Community Twin Theatre

215-32 Jamaica Avenue,
Queens Village, NY 11428

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MikeCasiano
MikeCasiano on March 7, 2006 at 1:28 pm

Dear Dot:
Sorry to hear about Jan, he was a nice guy. Small world. But it’s kind of hard to tell from your pic if I know you. Did you go to SSJA? The only Dorothy I remember is Dorothy Fleck. I still live in QV on 220th and 100th Ave. There was a girl who lived on the corner of 100th Ave and 222nd street back in the days. Well not exactly on the corner but in the house next to the corner house on 222nd and 100thAve. That wasn’t you was it? Maybe not. But I wouldn’t doubt that our paths crossed. Do you remember Mr. Schumachers pet shop on the avenue across from the A&P I used to work there as a kid helping him out with the store, I was about 12 or 13 years old. Toss some names at me maybe we did cross paths.
Be safe.

Dorothy
Dorothy on March 7, 2006 at 10:23 am

To all.. there is a Queens Village group on MSN.. which also has a photos area with Old QV photos
http://groups.msn.com/queensvillage

Dorothy
Dorothy on March 7, 2006 at 10:13 am

Hello Mike.. I wonder if our paths have crossed as we seem to know the same people ;) I was married to Jan for ten years (he passed away in 1998) and lived in QV two doors down from Annie.
Dorothy

MikeCasiano
MikeCasiano on March 2, 2006 at 8:42 pm

And By the way…Dorothy from Oz…I remember Lynn Gallaudet & Kathleen Egan from Andrew Jackson. I also went to school with Kathleen at SSJA. I saw your photos posted. Also Ann Abrusci who I mentioned as AnnieA. in the above post was in my class as SSJA.

MikeCasiano
MikeCasiano on March 2, 2006 at 7:36 pm

My family came to QV in the 1920’s and as a kid growing up in the late 50’s through the 60’s I fondly remember the Community Theatre. From the slapstick of the Three Stooges to the Horror and Sci-Fi films that we used to see there, it was truly a great experience. At the Queens Theatre my fondest memory was when the Munsters came (Grand Pa, Eddie, Herman) for the opening of Munster Go Home. The only person that I remember who worked at the Queens was a guy by the name of Jan. He was actually a friend to Joe Duffy but got us in to see some movie back then. When I attended SSJA (1961-1969) we went to the Queens Theatre as a class a couple of times. AnnieA. says it was the Miracle of Marcelino; I had always thought that it was Francis of Assisi. No matter. But those were truly the good old days. I think both movie theatres eventually went over to XXX though…pity…QV could use a revival. I don’t even go to the theatres anymore. I’ll wait for the DVD and call it a day. I went to the theatre in Bellrose, right off from the Cross Island Parkway only once. That was in I think ‘73. I went there to see Love Story with my girl friend at the time, Collette. That was the only time I was in that theatre that I can remember, but it was pretty nice. Also the Argo on Hempstead, across from Belmont Park Race Track, I went there a couple of times with my parents back in the 60’s. QV still has a little magic left in it, if you know where to look.

Dorothy
Dorothy on March 2, 2006 at 7:36 am

The above link by Warren to the Community Theater is from 1934 according to the same photo seen in a book containing old Queens pictures by Seyfried (I believe that was the author)
The Community was in Queens Village.. I almost missed this thread because of the location..perhaps the powers that be can correct it.

pattya
pattya on December 9, 2005 at 10:10 am

Yes, warren I do recognze your photo of the comunity theatre and that was a bowling alley, remember bowling there in the40’s. Also next to the theatre was the community gardens where they had sun. afternoon tea dances great music @ great times, Any one remember them?

Ed Solero
Ed Solero on December 6, 2005 at 7:07 am

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 7:03 am

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
RobertR on November 6, 2005 at 2:56 am

Still Century’s in 1973.
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Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on October 16, 2005 at 3:06 am

Does anyone know when the Community first opened as a cinema? Here’s an early image of the marquee. The movie was released in 1917, though this could have been a revival. Note the presence of a bowling alley a few doors to the right of the theatre’s entrance:
www.i8.photobucket.com/albums/a18/Warrengwhiz/community.jpg

giorgio
giorgio on December 17, 2004 at 11:40 am

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
RobertR on October 24, 2004 at 6:06 am

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
Bess on July 16, 2004 at 1:23 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
pattya on July 14, 2004 at 7:12 am

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

Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on March 15, 2004 at 9:07 am

This area is known as Queens Village, not Springfield Gardens.

Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on March 15, 2004 at 8:58 am

The original name, Citizens Community House, is still visible on the back wall of the building, which faces tracks of the Long Island Railroad. A.H. Schwartz, founder of the Century circuit, was the first to show movies there. When he built the much larger Queens Theatre in the same neighborhood, he kept the Community as well. Before twinning, the Community seated 1,075. The address was 215-32 Jamaica Avenue.

RobertR
RobertR on January 9, 2004 at 8:41 am

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.