Endangered: UA Brandon Cinema
FOREST HILLS, NY — Potentially the last UA twin theater, the UA Brandon Cinema, also known as the Continental Theatre (70-20 Austin St) is slated to close according to Sholom & Zuckerbrot Realty LLC: Listing and Picture
Do we really need to sacrifice a theater for a typical retail establishment? Is the Midway Theatre next? Don’t let this theater join the ranks of the Trylon Theater, Forest Hills Theatre, & Elmwood Theatre, just to name a few!
The Continental Theatre has been a mainstay in Forest Hills since the early 1960s, and was boasted as “NY’s 1st split-level theater.” It is situated on a charming commercial hub, Austin St, and steps away from Continental Ave, the Forest Hills Gardens, & Queens Blvd. It is being advertised for retail, but the community feels it could ideally be adaptively reused as another movie theater, an indie theater, a performance space, or a combination of the above options.
Parties of interest should contact Chair Michael Perlman of Rego-Forest Preservation Council at and information will be relayed to the appropriate parties.