Bellerose Theater

245-14 Jericho Turnpike,
Floral Park, NY 11001

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robboehm on April 12, 2010 at 10:01 am

John, both the Queens, adjacent to Springfield Blvd, and the Community, a few blocks further west on Jamaica Av, have functioned as churches for a number of years. The Queens looked far the worst so it’s good that they’re working on it. Also, if you look at the postings for the Queens someone mentioned a while back that they thought the fire escapes were being removed. Inasmuch as the seating capacity of the balcony was probably more than the orchestra I would wonder about the future of the building.

johndereszewski on April 12, 2010 at 5:46 am

A major mea culpa on my part. Yesterday, I passed by the Bellorose and found that I made a big mistake in my previous post. The Karate store is not only still there but has apparently now opened for retail business. (I think this is a very recent development.)

What I had confused for the Bellerose was a former theater situated far closer to Springfield Blvd. Since I very much try to get things right on this site, I truely regret having provided inaccurate information.

robboehm on April 8, 2010 at 5:19 am

How about slow mail? Call me on my cell and I’ll give my address:
631-655-6222. Also, with the plans of the theatre are you able to confirm my basement bathroom recollection?

BoxOfficeGirl on April 7, 2010 at 9:35 pm

I did. I’m sorry you can’t receive it.

robboehm on April 7, 2010 at 6:56 pm

Nothing to date. Make sure you use lower case

BoxOfficeGirl on April 7, 2010 at 4:50 pm

rvb, I tried again! Let me know!

robboehm on April 1, 2010 at 5:40 am

If, in fact, the Bellerose is going to become a church and, if it is not an expansion of the nearby St. Gregory’s and Baptist parishes, it would indicate there has been a major change in the neighborhood. Bellerose is a long established community with Lutheran, Catholic, Episcopalian and Baptist churches within a mile of the site. Of course the proximity to the Cross Island Parkway could be a factor. However, there is only on street parking, a situation which prevented the Bellerose from, logically, becoming a multiplex when single screen theatres became passe.

robboehm on March 22, 2010 at 7:34 am

Kitnoir. I never got that photo you promised me way back when. I’m still I’ve picked up a few computer skills and have actually been able to link photos at various sites to CT theatres. Also, re the FD practice site, when I lived in Bellerose, my father was on the Bellerose Terrace Fire Department. Even when the theatre was open they used it for practice since it was, and probably still is, the tallest building in town.

Also, if you have blueprints can you verify a childhood memory of the rest rooms being located in the basement to the left of the lobby. I seem to recall them being there before they did the grand staircase to the upstairs lounge area.

Also, since there are window indentations in the facade was there ever retail space on the second floor or was that just part of the design, or possibly a plan for a future option (like when the Cross Island Parkway was built they actually had the foresight to design it and the bridges for expansion to three lanes).

BoxOfficeGirl on March 21, 2010 at 10:07 pm

I hope so too, but that’s what I was told by the woman who worked for the carpet store guy. I’ll look on my blueprints to see if the architect’s name is there.

NativeForestHiller on March 21, 2010 at 9:38 pm

I am keeping my fingers crossed that much remains of the interior as well. With the exception of the ground floor/removal of the marquee, the upper facade, which is the majority of the front, remains intact, and the condition of its terra cotta is superb. I will conduct a search via Proquest and see if I can come across an architect’s name and any other historic references. The theaters that remain across Queens, especially those that are moderately to mostly intact, should remain, be restored, and be adaptively and creatively reused. With a vision, it can make a community thrive. Let’s be proactive!

johndereszewski on March 21, 2010 at 9:30 pm

Yes, I did mean the Bellerose! This lapse probably requires treatment at Bellevue, if not at the mose assessable Creedmore!

By the way, does anyone know the name of the Bellerose’s architect? Since the facade is – even now – quite impressive, it may very well have been designed by an architect of note. But who was it?

Finally Kitnoir, I clearly hope you are wrong about the impact of the Fire Dept’s. practice at this site.

BoxOfficeGirl on March 21, 2010 at 8:49 pm

John, are you talking about the Bellerose? You said Bellevue in your post. I have been told that F.D. used the interior for practice, and much, if not all, was destroyed. A tragedy.

NativeForestHiller on March 21, 2010 at 8:21 pm

Thank you for your report, John!

Let’s hope that this church does not lie to the media and the community like that of the Rock Church occupying the Elmwood Theatre on Queens Blvd in Elmhurst. What a shame that was! You may recall that the Rock Church said they will restore the facade in 2004 and 2005, and the community then praised them, but they ended up concealing and carting away ornate glazed terra cotta, and masked the whole facade with stucco in late 2006.

I hope the Bellerose Theatre congregation will work the community, acquire grants and tax credits after applying for National Register of Historic Places status, and preserve and restore the glazed terra cotta facade and as many period interior finishes as possible. This is a historic gem that should not go unrecognized, and needs our TLC as much as possible right now!!!!

johndereszewski on March 21, 2010 at 7:40 pm

I enjoyed reading this terrific thread – and receiving a very detailed geography lesson – or lessons.

I passed by the old Bellevue earlier today and have a lot to report. Specifically, the old building is – once again – under renovation and apparently will soon host a church. (Since my bus passed by before I could write it down, I can’t provide the name of the congregation. Hopefully, someone will also visit the site and retrieve this information.)

As we know, conversion to a church represents one of the most benign re-uses that former movie palaces can experience. So, unless the interveening users totally trashed the old theater’s interior architecture, we may find that a lot has been preserved. Or at least we can so hope.

Let’s hope for the best!

robboehm on January 13, 2010 at 5:29 am

Michael – please refer to earlier postings which have links to photos of the facade. Unfortunately, none show the original marquee. Incidentally, the Bellerose is in Nassau County if that matters to you as a Queens based organization.

NativeForestHiller on January 13, 2010 at 2:03 am

Does anyone have any vintage or recent past photos of the former Bellerose Theatre? The glazed terra cotta facade and whatever may remain of the interior merits preservation. Please e-mail me at

Thank you,

  • Michael Perlman,
    Four Borough Preservation Alliance Corp, Queens VP
forty9nash on November 29, 2009 at 4:14 pm

I hope everyone had a great thanksgiving.

BoxOfficeGirl on September 30, 2009 at 10:41 pm

I don’t know what a Daemon is. Is anyone running this board who can tell me how to post pics (and update the info at the top of the page)?

robboehm on September 30, 2009 at 6:32 am

I’m not getting any mail from you at all. The only reason I’m responding to this is I got the notice from CT that someone had responded, etc.. And I’m getting a lot of other Email so I’m in a receiving mode. If you didn’t get the dreaded Daemon, where did it go. A thought, if you are willing to give me your EMail I’ll send a note to you and you can reply with photos and beat the system.

BoxOfficeGirl on September 29, 2009 at 7:51 pm

rvb, are you getting the email but not the pic? My system is telling me it went.

BoxOfficeGirl on September 29, 2009 at 3:04 pm

Sent it again. Any messages?

robboehm on September 29, 2009 at 10:29 am

There is a way to put things on this site but I’m not a techie. If you have the capability to EMail then you have sufficient tools to add a photo to this site, that much I know. If you’d like to send me a personal copy I’m