Mayfair Theatre

200 Jericho Turnpike,
Commack, NY 11725

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Mayfair Marquee, Circa 1966

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Located in the Mayfair Shopping Center, this neighborhood house in Commack closed sometime in May 1984. It was last used as a shoe store.

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Bloop
Bloop on May 22, 2007 at 9:05 pm

The Mayfair had Rocky Horror?? Must have been the early 1980’s? How come the Hauppaugue Theater is not listed on this site??

Bloop
Bloop on June 19, 2007 at 1:04 pm

I saw “Curtains” at the Mayfair in (1985?), and remember when “Americathon” was there in 1979. Did the Mayfair specialize in BOMB movies ? I also saw Grease there in 1978. Hardees was across the way and my favorite haunt, Bargain Books was in the Mayfair shopping center! I loved all the dated (even by 1975 standards) posters in the window (Marvel comic characters, day glo posters, etc)and always got my fix of old back issues of Mad, Creepy, Famous Monsters, etc. It was large with an “adult” section. 441 Bargain Books was in Huntington, and was connected to it somehow. The Huntington branch eventually got overwhelmed by it’s “adult” section by the 1980’s. Does anyone know when the Commack Bargain Books closed ? 1978? 1979?

Mike (saps)
Mike (saps) on July 4, 2007 at 12:55 am

When I was growing up I didn’t do my chores or something, and I wasn’t allowed to go see “Let’s Scare Jessica to Death” when it played here in 1971. My father drove us all to the theater and dropped my sisters off, but I had to stay in the car and go home. I guess he was trying to make a point, but I never really forgave him and never forgot it. And to this day I have never seen that movie.

Bloop
Bloop on July 5, 2007 at 5:01 pm

Another great story, Saps! “Jessica…” is a classic (if you are into 1970’s horror movies). The star is the woman who used to do the “…Got a can of Goya beans in the house?” TV commercials, who I thought was Tyne Daley for years (but is not). I believe I have the ad/listings for it as well. If I find it, I will post it. I remember Mayfair being big and boxy…but for an movie theater that made it into the 80’s,it was a good thing. I approximated that most Suffolk County theaters and drive ins closed between 1984 and 1988—mainly because of the evil Commack Multi-Plex.

912er
912er on December 10, 2010 at 7:30 pm

This is where I saw The Road Warrior for the first time. Also saw Space Hunter Adventures in the Forbidden Zone in 3D.

moviegoer
moviegoer on September 23, 2011 at 10:09 pm

I believe I’ve pinned the final days of this theater down to May 1984. It’s listed in the May 21, 1984 issue of New York Magazine as showing The Bounty through May 17 (obviously the 5/21 issue must’ve hit newsstands prior to that). The theater is not listed in the May 28 issue or any subsequent issues that I have checked.

As the Multiplex opened in October 1983, this makes sense. The Mayfair puttered along for another 7 months and then went dark.

commackresident
commackresident on June 6, 2013 at 9:45 am

Hi all. If you’re interested in Commack on Long Island, join the new Facebook group…WE ARE COMMACK PROUD. (Fun thread here, by the way.)

robboehm
robboehm on June 30, 2013 at 10:43 am

Going around the rear of the shopping center it is my opinion that the Mayfair was located on the far West of the main strip, although not the end space. Very typical structural elements. Therefore, if I’m correct it is now the site of the Good Luck Chinese Buffet which is listed as 200 Jericho Turnpike.

Orlando
Orlando on April 14, 2014 at 4:10 pm

The theatre ticket on this site is actually for the Century’s Mayfair Theatre in Brooklyn. I love the ticket photos just added recently.

robboehm
robboehm on April 15, 2014 at 6:57 am

There are no photos at the Century site, not even of the theatre itself.

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