Jamaica Multiplex Cinemas

159-02 Jamaica Avenue,
Jamaica, NY 11425

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RobertR on February 18, 2005 at 4:14 am

Oh gosh he’s one of those Ridgewood Folly psychos. Or is he the one who wanted everything turned into an opera house?

Ross Melnick
Ross Melnick on February 18, 2005 at 3:39 am


Please remember that this site caters to everyone: historians, enthusiasts, etc. Instead of chastising other users for getting something wrong, wouldn’t it be more productive to supply the correct answer (courteously) and/or advise other users how to do more of this kind of research? (Libraries, newspapers, THSA, Film Daily Yearbooks, etc.)

There are many ways to share information (or correct other users) that isn’t “pampering” them — it’s just being courteous.

And, for the record, no one who is being courteous and friendly will be asked to leave this site — ever.

Cinema Treasures depends on everyone’s assistance to add to the database of theaters, update a listing, post a news item, etc.

We’re all passionate about theaters — let’s channel that enthusiasm constructively, if possible.

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[Deleted] on February 18, 2005 at 2:29 am

Vote me off here. HA! It is you who will be leaving not I. My knowledge is vastly superior. The others here recognize that fact. They would prefer that you leave. You chose to defend Charles. You do understand that I will never give you the location of the Ridgewood Folly Theatre now. You have traded that data away. Poor choice indeed. Leave theatre research to those who are qualified.

Bway on February 18, 2005 at 1:19 am

I know I said I wasn’t saying anymore on this, but just this one thing. I certainly wouldn’t want to see him gone, as he has posted plenty of valuable infomation, and is informative. However, at the same time, so does Robert post interesting and valuable information, and he didn’t deserve to be attacked like that. Again, I welcome accurate information, but it should be posted in such away that it isn’t putting people down.
We all make mistakes in some things we post. A simple “I think this is incorrect, and it should be….” is all that’s needed.
We can all live together, as most of the people here have valuable information to share.

Bway on February 18, 2005 at 12:33 am

Sorry, typo, my first sentence above should have read:

I agree, a simple “I believe the above information is incorrect, the correct information is…..” is all that’s needed, not belittling remarks.

Bway on February 18, 2005 at 12:32 am

I agree, a simple “I believe the above information is incorrect, the correct information is…..” is all that’s, not belittling remarks. This is supposed to be a community of people who want to talk about theaters, not a contest on who knows the most.
That is all I will say about this matter.

Ron Newman
Ron Newman on February 17, 2005 at 3:18 am

If you see wrong information here or anywhere else on the site, it’s best to simply post a comment with the correct information. If the wrong information is in the theatre description, you should also fill out the Contact Us form specifying a Correction.

In any case, there is absolutely no need to insult someone who made a mistake or whose memory may be faulty.

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[Deleted] on February 17, 2005 at 1:05 am

I rather enjoy the name ‘Mr Perfect’. Faulty data is not acceptable. People will accept it as fact and that is intolerable.

RobertR on February 16, 2005 at 9:04 pm

It’s nice we have the lonely shut in’s who have nothing better to do then nitpick over other peoples postings. “Mr. Perfect” should spend more time in Jamaica and tell us all about this “true cinema treasure”.

Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on February 16, 2005 at 6:37 pm

The Jamaica and Savoy Theatres were fairly close to each other, on the south side of Jamaica Avenue (same side as Alden and Merrick). The Jamaica was just west of Parsons Boulevard, and the Savoy was roughly opposite the historic King Manor, which still stands. I think that the Savoy building survived into the 1980s or even 90s, but just standing there awaiting demolition.

Benjamin on February 16, 2005 at 6:22 pm

Some questions:

Here is a list of the pre-Jamaica Multiplex movie theaters that were located in “downtown” Jamaica: the Savoy and the Fox Jamaica, (two theaters I know very little about); the Hilllside, the Merrick, the Alden and the Valencia (four theaters that I remember to some extent from the late 1950s and early 1960s). Were there ever any others in “downtown” Jamaica? And, if so, where were they located and what became of them?

I recall an empty theater on the south side of Jamaica Ave. just west of Parsons Blvd., which I believe is the Fox Jamaica referred to by Warren.

Where exactly was the Savoy, and what was on the site in the late 1950s or early 1960s?

Thanks in advance for any info that anyone has.

br91975 on February 16, 2005 at 5:02 pm

In NYC, National Amusements operates as such — i.e., the National Amusements Whitestone Multiplex in The Bronx.

Ron Newman
Ron Newman on February 16, 2005 at 4:15 pm

If you fill out the Contact Us form, specifying a “Correction” and including a link to this page, someone will come along to fix the name, number of screens, seat count, etc.

Ron Newman
Ron Newman on February 16, 2005 at 3:57 pm

I don’t know about NYC, but in the Boston area, National Amusements operates as ‘Showcase Cinemas’. Most of their theatres here have no name at all. They are listed in newspaper ads simply with the names of their towns — Woburn, Lowell, Lawrence, Revere, etc.

PeterKoch on February 16, 2005 at 2:41 pm

How is it listed in the major NYC newspapers ? What name is on the building itself ?

Bway on February 16, 2005 at 12:54 am

I don’t know anything about the proper name for this theater, as I have never even set foot in it, however, in tradition, National Amusements used to always call their multiplexes, in the past anyway:
“……..Multiplex Cinemas” as in Brookhaven Multiplex Cinemas (now closed), and Commack Multiplex Cinemas (soon closing). Currently NA has other ways of of naming them as they build the “de lux” theaters, but “Jamaica Multiplex Cinemas” probably should at least be the second name above, as that seems fitting to many of NA’s multiplexes, and the official National Amusements website lists it as “Jamaica Multiplex Cinemas”:
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National Amusements Jamaica Center could be the former name or another name that had been used at one time, so maybe it sould become the “secondary” name above.

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[Deleted] on February 16, 2005 at 12:29 am

Perhaps you should inform National Amusements that their theatre has changed names as they are unaware of it at this time. Current movie lists also show this theatre as Jamaica Multiplex Cinemas. The fact remains that this theatre has 15 screens not 12 as shown above. Proper research would have shown you the correct number.

RobertR on February 15, 2005 at 6:59 pm

Proper research on your part would have told you that National Amusements has altered the name since it opened.

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[Deleted] on February 15, 2005 at 6:35 pm

The proper name for this theatre is Jamaica Multiplex Cinemas which has 15 screens not 12. Proper research leads to better knowledge.

R143 on October 21, 2004 at 4:33 pm

How are the auditoriums in this theater, like the other new National Amusements auditoriums recently built?

Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on October 21, 2004 at 3:47 pm

This multiplex is very close to the site of the demolished Fox Jamaica Theatre, which was on Jamaica Avenue just west of Parsons Boulevard. The multiplex is just east of Parsons, and on the same (south) side of Jamaica Avenue as the Fox Jamaica.

PeterKoch on April 28, 2004 at 6:55 pm

A few of the others besides the Valencia were the Hillside, the Savoy, the Fox Jamaica, the Alden, and the Merrick, q.v. (which see) on this site.