Coram Cinema

264 Middle Country Road,
Coram, NY 11727

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gfm8959 on October 14, 2020 at 10:59 pm

Was the theater actually the Firestone store? The roof doesn’t look high enough on the outside for a theater auditorium

dallasmovietheaters on April 17, 2020 at 10:38 am

The Grant Plaza launched theatre-less at Christmas time in 1969. The theatre announced the addition of a theatre in September of 1971. Coram Cinema Associates would be the latest franchisee of a Jerry Lewis Cinema. Planned as a single-screen, 350-seat automated theater, the theater pledged only family-friendly fare for Coram. This was second Long Island Cinema along with the East Meadow location – the circuit’s first ever twin-screen location.

The Coram Jerry Lewis Cinema appears to have opened with with “Willy Wonka” on March 31, 1972. It appears that the parent company, Network Cinema may have stepped in to run it and one other early cinema in trouble. It was relaunched by Henry Goldman in 1972 who changed the theater’s name to the New Coram Cinema. It was the height of the porno chic exhibition era that Goldman raised eyebrows booking X-rated films. But it was “The Devil in Miss Jones” that landed the operator in major trouble. Goldman was found guilty on two counts of obscenity in 1973 and “Jones” was banned in Suffolk County. The neighboring Pines Cinema ran the X-rated in the Christmas season of 1973 with “Behind the Green Door” and its operator, Arthur Strollo Jr., was also charged with obscenity.

Though Goldman would briefly relaunch the New Coram with R-rated Hollywood film, it found a new operator in Creative Cinemas Circuit. Creative took on the location in 1974 running it as a mainstream location called the Coram Cinema and as Florin Creative Film’s Coram Cinema until the end of March 1984 at the theater’s 12th anniversary.

Although the nearby Pine continued and would transform to a long-running location, there are no further listings or bookings at this location. There are no listings as the Coram Theatre or Coram Theater – though its possible that it simply didn’t advertise. However, it’s just as likely that the one-screen theater was simply repurposed for other retail operations in March 31, 1984 after screenings of “Lassiter” and remains a retail operation into the 2020s.

robboehm on March 3, 2020 at 10:07 am

Would be nice if someone could find a picture of the place and post it.

Bloop on March 3, 2020 at 2:23 am

JUST ADDED AN AD on here !

robboehm on May 31, 2018 at 4:56 pm

According to the Newsday Vault Classic edition of May 18, 1983 the Coram Cinema was still featuring mainstream films, not XXX.

robboehm on September 23, 2010 at 9:09 am

There was also a Two Guys in Patchogue in the old Granada Theatre. There they didn’t even bother to level the pitch.

Bway on April 20, 2009 at 2:51 pm

Perhaps this listing should be updated to say “264 Middle COuntry Rd”, or at least Middle Country Rd.

Michael Furlinger
Michael Furlinger on June 25, 2007 at 1:04 pm

sorry i read that wrong …back in the day many of the grants stores became two guys!

Michael Furlinger
Michael Furlinger on June 25, 2007 at 1:02 pm

two guys is a local applience company on li …not the old two guys stores from the 70s…

Bloop on June 25, 2007 at 12:50 pm

I had no idea there was a “TWO GUYS” on Long Island? Are you certain about that?

icom on September 1, 2005 at 6:20 am

the jerry lewis cinema became a XXX theater and is now a firestone tire, and it is in the home depot shopping center, which was 0nce Grants,then two guys, then caldor. then they tore down caldor and pathmark and built home depot.

RobertR on August 28, 2005 at 11:37 am

In the ad for Blacula there is a Jerry lewis Cinema listed for Coram, is it this theatre?
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RobertR on August 28, 2005 at 11:09 am

In the ad for Blacula there is a Jerry lewis Cinema listed for Coram, is it this theatre?
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Michael Furlinger
Michael Furlinger on October 22, 2004 at 8:26 am

I looked at buying this theater in 87 (it was closed then)all the seats were gone it was to be a club but the people ran out of money.This closed about 1985.

Bway on October 22, 2004 at 8:16 am

Do you mean in the shoppinf center at the corners of Middle Country Rd, Route 112, and Mill Road where Home Depot is (what was once Caldor)? If so, where in that shopping center was it. If it’s exactly where the Home Depot is now, that section of the shopping center was torn down around 1999 to build the Home Depot.

It ould make sense that this theater closed around the 80’s, because that’s when the alos now closed Coram Multiplex was built across the street on the old Coram Drive In property.

Michael Furlinger
Michael Furlinger on October 21, 2004 at 11:56 pm

is this the theater that is now homedepot?? there WAS A BOWLING ALLEY NEXT TO IT……..