57-02 Hoffman Drive,
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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.
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