RKO Commack Twin

Veterans Highway,
Commack, NY 11725

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RKO Commack Twin

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.

Contributed by MIKE FURLINGER

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longislandmovies on October 3, 2012 at 11:34 am

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 on October 19, 2013 at 9:22 pm

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 20, 2013 at 5:13 pm

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

robboehm on October 20, 2013 at 6:04 pm

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 20, 2013 at 7:52 pm

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 on February 14, 2014 at 8:38 am

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: .

moviebuff82 on September 8, 2018 at 4:28 pm

Had this theater remained open, it would’ve become an RKO-Stanley Warner, then a Cineplex Odeon, then a Loews Cineplex, and finally an AMC.

fred1 on September 9, 2018 at 3:46 am

Not for a twin and a Multiplex near by

markp on September 9, 2018 at 5:20 am

It was an RKO-Stanley Warner, and an RKO Century Warner before closing up.

BVD1 on January 20, 2019 at 9:17 pm

If you haven’t already done so, check out the few photos I found from the theater. Several employees of the time I was there, including my sister, Ruth Ulip, Diane Urban and others. All vintage 1972-76

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