Once a vibrant, local attraction, the Commack Multiplex Cinemas is now nearly halfway demolished to make room for a Lowe's Home Improvement store.
As of Thursday afternoon, one-third of the theater was completely rubble. A mix of concrete, wires and theater seats were neatly piled around the site's parking lot for grapple trucks to pick up and load to the dump.
After 30 years in business, the Commack Multiplex, which sits on 20-acres of land, was sold to Lowe's in 2010 for a reported $13 million. The theater officially shut down in September of 2011.
Now a contractor's sign hangs over the billboard where the movie listings used to be.
The construction is being done by Aurora Contractors, Inc., which also created Tanger Outlets at the Arches in Deer Park, Home Depot Expo Design Center in Commack and New York City's World Trade Center.
The home improvement chain's Commack location will be the first in the Huntington and Smithtown areas. It will be in direct competition with Home Depot, located less than a mile away.