UA Crossbay

9411 Rockaway Boulevard,
Ozone Park, NY 11417

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Greenpoint on October 20, 2005 at 12:07 pm

Hi I passed by the theatre on October 6th and was surprised to see it closed.

I was so in disbelief that I decided to snap a few pics with my
camera phone and here they are.

The site is still barebones, nothing on there but these 2 pics.

Hopefully I’ll be getting over to that neck of the woods to snap some more pics ASAP.

I made a mental note to myself to always carry my digital in case i happen to spot other note-worthy items.

AntonyRoma on August 20, 2005 at 8:47 pm

I note that the Daily News article states that the oldest Queens movie house still showing films is the Jackson in Jackson Heights. t began screening movies in 1924. This is of course consistent with the opinion of many that the Ridgewood, which began life in 1913 as a vaudeville / movie house, is in Brooklyn.

AntonyRoma on August 20, 2005 at 8:30 pm

I suspect the original denizens referred to it as “Cross Bay”. This would be consistent with its location on Woodhaven Blvd which in fact crosses the bay further south in Howard Beach and the entrance to the Rockaways. It would also be consistent with the locals calling the area along Liberty Ave further west “East Nee York.”

Mike (saps)
Mike (saps) on August 15, 2005 at 4:59 am

I saw a movie here as a kid in the mid-1960’s, something with dinosaurs around the bend in a river, but we had to leave before it was over when my cousin got a nosebleed.

DougDouglass on August 14, 2005 at 1:05 am

Today’s Daily News quotes a realtor who says the building will be leased as retail space.

dave-bronx™ on July 10, 2005 at 6:58 am

That’s it! I couldn’t think of the name they were using – Cinamerica – for a brief time they owned Trans-Lux here in the east, until they sold the T-L theatres to Dan Crown.

theatrefan on July 10, 2005 at 5:40 am

Wasn’t the Company Paramount & Warner jointly owned at one point called Cinamerica Theatres LP?

br91975 on July 9, 2005 at 6:41 pm

I think a $2 house could survive if located in the right neighborhood in the outer boroughs, but not in Manhattan; the rents are too killer and, even with packed houses for every show and every audience member buying a medium soda and popcorn (or the price equivalent of the two), the owner would probably have to consider him or herself the beneficiary of a miracle if they somehow managed to break even.

As for studio ownership of theatre chains, don’t Paramount and Warner Bros. own Mann Theatres 50/50? I seem to remember one studio getting into a pissing match with the other (Paramount, I think it was, getting ticked off with Warner Bros.) a couple of years back and withholding their product from Grauman’s Chinese Theatre in Hollywood for a time as a result…

RobertR on July 9, 2005 at 6:14 pm

Do you think a $2 house could still make it in NY?

John Fink
John Fink on July 9, 2005 at 4:34 pm

Same goes for IFC and Clearview Cinemas (also a cable vision company) yet IFC Center isn’t a Clearview location in the least. It doesn’t even offer the same type of cola. As for this discussion on going art house or not, another sign that a theater isn’t compleatly 100% well is if they start showing Bollywood or porno. Bollywood and Porno are interestingly enough the only two genres that you know exsactly what you can expect before you enter the theatre because there is a list of conventions that go along with the genre.

As for second run- we need more of them. Interstate Theatres is one chain (a division of Cinemark) that is a true discount chain (showing movies often weeks before they are on DVD) and they have had great success at Columbia Park in North Bergen- the place is packed every night for $2.00 movies. This pricing structure may not work for N/A or Regal but it does work.

theatrefan on July 9, 2005 at 11:40 am

Thanks for the clarification!

Also American Companies were not required to divest their international holdings, MGM held on to the international division of Loews for a while & Gulf + Western (Paramount) owned the Famous Players Circuit in Canada.

lopez on July 9, 2005 at 11:15 am

2 points of clarification re. the previous posts…

  1. The statute of limitations on the Paramount Decrees expired many years ago, thereby rendering them null and void. Hence the 1989 Sony/Columbia/Tri-Star/Loews merger and subsequent vertically integrated companies that exist in the film biz.

  2. N/A wasn’t folded into Viacom because it is technically a separte entity that is privately owned by the Redstone family. It is through N/A that Redstone stands as the majority shareholder of Viacom with approximately 60% ownership.

dave-bronx™ on July 9, 2005 at 10:26 am

I believe Loews petitioned the court at that time to be released from the decree, and the petition was granted. But I think the decree is still in effect for other enteties.

theatrefan on July 9, 2005 at 10:06 am

I think the decree was eased up at some point, From 1989-1998 Sony Pictures owned both Columbia-TriStar Pictures & the Loews Theatres Circuit, such cross ownership would not have been permited if the decree was still in place as originally written.

dave-bronx™ on July 9, 2005 at 9:59 am

You’re right – I hadn’t thought of that…

RickB on July 9, 2005 at 9:49 am

Are the theater divestiture consent decrees of the 1940s still in force? If they are, the Redstones may be staying within the letter of the law by ensuring that the theaters are not part of the same corporate structure as Paramount.

dave-bronx™ on July 9, 2005 at 9:15 am

I recently read an article in Film Journal or Boxoffice and was surprised to find out that National Amusements is still owned by the Redstone family, and has not been folded into Viacom.

UA80 on July 9, 2005 at 8:38 am

UA East 85th St is another theatre Regal Entertainment Group is putting a beating to.

Regal switch this theatre to a basically all art format that is not doing that great.

This week is “March of the Penguins”.

They will keep this format until they kill this theatre off and will than close it.

This is also done by National Amusements / Multiplex Cinemas / Showcase Cinemas as division of Viacom. <–
That was a mouth full. ;–)

N/A will switch to an art format in theatres final six months or so to draw attendance down so they are “forced to close due a decline in attendance” or “for business reasons”.

This is what Regal now will also use to close a location.

Not as often anymore N/A would go sub-run to shutter locations but now uses the “art format” to close a location.

theatrefan on July 8, 2005 at 3:45 pm

The Oriental, Fortway & Marboro all closed up shop in May, June & July respectively.

RobertR on July 8, 2005 at 10:51 am

Odd to close a theatre in summertime.

theatrefan on July 8, 2005 at 10:25 am

June 23rd was the final day of operation for the UA Crossbay I. The Crossbay II is still open and showing movies.

br91975 on July 8, 2005 at 8:28 am

I think UA80 might have been injecting a bit of sarcasm into his post, Warren.

theatrefan on July 8, 2005 at 8:12 am

Regal Entertainment Group (Regal, U.A., Edwards) is legendary for running their older theatres straight into the ground.

Here is their viewpoint as stated in the 2002 Regal Entertainment Group Annual Report: “Our strong cash flow from efficient operations combined with the limited need to make maintenance expenditures and a conservative capital structure, provide us with significant flexibility to pursue and execute our future growth opportunities.”

Frankly, I’m surprised this place managed to survive as long as it did after the UA-Regal-Edwards merger back in 2002.

UA80 on July 8, 2005 at 6:26 am

Regal Entertainment is currently buying even more theatre chains.

Regal acquired 52 Hoys locations representing 554 screens in 2003.

In April of this year 29 theatres with 314 screens from R/C Theatres was sold to Regal.

Regal is also taking over 22 Eastern Federal multiplexes.

Regal is simply cutting cost and closing smaller theatres.
Crossybay 1 only has 3 screens and was not worth operating.

Crossybay 2 should be safe for now, however in today’s CineWorld it is now 15 years old and that is like 90 years old in today’s CineWorld.

Regal is looking at buying at least 2 more chains before years end if it is not modern with at least 10 screens with Stadium Seating and Digital Sound all around…

Than look for one day soon the marquee to read:


gerryrules73 on July 7, 2005 at 2:37 pm

When it’s gutted down what is it going to be? Please let me know. Also they closed the Fortway in Bay Ridge Bklyn.