Bay Shore Cinema

1881 Sunrise Highway,
Bay Shore, NY 11706

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Bay Shore Cinema

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This single screen theatre stood on the outside of the Bay Shore Drive-In. Not to be confused with the indoor screen that was within the drive-in property.

The Bay Shore Cinema was opened by the Prudential Theatres chain 1962. The Bay Shore Cinema played “Rocky Horror” every Friday and Saturday at midnight for many years. Later operated by RKO Century Warner, it closed in 1990.

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jpark377 on March 28, 2007 at 8:16 pm

I don’t remember this theater being called the Cinema Bayshore? If it’s the Bay Shore Cinema, that was at 1881 Sunrise Highway, in front of the Drive-In. Yes Bill, Bay Shore is two words, like East Hampton!

Jeana on May 29, 2008 at 5:14 pm

If anyone has pictures of the Bay Shore Cinema on Main Street (it is now a YMCA), please post here or email me at (take out the trash). I have a large collection of photos of Bay Shore and Brightwaters, but I have never been able to find any pics of this theater. My album is here:

I would appreciate any photos. Thank you.

jpark377 on May 29, 2008 at 8:28 pm

Hello Jeana-
There never was a Bay Shore Cinema on Main Street. The Bay Shore Cinema and Drive-In were both at 1881 Sunrise Hwy. The YMCA was known as the “Bay Shore Theater”. It was a real show palace, so I’m sure there’s some pictures hiding somewhere on “the web”.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on November 10, 2009 at 1:43 am

Could someone who has seen this theater take a look at the picture on the cover of Boxoffice Magazine for January 7, 1963, and tell me if the 1962 Maurice Sornik-designed house for Prudential Theatres it depicts is the Bay Shore Cinema in New York? The caption says that it is in Bay Shore, New Jersey, but I’ve been unable to find any confirmation that the New Jersey town ever had a theater called the Cinema. I think the caption writer might have made a mistake.

BobT on November 10, 2009 at 8:17 am

Yup, that’s her. The theater sat just outside the UA Bayshore Twin Drive-In though run seperate. Just down the road from the Lowes South Shore Mall theater, later twinned. Once 5 screens in a short distance no no longer represented at all. Here at the Cinema, I saw such fare as “Coal Miners Daughter” and “Jaws 3D”. Went under the Blue Ribbon Theater banner.

jpark377 on November 6, 2010 at 10:07 pm

Joe V., would have liked to see that cover for Boxoffice Magazine. I guess you took it down?

Ed Solero
Ed Solero on August 29, 2011 at 11:43 am

Took my then 12-year old brother here back in the late summer of 1985 to see the decidedly R-rated “Return of the Living Dead.” Not sure what I was thinking! He seemed to perk-up when a girl in the film did a striptease number in the middle of a graveyard! Ah the classic B cinema of the 1980’s!

robboehm on August 29, 2011 at 9:53 pm

There was originally a plan to have multiple theatres on the site and called Cinema City. Then the bottom dropped out of the movie business.

moviegoer on October 22, 2011 at 12:25 am

Hmmm…for a long while the picture that Joe Vogel linked to in his post on 11/10/09 was posted here. Now it’s gone and the link is also not working. I wonder if there’s a connection. Hope the picture is not gone forever because I haven’t been able to find any others of the Cinema.

Ed Solero
Ed Solero on October 24, 2011 at 3:09 pm

I don’t know why the link would have disappeared, but uploading the photo to CT may have been in some sort of copyright violation.

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