Arena Theatre

NW corner of Steinway Street & Astoria Boulevard,
Astoria, NY

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Exterior

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The Arena was one of the first cinemas built in Astoria, Queens, but did not survive the silent era. The small wooden building may have started out as a penny arcade and been expanded into a theatre. The seating capacity has been reported in various journals as low as 150 and as high as 470.

The Arena and its site vanished in the widening of Astoria Boulevard and the building of the Grand Central Parkway. More information about its history is needed.

Contributed by Warren G. Harris

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Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on October 16, 2005 at 6:41 pm

Here are two images from 1917. One of the movies being advertised is “The Secret of Eve,” starring Mme. Olga Petrova. The elevated railroad tracks in the background of the second photo still stand:
www.i8.photobucket.com/albums/a18/Warrengwhiz/arena1.jpg
www.i8.photobucket.com/albums/a18/Warrengwhiz/arena2.jpg

AlexNYC
AlexNYC on December 14, 2006 at 1:58 am

I now know where that theater stood. Today on that corner spot stands a Sports and Orthopaedic Clinic. Some of the tracks Warren mentions were visible on the adjacent overpass which goes over the GCP, but it collapsed 2 years ago, and they are still rebuilding it; I doubt any of those tracks will remain will remain once the overpass is completed.

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