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 Picture Show” every Friday and Saturday at midnight for many years. Later operated by RKO Century Warner, it closed in 1990.

Contributed by RobertR

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on November 9, 2009 at 11:43 pm

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 6:17 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 8:07 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 9:43 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 7:53 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 21, 2011 at 10:25 pm

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 1:09 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.

paul baar
paul baar on May 30, 2017 at 4:11 am

I saw"For Your eyes Only"at the in door,at the out door I saw “The Odd Couple”.The minister Robert Shuyler had made one of these into a church in California.

robboehm on May 30, 2017 at 6:49 am

Believe Shuyler’s church was called the Crystal Cathedral.

MrJohn on December 8, 2017 at 5:27 am

Uploaded a set of pictures of the interior of the Cinema in 1989, as well as one of the demolition in 1991.

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