UA Crossbay

9411 Rockaway Boulevard,
Ozone Park, NY 11417

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PKoch on December 14, 2007 at 7:45 am

Thanks for your post, J.D. I attended both Crossbay I and II. My first time to Crossbay I was in June 1975 to see “Flesh Gordon” and “The Groove Tube” with my dad. We both had a great time and laughed ourselves sore. I was displeased with how dirty and littered Crossbay I had become when I saw “Back To The Future II” there the last Saturday in November 1989, and “Hard Target” the Saturday before Labor Day 1993.

I enjoyed seeing “Silence Of The Lambs” at Crossbay II on Easter Eve 1991, and “Defenseless” there late August 1991. I just missed seeing “Avalon” there in October 1990. Yes, it was utilitarian, but neat and orderly, when I went there.

jedweber on December 13, 2007 at 4:45 pm

Luis V, I also remember that “Go Ape” promotion and can’t believe I sat through five Planet of the Apes movies in one day! Today I’d need a few days to recover from sitting in those chairs that long!

I wonder if anyone remembers the Christmas shows that local police (or maybe the PBA?) would have for neighborhood kids at the Crossbay in the early 70s. We’d see some cartoons, a feature (one year it was John Wayne in ‘Brannigan’) and then every kid would get presents.

I was out of the area for many years and was surprised to find both Crossbays were closed this year. I must have seen dozens of movies here in the 70s and 80s. It’s sad that neighborhood theaters have to disappear like this – and I’m surprised that a theater couldn’t be profitable in this location if it were properly run. On the other hand, there was nothing special about the Crossbay. If there was anything noteworthy about the 1924 design, I’d imagine it was lost when the theater was first twinned and then triplexed. (And there was never anything nice about the utilitarian Crossbay 2)

PKoch on August 7, 2007 at 1:41 pm

Thank you, LuisV. Yes, Warren, I know about the search engine. It doesn’t always work, though. The theater # ALWAYS works.

LuisV on August 7, 2007 at 11:43 am

The Lefferts Theater was on the south side of Liberty Avenue and 122nd St. It was three blocks down from the Lefferts Blvd. subway terminus. It had a big (and I thought very handsome) marquee with flashing yellow script lettering. I thought it was the best feature of the theater.

I’m happy to say that I am way too young to have a “personal experience” with either The Farrell or The Park theater. I was born in ‘59 and I believe both of those theaters closed by the late fifties. As I have noted on those theater’s pages, I was quite surprised that there were any theaters at all in South Ozone Park in general and on Rockaway Blvd in particular as this was never a big commercial strip or hub. Certainly not in the same vein as Liberty or Jamaica Avenues. But, in the era when Radio was prime entertainment, I guess these theaters were able to hold on until the advent of Television.

p.s. I don’t know where to get the theater number. It doesn’t appear on the page. I only see it when I get an emial response to a comment. In the meantime just type in south Ozone Park under “City” and these two theaters will pop up.

PKoch on August 6, 2007 at 3:24 pm

Thank you, LuisV. Where was the Lefferts Theater ? At Lefferts Blvd. and Liberty Avenue, at the end of the el ? What number pages are the Lefferts and Farrell Theatres on this site ?

LuisV, what was your personal experience of the Park Theatre, if any ? Was it named after Baisley Pond Park to the southeast ?

LuisV on August 6, 2007 at 3:18 pm

If you’re interested in theaters in South Ozone Park, look up The Farrell Theater on Rockaway Blvd and 118th St. In addition, there is some additional discussion of the Farrell Theater on the Lefferts Theater page (in nearby Richmond Hill).

LuisV on August 6, 2007 at 3:18 pm

If you’re interested in theaters in South Ozone Park, look up The Farrell Theater on Rockaway Blvd and 118th St. In addition, there is some additional discussion of the Farrell Theater on the Lefferts Theater page (in nearby Richmond Hill).

PKoch on August 6, 2007 at 9:31 am

Thanks, Warren. I’ll go take a look at it.

PKoch on August 6, 2007 at 8:29 am

Thanks for your answer, kong1911.

kong1911 on August 6, 2007 at 8:24 am

I remember a Park Theatre which was located just off Rockaway Blvd. East of the Van Wick Expressway. I don’t remember the exact block it was on, the last time I was inside was to see Old Yella and I remember very little about the inside of the building. I was about 6 years old at the time. I do know that the building was taken down in the early 60’s and was left as an empty lot for many years. It may still be a empty lot.

PKoch on August 6, 2007 at 7:43 am

Thanks, Warren.

Where was the Park Theatre in South Ozone Park ?

AntonyRoma on August 3, 2007 at 7:55 pm

Interesting factoid Warren. I’d not heard of these neghborhood “co-op” groups formed to build movie houses. You make it sound like it was a common occurence. What were some of the other Queens theaters built in this manner to which you allude? Which ones were successful?

Sounds a lot more rewarding than todays straight venture capitalists.

Shalom, ciao, and excelsior

PKoch on August 3, 2007 at 1:56 pm

Thanks, Warren. Why DID the Crossbay go bankrupt by June 1925 ?

ShortyC on August 9, 2006 at 11:41 am

Great photos Lost Memory.

AntonyRoma on July 17, 2006 at 4:58 am

Never meant to imply that the Crossbay was in the same league as the Valencia or RKO Keiths or Madison. It was a family movie house comparable to the Lefferts, Glenwood, or Oasis. Not an itch like the Acme or Haven.

AntonyRoma on July 17, 2006 at 4:49 am

Sorry for the confusion. Upon a second look I see that the pictures were all in front of Rockaway Blvd and excluded Liberty Ave. The area does appear cleaner and brighter than in ‘57 to '61 when I lived at 96-11 95 Ave, or through the '80s when I visited my mother.

There used to be a great diner a few blocks south on Woodhaven Blvd, east side. Name escapes me. Is it still there?

Michael R. Rambo Jr.
Michael R. Rambo Jr. on July 16, 2006 at 3:08 pm

The LIRR structure south of Rockaway and Woodhaven is still used by NYC Subway’s A Train to Aqueduct Racetrack and The Rockaways.

ShortyC on July 13, 2006 at 2:29 pm

Maybe ‘Tonino meant the LIRR elevated area that is by Rockaway and I think 100th street (it runs by John Adams H.S). That structure has been abandoned since the 50’s or 60’s, they should really put it back in service, to me it looked liked a good route. I agree with LuisV, the Crossbay would never reach the status and grandeur of the Wonder theatres and other great movie palaces. But if UA payed more attention to both structures (1 and 2)the theatres would have been better and may have seen more people. But UA let everything go with the Crossbays, which led to their demise.

LuisV on July 13, 2006 at 1:24 pm

The el is still there! I grew up going to the Crossbay 1 or is it 2? The older one and while apparently it was much better than the multiplex, I still think it was a dumpy theater. It was no Valencia, RKO Keiths (Flushing or Richmond Hill), Elmwood, TriBoro, Alden, the list of quality old theaters in Queens is long. The Crossbay is not in that company.

AntonyRoma on July 13, 2006 at 9:45 am

Having only known the “Crossbay” on Rockaway Blvd/Liberty Ave and Woodhaven Blvds, I’ve always been fascinated to see it referrede to as Crossbay 2 and the johnny-come-lately duplex as Crossbay 1. The building still looks very nice on the outside. The streets look very alive and clean with the Liberty Ave el gone…..What a waste.

ShortyC on July 13, 2006 at 8:34 am

I was talking to the manager and I also saw the construction being done after Crossbay was closed. The building was completely gutted and then made to Modell’s specs. The only thing you can really see from the old theatre is the exterior which is now painted in a creamy color. Also the gate area on the Rockaway side is still the same (rusted dull look) and the coming soon area is still that aged gray. Its funny that they used a huge peice of plywood to cover the coming soon boxes. Personally I would say Modells rushed to open this store to make some money. I really didn’t mind Crossbay 1 closing being that it was small and really a bad theatre, but Crossbay 2 was a bad move to close. It just needed a renovation but that idea is dead.

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on July 13, 2006 at 7:40 am

Thanks Shoty, unfortunately, there is absolutely nothing left of the theatre to photograph inside (it’s all been covered over-or even maybe removed?)

ShortyC on July 13, 2006 at 6:38 am

Great photos Ken.

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on July 13, 2006 at 4:26 am

Three photos I took in June 2006 of the recently opened Modell’s store (formerly the UA Crossbay Theatre):

ShortyC on May 31, 2006 at 3:45 pm

Sorry about the spelling error there, Ill try to get a pic of the theatre for all of you guys if I have time.