UA Movies at Coram

3700 Route 112,
Coram, NY 11727

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robboehm
robboehm on March 31, 2015 at 10:35 am

Photo of pylon uploaded.

BrkMltCin86
BrkMltCin86 on November 16, 2013 at 1:58 am

There’s inside pictures of it on Photobucket if you are interested in seeing them!… Everything falling apart and messed up with everything all over the place. Id like to get inside it myself and take my own pictures of it before it gets demolished in 2014 supposedly to make way for the new shopping center BUT there’s no way to get inside of it during day since there is traffic all around it constantly and I believe there is a no trespassing sign there blah blah blah. But I actually saved the pictures I found on Photobucket to my laptop so I will upload them on here now so you can see for yourself Kino

SeaBassTian
SeaBassTian on August 23, 2012 at 6:17 pm

@CSWalczak: That shot of Coram Cinema in it’s current state of graffiti grime was frightening. Having lived in the W-section in the mid-90’s, I remember when it was shiny and new. Never my favorite theater in the area, I do recall seeing a few memorable shows here like Casino.

Kino
Kino on April 10, 2012 at 9:10 am

I happened upon this theater the other day while up in Coram and my wife remarked that she remembered when the theater was open. Does anyone know if the interior is intact (other than the area under the hole in the roof) or if it has been vandalized inside?

CSWalczak
CSWalczak on January 12, 2012 at 11:28 pm

This is a link to a picture of the theater in its advanced state of decay from another online publication:

http://tinyurl.com/6s8jqlo

robboehm
robboehm on October 4, 2011 at 8:50 pm

There is a picture, and a sad sight it is, in the Newsday article. But that’s probably copyrighted material. Also, I wouldn’t even know how to go about linking it. But it’s still better than the aerial photo in the link a couple of comments back showing the hole in the roof after a 2007 fire.

techman707
techman707 on October 4, 2011 at 1:50 pm

It’s sad that there isn’t even a picture to display.

robboehm
robboehm on September 29, 2011 at 8:10 am

According to an article in the September 20, 2011 Newsday plans are moving forward to demolish the theatre and redevelop the site for housing and commercial use. An optomist target date of 2012 was set.

CSWalczak
CSWalczak on January 25, 2011 at 2:43 pm

A developer apparently has plans to demolish this abandoned and deteriorated theater and redevelop the site: View link

Bway
Bway on September 23, 2010 at 7:08 am

Not the case here, but interestingly, the former UA Patchogue Multiplex was also built on the site of the old Patchogue Drive in….but in that case, the Drive in also had an indoor theater building for when there was bad weather, winter, etc….and they incorporated that into one of the new auditoriums of the Patchogue Multiplex that was built around it.

robboehm
robboehm on September 23, 2010 at 6:07 am

By rights I think there should be a separate entry for the Drive In. Theatre is on the same site but it’s a multiplex not a drive in.
Having said that, I was in the Hollywood Ice Cream Parlour on Rt 25, Middle Country Road in Medford last night and among the memoriabilia they had on the wall were two advertising cards for the drive-in.

Jayar1
Jayar1 on May 3, 2009 at 3:20 pm

This site shows some pictures of the old Coram Drive In. Go to…

http://www.longwood.k12.ny.us/history/index.htm

To see other old pictures of the surrounding area go to…

http://www.topix.net/city/farmingville-ny

Bway
Bway on April 20, 2009 at 7:30 am

The Coram multiplex building is falling deeper and deeper into shambles every time I go by. the whole site is overgrown, and the building covered in graffiti at this point, all with slashed awnings, etc. the place looks terrible.

ChuckNet
ChuckNet on September 23, 2007 at 10:52 pm

Thanks for the clarification…yeah, I meant the restored 1920s theater on Main St. :–) But I digress…was on YouTube just now, and stumbled across something that should bring back memories for anyone who frequented the UA in the mid-to-late 80s like me…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jYJAYlHCh_4&NR=1

Bway
Bway on May 8, 2007 at 1:45 am

Jared, I think you are confusing Chuck’s “Patchogue theater” comments, which is the beautiful 1920’s theater on Main St with the Multiplex Patchouge 13 on Sunrise Hwy.

jared11
jared11 on May 7, 2007 at 6:14 pm

The theater is a kids hangout inside. And I mean a LOT of kids hang in there all weekend. Which probably is why the place is a complete mess. I’ve heard, and I don’t know how true it is, that shoprite had an interest in buying the land the theater sits on.

ChuckNet
ChuckNet on May 7, 2007 at 6:07 pm

My bad, guess I should’ve been clearer…yes, RCN is still a rock station, but they now share a building w/WLVG (Love 96.1), an AC station that’s also owned by Barnstable Broadcasting. And yeah, the current SB Loews def has a nice art deco feel to it, and I also have no complaints about the restored Patchogue Theatre, either…saw Hammer of the Gods (a Zeppelin tribute band) and the Pink Floyd Laser Spectacular there.

jukingeo
jukingeo on May 3, 2007 at 4:50 pm

Hello Chuck

LOVE 96.1 RCN??? Am I missing something here? Last I remember WRCN was a rock station.

The Coram Drive-In was perhaps a good piece of Long Island movie history, but to be honest with you UA has always had a knack for building showbox sized theatres and I am sure that place was no different than any other UA theatre. I never liked UA theatres…black bland boxes. So there is really nothing of historical value attached to that building. So personally I don’t mind if they bulldoze the place. (And according to JBock above, they may just have to do that). As I said above, I would rather see a Drive In return to that spot.

Overall it is very tough to find buildings to get attached to nowadays. In terms of modern theatres, I like the Stonybrook Loews. They at least tried to follow an Art Deco theme with that building. I think the last building I was attached to was the Babylon Theatre. It was the biggest theatre I went to when I was a child and the only one in the are with a balcony. But that theatre fell victim to UA’s theatre dividing in the 80’s. That too is another reason UA theatres leave a foul taste in my mouth.

Now if you really want to see a beautiful Long Island theatre, check out the Patchogue Theatre. It is a fairly new restoration and they pretty much use the building for performing arts rather than movies. But in terms of what a real theatre is like, one could get quickly attached to this place.

Geo

ChuckNet
ChuckNet on May 3, 2007 at 2:05 pm

Wow, had no idea…rather sad to learn that an important piece of the Long Island I grew up in was basically left to rot for no reason. :–( And yeah, I work for Love 96.1/WRCN (whose building is just down the road from the old UA, ironically!), so we’ve done promos during those drive-in nights @ the Ampitheater.

jukingeo
jukingeo on May 2, 2007 at 12:30 pm

Hello Robert

I am sure they do. Or they could even have one of those new digital models. The place is huge, so they obviously have something with POWER.

Geo

RobertR
RobertR on May 2, 2007 at 8:14 am

Does the Brookhaven Amphitheatre run 35mm film?

jukingeo
jukingeo on May 2, 2007 at 7:20 am

Hello JBock,

Wow! That sure is a nice chunk of info. I have heard about the vandalism of the property, but I have not heard about the mold issue. It must be very very damp in that building for mold to develop like that. I could be too that if they have a damp or wet basement, that may trigger it as well. If I am not mistaken, I think there is a small lake nearby the building.

I don’t imagine a multiplex like that having a basement, but I could be wrong.

True, if it wasn’t for the nearby fast food places, I think a drive-in could still work there. I do miss the Long Island drive-ins and it would be nice to see something like that return.

One nice thing they do have on the Island is movie night at the Brookhaven Amphitheater. The only thing is they never have first runs, but it is as close as you can get to a Drive-In. Just hope for good weather though.

Geo

JenniferBock
JenniferBock on May 1, 2007 at 9:37 am

It is for obvious reasons that drive in theatres close – concessions! Movie theatres make most of their money at the concession stands – so if you can bring in cheaper food – why would you buy the movie theatre’s high priced food? And that is the reason for the dying era of drive-in theatres.

On a side note for Coram – UA mad two blunders with this theatre. The first was that Target had opted to buy the land – so Regal made the decision to close the theatre – but before the official sale went through. UA took whatever valuable assets was left in the building and shut their doors anticipating the sale. Alas, Target nixed the deal at signing and the theatre was already closed. Two weeks later – Brookhaven Multiplex shut their doors and UA was the real loser. So you might be thinking – why didn’t they reopen? Well, there were 2 reasons – first it was vandalized in a way that would have cost UA a large amount of money just to make repairs to re-open and since the theatre was already losing money, they sat on the fence about what to do (talk about cheap). Then, when the district manager finally made his way into the building – they had to evacuate. Due to the stale tempratures, mold started to develop (more like expanded to unsafe levels) and now the building is a toxic waste inside. The building will have to be demolished before anything could happen there – it’s actually quite dangerous for anyone to go in there – which is why the building is forever closed.

jukingeo
jukingeo on March 27, 2007 at 6:36 pm

Hello Chuck D,

Believe it or not…there has been some areas where drive-ins have made a come back. Upstate NY is one area where they have been reopening old drive-ins. In some states such as Texas, they not only have been re-opening old drive-ins, but they have even built new ones.

Ohio and Pennsylvania also have seen some resurgences in drive-in reopenings too.

But there is a pattern though. Most of these areas the land values have not skyrocketed as they have here on Long Island…but it does make one wonder. Long Island has over 5 million people on it and yet, no drive-in theatre exists anymore here.

For the person who ventures into this territory here, it could be a big thing.

What more is that I have the spot already picked out! The UA theatre is sitting right on the corner of Rt 25 (Middle Country Rd) and Rt 112. It is surrounded by trees too. And there WAS once a drive in here :).

Geo

ChuckNet
ChuckNet on March 27, 2007 at 5:00 pm

Hey Geo…yeah, I knew that National Amusements owned both the Multiplex and the Island 16, which is why I referred to the latter’s opening as “suicide” for the former (in fact, the Island 16 still runs a pre-show slide reminding patrons that the screenside exits provide easier parking lot access, which the Multiplex used to run from the early 90s till the end…actually features the familiar “N” logo).

While a drive-in would def be nice, given that their time has passed, one wonders if an attempted comeback would be economically feasible…who knows, though.