Astoria Theatre

2860 Steinway Street,
Astoria, NY 11103

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Astoria Theatre

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The Astoria Theatre opened in the Astoria section of Queens in November 1920, as a vaudeville house for the Ward & Glynne circuit, but acquired by Loew’s in 1923.

After many years operated by the Skouras Theaters Corp. chain, in 1977, United Artists divided the theater into four screens, and then, in 1981, converted the remaining dressing areas in the back of the building into two additional theaters, bringing the theater up to sixplex status.

It was named the UA Astoria Sixplex when it closed on Dec. 26, 2001.

Today, the former theater building is used for office space and retail.

Contributed by Seth Wharton

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heffer
heffer on December 29, 2009 at 10:29 pm

The last couple of years I went to the Astoria, it turned into a real dive. Ripped up screens, a sticky floor, and usually an odd scent for your “viewing pleasure”. It was funny that the Drake, another Queens theater that was only a dollar actually was in better condition.

TOMBOCHI
TOMBOCHI on April 29, 2010 at 11:21 am

Can somebody please tell me where the Crescent Theater was? I’ve lived on Crescent Street just about all my life, and haven’t any idea where this theater was. (There was the Strand Theater on Crescent and Broadway, which I remember quite well.) Also, does anybody remember the small movie house on Steinway Street across from the old Loew’s Triboro but further toward Astoria Boulevard? (I believe it’s original name was the Cameo. I’m not sure I remember it as such, but I do remember it as the Olympia, which became a porn theater before it closed. Not sure of the year it closed, either.) Thanks.

Tinseltoes
Tinseltoes on April 29, 2010 at 4:22 pm

The Crescent has its own CT listing here, including address. Portions of the building still exist, incorporated into a catering hall:
/theaters/6986/

Tinseltoes
Tinseltoes on July 9, 2010 at 4:54 pm

Mentioned in 1925 article about Queens movie theatres: View link

TOMBOCHI
TOMBOCHI on July 9, 2010 at 5:49 pm

What is mentioned in 1925 article about Queens movie theatres? The Crescent? I just read the article, and The Crescent is not mentioned in the above-linked article.

Tinseltoes
Tinseltoes on July 10, 2010 at 9:46 am

The Astoria Theatre is prominently mentioned in the article. I think you confused my post with answers to your recent queries above on theatres in Astoria. The listing for the Crescent Theatre is here:
/theaters/6986/

Tinseltoes
Tinseltoes on November 15, 2010 at 12:31 pm

The Astoria is featured in this recent New York Times article and slide show about cinemas converted to retail: View link

LugosiResearch
LugosiResearch on December 29, 2012 at 9:42 pm

On Monday 5 March 1951, Bela “Dracula” Lugosi presented his in person Horror and Magic Stage show at Skouras Astoria. Currently I am conducting research on all things Lugosi; if anyone out there actually saw this show and/or has memorabilia (poster, handbill, photos) related to this show, please contact Bill at Thanks in advance for any assistance!

rivest266
rivest266 on October 2, 2013 at 7:43 pm

I posted a bunch of grand opening ads for the Loew’s takeover of January 8th, 1923.

Tinseltoes
Tinseltoes on October 3, 2013 at 10:05 am

Are you now going to post “better” or “higher quality” versions of images previously posted by others? Were you given that mandate by management or by Ken Roe, the volunteer editor of the Photos Section?

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