Community Twin Theatre

215-32 Jamaica Avenue,
Queens Village, NY 11428

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Ed Solero
Ed Solero on December 6, 2005 at 12:07 pm

The address should be corrected to “Queens Village, Queens, NY” as this neighborhood is definitely not Springfield Gardens.

By the way, the word on the illuminated side of the marquee in the 1st photo I posted above is “Bethel.” I wonder if there is any affiliation with the church that took over the old Cambria Theater (in nearby Cambria Heights) back in the 1970’s. They also retained the original marquee with a blue backgroung and the name “Bethel.”

Ed Solero
Ed Solero on December 6, 2005 at 12:03 pm

I took these shots of the Community’s exterior a few nights ago at dusk, so some of the facade ornamentation detail is dimly lit. The marquee looks like it could be the original as depicted in the photo Warren posted on October 16th, with some alterations. Note that all of the lightbulbs on the underside of the canopy have been concealed with flashing. As for the bowling alley, looks like the church that occupies the old theater space has also taken over the store fronts that run down the block. And you’ll notice that the 2nd story windows have been rather sloppily replaced by smaller units.

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I also have a shot of the theater (similar to the 1st photo but with more of a side view angle) taken back in 1993 which shows a few letters still hanging on the old marquee indicating what must have been the last films to play here. “White Man Can’t Jump” is definitely one of the titles. The other two films appear to be Bollywood productions. I’ll post that photo as soon as I digitize my 1993 batch of theater shots.

RobertR on November 6, 2005 at 7:56 am

Still Century’s in 1973.
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giorgio on December 17, 2004 at 4:40 pm

There were many “ A Hard Days Night” viewings in 1964 where my life had been forever changed in this building. Not sure_ but I think it musta cost 90 cents for admission …the art work on the walls was remarkable … Giorgio

RobertR on October 24, 2004 at 12:06 pm

Even though the lobby was not that big, the Community had two concession stands when it was first twinned. This was one of the Diaz theatres then along with the Ridgewood, Colony, Jackson & Plaza. They also operated the Queens with XXX.

Bess on July 16, 2004 at 7:23 pm

My fondest memory of the Community Theatre on Jamaica Avenue: the Queens Village School of Dance held it’s Recital there in 1950; whta a wonderful stage it was on which to tap !

pattya on July 14, 2004 at 1:12 pm

Warren is right it was located on jamaica ave in Queens Village
I worked there in the late fourties Mr. Goldstein was the manager and Mr. Mueller was the assistant. At the time my official job was usherette but also was fill-in for the doorman,cashier and candy lady. I remember 2 other usherettes there at the time named Jenny and Marie.. Have good memories

RobertR on January 9, 2004 at 1:41 pm

I have many memories of seeing grind double bills here that only played 42nd Street. I remember seeing Zombie Island Masacre with Torchlight one time.