Old Country Theater

1097 Old Country Road,
Plainview, NY 11803

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Old Country Theater Site, Plainview, NY

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Another one of Plainview, Long Island’s long lost neighborhood theaters. This one did great business in the 70s and early ‘80s, and always seemed to get the big hits – I definitely remember seeing the original “Terminator” and “Ghostbusters” here in 1984.

Unfortunately management seemed second only to the infamous Westbury in their ability to chase away customers, and this must have closed by 1988. The building still stands as a medical-dental arts plaza.

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chconnol
chconnol on January 11, 2005 at 1:10 pm

I get the funny feeling that this one is already listed. There’s at least two other theaters for Plainview on this site.

micohen
micohen on January 11, 2005 at 1:42 pm

No, this is correct. Plainview, New York once had 4 theaters (down to zero currently) and they are now all listed here. This theater may have often been confused with the single-screen Morton Village theater, which was on the opposite side of Old Country Road about a quarter mile to the west, almost within sight of each other. I’m not sure, but I think the Old Country was the last of the Plainview theaters to close.

popeofmortonvillage
popeofmortonvillage on March 19, 2006 at 10:10 am

Actually this theatre was called the “Old Country Twin”, if memory serves. Often a film playing there would be Rated R, while the same film playing down the road at Morton Village would be PG, and vice versa, so we’d have to check Newsday sometimes to see if we could get in without a problem.

RobertR
RobertR on May 24, 2006 at 7:55 pm

An “X” double bill
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cinepaul
cinepaul on October 1, 2007 at 7:30 pm

Before this was “twinned”, it was another good LI house with a big screen. I saw “2001” here for the first time in 1969 (and if you’ve only seen this on TV or DVD – you have NOT seen it – it only works on a big screen!!) and it blew my mind (and I was not stoned, at that young age). In April 1970, the Oscar winner for Best Foreign Film – “Investigation of a Citizen Above Suspicion” – was playing here on a double bill with another Foreign Film nominee – Bunuel’s “Tristana” – both dubbed in English (a standard practice around that time, for foreign films that made it to the suburbs). I persuaded my Dad (it was R-rated)to take me and two other friends on
a Saturday night. It was completely sold out, and we had to sit way on the side. “Investigation” had a kinkily erotic opening scene and
an interesting story line, and everyone liked it. The consensus on “Tristana”, from my three companions, was that it was the most boring movie of all time, though I found that riveting as well.
In January 71, there was a double bill of “The Go-Between” (Julie Christie, Alan Bates) and the French film “Claire’s Knee”. It was my
third time seeing “Claire’s Knee”, and the projectionist had screwed up the order of the reels! but I was too inhibited a teenager at the time to make a fuss or even say anything when it was over.

The last things I remember seeing there, in the late 70’s,
were “Alien” and “Apocalypse Now”.

srobin
srobin on February 2, 2009 at 9:02 am

I worked at this theater in the mid 1970’s as an usher. It was one of the independent “GG” theaters owned by a large Syrian..Carmine. It had the Disney Film Festivals in the summer. It was a single screen theater back then that sat about 300 patrons and used the old carbon-arc projectors.

robboehm
robboehm on August 13, 2009 at 11:15 pm

The first time I was in this theatre I was impressed by what an uninviting space it was from the drab color to the most …awful sconces on the walls. Years later after it was twinned I was amazed to see they had found even more of the …awful sconces since now they were, in effect, on four walls not just two.

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