Queens Theatre

219-36 Jamaica Avenue,
Queens Village, NY 11428

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RobertR on May 6, 2004 at 12:00 pm

I think its still open, it appears that way from the front.

Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on May 6, 2004 at 11:54 am

Is this presently operating as a church, and if so, does anyone know the schedule of public services? I often pass the site on the LIRR, but can only see the rear of the building. Enormous fire escapes on both sides are still in place, but heavily rusted over. I wonder if they’re still safe to use?

RobertR on May 6, 2004 at 11:35 am

This theatre managed to stay in pretty good shape even after all the years showing porno. It’s too bad the live shows did not work out or that they did not give it another chance showing movies.

Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on February 3, 2004 at 3:10 pm

The Queens Theatre first opened on December 29, 1927, showing vaudeville with a feature movie. It was very similar in size and design to the Prospect Theatre in Flushing, which opened in January of that year. Both theatres were built by the Century Circuit and had the same architect (Thomas Short) and interior decorator (William Rau). Unlike the Prospect, the Queens was never very succesful, due to its location in an area near the borough’s border with Nassau County that was not heavily populated and lacked major shopping facilities. Vaudeville was quickly withdrawn and the Queens converted to double features that were first-run for the neighborhood but arrived a week or two after Jamaica, which was only a few miles to the west of Queens Village and the borough’s #1 shopping and entertainment center. When the Queens finally started to get first-run movies with the advent of “Premiere Showcase” saturation release in the mid-1960s, business didn’t improve much because Queens Village had not kept pace with the rapid development of the rest of the borough.