Trylon Theater

98-81 Queens Boulevard,
Rego Park, NY 11374

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Bway
Bway on August 13, 2005 at 3:51 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
NativeForestHiller on August 12, 2005 at 8:03 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 .ny.us

NativeForestHiller
NativeForestHiller on August 12, 2005 at 7:49 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 .ny.us

NativeForestHiller
NativeForestHiller on August 6, 2005 at 3:11 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)

**CONTACT ASAP (1ST): COUNCILWOMAN MELINDA KATZ
104-01 METROPOLITAN AVE
FOREST HILLS, N.Y. 11375-6735
(718) 544-8800
.ny.us

PLEASE CC: ROBERT B. TIERNEY, CHAIR
NYC LANDMARKS PRESERVATION COMMISSION
1 CENTRE ST, 9TH FLOOR
NEW YORK, NY 10007
PHONE/FAX: (212) 669-7955
.gov

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
PKoch on July 12, 2005 at 2:10 pm

More specifically, click on :

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0044345/

to go right to it.

PKoch
PKoch on July 12, 2005 at 2:08 pm

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) :

www.imdb.com

stukgh
stukgh on July 12, 2005 at 1:51 pm

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
RobertR on July 11, 2005 at 7:22 pm

There is a small ad from the Trylon on the bottom of this page from 1954
View link

RobertR
RobertR on July 10, 2005 at 5:49 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
jackeboy on July 10, 2005 at 5:44 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
RobertR on July 6, 2005 at 7:17 pm

I remember so well seeing “Orca” here in 1977, by no means a great film but summer fun anyways.
View link

br91975
br91975 on July 3, 2005 at 1:12 pm

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
RobertR on June 17, 2005 at 6:24 pm

Native
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
NativeForestHiller on June 17, 2005 at 6:06 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
NativeForestHiller on June 17, 2005 at 5:38 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 – http://www.hdc.org/trylon.htm Show you care! Thanks!!! ^._.^

NativeForestHiller
NativeForestHiller on June 17, 2005 at 5:30 pm

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

NativeForestHiller
NativeForestHiller on June 17, 2005 at 5:23 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 (http://www.nyc.gov/html/lpc/html/about/), 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
JKauf on March 27, 2005 at 2:13 am

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.

RobertR
RobertR on October 18, 2004 at 9:58 pm

They painted the side and back of the bricks that were covered in graffiti. A friend saw them taking out the seats the other day. I wish I knew for sure what was going on here.

RobertR
RobertR on October 3, 2004 at 11:18 pm

Here are some of the Trylon Bookings for 89-90

5/5/89 Scandal
6/9 Dead Poets Society
8/25 Uncle Buck (moveover)
9/15 Shirley Valentine
10/27 Sex Lies & Videotape (moveover)
11/3 Crimes & Misdeamenors
12/15 Blaze
1/5 My Left Foot
2/2 Stanley & Iris
2/23 Where the Heart Is
3/9 Madhouse
3/23 Pretty Woman
6/15 Dick Tracy

RobertR
RobertR on October 3, 2004 at 10:33 pm

There is alot of activity here in the last few days. Does anyone know exactly what they are doing with the interior? What a sin destroying this art deco little treasure.

ArnoldGoldstein31
ArnoldGoldstein31 on August 12, 2004 at 8:47 pm

I really don’t believe there is any connection between the
Russian communities in Rego Park and Brighton Beach. It's
possible, but I don’t think there is any connection.

Arnold G.

PeterKoch
PeterKoch on August 12, 2004 at 2:27 pm

Arnold, is there any connection between the Russian Jewish communities of Rego Park, and Brighton Beach, Brooklyn, including the Gastronom Moscow boardwalk outdoor cafe there ? Or am I not up to date ?

ArnoldGoldstein31
ArnoldGoldstein31 on August 12, 2004 at 1:38 pm

The latest update on the status of the Trylon Theater is that it is
currently being renovated and will be turned into an Educational
Center for the Russian Jewish community in Rego Park.This rebuilding
is expected to be completed by the end of 2004. The site will cater to the learning needs of children, teenagers and also senior
citizens in the neighborhood. I first reported this in a page-one story in the Forest Hills Ledger on May 6.
Arnold Goldstein (Aug. 12, 2004.)

RobertR
RobertR on August 6, 2004 at 4:09 pm

Sadly the exterior is getting worse by the day. I dont know if vandals have gotten inside or not.