Elmwood Theatre

57-02 Hoffman Drive,
Elmhurst, NY 11373

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Elmwood Theatre marquee - 2002

The Queensboro Theatre was built in 1928 and opened on September 17, 1926 with “Uncle Tom’s Cabin” on the screen and Paul Specht and His Orchestra plus 5-acts of vaudville on the stage. It was the first ‘Atmospheric’ style theatre to be built in Queens. It was equipped with a Link 3-unit organ. In 1946 it was taken over by the Interboro Circuit Inc and renamed Elmwood Theatre. This once proud vaudeville and movie house along Queens Boulevard in the Elmhurst section of Queens closed in early-2002. It is now home to the Rock Church in the shadows of the Queens Mall and the Long Island Expressway.

A plan to demolish the theatre after the creation of an 18-screen megaplex nearby stalled. Meanwhile, the Elmwood Theatre has recently been reconverted into a single auditorium space after years as a four-screen theatre. Restoration and renovation of other areas of the theatre were completed in 2012.

Contributed by Cinema Treasures, David Kingham

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Jeffrey1955 on May 29, 2012 at 10:22 am

That’s an old photo from after the theater was closed but before the Rock Church replaced the marquee and removed the rest of the exterior ornamentation.

Ed Solero
Ed Solero on May 29, 2012 at 8:11 pm

Mikeoaklandpark… the representative photo that winds up on the “overview” page is generally the most-viewed image from a given theater’s photo gallery. I’m not sure what logic is employed in the eventuality that more than 1 photo in a given gallery has been viewed by the same number of people, but the actual age or date of the picture has nothing to do with whether it shows up as at the top of this page.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on May 31, 2012 at 10:17 pm

A picture of the Queensboro Theatre’s auditorium illustrates and ad for Link theatre organs on this page of Motion Picture News of December 29, 1928. (Enlarge the picture by clicking on the + sign in the bar at lower right of the page.)

This might have been posted before, but all the old links that might have been to it appear to be dead.

Jeffrey1955 on May 31, 2012 at 11:28 pm

Great link! Note it wasn’t simply called the Queensboro Theatre — it was the Queensboro Theatre Beautiful.

dallasmovietheaters on February 7, 2016 at 5:15 am

The $400,000 John W. Schladitz architected Queensboro was a very modest $400,000 theatre seating 2,012 at opening – 1,365 downstairs, 56 in the loge with the rest in the balcony. Schlalditz was said to have been trying to recreate a Spanish medieval castle with Italian influences popular in atmospheric theaters of the day. But murals throughout were Spanish landscapes and of the area. Silver ceiling had twinkling star effect. The Link 3-unit organ was installed for maximum versatility and demonstrated at opening in 1928. Scenic Studio and Novelty Scenic Studio both did great jobs in getting the stage and the rest of the house’s furnishing staged appropriately for impact at opening.

Roccus on July 18, 2018 at 3:56 pm

As a youngster in the 50s I remember seeing the Duncan Yo Yo man coming to the Elmwood for a Saturday matinee every summer. The Folks would take us to the movies on hot summer evenings just for the Air Conditioning. Saw Davey Crocket, 20000 Leagues Under the Sea and Bambi there to name a few. As a teenager there was The Hustler, Compulsion and many more. And don’t forget the chic-flicks like April Love and West Side Story so we could hang with the girls. I remember getting to the theater too late for admittance (5PM?) with a buddy after we finished our LI Star Journal paper routes. We were only 12, so we had to get an adult to take us in. The movie was Curse Of Frankenstein. In later years I worked across the Blvd. at both the little Gulf station on the triangle and at the Food Parade Supermarket.

artpf on January 6, 2019 at 1:48 pm

When I was a kid this theatre frequently showed Hammer double bills. We got to know Christopher Lee and Peter Cushing here.

Comfortably Cool
Comfortably Cool on July 29, 2019 at 9:08 am

Re-opened as the Elmwood by the Interboro circuit in 1946, the theatre had a late-run policy until March, 1949, when bookings became day-and-date with the third tier of Loew’s in Queens (Woodside, Prospect, Plaza, Hillside, Willard). The Elmwood was still late-run in the 1948 ad displayed here

fred1 on November 25, 2019 at 10:42 am

This theater closed as a quad.

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