Manor Theatre

95-23 Jamaica Avenue,
Woodhaven, NY 11421

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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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Bway
Bway on June 21, 2007 at 2:43 pm

I went to local.live and found this building at 96th and Jamaica which CERTAINLY looks like a theater building. But it seems much bigger than a 750 seat theater… So, if this building in the below link is not the Manor Theater, what is it?

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Ken Roe
Ken Roe on June 21, 2007 at 4:37 pm

The 1914-1915 edition of American Motion Picture Directory gives the Manor Theatre address as 1706 (or 1796-the print is blurred) Jamaica Avenue, Woodhaven, NY. Jamaica Avenue has obviously been re-numbered since 1915 as the location doesn’t map at Jamaica & 86th Street.

Bway
Bway on June 27, 2007 at 8:30 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.

Bway
Bway on May 26, 2009 at 12:06 pm

Thanks for the before and after photo.

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