Trylon Theater

98-81 Queens Boulevard,
Rego Park, NY 11374

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Bway on September 1, 2005 at 6:24 am

While the screen was definitely bigger in the 90’s than seen here, other than that, Warren’s photos look just like I remember the theater.

RobertR on August 31, 2005 at 7:33 am

The whole front and orchestra was draped and the new screen was slightly in front of the proscenium with Austrian drapes that went up and down. The opening for the fire doors (the doors were set way back) had the drapes crisscrossed to allow people to walk in and out and also the air conditioning return ducts were back there so you could feel a breeze when you sat in the front. The scope picture was created from a top masking that came down and was really quite small. The flat picture was decent.

BoxOfficeBill on August 31, 2005 at 6:56 am

I’d bet that one change must have widened the proscenium to acommodate CinemaScope in ‘53. That’s one of the narrowest (but handsomest) prosceniums I’ve ever seen. Widening it would have been difficult, because the exit doors close in so tightly upon it. Does anyone know what they did to widen the screen?

br91975 on August 31, 2005 at 6:19 am

Did the auditorium retain its original appearance until the 1999 closing?

NativeForestHiller on August 27, 2005 at 1:13 pm

I thought this would be of interest. Please follow this link, and help me, the founding member of the Committee To Save The Trylon Theater, to halt the theater from further demolition.

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Similar articles have been published in the Queens Ledger, Queens Courier, Queens Chronicle, Forest Hills Times, Leader/Observer, Glendale Register, & the LIC – Astoria – Jackson Heights Journal.

Anyone interested in joining the committee, please e-mail Preservationist/Journalist, Michael, at Thank you!

NativeForestHiller on August 19, 2005 at 12:40 pm

***It is not too late too call Councilwoman Melinda Katz at (718) 544-8800 or e-mail her at to encourage her to change her mind & preserve “what’s left” of the Trylon’s 1939 Art Deco/Moderne facade. The more people contacting her, the greater the chance of her convincing the owners to keep the facade intact, instead of renovating it. The committee to save the Trylon encourages you to please act ASAP!!!

Please follow this Queens Chronicle link:
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Please read this: “While John Jurayj of the HDC accused City Councilwoman Melinda Katz of not supporting landmarking, her office said the issue has not yet come up for a vote.” HMMMM……

Also, according to the article, it says that the Trylon’s inlaid mosaic tile floor is intact, which is a misprint.

Bway on August 13, 2005 at 12:59 pm

It’s sort of ironic that the only movie I have ever seen in this great gem of a theater is “A Stranger Among Us”, considering they are turning it into a Bukharian Center….
I saw it there around 1994 (give or take), and it was like walking into a timewarp. The interior was beautiful, and they still opened and closed the curtains between the previews and the movies, and at the end of the movie.
I always wanted to go back, but it wasn’t to be.
What a tragedy.

Bway on August 13, 2005 at 12:51 pm

What a tragedy. Unfortunately, it appears it is just about too late, if the jackhammers have begun. Unrepairable damage appears to have already been done.
I really enjoyed this theater, it’s a real shame that this is happening. Apparently with each passing day, the poor Trylon is falling deaper and deaper into the world of no return like so many other theaters have seen in their fate.

NativeForestHiller on August 12, 2005 at 5:03 pm

VERY URGENT/PRESERVATION ALERT: Community Calls for A Halt To Further Demolition of The Trylon Theater:
A 1939 Worldâ€\s Fair Historic Gem!!!

FOREST HILLS, N.Y. (August 10, 2005) â€" Members of the community of Forest Hills and others are appalled at the plight of their 1939 Art Deco/Art Moderne Trylon Theater, located at 98-81 Queens Blvd, in Forest Hills. The historic theater is being demolished day by day, and unsympathetically converted into a Bukharian center. Many Forest Hills, Rego Park, as well as residents in other boroughs, feel strongly about the preservation of the historic Trylon Theater. It was heartbreaking to see demolition men smashing the Art Deco mosaic tiles on the ticket booth with a jack hammer, boarding up and dismantling the entrance pavilion, and gutting the interior.
The Trylon Theater is one of the last standing architectural, cultural, & historical gems that bear strong significance to the 1939 World’s Fair. The theme of the fair was the “World of Tomorrow,” and exhibits were intended to emphasize how technology would make life better for everyone. The fairâ€\s enduring image was the “Trylon and Perisphere.” The exterior and interior of the Trylon Theater bear resemblance to the Trylon pyramid and the Perisphere globe. One of the most striking features of the Trylon Theater is the exterior box office and floor, which contains mosaic inlaid tiles, depicting the design of the 1939 Worldâ€\s Fair “Trylon.”
It is of utmost importance to have the Trylon Theaterâ€\s façade and entrance pavilion landmarked, and to restore what was lost during the ill-conceived conversion.
Those involved in the public funding as well as the administration and programming for the Bukharian center should adhere to the concept of preservation of this neighborhood icon, rather than demolition.

“The historical and architectural significance of the Trylon calls out for an architect who is sensitive and respectful of the original features, while adapting the site to a Bukharian center,” said Mitchell Grubler, Executive director of the Queens Historical Society. Act now!

**To lend your support: Please contact (Journalist/Preservationist) & send carbon copies to (Art Deco Society of NY) & (Historic Districts Council) & THIS IS A PRESERVATION EMERGENCY!!! Call Councilwoman Melinda Katz(718-544-8800) who was the only member who opposed landmark designation & is responsible for this ACT OF DESTRUCTION. Also e-mail her at

NativeForestHiller on August 12, 2005 at 4:49 pm

Citywide Effort To Halt Demolition of The Trylon Theater: A 1939 Art Deco Queens Landmark

REGO PARK, NY (August 10, 2005) – Since its closure in late 1999, community groups, historic preservationists, and the local media have tried to clarify the fate of the iconic Trylon Theater, located at 98-81 Queens Boulevard.

Sadly, the property is now undergoing profound alteration for its new use as a social services facility for the Bukharian community. At this writing, the entrance pavilion has been walled off, façade features have been destroyed, and the interior is being gutted. Original painted murals, decorative tilework depicting the Trylon and Perisphere (the 1939 New York World’s Fair symbols), and marquee elements have all been destroyed and no salvage is being conducted.

Appeals to NYC Landmarks Preservation Commission and NYC Councilwoman Melinda Katz to halt the destruction and achieve a preservation-minded adaptive reuse plan for the defunct theater have been unsuccessful thus far. The Art Deco Society of New York (ADSNY) and the Historic Districts Council (HDC) have spearheaded the effort to intervene — even at this late stage — to protect the outstanding and unique Art Deco property.

The Trylon Theater, designed by Joseph Unger, reflects the cultural impact of the 1939 World’s Fair and its theme of “The World of Tomorrow,” in decorative tiles, murals, and overall aesthetics. The streamlined Art Deco property is a rare surviving neighborhood movie theater due to the loss of hundreds of such buildings in New York and meets criteria to become a designated and protected Historic Landmark.

**To lend your support: Please contact (Journalist/Preservationist) & send carbon copies to (Art Deco Society of NY) & (Historic Districts Council) & THIS IS A PRESERVATION EMERGENCY!!! Call Councilwoman Melinda Katz(718-544-8800) who was the only member who opposed landmark designation & is responsible for this ACT OF DESTRUCTION. Also e-mail her at

NativeForestHiller on August 6, 2005 at 12:11 pm

URGENT (Please read): Many Forest Hills and Rego Park, NY residents feel strongly about the preservation of the Art Deco/Moderne Trylon Theater (98-81 Queens Blvd). However, last week it was heartbreaking to see demolition men smashing the Art Deco mosaic tiles on the ticket booth with a jack hammer, & boarding up the entrance pavillion. It is going to be converted into a Bukharian Center. I tried contacting the NY Landmarks Preservation Commission (LPC) to have at least the facade landmarked, since it is one of the LAST STANDING architectural & historical gems that bear strong significance to the 1939 World’s Fair. The LPC told me that they are aware of it, and they’re concerned as well, but they are slow in acting. They advised me to also contact other historical societies/preservation groups, and spread the word. Hopefully, we can have the Trylon theater landmarked, and possibly coordinate a fundraiser to restore the exterior. I understand that the demolition of the RKO Keith Theatre in Flushing was halted by the city a little while ago, & is currently undergoing a restoration.

I was informed by a higher official that there is still a chance that the 1939 historic Trylon Theater can be saved, designated a landmark, & then a fundraiser/restoration can be organized. The only factor that is “preventing landmark designation” from the NY Landmarks Preservation Commission is a signature from local councilwoman, “Melinda Katz,” who is reluctant to give her approval. We need detailed letters, phone calls, & E-mails to Councilwoman Melinda Katz. It is not too late to convince her to reverse her decision! (This has to be a LOCAL & NATIONWIDE effort)

FOREST HILLS, N.Y. 11375-6735
(718) 544-8800

NEW YORK, NY 10007
PHONE/FAX: (212) 669-7955

Co-Chair of the Modern Architecture Working Group & Historic Districts Council would like to be contacted as well, so he can keep track of how many letters are being sent:
John Jurayj: E-mail:
Phone: (718)782-2007

PKoch on July 12, 2005 at 11:10 am

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PKoch on July 12, 2005 at 11:08 am

Those wishing to research “Times Gone By”, or any film of interest to them, may do so most profitably on the Internet Movie Database (IMDb) :

stukgh on July 12, 2005 at 10:51 am

Fascinating, RobertR, great get glimpses of so many of our local theaters in their heydays. The movie at the Trylon is surprising. A search of the IMDB indicates that “Times Gone By” is an obscure Italian anthology film that was already 2 years old at the time — not what we of the 1960’s and 70’s cohort would have expected to find at the Trylon. By enlarging and squinting at the featured players, it looks like the film may have been promoted as part of the Gina Lollabrigida craze, though her actualy part is so small that I had to go WAY down the cast list to find her.

RobertR on July 11, 2005 at 4:22 pm

There is a small ad from the Trylon on the bottom of this page from 1954
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RobertR on July 10, 2005 at 2:49 pm

In the days when Interboro had the Trylon it was more of a second run double bill house, and then started to get some of the first run showcase films. Loews actually booked this theatre well when they took it over. “Saturday Night Fever”, “Looking For Mr GoodBar”, “Flashdance” all played at least 6 months each. One of the last times I remember it selling out show after show was “Indecent Proposal”.

jackeboy on July 10, 2005 at 2:44 pm

My memories of the Trylon strt in the late 1960’s. I seem to recall it as a poor relation to the first run houses a few blocks up Queens Blvd. [Midway, Forest Hills, Continental] I remember it as a second run house at that time that played a lot of double features. for instance I remember seeing Help on a double with Two For The Road. I moved back to the area in the early 1980’s and went their often, but the crowds were going elsewhere and the place was not well maintained. Still it was always fun to sit in the Balcony, and I always loved the Art Deco feel of the place

RobertR on July 6, 2005 at 4:17 pm

I remember so well seeing “Orca” here in 1977, by no means a great film but summer fun anyways.
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br91975 on July 3, 2005 at 10:12 am

There was an article in the Times, Robert, some months ago discussing the poor condition of the NY State Pavilion at Flushing Meadows and, if memory serves (and I KNOW this will come as a total shock :–), the inaction of the city on restoring it. If only we, the people, truly had a say in what goes on at City Hall…

RobertR on June 17, 2005 at 3:24 pm

As a FH resident also I grew up going to this gem. Sadly in New York it seems nobody cares anymore about our past. Have you seen the NY State Pavilion at Flushing Meadows? This classic was designed by Phillip Johnson and has been allowed to rot. What about the other unused art deco gem in Forest Hills, the tennis stadium? It’s hard now to believe that not only was the US Open held there but sold out concerts all summer long. To think Judy Garland, Frank Sinatra, the Beatles and Barbra Streisand played there and they let it sit and rot.

NativeForestHiller on June 17, 2005 at 3:06 pm

A member on our site, m_acevedo, posted a very interesting point on another theater strand regarding the Trylon on Feb 12, 2004. It is as follows: “Another local “ghost” theater I have kept my eye on is the beautiful little deco palace the Trylon. One would think that Queensborough Hall would go out of its way to salavage a relic of the era of the fabled 1939 World’s Fair, especially they are so keen these days to promote the legacy of the old Fairgrounds as the possible site of the 2012 Olympics.”

NativeForestHiller on June 17, 2005 at 2:38 pm

A useful link providing Trylon history & its architectural importance to the Forest Hills/Rego Park landscape, as well as support options can be found at – Show you care! Thanks!!! ^._.^

NativeForestHiller on June 17, 2005 at 2:30 pm

P.S. Perhaps we can start an online petition for the Trylon Theatre? Any ideas?

NativeForestHiller on June 17, 2005 at 2:23 pm

Hi fellow theater history enthusiasts!!!
I’m a new member on this board. It’s great that we have such a site to spread the awareness of the current status of theaters worldwide. So many theaters are endangered worldwide by carelessness, and the greed of landlords & developers. Hopefully, more people will see our postings, & realize the need for preservation!!! Remember that our path to the future is marked by a strong foundation of the past. It’s a shame to see the 1939 Art Deco Trylon Theater sitting there in a state of disarray. I believe the Trylon Theatre on Qns Blvd is not a landmark at this point. It baffles me as to why Melinda Katz won’t give her approval to the NY Landmarks Preservation Commission (, which is creating a major burden towards landmark designation. Selfish, isn’t it?? Is Joseph Nocerino an option? If you feel that any site is worthy of landmark designation, e-mail .org No one posted on this forum since March 2005. Has anyone heard any news lately regarding the Trylon? Wouldn’t it be great if we can organize a fund-raiser to at least restore the exterior, if not parts of the interior? Anyone interested? Let’s get a group together. Please write back. E-mail It’s a shame how history is being wiped away right before our eyes like an eraser applied to a blackboard. Let’s show that the “little people” can make a BIG difference!!!

JKauf on March 26, 2005 at 11:13 pm

The Trylon was a lovely little art deco gem. Like The Elmwood, it had to be playing smething good to lure me into the subway from Forest Hills.

My grandmother was in charge of all “light music” at the 1939 Worlds Fair and I have an interest in all the artifacts of that exhibition. This includes the Trylon and I’m heartbroken to see its slow, sad demise.