RKO Commack Twin

Veterans Highway,
Commack, NY 11725

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RKO Commack Twin

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This RKO theater in Suffolk county opened as a twin with seating for 390 in each auditorium. There was a smoked glass wall in the lobby. The ladies rooms all had there own private sinks and mirrors in each stall. The box office numbers were huge for a Long Island theater. The theater was in front of the UA Commack Drive-In.

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Bloop
Bloop on April 27, 2011 at 3:31 am

A standard RKO Twin snack bar, partitioned so that nobody “crosses the line” . The Commack looked just like this one?

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Bloop
Bloop on May 2, 2011 at 11:42 pm

Not one mention of the Will Rogers donation can collections and film clip before all RKO movies in the 70s and 80s????? Your thoughts……

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on May 3, 2011 at 12:30 am

General Cinema did it too,Bloop,The concessionstand Girls hated walking the aisles for money.

Mike (saps)
Mike (saps) on June 17, 2011 at 1:48 am

That image is off by couple of miles — how to fix it?

longislandmovies
longislandmovies on October 3, 2012 at 7:34 pm

The candy stand did look like this and was modernized around 1980 ,this and the RVC were the 2 busiest out off the RKO Twin format.

BVD1
BVD1 on October 20, 2013 at 5:22 am

As an usher I remember having to announce to all the customers entering each of the theatres that “Smoking is permitted, last 12 rows”. The mens changing room for the employees smelled like old socks. Many of us would come directly from soccer, or lacrosse practice and change into our tuxedos.

Ed Solero
Ed Solero on October 21, 2013 at 1:13 am

I remember that smoking policy was pretty standard in most chains. Or up in the balcony only, where they had them.

robboehm
robboehm on October 21, 2013 at 2:04 am

Number of rows varied. I think Century was 10. However, at the Mid- Island, there was a special section, with special admission and different seats surrounded by a metal railing. Subsequently there was no smoking and the railing came down. Those special seats disappeared when multiple auditoriums were created.

Ed Solero
Ed Solero on October 21, 2013 at 3:52 am

Yes, I should have clarified that. National Amusements (at least when Sunrise Cinemas opened in Valley Stream) was last 8 rows, if I recall. I remember you could look back and see the blue fog of cigarette smoke swirling in the light from the projector.

LesFox
LesFox on February 14, 2014 at 4:38 pm

This message is for snipit13, or family or friends of the late Jim Ward, movie theater manager. I was friends with Jim in Queens Village and at the RKO Alden in Jamaica from 1961 to 1964. Jim and I used to visit Times Square Records and buy rare 45’s from Slim. We didn’t keep in touch for a long long time, but I still remember his mom and dad, his sister Geraldine (snipit13?) and his brothers John and Edward. And Bosco. I’m sorry to hear that Jim passed away in 2004 as I always hoped we’d meet again. I’d like to know more about Jim’s life and career from the 70’s until 2004, and I’d like to see photos of what he looked like during that time. I knew his friends Harold, and Jimmy White but I never kept in touch with them either. Wishing you good health, Les (Les Fox / New Jersey.) My email address is: .

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