RKO Commack Twin

Veterans Highway,
Commack, NY 11725

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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: .

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.

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 1:13 am

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

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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……

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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blkdmdcharl
blkdmdcharl on April 15, 2009 at 9:30 pm

We had one wild time back then!

blkdmdcharl
blkdmdcharl on April 15, 2009 at 9:29 pm

Hey does anyone remember Angelo and Jean back in 76 and ‘77?

snipit13
snipit13 on March 23, 2009 at 12:50 pm

This has been wonderful hearing about my brother Jim Ward. He left a fantastic record collection. He truly loved his job. He also loved his young employees and friends. It is great to hear the other side of him as a boss. His personality is truly missed. It’s been 5 ½ years sinced he passed, but everyday I think about him. He went on to be Division Manager for Loews theatres until he couldn’t work anymore. He saw how things were changing in the theatre business and was very unhappy about it. I went to the Loews at Stony Brook the other night, it definitely has lost it’s atmosphere of a home town theatre. Thanks for the memories.

BVD1
BVD1 on March 23, 2009 at 2:18 am

More things I remember working at the RKO Twin.
1. The candy, especially the chocolate, always had bugs in them. As kids we really didn’t know about rotating the stock, DUH! They finally started putting celophane wrappers on the box.
2. Jim Ward had a policy of letting Police Officers in for free, as long as they showed their ID’s. Of course some where trying to use PBA Badges for free entry.
3. I was not only an usher, but the guy who mowed the lawn and trimmed the shrubs. Looking back, I did a lousy job.
4. Jim Ward loved the fifties, especially the music, and passed the music onto us.

robboehm
robboehm on March 12, 2009 at 2:05 pm

And if you scroll down further on the link Lost Memory has accomplished you will see the vandalized remains of the Commack DriveIn pylon now also gone.

Mike (saps)
Mike (saps) on March 12, 2009 at 1:08 am

Lost Memory, could you post it bigger?

robboehm
robboehm on March 11, 2009 at 7:44 pm

There is a nice color shot of the building at the Kings Park Historical Society web site on page one of its photo options.

usher71
usher71 on February 16, 2009 at 9:40 pm

I worked at the RKO twin in Commack 71/72 Jim Ward was manager,
everyone was cool. The Godfather sold out every show for 13 weeks, talk about busy.
We were the guys who changed the RKO sign in Babylon to “The Gang Who Could'nt Sh-t” Jim Ward knew we did it without having to tell him. That’s how well he knew us.
It was on their marquee for over 12 hours before anyone called them.
I’ve got a lot of stories about the RKO twin Commack..

longislandmovies
longislandmovies on January 11, 2009 at 7:01 am

Jim was a great guy ….I now own my own theater and it is in a big way because Jim gave me the chance when i was 18 years old…

snipit13
snipit13 on October 14, 2008 at 2:53 pm

This is for BVD and Longislandmovies, I am Jim Ward’s sister, it brought tears to my eyes reading your wonderful memories of my brother. THANK YOU. From me and my Mom.

KingBiscuits
KingBiscuits on September 20, 2008 at 5:38 am

Bloop, Night Of The Creeps kicked ass.

konga5
konga5 on September 19, 2008 at 11:01 pm

That deli is gone now?

antben14
antben14 on June 30, 2008 at 7:21 pm

I think I only saw one movie there, Return of the Jedi. Wanted to see it on it’s first day of release and waited on line for 5 hours. My buddy and I would take turns running to the deli in the adjacent shopping center for food and drinks while we waited.

Bloop
Bloop on September 21, 2007 at 7:30 pm

P.S. I have a GREAT (but small) ad for the “Beast of Blood” playing at the RKO Commack (where I actually SAW it!) / RKO Rockville Centre in the new issue of my zine; Snackbar Confidential!
http://snackbar-confidential.blogspot.com/