South Bay Cinemas

495 Montauk Highway,
West Babylon, NY 11704

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robboehm on May 8, 2022 at 11:26 am

No new update on their Facebook page. Went by today. They have finished reframing and enclosing the tiny box office area. It would seem that all the windows to be replaced have been installed. They are now covered with brown paper. The trench and the pile of dirt in the front of the theatre are still there. Behind the fencing there is a dump truck and a small Bobcat. Stay tuned for the next exciting chapter of a waste of time and money since, if it ever opens, it won’t survive. A number of well established Long Island theatres did not survive Covid. They either closed on the spot or couldn’t successfully reestablish.

Mike (saps)
Mike (saps) on April 14, 2022 at 9:22 am

Yes, in time to celebrate the 100th anniversary of V-E Day…!

robboehm on April 3, 2022 at 10:31 am

There is still a large dumpster on the property and a large pile of sand in the front of the building behind the fencing. However, the fencing is now closer to the building.

Through the brand new windows they’ve installed you can see metal studs and pink insulation.

They’ve also removed the original box office and are now installing new metal girders. Looks like the new lobby will be smaller than the old.

Memorial Day?

robboehm on April 3, 2022 at 10:26 am

ridethetrain - part of the Lynbrook delay was ousting tenants in the building. And they were unable to acquire one privately owned building which they built around. I suspect part of the village approval was related to the absence of parking.

ridethectrain on March 18, 2022 at 2:03 pm

@robbohm The Lynbrook project was proposed in 1995 by United Artists Theatre Circuit, they were originally going to expand the Marlboro and Bayside locations which never happen. Lynbrook took almost 25 years to finally happen. With all the political bs with the village, it took forever.

robboehm on March 17, 2022 at 11:48 am

The Paramount in Stapleton, Staten Island had a long renovation that ended unsuccessfully.

From the time Regal announced it was going to level the Lynbrook and build a new theatre on the site took quite a bit of time. Interestingly there is not much of a difference in seating capacity from the old theatre to the new 9 story building which replaces it.

Scott Neff
Scott Neff on March 16, 2022 at 11:24 am

I am now wondering what the longest “renovation” of a theater has been and whether this would be the winner of that distinction.

robboehm on March 16, 2022 at 7:12 am

They closed in 2016 for a renovation to be completed in 2017 and now they are going to open in the Spring of 2022. Time will tell on that. Because of the length of time closed, Covid and the popularity of streaming what are the odds that this is going to be viable?

Since this is a leased property curious to know when the current lease is up.

ridethectrain on March 11, 2022 at 5:01 pm

From the theatre owners as of today post on Facebook: Hi Folks Just to let all of you know, work is still coming along. The seats have arrived! We are still targeting a late Spring opening in time for the summer releases. To those of you that have been asking questions to us in our mailbox…. Here are some common answers… 1) We will announce about 4-6 weeks before opening when we are looking to interview for staffing 2) There will be online ticket sales 3) There will be birthday party & theater rentals available but we cannot book anything right now till we have a locked in date. As soon as we have more information, we will pass it along… See you soon.

fred1 on December 24, 2021 at 3:37 pm

Can we call this a Christmas miricle

ridethectrain on December 23, 2021 at 3:18 pm

From the South Bay Cinemas facebook page @robboehm Hi Everyone. It has been a long time since you have seen a post from this page. The short of the story is that the principal partner of the company passed away in 2020 after a long battle with cancer and it set the project back greatly. Many of you have started seeing construction going on again. I can confirm now that we have re-grouped and are moving along. The hope is to be ready before Easter. It will still be 5 screens with all luxury recliner seating. As a matter of fact, the seats were purchased today. The interior will be all-new. The plan is to have some food items as well as beer and wine and an all-new party rental program. And no, we will not nearly as expensive as Farmingdale or Deer Park. We don’t have anything else right now to share but again, if everything moves along, we shall see you by Easter. – The South Bay Cinemas Team

robboehm on December 12, 2021 at 1:16 pm

They finally boarded up the broken windows! But they also boarded up the entrance lobby?????? In addition to the machine and the porta potty I mentioned previously there is also a back hoe within the fenced area.

robboehm on November 22, 2021 at 12:07 pm

They gave it a fresh coat of paint and refurbished the marquee and the signage so it looks far better. They also installed new heating/AC units on the roof of the five auditoriums. There has been sporadic work on the interior over the years. What’s such a big deal about replacing broken windows? The building is behind a high chain link fence.

grindhouse on November 21, 2021 at 3:12 pm

The town should give them a date, finish or demolish the eyesore.

robboehm on November 21, 2021 at 2:47 pm

Windows are still broken. Appears to be a work light inside. There are several sheet rock panels leaning against the entrance windows. There is also some sort of machine and a porta potty inside the fenced in area.

ridethectrain on July 11, 2021 at 12:26 pm

Please update, became a Triplex on May 21, 1975, quad on November 30, 1990 and five on November 15, 1991

robboehm on July 6, 2021 at 6:27 pm

Belated July 4th report. No change from June 20th. Next report mid-August.

robboehm on June 20, 2021 at 11:08 am

Windows still broken. However, the recessed lights on the marquee were lit today and a few floodlights have been installed at the roof line since I was last there. Next report July 4th.

ridethectrain on June 8, 2021 at 6:46 pm

Reopen at Trio on May 21, 1975 another ad posted

robboehm on June 2, 2021 at 7:18 pm

What are the chances of this opening post Covid when they couldn’t open before. I’ll drive by in a couple of weeks to see if anything has changed in the past 6 months. Same broken windows? Same dumpster?

rivest266 on June 2, 2021 at 3:54 pm

Reopened as South Bay Trio on May 23rd, 1975. Another ad posted.

robboehm on November 22, 2020 at 12:44 pm

Dumpster and backhoe gone. Windows still broken. Such progress.

rivest266 on October 21, 2020 at 4:41 pm

The South Bay theatre opened on June 28th, 1967 with “El Dorado”. Grand opening ad posted.

robboehm on September 29, 2020 at 8:19 am

David, the only thing the South Bay has in it’s favor is parking. And that usage is questionable since they only, legitimately, have a small area around the building. The area used to have the Lindenhurst, Babylon, North Babylon theaters but somehow in it’s dilapidated condition the South Bay soldiered on. The pandemic will be the end of many theaters because of fear and social distancing. So many theaters have just about destroyed their viability when they severely reduced the seating capacity with the installation of recliners. So in an auditorium under 100 seats, which seems to be the case, more often than not, social distancing and reduced capacity percentages spells doom.

David_Schneider on September 28, 2020 at 10:26 am

robboehm, yeah I’m not saying the South Bay was impressive, just it was the first cinema I was ever at. : ) When I was last there in the summer of 2000 with my late mother to see “Bring It On”, it did seem somewhat rundown. …. Wow, I just realized my mother, the person I went there with the final time, was the person I was there with the first time. (All my visits in between were without her.) As we approached the entrance I may have said something like “You brought me here in 1974”…..

I just found out by perusing Cinema Treasures listings that the Islip Theater, which had closed after I last visited it in 2000 to see “The Perfect Storm” or “X-Men”, has since reopened as the Islip Cinemas, so one of the cinemas I recall attending is still a movie theater. Other than that I get the impression there are currently no operating movie theaters that close to the Babylon/West Islip/Bay Shore area, while in my time there were several choices.