Elmwood Theatre

57-02 Hoffman Drive,
Elmhurst, NY 11373

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dallasmovietheaters on February 7, 2016 at 1:15 pm

The $400,000 John W. Schladitz architected Queensboro was a very modest $400,000 theatre seating 2,012 at opening – 1,365 downstairs, 56 in the loge with the rest in the balcony. Schlalditz was said to have been trying to recreate a Spanish medieval castle with Italian influences popular in atmospheric theaters of the day. But murals throughout were Spanish landscapes and of the area. Silver ceiling had twinkling star effect. The Link 3-unit organ was installed for maximum versatility and demonstrated at opening in 1928. Scenic Studio and Novelty Scenic Studio both did great jobs in getting the stage and the rest of the house’s furnishing staged appropriately for impact at opening.

Jeffrey1955 on June 1, 2012 at 7:28 am

Great link! Note it wasn’t simply called the Queensboro Theatre — it was the Queensboro Theatre Beautiful.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on June 1, 2012 at 6:17 am

A picture of the Queensboro Theatre’s auditorium illustrates and ad for Link theatre organs on this page of Motion Picture News of December 29, 1928. (Enlarge the picture by clicking on the + sign in the bar at lower right of the page.)

This might have been posted before, but all the old links that might have been to it appear to be dead.

Ed Solero
Ed Solero on May 30, 2012 at 4:11 am

Mikeoaklandpark… the representative photo that winds up on the “overview” page is generally the most-viewed image from a given theater’s photo gallery. I’m not sure what logic is employed in the eventuality that more than 1 photo in a given gallery has been viewed by the same number of people, but the actual age or date of the picture has nothing to do with whether it shows up as at the top of this page.

Jeffrey1955 on May 29, 2012 at 6:22 pm

That’s an old photo from after the theater was closed but before the Rock Church replaced the marquee and removed the rest of the exterior ornamentation.

Mikeoaklandpark on May 29, 2012 at 5:44 pm

Ok I am confused. Is the above photo a new photo or an old one. In looking throught the photos I saw on that showed the marquee totally gone and a new front for the Rock Church.

Jeffrey1955 on May 29, 2012 at 4:44 pm

The UA Lefrak was also within walking distance.

RichHamel on May 19, 2012 at 1:44 am

And the grand prize was usually a cool bike. Sorry you didn’t win Fred, but it must have been fun to be on.

fred1 on May 19, 2012 at 1:05 am

I ment iconic The snake cans game is therere a row of cans ,one with a bouquet of flow to denote the winne the rest have snake that pops up when the can is open. withethe flowers you win the grand prize

CSWalczak on May 18, 2012 at 8:27 pm

It looks like it was a twin at the time that photo was taken.

fred1 on May 18, 2012 at 8:25 pm

I remember that Wonderama The vIrconic children program on WNEW in the 70-80’s did a road show at this theater.I took part in the snake cans game which I lost.

Bway on May 31, 2011 at 8:29 am

The previous names are listed on the side.

TLSLOEWS on July 16, 2010 at 8:26 pm

Thanks Tinseltoes.

NativeForestHiller on January 13, 2010 at 9:31 am

I second the well-phrased comments of Bway & Life’s Too Shaort. It was a shame how the Rock Church told the media the facade is being restored, and then went behind the public’s back and covered over and removed priceless ornate terra cotta detailing. The theater was “stuccotized.”

Bway on January 7, 2010 at 4:32 pm

Correct. And no one is upset the church is in there….I think it’s great, and it’s great the building has great use. But that is irrelevant to a discussion on what they did to the exterior of a beautiful old historic building. The building now looks like any other nondescript, “cheap” looking modern building that has a crappy faux stucco exterior. It may as well been built in “2005” as it’s no different than any other crappy construction new building put up. It lost it’s historical beauty.

Life's Too Short
Life's Too Short on January 7, 2010 at 3:59 pm

I’m with Bway on this one. Not sure where you come from pvgriswold. But everyone is entitled to voice their opinion. It is nice that the building is in use. But if you don’t want to hear complaints about terra cotta destruction I suggest that it might be better for you not to visit historic preservation web sites. Everyone here likely judges this work as butchery, and I don’t think any amount of talk regarding community builiding or the Good Lord is going to change that.

Bway on December 25, 2009 at 4:21 pm

And they could have had the same “flowering art and positive energy to creativity” within the building without destroying the historic terra cotta exterior as they did. While I am glad the church is in the building, and that it’s still set up like a theater, what we have now instead of a historic beautiful terra ctta building it’s a typical nondescript faux exterior.

pamgriswold on December 19, 2009 at 4:05 am

I’ve been reading comments loaded with complaints regarding the fading beauty of the Elmwood. I took a look at the following recent dance recital View link
and can only marvel at the positive energy and commitment to creativity of teens in the video. This is exactly what a theater/church space should be used for. The whining over the physical demise of the structure runs on endlessly, but while the whiners drone on, it seems there is beautiful flowering of community and art within the building.

Bway on April 6, 2009 at 3:29 pm

Has anyone been inside the “church” to see what the interior of the theater looks like now?

Bway on November 3, 2008 at 8:37 pm

I noticed the same thing. I drove by the Elmwood about 3 weeks ago. The loss of the terra cotta is a travesty, but at least the building does remain, I guess it could have been worse.

Ed Solero
Ed Solero on November 1, 2008 at 4:20 am

I still can’t believe all that beautiful terra cotta work is gone. Native’s comparison to the many McMansions that are going up all over Queens is spot on. I guess at this point we just have to accept the fact that this is the direction the church chose to go with the exterior – ill advised and regrettable as that choice may have been – and remain thankful that they are attempting to restore the interior to something resembling its original splendor. This entire structure could have been quite easily sold and gutted – or even demolished for re-development.

Bway on March 30, 2008 at 3:00 am

Lets hope we have more luck with the Ridgewood Theater.

NativeForestHiller on March 29, 2008 at 4:36 am

Sad how a promised restoration of one of Queens' most historic theaters now symbolizes a McMansion with artificial stucco known as “dryvit.” Kudos for retaining the sign, and the balustrades and ornamentation near the roof though.

Great links, Warren!

ferjll on February 21, 2008 at 7:34 pm

The sign works fine now the R now looks like an R i took those pictures the first day they were testing them. + the main entrance is almost done.

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