Rae Twin Cinema

Sunrise Highway,
Massapequa, NY 11758

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Rae Twin Cinema

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The Jerry Lewis Cinemas sat in the back of a very large parking lot on what I believe was the site of the Massapequa Drive-In. It was a twin. It was opened in 1972. It wasn’t extraordinary in anyway. I saw a lot of the re-released Disney movies during the 70’s here such as “Song of the South” (back then they did release that one though now I think it’s banned in this country.)

One of the few things I do remember about the place was seeing a Disney movie there in 1974 (forget which one…) and noticing that there was no curtain. In between movies, you just saw the white screen. I really hated that. A couple next to me actually were discussing this fact. The woman was saying how (like me) she hated the way it looked and the man was saying that it was no big deal. Little could I realize that this was to be the wave of the future. At least they weren’t flashing those annoying ads like they do now.

Just thought I’d add this because it comes up a few times when people are discussing LI movie houses. This was not a cinema treasure.

Contributed by C. Connolly

Recent comments (view all 13 comments)

RobertR on May 28, 2006 at 2:39 am

Here is the Saturday Night Fever ad I mentioned a year ago
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longislandbear on June 10, 2006 at 6:54 am

To answer your question from a year ago Robert R, the Jerry Lewis Twin in Massapequa became a Rae Twin Cinema before it finally closed. The last movie to play there was Love at First Bite. I remeber that distinctly because after the theater closed the movie title was on the marquee for a while as the property sat vacant. The building is now a Harrows. I saw GREASE there with my sister when I was 13. Wow that took me back! Wat a great time to be a kid!

Goldthorpe on January 1, 2007 at 12:04 am

The current Harrow’s there is going out of business. Another store in that huge lot back then was a store called “White”. I don’t even think it was White’s, the sign outside said White. I remmber it was connected inside to a supermarket, Waldbaum’s perhaps.

Marcel on May 23, 2007 at 2:49 am

goldthorpe- your talking about White Department Stores-didn’t last long. Opened around 1970 and went under in 1974. They were affiliated with Waldbaums.

Marcel on May 23, 2007 at 2:56 am

Were they affiliated with Waldbaums? I have a White department Store Circular- they are on the back page. There was one at the Monticello N.Y. shopping center which housed a Jerry Lewis Twin Cinema.

mglaser on September 30, 2007 at 1:03 am

I would lovwe to see the whites circular mike glaser 1-631-236-7121

fibber2 on June 2, 2008 at 3:34 am

I don’t think there was any connection between White and Waldbaum’s. My dad knew something about one of the founders, but I vaguely remember the details. The store in Massapequa was one of two that started in the 50’s, and they expanded in the late ‘60 thru the early 70’s around the NY area. The original store that fronted Sunrise Highway was torn down around 1972, and the new store built way off the road on the site of the Massapequa Drive-in. White originally ran the food market, but later contracted it out to Waldbaums.

My college girl (still my wife) is from Monticello, and I remember the White store all the way out at the edge of town. I think there is a Sears Surplus store there now?

Scott Neff
Scott Neff on October 5, 2009 at 8:29 pm

According to January 1, 1973 issue of Boxoffice, this was the 201st Jerry Lewis Cinema and it opened 12/22/1972

Mrmarkus on June 19, 2011 at 9:44 am

White’s merged with Modell’s,the signs read WHITE/modell ,then when White’s closed,it was all Modell’s,until they downsized the stores and sold only the core product,sporting goods. By the way,the Google map pinpoint is too much to the west,along with the picture.

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