Bellerose Theater

245-14 Jericho Turnpike,
Floral Park, NY 11001

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NeilFrary
NeilFrary on February 27, 2006 at 5:29 am

The gates have definitely come up. The entrance to the Building is on 246th st.

rcdt55b
rcdt55b on February 22, 2006 at 12:57 pm

Sorry to say this but…………that makes no sense. How come the gates have not come up one time if they have been open since November? Everytime I call them, they say they will be opening soon. I pass the building twice a day. They are NOT open.

NeilFrary
NeilFrary on February 21, 2006 at 10:45 am

I am the VP of the Bellerose Terrace Civic Association. The Theater is now a Karate Wholesale warehouse. My understanding is that it has been open since Nov 2005. The owners have applied for a variance to have OmniPoint install Cell Phone Anteenas on the Roof.

Neil Frary
Vp Bellerose Terrace Civic Association

Bway
Bway on February 14, 2006 at 4:52 pm

The theater must have ghosts that are upset that the building is no longer a theater, and are doing their best to stop the building from reopening as anything else.
Seriously though, once was strange, twice in the same theater is down right weird.

rcdt55b
rcdt55b on February 14, 2006 at 7:32 am

Ed
This is the second time in about 7 years that this has happened to this building. First it was the carpet store that fixed up the place, loaded it with carpet and stuff, then never opened. It sat for a year or two with no signs of anything. Now, the martial arts store. I called them in early September and they said they would be opening in two months. Nothing has happened yet. There is no activity during the day at this building. I don’t know what is going on with this place, but it is very strange.

Ed Solero
Ed Solero on December 9, 2005 at 9:07 am

As Bway points out, the both sides of the road are now Jericho Turnpike from the Cross Island Pkwy to all points east. However, there is no variation I can come up with to get the Google map service to pinpoint the location properly. If you drop the “Queens” (which should be done anyway) it points you to Floral Park (closer to the Floral Theater location). If you keep it in Queens it won’t plot you anywhere… and changing from Jamaica Ave to Jericho Turnpike is no help either. In any event, the proper address should be changed ot “Jericho Turnpike, Bellerose, NY.”

I drove by the theater with camera in hand yesterday morning and snapped some shots. The Martial Arts store is still not open (you can see unopened boxes piled high against the storefront windows and doors from the sidewalk), but the restoration job on the facade is very impressive – as can be seen in the detail photos below. By the way, they list an address of 245-14 on their signage.

Here’s a wide shot of the building where you can see the big rolldown gate installed by the would-be carpeting store down the side street near where the front of the auditorium would have been: View link
A head-on shot of the facade:
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Some ornamental details:
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Never made it to this theater, but I recall it being listed along with the Five Towns and Hewlett theaters for third-run discount. Was the Herricks also in that penny-a-year scheme of the late ‘70’s and early '80’s? Anyway… Seems like a pretty tall structure not to have had a balcony. Must have been a spacious room.

And what is the deal with these retail tenants who never seem to open their doors to the public? The martial arts supply company’s website accepts orders by internet and by phone and makes no mention of any store locations. They list their main office on Horace Harding Expressway in Bayside and offer a Queens telephone number. My guess is they are currently using the former Bellerose Theater as a warehouse storage facility with plans to open a showroom – why else would they clean and re-point the facade with such care if they didn’t expect to bring customers here?

Bway
Bway on November 1, 2005 at 6:25 am

The Jericho Turnpike – Jamaica Avenue controvery for the proper name for this theater is now official. It can be changed to Jericho Turnpike. For years, the Nassau side of this road was called “Jericho Turnpike” (The theater was always actually on “jericho”, not Jamaica), but now they official changed the Queens side of the road from the Nassau Border to the Cross Island Parkway to “Jericho Turnpike”. It can be officially changed above.
Here’s the article:

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MartyBraun
MartyBraun on September 29, 2005 at 11:11 am

Greg,

Sorry to answer on this forum. My email address is “”.

Thanks,

Marty

mauriceski
mauriceski on September 28, 2005 at 7:56 pm

yes,through my pursuit of lauren bacall i attended this theater twice

gregwalsh
gregwalsh on September 22, 2005 at 7:50 pm

Marty,

If I had your e-mail address – possibly through your profile – I could send you a couple of B&W photographs taken at the 1959 Memorial Day parade, with the marquee in the background.

MartyBraun
MartyBraun on September 22, 2005 at 6:34 pm

Does anyone have any photos of the Bellerose before it was altered? I can remember the marque with the blue neon block “BELLEROSE” on the sides. I think at some point a neon band went along the top and down the sides of the marque also. I remember the day a dump truck pulled under the marque and demolition workers with sledge hammers laid waste to it allowing the pieces to fall off into their truck. (A neon transformer had dangled dangerously from a wire over the sidewalk for weeks before the marque was finally taken down.) Directions given to motorists looking for the Cross Island Parkway or Braddock Ave. would never quite be the same.

rcdt55b
rcdt55b on September 12, 2005 at 1:12 pm

I called the Karate store today. According to them, they will be opening in 2 months. We will see.

rcdt55b
rcdt55b on September 11, 2005 at 12:44 pm

I wish someone knew what was going on there. The carpet store that was there before the karate store also never opened up. They put in the warehouse and roll up door. It was stocked with carpet for a whole year with no activity in or out. Now with the karate store, it’s the same thing.

MartyBraun
MartyBraun on September 11, 2005 at 9:57 am

The karate supply store either hasn’t opened or is strictly a wholesale operation. The owner recently completed a re-pointing project on the terra-cotta front and side of the building. The original terrazo lobby floor is now covered with hardwood planking. Some kind of brick warehouse has been built into the stage area of the building with an overhead door on 246 St. The concession stand in the Bellerose was small, located unter the staircase that led to the projection room (1st landing) and finally to the upstairs lounge/restrooms (no balcony unlike the neighboring Queens & Floral theaters) A water fountain next to the concession stand had an interesting aquatic-deco theme over it (vitrolite?) While the the theater walls had canvas' of painted wildlife scenes (mostly deer I believe) The last movie to play there that I recall was the original “Back to the Future” at $1.50 .

PaulLD1
PaulLD1 on July 16, 2005 at 7:24 am

At the moment I am currently rehearsing for a community theatre’s production of “Annie”, to be held in a school auditorium right there in Bellerose. I often get off the N 24 bus directly across the street from the still unopened karate store, and just take a look at the facade. You guessed it! I wish I could buy the building so that I can renovate it back into a theatre, and then donate to the community theatre group!

RobertR
RobertR on July 5, 2005 at 10:07 am

The theatre had a small candy stand, nothing special.

JakeGittes
JakeGittes on July 5, 2005 at 8:52 am

Gerald:

Evelyn Mulwray sends her best.

Gerald A. DeLuca
Gerald A. DeLuca on July 3, 2005 at 9:17 am

JakeGittes, weren’t you the character played by Jack Nicholson in Roman Polanski’s Chinatown?

JakeGittes
JakeGittes on July 3, 2005 at 9:10 am

Worked as a fill-in here for the steady manager. Fellas name was “Rudy”. Admission during time I worked was 79 cents. Patrons would steal the toilet paper. Bathroom was constantly being trashed. Century kept it going. You’d fill half the house on a Tueday night with a snowfall. Don’t remember a concession stand but at 79 cents admission, clientele probably wouldn’t pay more than 3 cents for a Coke. Cashier told me she wanted a new job before 1981 ‘cause she wouldn’t be able to deal with all the pennies.I’ll chime in on the location – Theatre was in Nassau County on Jericho Tpke. Jamaica Ave in Queens becomes Jericho Tpke on the opposite side of the Queens/Nassau border.

rcdt55b
rcdt55b on April 3, 2005 at 9:12 pm

The karate store still has not opened up. Looks like the place really is cursed.

rcdt55b
rcdt55b on January 14, 2005 at 6:26 pm

You are right. Some houses on 262nd street near 86th avenue have 2 addresses. One for queens and one for nassau.

gregwalsh
gregwalsh on January 14, 2005 at 3:10 pm

RCDTJ-

Actually the Floral Park problem is much worse: The City/County line runs diagonally from southwest to northeast, cutting right through residential blocks, plots, and homes!

Re the projectionists, that kind of accommodation between locals was common – sometimes mandated from above!

E.g., when the Sperry plant in Lake Success was built (1941), IBEW Local 3 had insisted on representing the electricians; notwithstanding the fact that Nassau County was Local 25 territory. Local 3’s weight carried the day; and it remained unchanged until the plant was shut down a few years ago.

As for the Floral, I don’t know; even though I started my five year Century “career” there!

rcdt55b
rcdt55b on January 14, 2005 at 2:19 pm

It was always a problem with this theater location as far as the projection union was concerned. Even though it may technically be Nassau county, the city union covered it. I grew up and still live in Floral Park. We have the same problem. Floral Park is split between Queens and Nassau. Luckily, the Floral was definitely in Nassau (er, or was it)…… Just kidding

gregwalsh
gregwalsh on December 31, 2004 at 7:48 pm

To all of you guys hung up on the location of the Bellerose Theater, be advised that there are actually THREE (3) communities named “Bellerose:”

  1. “Bellerose-Queens” – All of the area NORTH of Jamaica Ave/Jericho Tnpk, from Gettysburg Street to Little Neck Pkwy;

  2. “Village of Bellerose” (Incorporated) – SOUTH of Jamaica Ave/Jericho Tnpk (i.e., Nassau County), and EAST of Colonial Road;

  3. “Bellerose Terrace” – An unincorporated hamlet of the Town of Hempstead, SOUTH of Jamaica Ave/Jericho Tnpk (i.e., Nassau County), and WEST of Colonial Road.

As one who grew up in Bellerose, I can assure you that the theater is actually located in Bellerose Terrace (Nassau County). As for the street name, irrespective of how individual merchants wished to list their locations, the north (Queens County) side was customarily called “Jamaica Avenue,” and the south (Nassau County) side was customarily called “Jericho Turnpike.”

BTW, “Jericho Turnpike” is, in fact, the older name! As a toll road in the mid-1800’s, the name existed all the way to Jamaica. Later on, still as a toll road, the section to (what is now) Queens Village was paved with wood planks, and became know as the “Jamaica Plank Road.” The term “Jericho Turnpike” disappeared around the year 1898, when Nassau County was split from Queens with the creation of present-day New York City.

Bway
Bway on December 6, 2004 at 9:24 am

I saw the “Martial Arts” sign way back in April, and the store looked like it was about to open, but apparently, to this day it never did open.