UA Crossbay

9411 Rockaway Boulevard,
Ozone Park, NY 11417

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PKoch on May 30, 2006 at 8:29 am

ShortyC, I agree with you. BTW, that’s Modell’s, not Models/

ShortyC on May 28, 2006 at 6:57 am

It should be added in the info that there is a Models sporting good store here, so far since the store just opened, the interior has no remains of the old theatre, the awning and everything else is intact but repainted. The small “Coming Soon” boxes were filled up, altogether so far the interior was the main thing that was changed, and the exterior is still the same but with certain improvements. I think it was better to close Crossbay 1, it was in a state of deterioration and it was small. Crossbay 2 should be the one that should stay and be renovated if needed but right now that seems highly unlikely.

RobertR on May 22, 2006 at 7:10 am

Regal closed the Crossbay because they opened Atlas 8 but to me they were far enough apart to both survive.

PKoch on May 22, 2006 at 7:01 am

Hopefully open another cinema somewhere close by.

ShortyC on May 20, 2006 at 2:09 am

As of today 5/20/06 the former Crossbay is opening up into a Models Sporting Goods store. I wish they save some of these great theatres being that they look great architecturally. What will they do in the Cross Bay area now that both Crossbay 1 and 2 are closed?

RobertR on May 15, 2006 at 5:24 pm

If UA had made the outside of this theatre look as good as it does as a Modells it may still be open. I have to take a picture of it and post it here. They redid the marquee and the entire front in a beige stone, looks so nice.

PKoch on April 17, 2006 at 6:21 am

Thanks for posting this story, LindaP, and “Thank Heaven For Little Girls” such as you once were !

How was your visit with your Mom in Ozone Park ?

LindaP on April 15, 2006 at 4:56 am

Last weekend I went Ozone Park to
visit with my Mom for the weekend. (I moved to Pa.)

We were on our way to Howard Beach for dinner when
I noticed there was not a sign on the Crossbay;
at the same time my Mom told me that she thought
the Crosbay was closed. I was really sad to hear that.
It was an icon in Ozone Park. A place where you went
on a Saturday afternoon, where you went on your first
date, where you probably got your first kiss, and
eventually brought your children.

The first movie I can every remember seeing there
was when I was about 10 yrs. old. My grandmother
loved Maurice Chevalier! So I was elected to take a
walk with her and see the movie “Gigi”. At first
I thought; If my grandmother likes it, I would hate it
and the only good thing was that my grandmother would
buy me chocolate covered ice cream bon bons.
But I loved the movie and instantly had a crush on Louis Jourdan.
I was humming the song Gigi for a week.

PKoch on April 5, 2006 at 5:37 am

Good story, WRLynch, and thanks for posting it. I am about your age. The rule was against ladies (adult women) wearing shorts, yet your pre-adolescent sister was (at first) denied admission. Ironic, in that you and your sister probably would have been safer inside the Crossbay than sitting outside, and also ironic in light of at least the last thirty years of child pornography.

The3100Rule on April 4, 2006 at 1:36 pm

From the distance, and cold light of the early 21st century, this story may seem as if my Mom was a bad parent. That is not the point of this story. If you can think back to a simpler time in Ozone Park where nothing bad ever happened, here is the tale.

It was a summer Saturday 1962, I was six years old, and my sister was eight. My mother had to go on an errand, and she decided to let us spend the day at The UA Crossbay. The main feature was “The Longest Day.” Not exactly kiddie fare. My mom gave my sister the money and gave her strict instructions to wait for her on the bench, which then existed on the triangle in front of the theatre. The bench faced west towards Woodhaven Blvd. It was a plan. It should have worked. It would have gotten her in trouble these days, but back in 1962, life was different.

My sister was wearing shorts. Back in those days, the UA Crossbay, and a lot of other theatres had a modesty rule against ladies wearing shorts to their establishments. I guess that it is the same kind of rule that they use in Afghanistan where women may only wear those birkas in public.

The manager in his suit and tie saw my sister in her shorts and refused admittance to her on the basis of her attire. I said that if my sister can’t go in, I am not going in. We held hands and crossed Liberty Avenue to the bench on the triangle. We sat there until everyone had entered the theatre. The show must have started. I guess that the manager felt like a real fool enforcing that no shorts rule against an eight year old and her six-year-old brother. He sheepishly ambled across Liberty Avenue and told us that it was OK; we could come in and see the movie. Before I could say “YIPEE!” and race across Liberty Avenue, my sister dug her heels in and firmly told the manager that she was staying right there and waiting for her mother. She did not want to see their movie. The manager slunk away like the evil minded little jerk that he was.

We sat there watching cars zoom up and down Cross Bay/Woodhaven, Liberty/Rockaway for at least six hours. Barley talking. I never counted so many cars before. It was among the worst days of my little life. My mom was angry with the manager, but proud of us for sitting like little statues for such along time. She never did anything like that again.

There is a distinct tinge of sadness now almost half a century later that the UA Crossbay is now gone, I have moved far away to the wilds of central New Jersey, the manager of public morals must have gone to his just reward, and the world is such a different place. Whatever happens to the UA Crossbay property, I hope that it is a good thing, and a nice place for children and a place where all goes well.

LuisV on January 18, 2006 at 6:43 am

Hi Jennifer, I grew up in Ozone Park and I went to many a movie at the Crossbay, the Lefferts and the Casino. The latter two next door in richmond Hill. These theaters were truly neighborhood theaters. I don’t have any recollection of these theaters having any truly remarkable or memorable architecture. They were just places to see movies. If you wanted “Atmoshphere” you went to the Valenica in Jamaica. Every time I went to a movie at the Valencia, the theater was as much a part of the experience as the film. I truly miss those days. While I miss the Valencia, I don’t miss the Crossbay, Casino & Lefferts. Not at all! The one truly memorable day at the Crossbay though was when I spent the whole day there with friends to see all five “Planet of the Apes” movies in a promotion called “Go Ape” in the mis 70’s! There was a lot of popcorn flying that day!

Mikeoaklandpark on January 17, 2006 at 6:20 am

I was in the Crossbay once in 1981 when I lived in NY. I went to see Chariots Of Fire after it won best picture. It upsets and saddens me as to what ahs happened to all the theaters I remember from my 8 years of living in NYC. To add fuel to the fire this stupid merger of AMC and Lowes will now wipe out what’s left of great NYC memories.

PKoch on January 17, 2006 at 5:50 am

Yes, jenniferm, Peter Koch is my full name, I live in Dobbs Ferry NY, just north of NYC, and yes, you may use my memories in your story. Thank you.

jerin on January 17, 2006 at 5:27 am

thanks Peter Koch (that is your full name, yes?) where do you live? i will use your memories in my story if you dont mind.

PKoch on January 12, 2006 at 11:25 am

Jennifer M, please see the second post on this page by “Peter.K”. That’s me. I accidentally logged myself out last year and logged back in as “PKoch”.

My Easter Eve 1991 viewing of “Silence Of The Lambs” at Crossbay II was particularly memorable, because I got there from my Ridgewood home by taking the B-18 bus to Jamaica Ave. and Crescent St., then walking to the Crossbay II from there, past the “Last / First Bar In Brooklyn”, on the Bklyn-Queens border, where Fulton St. becomes Rockaway Blvd., thence southeast on Rockaway Blvd. with the sun setting behind me, and a big full moon rising in front of me. A beautiful and poignant clear evening !

I had since broken up with the lady I almost saw “Avalon” with at the Crossbay II in October of 1990, and, while I did NOT walk past her home in South Richmond Hill after seeing “Silence”, I DID see her in church in Manhattan the following day. We just looked at each other without saying a word : a “silence” of our own.

jerin on January 12, 2006 at 4:17 am

Got memories of the cross bay theatres? i am a reporter in Queens working on a story about the now shuttered cross bay I and Cross Bay II theatres in south queens and would love to include some local color in the form of personal recollection of the movie houses in their heyday. please post your memories, or better yet, post with your email and we can chat. Thanks. Jennifer M.

PKoch on December 21, 2005 at 6:39 am

You may not be mistaken, JohnG409 !

CelluloidHero2 on December 20, 2005 at 10:52 am

I was watching the “King of Queens” the other night and the show started with a exterior shot of the UA Crossbay. Am I correct in assuming that is this theater?

Mike (saps)
Mike (saps) on December 5, 2005 at 7:10 pm

I re-posted some of these comments on the Chelsea Theater page.

John Fink
John Fink on December 5, 2005 at 7:08 pm

Mansfield, but the right to build on that site was retained form Nelson-Firman. We’ll see if they grow in the AMC/Loews merger, but I doubt it, actually.

dave-bronx™ on December 5, 2005 at 7:06 pm

I don’t think Clearview has built any theatres from the ground up – they were all aquired from other operators.

Mike (saps)
Mike (saps) on December 5, 2005 at 6:57 pm

I don’t think Cablevision is going to tear down their profitable Chelsea to re-build. I wonder how many theaters Clearview has built from the ground up, as opposed to purchasing or converting. I do find that although Chelsea has no stadium seating, it is comfortable, with big screens, bright light and good sound, and a friendly staff.

LuisV on December 5, 2005 at 7:25 am

Thanks Warren! Now it makes sense. I’m couldn’t beleive that someone like Eberson would design a theater like the Cross Bay. It would’ve been a big blotch on his resume.

I respect “saps” opinion that he mourns every closed theater, but I personally think only theaters of significant architectural or historical background deserve to be saved. “Significant” means many things to many people, but I doubt anyone would include The Cross Bay, the Casino and Lefferts (both in nearby Richmond Hill) in this category. These fall into the category of Ho Hum theaters. I now live in Chelsea in Manhattan and about 15 years ago, Cineplex Odeon opened the Chelsea Cinemas multiplex which, at that time was the largest in Manhattan. Now part of the Clearview chain, it falls into the Ho Hum category as well and, in my opinion, should be torn down and replaced with a modern theater complex similar to Loew’s Lincoln Square, 42nd St and 34th St. showplaces. These theaters are comforatable, have stadium seating, great sound and in the case of Lincoln Square, a unique achitectural element that recalls many of Loew’s movie palaces of the past.

Most of my friends only go to Chelsea Cinemas when it is too cold, or rainy to go to the other, much better theaters. We’d much rather walk up to 34th from 23rd at all other times.

Mike (saps)
Mike (saps) on December 5, 2005 at 6:01 am

I miss any theater that has closed, never to re-open. They are all “treasures” to me.

LuisV on December 5, 2005 at 5:21 am

I just read the article referenced by Lost Memory regarding the Cross Bay which referenced the “architectural majesty” of this theater. I must must have been at a different Cross Bay! I am also mystified that the theater John Eberson designed this theater (in addition to the Lefferts in nearby Richmond Hill. This is the same architect who designed the glorious Valancia in Jamaica. My memories of the Cross Bay and Leffetd were as drab utilitarian theaters with nothing that really stands out and I saw many movies there. As oppossed to the Valencia where I remember everything because it was just so beautiful.

My biggest memory of the Cross Bay wasn’t the theater, but what I saw there. One Saturday in the 70’s, I went with friends to spend the entire day watching “Go Ape”!!! They were showing all 5 Planet of the Apes movies in sequence. That was a fun day.

I miss the Valencia, but I won’t miss the Cross Bay.