Queens Theatre

219-36 Jamaica Avenue,
Queens Village, NY 11428

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NativeForestHiller
NativeForestHiller on March 6, 2010 at 8:52 pm

Anyone aware about what is happening to this theater? Visit

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Tinseltoes
Tinseltoes on January 26, 2010 at 6:41 am

Thanks for the clarification. I thought that perhaps the theatre was to be demolished to make way for a hotel.

CSWalczak
CSWalczak on January 25, 2010 at 2:40 pm

Look closely at the blue logos at the left and right within the sign; the hotel being referred to is a Howard Johnson’s franchise motel at 220-16 Jamaica Boulevard. I doubt if it has any connection to the church.

Tinseltoes
Tinseltoes on January 25, 2010 at 1:09 pm

“kjf,” when that view is rotated, it shows something with a sign reading “HOTEL” just to the right of the theatre. What is that all about? Could it be a hotel operated by the church for parishoners visiting from out of town?

robboehm
robboehm on January 25, 2010 at 10:35 am

That’s what CT seems to be about; depressing photos and bad news. It would be interesting to have some statistics about all the theatres on the site- how many are still operating and how many have been demolished. I would think more of the latter with the bulk of the entries as closed.

Tinseltoes
Tinseltoes on January 25, 2010 at 7:06 am

Last month, while passing behind the Queens Theatre on a LIRR train, I noticed that the enormous fire escapes on both sides of the building had been removed. I wonder what happened to them, and could this be the start of demolition of the entire building? Without the fire escapes, I doubt that the theatre can be occupied above the ground floor.

kjf
kjf on January 25, 2010 at 6:32 am

Another depressing photo. The theatre is behind you, so the picture must be rotated.

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kjf

robboehm
robboehm on April 14, 2009 at 6:46 am

Unfortunately, both of these shots are “under the new management” after the original color scheme. Also the vertical is gone. When was that removed?

robboehm
robboehm on April 9, 2009 at 9:19 pm

In addition to changing the type of movies shown they also changed the marquee. The background color used to be green, the chasing lights yellow. Also the chasing lights from the side panels continued across the front to the other side.

gregwalsh
gregwalsh on February 19, 2009 at 3:18 pm

Warren,

For sure! See my post of 9/27/06 (2:07 PM)

Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on February 19, 2009 at 1:37 pm

I’d be willing to bet that passing locomotives weren’t the only cause of vibrations in the balcony.

gregwalsh
gregwalsh on February 19, 2009 at 9:12 am

RVB,

You have a long memory – the last of the steam locomotives (Class G-5s) were retired in October, 1955.

And yes, those locomotives – at 60MPH eastbound into the Queens Interlocking – set up quite a vibration in the balcony.

markp
markp on February 19, 2009 at 7:01 am

I could be wrong, but during the 1980’s, if this was a porn theatre at that time, then this, along with the Earle in Jackson Heights, the Globe in the Bronx, The Polk, as well as the Cinema 9 and Sayrewoods in New Jersey were all run by the same person. I worked at the Sayrewoods, and I know every week we would shuffle the film around from one theatre to the next. He made a lot of money out of those places, I could tell you that.

robboehm
robboehm on February 19, 2009 at 4:24 am

As a child I was always in awe of the size of the balcony. The main floor didn’t seem all that large. I also remember the rumble of the old LIRR steam locomotives as they would roar past on the express tracks.

zasu
zasu on May 6, 2008 at 3:11 pm

How in heaven’s name is my mentioning that I was a gay boy living in the closet in the 50s and 60s flaunting anything. Do you hesitate to mention your wife or girlfriend in a postings? Does that fact that anyone in this group might allude to their being heterosexual, by mentioning a spouse for example, equate with being unseemly? Or do you, GregWalsh, have some kind of separate standard of your own?

Yes I would be very interested if any of the other members believe my post is unseemly. I did not come here to discuss anything other than the cinema, but the posts always relate not only to the theatre, but to people’s experiences in the neighbourhood in which they grew up.up.other

gregwalsh
gregwalsh on May 6, 2008 at 2:28 pm

Michael,

You were not merely “mentioning” it; you were – in your own way – flaunting it. As to what is seemly and unseemly, I suggest you re-read the policies addressing relevancy of postings.

All other Members,

My opinion is strictly my own. Please weigh in with yours.

zasu
zasu on May 6, 2008 at 1:28 pm

Just who the hell do you think you are GregWalsh, to determine what is seemly and unseemly? Since when is someone who is gay not permitted to mention it? Did I go into a discussion of sexual activity of any kind? I simply stated an experience from my past, and how it related to something I saw in a posting that caused me to chuckle. What is god’s name do you find unseemly about that?

gregwalsh
gregwalsh on May 6, 2008 at 12:18 pm

Michael,

Please take discussion of your sexual orientation elsewhere. I think I can speak for most of us in saying that we don’t care if you’ve come out of the closet.

Such discussion is unseemly, and clearly inappropriate for this website.

zasu
zasu on May 1, 2008 at 9:22 pm

My guess, Warren, is that you are totally correct. As someone who grew up living in the proverbial closet for my entire childhood in that surrounding neighbourhood (Bellerose), the title of the film made me chuckle.

Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on May 1, 2008 at 6:26 am

Michael, I’d be willing to bet that “Gay” was just being used in its “normal” sense and not with any homosexual intent.

zasu
zasu on April 30, 2008 at 7:35 pm

Thanx for the terrific photos, Warren. I find it interesting that the headline of the story right under the second photo is titled ,The Gay Retreat.“ I wonder, back in those days, in which way they were using that word.

Artie16
Artie16 on April 30, 2008 at 4:04 pm

Great pictures of a go by era.
Artie16

Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on April 29, 2008 at 8:49 am

Here are new links to images related to the theatre’s grand opening:
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Artie16
Artie16 on February 19, 2008 at 3:27 pm

oops sorry theater was a typo….. my mom danced in the “THEATRE” that would be the QUEENS THEATRE when they had vaudeville before any of us were born….actually my mom and dad met in front of the Queens Theatre…..