Trylon Theater

98-81 Queens Boulevard,
Rego Park, NY 11374

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PKoch
PKoch on May 30, 2007 at 6:45 am

VA (82) was Van Dyke. Ridgewood Savings Bank’s phone # used to be VA1-4600.

PKoch
PKoch on May 22, 2007 at 9:21 am

Thanks for posting the link to the ad for the Trylon, Warren.

Ed Solero, I remember the old phone exchanges very well, including HA for Elmhurst (prep school classmate of mine). Thanks for mentioning what it stood for.

Also AP for APplegate (Cypress Hills, Bklyn), GL for GLenmore (my old home Ridgewood exchange) HY for HYacinth, EV for Evergreen, and VI for VIctoria (Richmond Hill, VA for Virginia ?

I’ve also seen HA for a home in Bayside.

Ed Solero
Ed Solero on May 22, 2007 at 7:47 am

I love seeing the old telephone exchange names in these ads. The “HA” in the Trylon’s phone number stood for HAvemeyer – which, interestingly enough, was the same appelation used in the exchange for my childhood home in Elmhurst. The Trylon was HAvemeyer 3, however, and we were HAvemeyer 6.

RobertR
RobertR on September 19, 2006 at 1:13 pm

Joseph E Levine was the pioneer of mass bookings, it was almost never that the Trylon, Forest Hills and Drake would day and date.
View link

SchineHistorian
SchineHistorian on September 10, 2006 at 11:57 am

HEADS UP FANS OF THE TRYLON! Theatre Historical Society’s 3rd quarter issue of Marquee will feature a story and photos on the Trylon Theater written by Michael Perlman. This issue should be mailed to the members by the end of November, early December. Non members can reserve a copy now by contacting THS at www.historictheatres.org or better yet, JOIN! and get your own subscription to Marquee!

NativeForestHiller
NativeForestHiller on August 26, 2006 at 8:32 am

Thank you very much for your feedback & helpful advice above. I posted the following questions on the homepage, but received no replies. I am in the midst of writing a feature story that is due in the end of this month, & I would appreciate your assistance tremendously. Some questions are as follows. Please e-mail Michael, Comm. To Save The Trylon founder/chair at

  1. Full name (or anonymous), title/affiliation (if applicable), & residence (s)
  2. What are two (of your most memorable) experiences at the Trylon Theater?
  3. How did viewing films at an Art Deco historical building make you feel, or how did it enhance your movie-going experience?
  4. What did the Trylon mean to you, and how was it an asset to the community?
  5. What films do you recall being a major sell-out?
  6. Any additional contributions to this interview would be highly appreciated. If you can recommend someone else who may be of help, that would also be great.
uncleal923
uncleal923 on August 21, 2006 at 11:10 am

Well, at least you guys aren’t giving up. I have to admit I never saw a film at the Trylon. I am just a theater major interested in restoration, and maybe even conversion into performance space. These old theaters are a nice space for that.

Ed Solero
Ed Solero on August 21, 2006 at 7:26 am

Thanks, Warren. As per that Saturday Night Fever ad, it was still with Interboro as late as ‘78. When did that company fold? I know they operated a number of small nabes – including my old childhood haunt the Laurelton Theater.

Ed Solero
Ed Solero on August 21, 2006 at 6:33 am

I remember this under the Loew’s banner for along time and I know it was once part of the Interboro chain as well. Was this originally an independent? And if so, how long did it operate that way and what were some of the other chains that ran it?

Meanwhile… Native, here’s an assortment of clippings from my collection of old newspapers featuring ads for attractions at the Trylon:

Saturday Night Fever – Daily News 1/25/78
Ordinary People 12th Smash Week! – Daily News 12/12/80
Absence of Malice – Daily News 3/6/82
Compromising Positions – Daily News 9/12/85
Compromising Positions (still there) – Daily News 9/23/85
Compromising Positions (going strong) – Newsday 10/5/85
Out of Africa – NY Post 1/29/86
Children of a Lesser God – Daily News 10/16/86
Children of a Lesser God (still going)– NY Times 10/27/86
Ferris Bueller’s Day Off – NY Post 7/4/86

A lot of the films advertised above appear to be late in their runs and possible moveovers – you can check release dates for each title on imdb.com to try and ascertain if any of these were initial release bookings.

I have a number of local papers (including the Long Island Press and Long Island Star Journal) from September and November of 1963 and May 1964 that include the old fashioned block ads for the big chains (Loew’s, RKO, Century’s, Skouras) as well as individual ads for many independent nabes like the Cinemart, Hobart, Earle, Fair, Polk, etc. Curiously, the Trylon is not listed in any of those, for some reason.

I have a few more papers from the ‘80’s and early '90’s to digitize… when I find more Trylon listings I’ll be sure to post them here.

DavidHurlbutt
DavidHurlbutt on August 21, 2006 at 5:03 am

In the 1960s The Trylon did show some first run films. “Hush Hush, Sweet Charlotte” openened there which I saw at the Trylon with a sneak preview of “Quick Before It Melts.” I do recall one Sunday seeing lines outside the Trylon waiting to get in the theater to see a double feature: THE MUSIC MAN and GYPSY.

Bway
Bway on August 21, 2006 at 4:45 am

In my opinion, at least in later years, the Trylon usually played “different”, or weird movies. Perhaps artsy?
Perhaps they were trying to form a niche.

Bway
Bway on August 20, 2006 at 3:33 pm

Well, I saw “A Stranger Among Us” there in the summer of 1992, so you can add that to the list….

NativeForestHiller
NativeForestHiller on August 20, 2006 at 1:12 pm

The following is a list of films that were shown at the Trylon from 1989-1990, provided by RobertR.

I am doing research on the Trylon. I would appreciate it very much if someone can please post a list of as many films as possible that were featured at the Trylon between Dec 26, 1939 and late Dec 1999. Any advice would be appreciated. Thanks! You can also e-mail

5/5/89 Scandal
6/9 Dead Poets Society
8/25 Uncle Buck (moveover)
9/15 Shirley Valentine
10/27 Sex Lies & Videotape (moveover)
11/3 Crimes & Misdeamenors
12/15 Blaze
1/5 My Left Foot
2/2 Stanley & Iris
2/23 Where the Heart Is
3/9 Madhouse
3/23 Pretty Woman
6/15 Dick Tracy

NativeForestHiller
NativeForestHiller on August 20, 2006 at 12:59 pm

As a committee, we are not giving up!!! Councilwoman Katz is beyond hope, and is the most developer-friendly politician out there. She has refused countless times to meet with us, and her campaign contributions illustrate how she is heavily supported by the greedy “over-developers.” The Trylon-adorned ticket booth will be rebuilt even if it’s not at the site for the time being. It will be a symbol which says “We will not permit our history & culture to be torn apart by greed!!!”

Bway
Bway on July 12, 2006 at 1:33 am

It’s not that the theater was falling apart, it’s that the current owners ripped everythign apart. The Kings has been neglected, but it wasn’t ripped apart.

uncleal923
uncleal923 on July 11, 2006 at 5:28 pm

Wait, are you guys giving up? I haven’t seen any of the photos, but this could still be a diamond in the rough. There are people, myself included, not willing to give up on the Kings in Brooklyn, which is a few years older and hasn’t been used since the 1970s. Maybe you should just keep pressing. Any theater, like most historical buildings, is worth keeping. Furthermore, the politicians may be crooked, but sometimes they straighten out with the right coaxing.

NativeForestHiller
NativeForestHiller on June 5, 2006 at 6:26 am

“You can say that again!”

RobertR
RobertR on June 5, 2006 at 6:21 am

Nothing will happen with the crooked politicians we still have in power in Queens, very sad indeed.

NativeForestHiller
NativeForestHiller on June 5, 2006 at 6:14 am

It is a shame that we have to fight this hard to try to preserve it. It wouldn’t have been difficult for a “reputable” owner to keep the exterior intact, and preserve defining features of the interior. What were they thinking?!? Shame on them! With the presently intact Queens Museum of Art facing a risk of being altered & expanded, we will have no traces of the 1939 World’s Fair left! :(

NativeForestHiller
NativeForestHiller on June 5, 2006 at 5:54 am

The interior is in an even worse state than the exterior, and the interior photos that were Aug 2005 posted on this site. It seems as if they are working inside on a daily basis, but not too much progress has been made over the course of the last year. In Aug 2005, the hand-painted cloth murals were on both sides of the theater stage. No one at the site or any affiliate has responded to their whereabouts, causing the committee and other preservationists to believe they have been completely destroyed. The auditorium, which the owner promised would be left mostly intact, seems gutted. There are numerous violations at the site/Stop Work Orders. When CM Katz was informed, she turned her back on her constituents. It’s very sad! We’ll keep fighting for preservation of the streamlined facade, glass block tower, and restoration of the marquee. The entrance pavilion’s mosaic/terrazzo floor which bears the Trylon logo & features Art Deco chevrons, is still present, but the Education Center for Russian Jewry & the councilwoman, change the subject. They promised to rescue facade features, but without landmarking and the lies accumulating, there is no confirmation. I suggest that any enthusiasts who are interested in volunteering for the Committee To Save The Trylon or lending their support by contacting key officials, to e-mail us at Thanks!

Bway
Bway on June 5, 2006 at 5:09 am

Any word on the current state of the interior?

PKoch
PKoch on May 30, 2006 at 8:13 am

I saw it at the 34th Street East in January 1978.

Forever ?

Tony Manuro will burn forever in a “Disco Inferno” !

For wearing a “condominium” !

RobertR
RobertR on May 27, 2006 at 6:32 pm

This played forever here
View link

NativeForestHiller
NativeForestHiller on May 12, 2006 at 11:01 pm

Thought you might like to read the following letter to the editor of the Queens Chronicle, entitled “Trylon For All” & published May 11th:

Dear Editor:

In response to the April 27 letter to the editor by Dave Shlakman of Howard Beach, titled “Trylon Case,” numerous preservationists and residents who are advocating for landmark status for the Trylon Theater have attended movies there. Besides nostalgia, the dominant reason for our initiative is the rare and distinctive art deco/art moderne architectural features the Trylon Theater exhibits. It is an anchor of Queens Boulevard and Forest Hills and a great representation of 1939 World’s Fair history.

While it is true that owners have the authority to make alterations to a structure that is not landmarked, the Landmarks law grants us every right to continue encouraging the Landmarks Preservation Commission to designate worthwhile buildings like the Trylon, and others that merit preservation throughout the five boroughs. That is the beauty of it.

Occupancy by the Education Center for Russian Jewry is commendable, but we are baffled as to why the center didn’t find it viable to preserve some of the most significant elements (present in the entrance pavilion), which included the Trylon adorned mosaic ticket booth, and the terrazzo/mosaic inlaid floor that also depicted a 3D mirror image of the Trylon Monument, accompanied by chevrons.

The floor is present, but in jeopardy of being masked by generic tile or cement. It has been proven in many scenarios that older buildings can be “adaptively reused” with a preservation minded strategy. Although the ticket booth is gone, it still is “economically viable” to preserve what remains.

The Trylon will be a center that offers social programs, so the whole community should work cohesively. The 1939 World’s Fair fostered social and cultural change that led to the arrival of immigrants in America. Do we “educate” attendees of the Education Center by erasing a part of their heritage? If this neighborhood trend continues, what values do we hope to instill in our children?

We are grateful for the 1,600 people who signed our petition and those who care about our community. There are some aspects of every community that should be here to stay, and the Trylon Theater is one of many in Forest Hills and Rego Park, while accommodating it to a newer use.

  • Michael Perlman, chairman,
    Committee To Save The Trylon Theater,
    Forest Hills