Trylon Theater

98-81 Queens Boulevard,
Rego Park, NY 11374

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Trylon Theater's Art Deco facade & entrance pavilion in Dec. 1999, Courtesy of Michael Perlman

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Located in the Rego Park section of Queens. The Trylon Theater was opened in 1939 by Interboro Circuit Inc., and was named after the famous centerpice of the 1939 World’s Fair which was held in nearby Flushing. Seating was provided in orchestra and balcony levels.

This once popular Art Deco style movie house closed on December 31, 1999 after its lease expired. It was purchased by the Bucharians, an orthodox Jewish group, for use as a cultural center. However, preservationists tried lobbying to retain the features of the building and obtain Landmark building status, but it stood empty for several years, until the new owners finally got their way and destroyed most of its historical features.

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NativeForestHiller
NativeForestHiller on August 9, 2013 at 6:15 pm

The Queens Chronicle quotes potentially one of the developers/owners as stating the following:

Though the property, known as the Trylon Triangle was only recently acquired, Babaev said the company is already working on designs for the space.

“We’re thinking retail on the ground floor, a community center on the second floor and residential from three to eight,” he said. “We want to RESTORE the front entrance of the building to resemble what it looked like in 1939 when it opened. We want to bring back the essence of the building’s history and keep all of the tenants.”

http://www.qchron.com/editions/central/the-plot-thickens-at-ohr-natan-center/article_c5531a86-a026-5171-8b10-c78bfa77adf5.html

  1. What are some of your immediate thoughts?

  2. In addition, does anyone have historic photos (personal or company-produced) showing the Trylon Theater?

These are some Trylon Theater photos I uploaded to flickr over the years:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/8095451@N08/sets/72157623065121152

gd14lawn
gd14lawn on August 10, 2013 at 1:02 pm

Thank you for that lovely set of pictures.

Bway
Bway on August 22, 2013 at 12:28 pm

It sounds great that they would want to restore the front, but it seems a bit ironic as this religious group blatantly without respect to the history of the area or building just needlessly destroyed the beautiful original mosaics of the theater’s front. For no reason at all!! It is that karma coming back to them. Ironically, if they had left all that history there, there may be more of a fight to let them stay.

Bway
Bway on August 22, 2013 at 12:49 pm

Native ForestHiller, seeing those photos posted again make me absolutely sick all over again, when this was all going on some years back. Absolutely disgusting what this religious group did to the front of this building. They could have used the building, and continued to benefit from the beauty that was there as their entrance, but they deliberately chose to go against the community and the outcries to not destroy and did it anyway. Karma to them.

Bway
Bway on August 22, 2013 at 12:50 pm

NativeForestHiller, you should consider adding your photos to the site here directly, just so people can see how beautiful the front and lobby were, and what was destroyed.

NativeForestHiller
NativeForestHiller on August 22, 2013 at 7:09 pm

How can I add my Trylon Theater photos directly to this thread? Please let me know. Thanks!

Bway
Bway on August 23, 2013 at 11:46 am

Above the photo above, click “photos”. That will bring you to the photo page of whatever theater you are on (whether it be this one, the Ridgewood, or any theater you have photos of). Once on that page, scroll down, and click “add photo”, and add the photos you want to add.

NativeForestHiller
NativeForestHiller on August 23, 2013 at 9:01 pm

Thank you, Bway.

Hi everyone, I just uploaded numerous Trylon Theater photos under the photo thread. Please feel free to post your comments. The views range from the theater’s opening in 1939 to its closure in December 1999, and also include some views of the insensitive alterations in summer 2005.

Bway
Bway on August 25, 2013 at 1:16 pm

Tinseltoes, the instructions were for adding them to the theater’s photo page, which is what he did.

Thanks Native Foresthiller for adding these wonderful photos. Now when people click on this theater they will see the beauty that this insensitive group destroyed! The mosaics were absolutely stunning, and still in such wonderful shape. I remember seeing a movie at the trylon around 1995 or so, and the theater was like a time capsule. Time had been so kind to it till that point. And then the senseless deliberate destruction.

NativeForestHiller
NativeForestHiller on August 25, 2013 at 5:25 pm

Thanks for your comments. The mosaics were intact and in good condition until their destruction in 2005. The mosaic ticket booth bearing the Trylon Monument was jackhammered in July 2005, and the mosaic and terrazzo floor which also depicted the monument and Art Deco chevrons was cemented over for a front that began disintegrating upon installment.

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