Polk Theater

93-09 37th Avenue,
Jackson Heights, NY 11372

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Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on March 11, 2008 at 8:32 am

This was another case of “r” before “e” in the last two letters of the “t” word— Polk Theatre (not Polk Theater). I grew up in Queens, and I don’t recall any cinemas that used the “er” ending. “Theatre” was always used, not “Theater.”

PictureLady on February 20, 2008 at 8:25 am

Thanks for the update. Does anyone remember the Dragon Seed Chinese restaurant that was not far from the Polk, towards Junction Blvd.?
Fabulous, beautiful, wide building and delicious food. The owner always had lovely music playing (not usual in those days)
We ate there very often and I attended a Sweet Sixteen party there in 1956!!

Straphanger on February 19, 2008 at 8:46 pm

The theater and the surrounding stores are being demolished. Scaffolding has been put up along with a plywood fence. They tore down the POLK sign and overhang a couple days back. There’s also a construction dumpster outside and it looks like they’ve gutted the place.

PictureLady on February 17, 2008 at 10:50 pm

This was a wonderful, clean, safe, neighborhood family movie theater in the 1950s. As a pre-teen girl, I went alone to see a Double Feature, Newsreels, Coming attractions and Cartoons. I wish I had photos, but I was just a kid with an Argus who took pictures of dogs and cats. So sad to hear what has become of it.

Jeffrey1955 on January 25, 2008 at 9:33 pm

Here it is 2008…is the Polk still just sitting there, closed?

Altoblanco on August 11, 2007 at 1:34 pm

The theater still stands, vacant – no activity of any kind.
The storefronts surrounding it are all still occupied.

Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on July 21, 2007 at 1:34 pm

More than six months have passed since the last posting here. Has demolition started yet? Or is the Polk already GWTW?

Ed Solero
Ed Solero on January 30, 2007 at 7:29 am

Thanks for that, RobertR… Per imdb, this was a 1966 Russian production that Childhood Productions started distributing in the U.S. in the fall of ‘68 – so that “never before shown anywhere” notice in the ad is a bit misleading. I also wonder whose brainchild it was to re-dub the 2.35:1 process Sovscope as “Storybook Scope?”

Jeffrey1955 on January 28, 2007 at 3:51 pm

By day, it’s Aladdin and his Magic Lamp!
By night, he rubs and rubs and rubs the lamp…

RobertR on January 28, 2007 at 10:55 am

More kiddie shows by day and porn at night in 1970
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Jeffrey1955 on October 15, 2006 at 4:48 pm

Warren, do you simply have the world’s largest private collection of old newspapers? I certainly hope you’re not actually cutting them up!

Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on October 10, 2006 at 4:12 am

I passed the Polk last weekend and the place is still closed up tight. Curiously, the neon on the marquee is still illuminated, though some of the letters are burned out. Perhaps someone forgot to turn off the electric, and the sign will remain that way until the rest of the letters burn out. Since there are still stores operating in the block, it’s probable that demolition will not begin until their leases expire or are bought out.

Ed Solero
Ed Solero on October 6, 2006 at 8:21 am

I should add that that those images were taken prior to the Polk’s closing. As far as I know, the theater has not re-opened.

Ed Solero
Ed Solero on October 6, 2006 at 8:05 am

A couple of interesting recent images of the Polk Theater box office may be found on flickr here and here.

toby0821 on September 29, 2006 at 5:32 am

Do I understand you correctly that they are still showing XXX rated films at the Polk today

longislandmovies on September 29, 2006 at 4:45 am

single screen… it last 10 years after you went …….strange how some theaters hold on……

SingleScreen on September 29, 2006 at 4:22 am

There was a fascinating artilce in the Village Voice this summer on the Polk, the owner, his employee, and his regretful decison to sell it. I stumbled upon the Polk around 1996 while apartment-hunting. I was curious, so I checked it out. The outside area was filled with movie posters for mainstream movies, and curiously, they all were from 1983. Inside, they were showing porn. The theatre was very dirty, and I was afraid of what my pants were gonna look like or smell like after sitting down. There were very few patrons inside. Some of them were sleeping. I got the impression it might have really been a beautiful theatre back in its day, but there were hardly any hints of that remaining. As I left, I scratched my head wondering how such a place could stay in business.

RobertR on September 24, 2006 at 8:50 am

In 1968 the Polk was playing childrens matinees. They had already been playing soft core on and off at this time but had not yet gone all adult.
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Ed Solero
Ed Solero on July 22, 2006 at 6:07 pm

I wonder… are they carting away stuff from the theater in that red truck?

toby0821 on July 20, 2006 at 5:30 am

LOL. Thanks. I really meant a 1 line comment abount each theatre that is open in the city.

toby0821 on July 20, 2006 at 5:12 am

Can someone please post a 1 line comment on the current status of the XXX movie houses in NYC.

Ed Solero
Ed Solero on July 10, 2006 at 5:53 am

Ahh… Got it. Thanks.

RobertR on July 10, 2006 at 4:57 am

I cut and pasted that paragraph from a post by Alto on May 23, I was responding to his comment