Surfside Twins

103-22 Rockaway Beach Boulevard,
Rockaway Park, NY 11693

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Previously operated by: Jerry Lewis Cinemas

Functions: Retail

Previous Names: Jerry Lewis Cinema, Surfside Cinema

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Surfside Twins

This twin in Rockaway Park, Queens has the distinction of being the last operating cinema on the peninsula. It opened in September 1971 as a single screen Jerry Lewis Cinema and was located in a corner store front of a mini mall.

When the chain failed in 1973, it was taken over by a new operator and it was renamed Surfside Cinema. They added a second screen on August 14, 1981, reopened as the Surfside Twin and showed first-run fare. It closed on September 3, 1996.

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Recent comments (view all 13 comments)

RobertR on March 11, 2013 at 10:02 am

Still suprises me it closed with ZERO competition

Tony on March 26, 2016 at 1:55 pm

The Jerry Lewis Theater was located at 103-22 Rockaway Beach Boulevard, Rockaway Beach, NY 11693. It rented a corner store front in a new mini mall. However, it only lasted a very short time when the “Surfside Twin” opened up and took over operations. Today the theaters are long gone. (Note: The above location map is incorrect)

CJ1949 on December 5, 2018 at 11:16 pm

I have a poor photo of it from late 1997 and it was out of business at that time.

ridethectrain on August 17, 2019 at 10:47 am

Correction, the theatre was a single screen. They build an aother auditorium next to the original in the early 1980’s. It closed in the late 1990s. Please update it open in the early 1970s as a single theatre. An added auditorium to make it 2 in the early 1980’s.

Theatre 1, the original was fairly good in the 1980’s. It had Dolby Stereo and theatre 2 was MONO. The current owner Harvey Elgart that owns Kew Gardens and Cobble Hill, the last owners of the Surfside Twin Cinema.

The theatre was business wasn’t good in the late 1990’s when they had competition form the Kings Plaza Cinemas 6 and UA The Movies at Sheepshead Bay 9.

I went their when I was a teenager and lived in the Rockaways for most of my life before leaving in 2013.

ridethectrain on September 1, 2019 at 4:44 pm

The theatre closed labor day weekend in 1996. Don’t have exact date, their last features was A Very Brady Sequel and Carpool

ridethectrain on September 1, 2019 at 4:49 pm

Just to let you know, Harvey Elgart was the owner of the movie theatre and he also own At the time of closing, he was operating the Cobble Hills Cinemas. He eventually open the Kew Gardens Theatre and Williamsburgh Cinemas

Mike (saps)
Mike (saps) on September 1, 2019 at 8:12 pm

I think he also operates the Grand Avenue Cinemas in Baldwin, (Long Island) NY but I couldn’t swear to it…

fred1 on September 2, 2019 at 5:58 am

The owner of the Grand Ave cinemas also operates various theaters on Long Island and in Queens

ridethectrain on October 28, 2020 at 10:47 am

Please update, theatre closed September 3, 1996.

ridethectrain on July 12, 2021 at 7:53 am

Please update, it was twin on August 14, 1981

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