Loew's Triboro Theatre

2804 Steinway Street,
Astoria, NY 11103

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Orlando
Orlando on May 13, 2014 at 5:36 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.

Tinseltoes
Tinseltoes on March 23, 2013 at 10:41 am

All of those images of Astoria theatres have been posted here before, either in the Photos Section or linked in the comments pages.

tonypapas
tonypapas on March 23, 2013 at 2:52 am

1935 pic

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

michaelkaplan
michaelkaplan on October 13, 2012 at 5:15 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.

robboehm
robboehm on April 15, 2012 at 12:43 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.

KennethK
KennethK on April 14, 2012 at 11:38 pm

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.

Brad Smith
Brad Smith on February 13, 2011 at 11:50 am

> There are likely thousands of photo links on this site that no longer work. Has anyone found a solution?

I too have found the broken links on Cinema Treasures frustrating, michael22b. Clicking here will take you to the Wayback Machine, an internet archive. Almost magically, it brings back to life most dead links. Given current events, it’s interesting to note that the Internet archive at the New Library of Alexandria, Egypt mirrors the Wayback Machine.

Brad Smith
Brad Smith on February 12, 2011 at 2:30 pm

This photograph of the Loew’s Triboro Theatre was taken in 1931 by George Mann of the comedy dance team, Barto and Mann.

michaelkaplan
michaelkaplan on December 18, 2010 at 7:30 pm

There are likely thousands of photo links on this site that no longer work. Has anyone found a solution? Can’t photos be uploaded to this site and stored here?

William
William on October 12, 2010 at 2:13 pm

Many or 99% of Warren’s photo links no longer work. They stopped working over a year ago.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on October 12, 2010 at 1:58 pm

“THE GREEN SLIME” played there.You Can’t make it up.

TLSLOEWS
TLSLOEWS on November 4, 2009 at 1:29 pm

Loved those old pictures wish I could have been there.

GerardC
GerardC on June 15, 2009 at 2:03 pm

Here is a street view of the Triboro. (From the Greater Astoria Historical Society – great website) Judging from the traffic light and the no parking sign, I would guess It was taken later on in the theatre’s life. View link

Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on May 4, 2009 at 6:36 am

Here’s a new link to a 1974 view of the corner entrance. Loew’s had never bothered to change the original marquee display system, using frosted white letters against a black background:
View link

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on May 2, 2009 at 1:24 pm

Here is another photo from the same source:
http://tinyurl.com/d4hg8t

Life's Too Short
Life's Too Short on March 18, 2009 at 1:45 pm

Yeah, I had to stare at it for a minute. But I spotted the speaker boxes. Aside from that the theatre looked to be quite original.

William
William on March 18, 2009 at 1:07 pm

The photo shows that the theatre was equipped to run 4-Track Magnetic Stereo films. You can see in that photo four of the surround speakers mounted on the left side of the auditorium wall. Most of the main installs happened during the mid 50’s will CinemaScope.

Life's Too Short
Life's Too Short on March 18, 2009 at 12:56 pm

Ah. I think I figured it out. Still interested in your response, however.

Life's Too Short
Life's Too Short on March 18, 2009 at 12:53 pm

I don’t doubt your claim William. But how can you tell?

William
William on March 18, 2009 at 12:18 pm

That photo would date from mid 1950’s on.

Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on March 18, 2009 at 10:36 am

Here’s a new link to an exterior photo of Loew’s Triboro on opening day in 1931: View link

robboehm
robboehm on March 1, 2009 at 8:03 am

I remember when they installed the new vertical in the late 50’s. Traffic really stopped on Steinway street. As far as it being more economical, per a prior posting, it was large, even tho it only said LOEWS. The letters were five or more neon lights in depth and could be illumated one at a time (top to bottom) or all together.

GerardC
GerardC on October 24, 2008 at 4:44 pm

I do not believe that this building (32-62) was ever anything else but retail. It was a toy store named Valco’s from (at least) the 60’s/ early 70’s to 1991 when it closed. I used to work here as a teenager and the first and second floors (second used as storage) appeared original, with old wood plank floors and pressed tin ceilings. Also there were no rear or side fire exits.

Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on July 16, 2008 at 4:57 am

There’s currently a Lucille Roberts Gym in Astoria at 32-62 Steinway Street, which is just south of Broadway. I don’t recall any cinema at that location. Could you perhaps be thinking of the Skouras Broadway Theatre, which did sometimes show Italian movies but was located on Broadway near the elevated subway station? The nearest cinema on Steinway Street to 32-62 was the Skouras Steinway, which also might be the theatre you’re thinking of. I don’t think that the Steinway often showed Italian movies, but “Open City” might have been an exeption due to its popularity at the time.