Jackson Heights Cinema

40-31 82nd Street,
Jackson Heights, NY 11373

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Bway on March 21, 2006 at 7:29 am

As for the condition, it appears the owners of the Jackson (which also own the Ridgewood Theater) don’t seem to take much better care of the place than the Ridgewood Theater. In fact, on the exterior, the Ridgewood seems to be in better shape (and that’s saying a lot).

Bway on March 21, 2006 at 7:28 am

Thanks very much Warren, those are the first I have seen of it. did the Jackson have a balcony? It seems sort of too low, unless that’s just an illusion of just the lobby being low.

Bway on March 21, 2006 at 4:28 am

I don’t have any of the interior, but if you are looking for a theater highly intact inside (and out), check out the RKO Kieth’s Richmond Hill. While the seats have been removed, most of the interior of that theater is completely intact. And it was never multiplexed, so even more intact.
Here’s a link:

As for the Jackson, I too would be interested in seeing photos of the inside. I don’t know how much of the original ornamentation survived the multiplexing.

jurayj on March 20, 2006 at 9:36 pm

could someone please post current photos of the jacksons exterior facade including entrance details, and any current interior shots
to show its condition, I am looking for highly intact new york movie houses to present to the landmarks commission

JHGuy on January 2, 2006 at 9:08 am

I went to see a movie there last night. Most of the theater’s original details appear to be intact under several coats of paint. The main auditorium is one of the largest movie houses I’ve been in since I was a kid, although it has a faint odor of stale fake butter flavor.

And the movie had subtitles in Spanish. Did this bother me? No, as I’ve been to theaters all over the world that play Hollywood movies with subtitles in many different languages at once. It is rather entertaining that several of you are getting all hot and bothered over subtitles as some sort of vandalism of the movie. The Jackson Triplex shows Hollywood blockbusters—not art. There are several other movie theaters in the area accessible by subway and car. So it’s not like the Jackson Triplex is the only theater around showing Hollywood movies. (You don’t’ complain about the Eagle that shows Bollywood musicals 8 blocks away.) However, the Jackson is the only theater accessible on foot from Jackson Heights that shows Hollywood movies.

dellwebb on December 25, 2005 at 10:53 am

Grew up in the neighborhood. Was there many times, before and after it became a triplex. For some reason remember seeing, “The Incredible Shrinking Woman” there with Lily Tomlin over everything else. My fondest memory of it was pre-triplex was when I went to a Saturday afternoon event in the mid-70’s, “Go Ape for a Day”, all 5 films starting with of course “Planet of the….”

maramadus on October 30, 2005 at 9:31 pm

I purchased and removed an old (early 1950s) sound system from the Jackson Triplex in the summer of 2004. Does anyone have any information or history on when the Jackson first went to stereo sound? I would venture that this system would have been their first sterophonic sound system and would love to know exactly when it was installed.

br91975 on July 15, 2005 at 10:34 am

The exterior – without, of course, the original marquee – appears today much as it did in the image Warren posted earlier this afternoon.

Bway on July 11, 2005 at 11:51 am

Ah, it was cut up totally different than other cut up “multiplexes” I am thinking of.

RobertR on July 11, 2005 at 11:42 am

The Jackson used the elevated stadium section (I am refraining from using “balcony” before I am corrected)to make theatres 2 and 3, so except for the year iot must all be there.

Bway on July 11, 2005 at 11:38 am

If you take the multiplexing of some of the other theaters, such as the Ridgewood Theater, most of the auditorium ornamentation survives, except for the fact that it has walls cutting up thing, like the huge ceiling circle, etc.

br91975 on July 11, 2005 at 11:26 am

The foyer retains most of that appearance to this day; I imagine much of the same, save for the alterations brought forth by the triplexing, can be said for the auditorium itself.

RobertR on July 11, 2005 at 10:20 am

I never knew the jackson was such a beautiful house. It’s shocking they have not carved up that main floor. Has anyone seen it recently, does it look the same?

br91975 on June 20, 2005 at 12:54 pm

Had a chance to peek inside the Jackson Triplex when I was in the area a couple of weeks ago and have to say I was very impressed with how well-preserved it is, save for some graffiti on the upper facade and a somewhat modernized (with stucco walls) vestibule area between the main entrance and secondary set of doors. It’s clear the owners recognize the value of the property; they’re also, from what I could tell, doing a solid business.

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on December 29, 2004 at 1:33 pm

Ok Warren, we will give it the majority view that Krapp was the architect.

I just find it strange that in an architectural magazine like The Architectural Forum was, there would be a ‘mistake’ in captions to photographs of theaters illustrated as having been designed by the architect and writer of the article-Charles Sandblom. Maybe a correction was printed in the following issue, eh?

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on December 23, 2004 at 7:44 am

The Jackson Theatre is given as having a seating capacity of 1,839 in Film Daily Yearbook for 1941, and 1,821 in the F.D.Y for 1950.

I have photographs of the auditorium and foyer taken at its opening which illustrate an article by Charles Sandblom in the June 1925 edition of the magazine “The Architectural Forum”.

Charles A. Sandblom is credited as the architect of the Jackson Theatre.

br91975 on November 21, 2004 at 1:10 am

Let’s give all this talk about ‘subtitled films at the Jackson Triplex’ A REST!!! Chill, people, chill… and let’s move on…

Divinity on November 21, 2004 at 12:58 am

Some claim that subtitles are a “distraction” (as posted above).
I happen to think that it’s a bit deeper than that.
You may be on to something Jamie Somers.
By the way Jamie, I simply adore the bionic woman. Did you grow up watching those re-runs or is that your real name?

Broan on November 20, 2004 at 7:01 pm

Hm… from a business standpoint, which movie theater in an ethnically diverse area will do better? One that shows movies catering to the two largest groups, or one? Which group is larger, the xenophobes who are afraid of words they don’t understand, or the minority with no alternative venue. Gee… this is a tricky one.

And isn’t it simply appalling how opera houses are now projecting subtitles for their operas? If you want to understand opera, you should learn the language!

JamieSomers on November 20, 2004 at 6:43 pm

Oh my Gosh! What is the big deal about people enjoying there language. We need more ethnic venues like that to assist people that dont know the language and people that want to understand another one. I think that you people are bothered by the fact that it is a Spanish theatre, not by the letters. You are probably the same kind of people that hide in the shadows of the night so that no one will see you when you paint swasticas on our temple.

Bway on November 6, 2004 at 8:25 am

I agree Robert. As I said, I will not discuss this any firther either.

RobertR on November 6, 2004 at 8:23 am

This page is becoming another Ridgewood Folly, lets move on to something interesting like the Westbury. :)

Bway on November 6, 2004 at 7:54 am

LIMovies, that’s just my point (and the last I will talk about this). It is truly great when they can make a theater into a theater for different languages, especially if there is a call for it, and there is an available theater. That is not what I had the problem with. It’s the fact that the Jackson Triplex is the only theater within miles for all the other people that don’t speak Spanish, where they can all go to a movie and not have to watch a movie with the distraction of subtitles. That’s the reason. There is noting wrong with making a theater have subtitles, if there are nearby alternatives for all the English speaking people.
If the Boulevard theater in Jackson Heights still existed, or some other theater in a neighboring community, or if the Fair Theater was showing regular movies as opposed to porn, then it would be fine if the Jackson Triplex was showing movies with foreign language subtitles. But the fact is that there is no alternative for English speaking people unless they travel outside their own community.

longislandmovies on November 5, 2004 at 11:26 pm

can we save the world other than at the JACKSON TRIPLEX!!!!!!!