Manor Theatre

95-23 Jamaica Avenue,
Woodhaven, NY 11421

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Grand opening ad (1912)

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The Manor Theatre opened in September, 1912, and was the first theatre in Woodhaven to resemble a “temple of the cinema”, if not quite a “palace”. Advertising described it as “A Refined Theatre For Refined People” and “The Largest, Most Up-To-Date, Attractive, Best Ventilated And Most Comfortable Theatre in Queens County”.

Unfortunately, newer and better theatres came along, and by the time that the magnificent Loew’s Willard Theatre opened nearby in 1924, the Manor Theatre was ready for the scrap heap.

Contributed by Warren G. Harris

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Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on June 23, 2007 at 7:43 am

There’s a locally-famous delicatessen in Woodhaven called the Manor, which is in the vicinity of Jamaica Avenue & Woodhaven Blvd., and might have taken its name from the old movie theatre. The Manor now also has a branch restaurant called Okterfest in the Atlas Park Shoping Mall.

Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on June 27, 2007 at 1:57 pm

In 1912, the neighborhood was known as Brooklyn Manor, which is probably why the theatre was named the Manor. I haven’t been able to find any advertising for the Manor beyond February, 1925, so that could be its final year of operation. Trade directories were not always promptly corrected.

Bway on June 27, 2007 at 5:30 pm

Good observation. Yes, that area was known as Brooklyn Manor. There was an LIRR station of the old abandoned LIRR Rockaway line on Jamaica Ave near there called “Brooklyn Manor”. It was abandoned in 1962. The theater was almost certainly named for that lost town name.

Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on July 3, 2007 at 9:11 am

This is a clearer and larger version of an image that I posted on 6/20/07. The Manor seems to have been very solidly constructed. I wonder if the building could still stand in some modified form?

Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on October 2, 2007 at 6:16 am

I must correct a spelling error that I made in my post above of 6/23/07. The name of the deli at Atlas Park Shopping Mall is Manor Oktoberfest (not Okterfest). When I visited the parent Manor deli in Woodhaven last weekend, I had the good luck of meeting the owner, who has offered to help me find more information about the Manor Theatre. He’s in his 40s and had never even known of its existence until I showed him the ad I’d copied from a 1912 newspaper. He promised to contact some of the real old-timers in the neighborhood for leads.

Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on October 3, 2007 at 12:24 pm

I’ve found exactly where the Manor Theatre was situated, but until I can return to the site, I won’t know if any portion of the building still exists or not. The Manor Theatre was on the same north side of Jamaica Avenue as Loew’s Willard, and a few doors west of 96th Street (ex-Willard Avenue), which was the dividing street between the Manor and Loew’s Willard. The Manor Theatre occupied a double plot that is now shared by two businesses, one using the address of 95-23 Jamaica Avenue and the other 95-25.

Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on October 9, 2007 at 7:39 am

I returned to the site yesterday, but couldn’t find any remains of the Manor Theatre. It was apparently demolished and replaced by this two-story building, currently sub-divided on the ground floor into a furniture rental store and a medical office. The rental store also occupies space in the building to the west. Here are two photos for comparison purposes:

Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on March 26, 2008 at 1:45 pm

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Bway on May 26, 2009 at 9:06 am

Thanks for the before and after photo.

Tinseltoes on October 23, 2012 at 6:57 am

The Google Street view is way off target, and shows a side street that intersects with Jamaica Avenue.

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