UA Crossbay

9411 Rockaway Boulevard,
Ozone Park, NY 11417

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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.

Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on July 8, 2005 at 8:25 am

Where is the Regal Hollywood 22? I’ve never heard of it before.

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.

br91975 on July 7, 2005 at 9:31 am

Did Regal own the Crossbay 1? If so, the reason for its closing is as obvious as the pretty green-inked paper that Philip Anschutz probably counts at night in lieu of sheep…

RobertR on July 7, 2005 at 9:17 am

When is Crossbay 2 closing?

UA80 on July 7, 2005 at 9:08 am

UA Crossbay 1 the 3 screener cinema is closed and will be gutted for other use.

Mikeoaklandpark on July 7, 2005 at 1:59 am

According to moviefone, the Crossbay 2 is still open.

dave-bronx™ on July 6, 2005 at 10:39 pm

Why be surprised? Since when have any UA theatres been operated with any common sense? And now with Regal running the show they’d ptobably rather just be rid of the old UA’s.

RobertR on July 6, 2005 at 3:44 pm

I’m still suprised this closed, the two Crossbays are in a clear booking zone and can play anything they want. This theatre was actually in much better shape then the newer Crossbay 2.

JakeGittes on July 6, 2005 at 12:06 pm

Is the Crossbay gone? This was my neighborhood theatre when I was a child. Only a single house then. Nothing distinguished or endearing about the looks of the place- just good to know it was still there. You have to scratch your head over all the theatres in the immediate area that have closed in the last 25 years – Casino, Lefferts, City Line Cinema, Haven, Arion, Drake, Elmwood, Trylon, Forest Hills, the Lefrak. The audience of people who still see films in theatres must be less than half of what it was pre-VCR.

gerryrules73 on July 4, 2005 at 12:13 pm

The theatre is no longer in the listings in any of the NY papers. I think this theatre is a goner.

RobertR on June 25, 2005 at 9:57 am

This may be gone the marquee is bare, I will check it out today.

AntonyRoma on January 10, 2005 at 7:26 pm

Not too surprising that both etheatres neat a rehab. I am surprised that the Crossbay has been able to hang in there at all.

PeterKoch on August 16, 2004 at 11:33 am

My first time to the original Crossbay was June 1975 to see a double bill of “Flesh Gordon” and “The Groove Tube”. I was next there the last Saturday of November 1989 to see “Back To The Future II”. I was sorry to see how it had deteriorated since 1975. Ditto the Saturday of Labor Day weekend 1993 when I returned there to see “Hard Target”.
Harrison Ford in “The Fugitive” was playing in an adjacent cinema.
I haven’t been there since.

Crossbay 2 a few blocks west at Liberty Avenue and 92nd Street was already open in mid-October 1990, because I almost saw Barry Levinson’s “Avalon” there, then. The 1990 remake of “Night Of The Living Dead” was playing there also. The first film I saw at the Crossbay 2 was “Silence Of The Lambs” on Easter Eve 1991, then “Defenseless” in late August 1991, and, most recently, the Christopher Reeve-Kirstie Alley remake of “Village Of The Damned” the first Saturday in May 1995.

One almost wouldn’t know the Crossbay 2 were there unless one was looking for it. I think it’s more visible from Rockaway Blvd. than it is from Liberty Avenue.

Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on April 12, 2004 at 11:44 am

The Crossbay had Charles Sandblom as architect and first opened in 1924. Several years later, the owners sold the theatre to William Fox during the buying rampage that ended in his bankruptcy with the onset of the Depression. Afterwards, the Crossbay landed with the Prudential Circuit, which, along with Randforce and Skouras, took over most of the ex-Fox theatres. Up until the era of “Premiere Showcase,” the Crossbay had been playing subsequent-run to the area’s leaders, Loew’s Willard and the RKO Keith’s Richmond Hill.