Ronkonkoma Theatre

260 Portion Road,
Lake Ronkonkoma, NY 11779

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Previously operated by: Associated Independent Theatres Inc.

Functions: Gymnasium

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Opened July 2, 1960 by Associated Independent Theatres Inc. I always remember this theatre showing XXX adult films. It was still open in May 1983.

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Recent comments (view all 24 comments)

Bloop on July 3, 2007 at 11:20 am

Or a snapshot from the 80’s?? I remember driving by this theater, I think it was still open by 1989 (!). Can anyone confirm this? I remember it looking very generic, with light colored brick work (very 1960’s).

kencmcintyre on September 24, 2007 at 7:29 pm

In 1970 the Ronkonkoma was operated by A.I.T. Theaters, a company based in Oceanside, NY. Conrad Baker was the president. AIT also operated theaters in Bellmore, Bethpage, Levittown, Massapequam Oceanside, Plainview, Farmingdale, Commack, Deer Park, Hauppage, Kings Park and Setaucket at that time.

robboehm on February 20, 2009 at 9:43 pm

Was this ever the Lakeside? For a time there was a movie times listing for the Lakeside Cinema. Or was that the Jerry Lewis? Or is it one not listed?

Bway on April 27, 2009 at 7:41 am

I am not sure. it is possible.

robboehm on April 27, 2009 at 8:13 am

I think I may have answered my own question. While killing time I was looking through all the NY theatres on the American Classic Images site, I came upon a 1983 photo of the Lakeside Cinema. Classic Jerry Lewis box. Now the next thing for me to do is drive along Portion Road and find the building (location described by a previous posting) get the address and eventually get it set up on the site. I’ll also try and pin point the address of this theatre. That’s what happens when you have an obsessed person on the case.

robboehm on December 26, 2011 at 3:06 pm

Something is wrong here. Top says see all 20 comments. When you go to review them it show there are 18. I know I made a later comment that the theatre was located at the left end of the shopping center. You can see that from the picture. The exterior wall is such a tell tale with that stepped feature. The space now houses a gym.

robboehm on May 31, 2018 at 2:02 pm

Still operational as an adult venue in May 18, 1983 per ad in the Newsday Vault classic edition of that date shared with the Rocky Point Cinema and the Regent in Bay Shore.

Texas2step on June 1, 2018 at 5:10 pm

This one opened on July 2, 1960 with 550 seats.

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