Kew Gardens Cinemas

81-05 Lefferts Boulevard,
Kew Gardens, NY 11415

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PeterKoch on November 20, 2008 at 12:01 pm

It’s worth frequenting, believe me. It’s almost too good to be true, how that theatre improved from when it was the pornographic Austin.

MPol on November 20, 2008 at 10:37 am

btw: If I lived anywhere in the NY area, the Kew Gardens Cinema is a place that I, too, would frequent.

MPol on November 20, 2008 at 10:36 am

Okay. thanks, Peter K. and John D. I don’t reside anywhere in the NYC-NY area, but I was just curious. I realize that the Kitty Genovese murder was a serious abberratiion that occurred over 40 years ago, but, from what I understood, it certainly stained the area’s reputation for awhile, because people heard her screams for help, looked out their windows and yet didn’t even so much as call the police.

However, I’m glad to hear that things have changed, and that it is a safe area.

Back to the original topic: the Kew Gardens Cinema looks like a cool cinema, both inside and out.

PeterKoch on November 20, 2008 at 10:16 am

Thanks, John D. I couldn’t have said it better myself !

johndereszewski on November 19, 2008 at 5:28 pm

MPol, as a resident of Forest Hills and a frequent visitor to the Kew Gardens, let me assure you that this is a VERY safe neighborhood. The Kitty Genovese tragedy was an extreme aberration then and, in no way, reflects the nature this very safe community. So come and enjoy the wonderful Kew Gardens Cinema!

Mike (saps)
Mike (saps) on November 19, 2008 at 9:02 am

Here’s a more direct link to the article about the Austin

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PeterKoch on November 19, 2008 at 7:18 am

Kitty Genovese was murdered in 1964. Her murder was the exception, rather than the rule, in Kew Gardens. So far as I know, Kew Gardens is now a safe place to live.

The Austin Cinema became the Kew Gardens Cinema. Yes, both were cool. The marquee and sign of the Austin were much more conspicuous than that of the Kew Gardens Cinema.

MPol on November 18, 2008 at 7:00 pm

Both the Kew Gardens Cinema and the Austin look like cool theatres.

Just a bit off-topic, however: How safe is Kew Gardens these days? Just curious, because that’s where the infamous and horrific Kitty Genovese killing took place, if I understand correctly.

PKoch on May 5, 2008 at 7:25 am

Thanks, NativeForestHiller.

PKoch on December 12, 2007 at 12:33 pm

Yes, Ed, no Van Wyck Expressway and Kew Gardens Interchange between the old, original Kew Gardens (around the LIRR station at Lefferts and Austin) and the newer Kew Gardens Hills.

Ed Solero
Ed Solero on December 12, 2007 at 10:47 am

Yup. Don’t know if Briarwood had its own cinema, but there was also the Main Street Theatre not too far away (and which probably seemed a lot closer back when there was no Van Wyck Expressway standing in the path between Kew Gardens and Kew Gardens Hill)!

PKoch on December 12, 2007 at 10:40 am

Probably true, Ed. I was just thinking how much easier it is to move along Queens Blvd. by subway than it is by LIRR or bus or trolley. But yes, the RKO Keith Richmond Hill and all the movies at Continental and Austin in Forest Hills were within walking distance of the Austin Cinema / Kew Gardens Cinemas.

Ed Solero
Ed Solero on December 12, 2007 at 10:35 am

I’d be surprised if the opening of the nearby subway station had much of an impact on attendance at the Austin, Pete. I would imagine most of its contingent came from the surrounding neighborhood. I can’t imagine it was a “destination” cinema – particularly with other sub-run houses competing in nearby Forest Hills, Richmond Hill and Kew Gardens Hills.

PKoch on December 12, 2007 at 10:16 am

Thanks for all this information, Warren. I wonder how business picked up once the Independent Subway had been built out to Kew Gardens, and opened. The Union Turnpike / Kew Gardens station opened on December 31, 1936, according to

PKoch on October 9, 2007 at 7:29 am

Thank you, VincentPrice, and welcome to Cinema Treasures !

I’m glad you had a good experience at the Kew Gardens Cinemas.

What were the cheesy on-screen ads for ? I enjoyed the pre-movie ads at the BAM Rose Cinema when I saw “Psycho” there Saturday July 15 2006. Most of the addresses of the vendors advertised there were on nearby Brooklyn streets I am familiar with, like Hancock Street.

VincentPrice on October 8, 2007 at 9:09 am

I saw the last showing of 3:10 to Yuma (awesome movie) during its premiere on a Friday night. There were at most 20 people in a theater for 100 people (I’m only guessing the capacity). The view was awesome wherever you sat, and the sound was good too. Was able to recline comfortably and enjoy the movie. Bathrooms were clean and the cheesy onscreen ads were great too!

PKoch on July 20, 2007 at 2:59 pm

Good for you, saps. I last visited Saturday July 8 2006, though I did not see a film there.

Mike (saps)
Mike (saps) on July 20, 2007 at 2:55 pm

I’m working not far from here and plan to visit real soon.

PKoch on July 20, 2007 at 2:35 pm

Thanks for your answer, dewotr.

dewotr on July 20, 2007 at 2:33 pm

They expanded into the dry cleaners next door.

PKoch on May 22, 2007 at 9:24 am

Thanks for letting me know, Fred.

Good question, EdSolero.

Ed Solero
Ed Solero on May 22, 2007 at 7:54 am

I wonder if they’re cutting up an existing auditorium or expanding into adjacent space.

fred1 on April 26, 2007 at 2:19 am

the cinema has a new website and planning to add a 6th theater