Rae Twin Cinema
5500 Sunrise Highway,
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The Jerry Lewis Cinema 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 December 22, 1972. It wasn’t extraordinary in anyway. I saw a lot of the re-released Disney movies during the 1970’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 advertisements 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.
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