Loew's Triboro Theatre

2804 Steinway Street,
Astoria, NY 11103

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LOEW'S TRIBORO Theatre; Astoria, New York.

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One of the last giant Loew’s movie palaces to be built in New York City, this classic Thomas Lamb theatre opened February 21, 1931 with Marie Dressler in “Reducing” and vaudeville on the stage. It welcomed visitors with a classic Mayan Revival exterior. Inside, its Italian Renaissance Atmospheric style auditorium and palatial interior delighted audiences who journeyed in from all over Queens.

Sadly, although the Triboro Theatre was one of the last to be built, it was also one of the first to go, closing in June 1974, and demolished later that year. Its demolition continues to leave a gaping wound in Queens' architectural history.

Contributed by Ross Melnick

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KennethK
KennethK on April 15, 2012 at 2:38 am

This theater was like a palace inside….velvet drapes, statues, lighting effects…it was like a magical place at the end of a busy shopping street. Went there in the 50’s and 60’s when I was a child. How was this ever torn down!!! Holten’s was the luncheonette up the block.

robboehm
robboehm on April 15, 2012 at 3:43 am

Holten’s had great shakes. They were so full of ice cream that the machine had to strain to liquify the mass. Sitting on a stool here I watched them take down the original vertical that said Loews Triboro to ones which just proclaimed Loews.

michaelkaplan
michaelkaplan on October 13, 2012 at 8:15 pm

I was trying to recall what movies I saw at the Triboro, and could remember Dangerous When Wet (Esther Williams), The Caddy (Martin and Lewis), War of the Worlds (with great surround stereo sound), Fort Ti (in 3D) and, perhaps, Becket. I know I saw at least one vaudeville show when Loew’s tried to revive live entertainment in the late 50s. The theater was fantastic, always a treat to visit, even though it was a bus ride from my neighborhood in Jackson Heights.

tonypapas
tonypapas on March 23, 2013 at 5:52 am

1935 pic

http://astoriahistory.smugmug.com/keyword/steinway/431342741_vTTmkQ7#!i=431342741&k=vTTmkQ7&lb=1&s=A

Orlando
Orlando on May 13, 2014 at 8:36 am

The Last Picture Show at the Loew’s Triboro was “The Lords Of Flatbush” which opened on June 6, 1974 and played two weeks. I don’t have the Post listings for June 20, but by June 27 the Triboro was not listed in the Post Neighborhood Guide. It could have closed on the Sunday of the 3rd weekend (June 24th). They probably had some graduations there in late June. I might be off by 2 days depending if the movie opened on Wed. or Fri. The two features prior to “Lords” were “The Golden Voyage Of Sinbad” followed by “The Last Detail”. The theatre was on the Columbia track at this time.

jmh12858
jmh12858 on November 5, 2014 at 8:04 pm

I remember seeing 2001 there in 1968. The screen was as big as a football field! They demoed it with a wrecking
ball. It should’ve been land marked. A real loss.

BobFurmanek
BobFurmanek on January 16, 2015 at 8:06 pm

Here’s a three page article with photos from 1931: http://archive.org/stream/motionpictureher103unse#page/n220/mode/1up

SirFrancis
SirFrancis on March 3, 2015 at 11:55 am

I saw “The Lords of Flatbush” there in 1974 — always figured it was one of the last movies to play there.

robboehm
robboehm on April 8, 2015 at 6:22 pm

Upload street view looking up. Dramatic.

aesop53
aesop53 on January 2, 2016 at 11:18 am

Although I lived in Brooklyn, on Saturday nights my parents would take us to the Triboro. My mother had a cousin who was a manager for Loews. He lived in Coney Island and did not drive. What ever Loews theater he worked at. 86th St(Manhattan),Alpine(Bay Ridge), Kings(Brooklyn), Pitkin(Brooklyn), my parents would go to the last show, see the movie for free, and give him a ride home.

I remember the ceiling of the Triboro had clouds that seemed to move. I could never figure out how they did that

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