Corona Theatre

37-80 Junction Boulevard,
Corona, NY 11368

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Tinseltoes on June 26, 2011 at 8:42 am

Young World is the current tenant. The Google Maps view should approximate this photo: forgotten-ny

Tinseltoes on June 21, 2011 at 6:19 am

The Corona Theatre is just above Roosevelt Avenue and on the left side of Junction Boulevard if you’re heading towards LaGuardia Airport. The best overall view of the building is from the platform of the Junction Boulevard station of the #7 elevated subway line.

Bway on June 20, 2011 at 7:01 pm

The street view has been set way off on this theater. The theater was up north a few blocks over at 37th Ave and Junction Blvd.

Tinseltoes on June 5, 2011 at 1:43 pm

Thanks, Monika, I’ll check that out…I tried charting the address via Map Quest and got a correct view very quickly. Perhaps CT should consider dropping Google Maps and replacing it with Map Quest. Even when correct (or corrected), the Google views often seem to be well past “sell date.”

monika on June 5, 2011 at 10:41 am

There’s a blog post on how to do it on the main CT page.

Tinseltoes on June 5, 2011 at 8:15 am

This is the store currently using the site. The address ia apparently correct, yet Google Maps shows nowhere near that:

Tinseltoes on June 4, 2011 at 8:17 am

The zip code for 37-80 Junction Blvd. is correctly listed here as 11368, according to the USPS website. So the cause of the problem with the Google View must be something else. Perhaps “37-80” has an error. The number “80” does seem a bit high for a building close to a corner. Does anyone know the name of the store currrently using the site? It must have a phone number that could be called for the address.

Tinseltoes on June 3, 2011 at 1:56 pm

It’s possible that the zip code in the CT listing for the Corona Theatre is incorrect. I found that to be the case with Google Maps views for the Merrick in Jamaica and the Parsons in Flushing. Someone “corrected” those views wrongly, and they apparently can’t be corrected again.

monika on June 3, 2011 at 1:37 pm

Great, thanks!

Ed Solero
Ed Solero on June 3, 2011 at 1:36 pm

Yes. The 7 train still runs along the same elevated tracks above Roosevelt Avenue.

monika on June 3, 2011 at 1:23 pm

Thank you, Ed! I appreciate it very much. Is the elevated platform still there?

The photographer, Vivian Maier, spent time photographing urban areas of both New York and Chicago. Thank you with your help putting a spot on the map for me.

Ed Solero
Ed Solero on June 3, 2011 at 1:11 pm

Meanwhile, Monika, to answer your question posted above on April 25, 2011, the theater depicted in the linked image is indeed the Corona Theatre we are discussing here. The view is from the elevated IRT train platform looking down Junction Blvd to the north. The titles listed on the marquee were released in 1953, so we also have a time frame for the image. The art deco looking clock tower on the right side of the street (corner of Junction and 38th Ave) is no longer in existence.

Ed Solero
Ed Solero on June 3, 2011 at 12:48 pm

Another case where it appears someone has already “corrected” the Google Maps street view image above, thereby making it impossible for anyone else to rectify the situation. CT staff will either have to open the “correction” tool back up or make the correction themselves. The current view is many blocks to the south of the old theater.

techman707 on June 3, 2011 at 11:46 am

Tinseltoes, You’re right, the map location is totally wrong. The Corona Theatre is (was) at Roosevelt Avenue & Junction Blvd. Besides Loews Plaza, which was at 100th Street and Roosevelt Avenue, the closest theatre is (was) the Polk Cinema at 92nd Street & 37th Avenue.

A little known fact was that the Corona Theatre was used by Mike Todd for a number of Todd/AO tests…go figure.

Tinseltoes on May 31, 2011 at 7:56 am

The current view displayed is nowhere near this Corona Theatre. I don’t know how to correct it. Perhaps the street address is wrong. The site is just steps away from the elevated #7 subway line, which doesn’t show in any direction from the current view.

monika on April 25, 2011 at 4:54 pm

For those in the know, is this View link the Corona the page is about?

Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on March 27, 2009 at 6:12 am

A short history and photo can be found here. I must quibble with the description of “little theater.” Although the Corona’s seating capacity was only about 1,200, that was still about twice the size of later-run “nabes” like the Polk, Fair, and Colony that averaged 500-600 seats: View link

michaelkaplan on February 27, 2009 at 10:52 am

Growing up in this neighborhood, I didn’t recognize the theater until I saw Warren’s picture of the marquee. However, I can’t ever recall it as showing films. I do remember once going inside when it was used as a bingo hall, probably in the late 1950s.

Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on April 29, 2008 at 9:05 am

Here’s a new direct link to an image showing the original S&S ownership on the marquee and vertical sign. Please compare to the 1948 view displayed above on 3/26/08:
View link

Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on March 26, 2008 at 8:42 am

This is a new direct link to a 1948 image of the Skouras Corona Theatre, which was running a Technicolored double bill of “Give My Regards to Broadway” & “Green Grass of Wyoming” at the time:
View link

Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on March 13, 2008 at 6:55 am

Simon, for most of its life, including March to July 1951, the Corona Theatre was operated by the Skouras circuit, which was notorious for spending as little as possible on maintenance, especially for late-run situations like the Corona.

Simon Overton
Simon Overton on March 12, 2008 at 6:46 pm

While staying with relatives at 41-23-95th St, Elmhurst, L.I., from March to July 1951, I often went to the Corona for Saturday morning kids shows with neighborhood boys Artie Hopkins and Tommy.
I also clearly remember seeing “The Thing” and the marquee had creepy looking things hanging from it.
Upon entering the auditorium, I stupidly sat down where a seat was missing, which caused my parents to laugh out loud during a tense moment in the film.
The greengrocers shop next door was owned by a friendly Italian gent named Sid and he always addressed me as the “Limey Kid."
I went back in 1998 to show my wife… and all was gone, but ah, such happy memories still linger on at age 68!

Retbob on January 16, 2008 at 7:55 am

Since in those days I was really more interested in the movie than the movie houses I don’t think I’m a very good source for great detail. I would think however that many of the movie houses at that time such as the Plaza and the Granada were built originally with stage shows in mind but later used full time for movies. By the time I first went to the Granada the place was in a very much neglected condition and was showing bottom of the line movies. It was a huge theater with very few customers. Some of whom you would wonder about. I do not think just because it had a Spanish name that the décor was Spanish. I think places like the Plaza and the Granada were built more on the European theater style. The Corona was different. As I can remember it did not have a balcony where people sat. It was just a second floor used mostly for restrooms. It was more of a current day style and not built on the European style as was the other two although it was comfortable and well kept. The Corona and Granada had a cashier booth in front of the theater. There was a concession stand as you entered the center of the outer lobby. Each theater had a center aisle and two smaller side aisles. The seats were plush and there was decorative carpeting running down the aisles. I don’t recall the lighting, there could have been chandeliers. Smoking was allowed in certain sections of the theaters, probably only in the back.

Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on January 14, 2008 at 6:36 am

Thanks for the memories! In those days, Loew’s Plaza played only certain movies due to a “product split” with the RKO and Skouras circuits. Loew’s got the MGM, Paramount, Columbia, United Artists and some Universal releases, while RKO/Skouras got RKO, 20th-Fox, Warner Brothers, and some Universal product. Films from lesser studios like Republic, Monogram, and PRC could land anywhere, usuaally as supporting features…Do you recall any of the interior decor of the Corona Theatre? I believe it was similar to the Granada, which was built at the same time and by the same company (S&S Circuit).

Retbob on January 13, 2008 at 10:32 pm

I was born in 1931 and from about 1935 to about 1951 I lived with my parents in Corona at 47th Ave between 102nd St and 104th. Since most of this time was long before TV most people found the primary source of their entertainment at the movies. My mother would take me to the Loew’s Plaza almost every Tuesdays and Fridays from about September to June. They had double features in those days at most movie houses. The movies during the week were B types but the Friday/weekend ones were the better grade. One of the double feature movie had the top billing with the second a lesser quality film. We would always try to get to the movie before 5 PM as the prices would increase after that and we would get our candy at the 5 & 10 Store across the street before we went in. Believe it or not prices then in the 1930s were about 15 cents a ticket. The movies would run continuously so you could just walk in any time even if were right in the middle of one of the pictures and wait until it came to that part again before you left the theater. I believe most of the movies there at the Plaza were MGM types. Often on weekends if we wanted to we would go to the Corona theater because they had different movies playing. In later years they both had airconditioning. The Plaza had a fancier interior than the Corona but the Corona was not bad. There were a number of other movies houses in the local area such as the Polk, the Granada, the Newtown, the Keiths and one or two others but they were used mostly when you were looking for a better movie that was playing.