, 2007 at 9:52 am

Michael, When I wrote that only the south side had 70mm, I was referring to the time when the Mid Plaza Six was built. As I recall, Hicksville North and South both had 70mm, with Cinerama on the South side. However, the last time I worked the Hicksville North and South was the fall of 1983, about a year before it became Mid Plaza six, and by that time the 70mm on the North side had been removed and replaced with 35mm projectors with optical(mono)sound. I wonder if anyone knows when and why the equipment was removed. Perhaps the theate owners moved the 70mm projectors from the north side to another theatre.

Coate
Coate on May 13, 2007 at 5:57 am

[Sorry, I meant to select “Preview” to check the link (for obvious reasons) and accidentally hit “Submit]

Here’s a link to a page from the “70mm in NY” photo gallery that showcases a few newspaper ads from the HICKSVILLE NORTH & SOUTH/MID-PLAZA CINEMA 6. Sorry, we don’t have any photographs of the place, just ads.

Coate
Coate on May 13, 2007 at 5:54 am

Here’s a [uEL=http://www.fromscripttodvd.com/70mm_in_new_york_hicksville.htm]link to a page[/url] from the “70mm in NY” photo gallery that showcases a few newspaper ads from the HICKSVILLE NORTH & SOUTH/MID-PLAZA CINEMA 6. Sorry, we don’t have any photographs of the place, just ads.

EMP
EMP on May 13, 2007 at 4:37 am

I remember the film Grand Prix. I took my 35mm camera placed it on a tripod and got the fastest film at the time (400 asa black and white) took 36 picture’s. about half came out real good. Got an A on my class project.