Rae Twin Theater

Hylan Boulevard,
Staten Island, NY 10306

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Rae Twin Theater

Located in the Oakwood district of Staten Island. It was built as a twin but was designed to be expanded vertically. It opened as the Rae Twin Theatre on January 30, 1976 with Peter Sellers in “Return of the Pink Panther” & Robert Logan in “The Adventure of the Wilderness Family”. It was closed on August 13, 1987 with Charlie Sheen in “Platoon” & Dan Aykroyd in “Dragnet”.

It became an OTB (Off Track Betting) establishment,

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philipgoldberg on November 13, 2002 at 11:52 am

I believe that this theater succumbed to the megaplexes on Staten Island.In the end it tried to stay open by offering bargain-priced double features.

Garth on August 11, 2004 at 6:01 pm

i recall it being a very crappy theatre, in light of the still open paramount , fox etc. you could hear the traffic from outside on hylan blvd.,and you could hear the soundtrack from the adjoining theatre as well!

RobertR on September 14, 2004 at 9:09 pm

Was this a Jerry Lewis cinema when it first opened? The weird thing about this and the other twin the same owner had was they never called their schedules into the papers. When they played first run they had the studio block ads, but at the end with second run double bills they needed that to let people know they were open???????

Garth on September 16, 2004 at 3:43 pm

robert, it was never a jerry lewis cinema.what other theatre did the owner have?

RobertR on September 16, 2004 at 8:51 pm

The Hylan, which theatre then on SI was the Jerry Lewis cinema?

Garth on December 14, 2004 at 6:03 pm

jerry lewis cinema was on forest avenue in mariner’s harbor,not far from south ave.

AdamBomb1701 on November 13, 2009 at 9:58 am

You’re right about being able to hear the sound from the adjoining theater, Garth. My boss from my old job when I was in college once complained about the lack of soundproofing between screens. He went to the Rae to see “Nashville” and could hear the ending of “The Hindenburg” when the titular zeppelin exploded, as that movie was playing next door.

robvin993 on May 5, 2021 at 2:23 am

I went to see Starship Invasions there, back in 1978, just before a major snowstorm hit the region. The building was split between a movie house and an OTB betting parlor.

rivest266 on November 6, 2021 at 12:56 pm

The Rae Twin Cinema opened on January 30th, 1976. Grand opening ad posted.

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