Loew's Triboro Theatre

2804 Steinway Street,
Astoria, NY 11103

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William
William on November 15, 2003 at 6:29 pm

The Loew’s Triboro Theatre was located at Steinway Street and 28th Ave..

Johnallman
Johnallman on May 22, 2002 at 9:44 pm

Many thanks to William McQuade and Manny for their help in identifying when the Loew’s Triboro was demolished. What a shame, to have lost such a magnificent building and history. I’ll have a new book of poems out around 2003 or 2004 called LOEW’S TRIBORO,from New Directions,and I hope the cover will be a photo of the Loew’s Triboro.

WilliamMcQuade
WilliamMcQuade on March 20, 2002 at 4:02 pm

The theater was demolished in 1974. I was involved in the effort to have the theater designated as a landmark. Landmark Preservation Commission had already voted to make it a landmark.

Unfortunately, like everything in New York, politics entered into it. the decision had already been made before a Board of Estimate meeting by the Queens Borough President ( very anti preservationist) that he would vote against making it a landmark. All the other board members voted lockstep behind him (I scratch your back and you scratch mine etc). Although I helped to obtain over 8000 signatures on petitions to save it, few people showed up at the Board meeting. I feel to this day if more support was shown at the board meeting, the results might have been different. Astoria went downhill after that and now their last movie theater Astoria) just closed. Steinway street once had 4 theaters. Now they have none. an interesting footnote is that the public official (Queens Borough president) who basically killed the landmark designation committed suicide a few years later due to a growing scandal which he though would engulf him

MANNY
MANNY on December 6, 2001 at 9:21 pm

I LIVED ON STEINWAY STREET ½ BLOCK FROM THIS THEATER AND ACROSS FROM THE ASTORIA THEATRE LOCATED 1 BLOCK SOUTH OF THE LOEWS..

I SPENT MANY HOURS IN THE LOEWS IT WAS A MAGNIFICENT THEATRE HUGE WITH BALCONIES AND FACADES BUILT WITH THE OUTDOOR THEATRES OF ANCIENT TIMES IN MIND WITH DETAIL OF HAVING THE CEILING REPLICATING THE NIGHT SKY WITH TWINKLING LIGHTS REPRESENTING STARS…

THEY TORE THIS THEATRE DOWN AROUND 1970 TO PUT UP 2 FAMILY HOUSING WITH STORES BELOW THEM..

WHAT A CRIME. WHAT A SHAME. THIS JUST BEFORE HISTORICAL PRESERVATION SOCIETIES CAME TO THE FOREFRONT…

IF IT WASNT FOR JACKIE ONASSIS WE WOULD HAVE LOST GRAND CENTRAL STATION…SHE SAVED IT AFTER SHE FOUND OUT WHAT THEY DID TO THE GRAND AND ELEGANT PENN STATION….

Johnallman
Johnallman on November 10, 2001 at 12:44 am

I went to the movies at the Loew’s Triboro from 1943 to about 1956 and would like any information I can get on when it was demolished. I loved the place and remember vaudeville performances on Tuesday evenings there. The Triboro shaped my childhood in ways that cannot be measured.