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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michaelkaplan on October 14, 2012 at 4:15 am

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 on March 23, 2013 at 12:52 pm

1935 pic


Orlando on May 13, 2014 at 4:36 pm

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 on November 6, 2014 at 4:04 am

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 on January 17, 2015 at 4:06 am

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

SirFrancis on March 3, 2015 at 7:55 pm

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

robboehm on April 9, 2015 at 2:22 am

Upload street view looking up. Dramatic.

aesop53 on January 2, 2016 at 7:18 pm

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

michaelkaplan on December 31, 2016 at 9:02 pm

The Aaronson article (see Photos) mentions that the Triboro had 3800 seats, making it one of the largest of the “Wonder” theaters. I recall it being very wide, confirmed by the photo showing five sections in the orchestra (six aisles). And it was, indeed, an “atmospheric” theater, with a blue sky and twinkling stars. For a young kid, it was a memorable experience seeing a movie there.

WilliamMcQuade on March 24, 2017 at 5:06 pm

The Triboro was never a wonder theater just a large neighborhood house.Hard to believe but the 5 wonder theaters are still standing

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