West Islip Twin

444 Union Boulevard,
West Islip, NY 11795

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West Islip Twin

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The West Islip Twin was a second run neighborhood theatre.

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longislandmovies
longislandmovies on October 22, 2004 at 7:12 pm

Whats in this space now…..

BobT
BobT on January 9, 2005 at 12:38 am

Was this a theater where there were no tickets? You paid then either walked right or left for whatever movie was playing and then thru a turn style? They had really tiny screens that were hung from the ceilimg so you actualy had to look up. If it was, I saw “Meatballs”, and “The Texas Chainsaw Massacre” in it’s original first run.

JohnMoviola
JohnMoviola on March 4, 2007 at 4:28 pm

I saw a few films there. It had small screens that were raised high on the wall in front of you. I saw a bad dupe of “Magical Mystery Tour” there, and “That’s Entertainment!” in 1974. I may be wrong, but I think a Blockbuster video store is presently at the location where the theater stood, but I would guess the original building was vastly altered.

robboehm
robboehm on April 11, 2009 at 1:30 pm

This was a weird location for a theatre, in the middle of nowhere on a street parallel to the Long Island Railroad. Oh, well, at least no problem getting a parking space. I don’t remember a turnstile here, but I do remember one at the Glen Oaks.

FriarFrank
FriarFrank on September 4, 2010 at 12:21 am

I remember this theater well. It was cost effective for high schoolers like me. I saw so many films there: “The Children,” “A Star Is Born” (Streisand/Kristopherson), “The Rose,” etc.

robboehm
robboehm on September 4, 2010 at 3:15 am

But it was in such an odd ball location.

venuz546
venuz546 on November 4, 2010 at 7:10 am

My dad owned and operated the W. Islip Twin Cinemas Robert Polson. The projectionist union came in and caused some trouble..but as a kid I remember it being a blast! Yes, High School kids loved it…Good times! Dad made a great effort….

fred1
fred1 on November 4, 2010 at 9:09 am

The twin was split in the middle right down the refreshment stand. Each theater had its own restroom . The box office had 2 separate turnstyle for each theater

FriarFrank
FriarFrank on November 4, 2010 at 10:09 am

I just drove by this location the other day and I could swear that I saw WEST ISLIP LIQUORS in that space there now. But interestingly, the internet tells me that DLC Management Corp is housed in that building. I am wondering if 444 Union Blvd has been reassigned in that shopping plaza and that’s the confusion between what i saw and what the super-highway says.

Guadzilla
Guadzilla on March 31, 2013 at 1:41 pm

I grew up in West Islip. This theatre was great. A friend of mine used to work there and we had lots of great times there. Even used to hang out inside before school some days back in high school (late 80s).

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