Astoria Theatre

2860 Steinway Street,
Astoria, NY 11103

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Tinseltoes
Tinseltoes on October 3, 2013 at 3:05 pm

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?

rivest266
rivest266 on October 3, 2013 at 12:43 am

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

LugosiResearch
LugosiResearch on December 30, 2012 at 2:42 am

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!

Tinseltoes
Tinseltoes on November 15, 2010 at 5:31 pm

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

Tinseltoes
Tinseltoes on July 10, 2010 at 2:46 pm

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/

TOMBOCHI
TOMBOCHI on July 9, 2010 at 10:49 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 9, 2010 at 9:54 pm

Mentioned in 1925 article about Queens movie theatres: View link

Tinseltoes
Tinseltoes on April 29, 2010 at 9:22 pm

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

TOMBOCHI
TOMBOCHI on April 29, 2010 at 4:21 pm

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.

heffer
heffer on December 30, 2009 at 3:29 am

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.

Michael D. Jackson
Michael D. Jackson on July 8, 2009 at 2:14 am

To answer davebazooka, there is nothing left of the theatre on the gym floors. Nothing. It’s all gone. Although, the large glass windows of the second floor, which are evident in old photos of the theatre are still there and all the treadmills are lined up there so you can look out on Steinway as you run. I think all the original interior ornamentation was gone when the theatre was split into 6 screens, because I don’t remember any when I saw movies there in 2000-2001.

Bway
Bway on May 26, 2009 at 4:10 pm

What ornamentation remains of the old Astoria inside?
ANd it’s nice that the marquee is still there, but it’s sort of ludicrous that the drug store moved the entrance to the corner instead of using the entrance with the arch and marquee. Here’s a street view of the theater:

View link

kellygobraugh
kellygobraugh on May 21, 2009 at 5:39 am

I saw Moulin Rouge in this theater in 2001. It was probably one of the last films shown there. The theater was pretty empty, the floors were sticky and it was certainly very old. I thought it was a beautiful place, nonetheless. I live about 10 blocks from it and, every time I walk past it now, I get sad. I’m glad they didn’t tear it down and the facade is still there.

bazookadave
bazookadave on May 7, 2009 at 6:18 pm

What remains of the theatre on the gym floor? Are there decorative moldings, the proscenium arch, etc.?

Michael D. Jackson
Michael D. Jackson on April 26, 2009 at 8:12 pm

On second thought, 9/11 probably had little to do with the closing when you consider the Kaufman cineplex down the street, but a lot of business dissolved after 9/11 and the Astoria seemed to be one of them.

Michael D. Jackson
Michael D. Jackson on April 25, 2009 at 1:20 am

I live 2 blocks from the Astoria Theatre. The original entrance with it’s ornate carvings and such are preserved and it is stupid that the drug store didn’t use the grand arch entrance as the entrance. I go to the NY Sports Club gym located on the second floor of the building and take a certain pride that I am inhabiting the theater. I saw movies in that theater up until the time it closed and although it was a dump by then, I was sad that a theater built in 1920, which had survived for so long, was dead. I always thought 9/11 was the final blow for that theater. Too bad.

GerardC
GerardC on April 19, 2009 at 11:01 pm

Lost memory, thank you very much for those photos. they brought me back in time for a moment.

PeterKoch
PeterKoch on August 11, 2008 at 3:19 pm

Thanks for the info, GerardC. There were blizzards on April 6, 1982 and in late February 1983, if that’s any help.

GerardC
GerardC on August 10, 2008 at 2:17 am

Peter K. The Astoria’s Marquee did not fall in that snow storm in the 60’s. (I wasnt born yet in the 60’s and I remember it!! lol)To the best of my memory; the marquee fell between – 1982-1984. I remember my mom talking about it after I came home from school and my friend from next doors' mom talking about it (apparently- she was shopping on Steinway at the time. My mom told me (i guess through the extensive network of mom / busy bodies) that she “heard” that there were workers doing some type of work / repairs obove the Marquee at the time of the collape and they probably did something to undermine the supports. Ihave tried online to locate the story using the web pages of the “tribune” and “gazette” but as of yet have had no luck. On another note.. I had always thought I was the only “nerd” (nothing against the worldwide group of this page) that like old movie houses. I used that term because that was what my ex called me and friends as well in the 80’s and 90’s (before the internet became a popular thing) I always thought i was alone in my “hobby”! Iam very glad I had stumbled across this site soon after i purchased my first home computer! lol IF anyone cares go to the Loews Oriental page and you will hear about a young 20 somthing nerd going to the movies with a camera in hand!! lol

PeterKoch
PeterKoch on August 7, 2008 at 7:17 pm

Thanks, Bway. “Healthy” as Warren would define it, or as we would ?

Bway
Bway on August 7, 2008 at 5:58 pm

The Valencia has a healthy page too.

PeterKoch
PeterKoch on August 7, 2008 at 5:46 pm

GerardC, I’m glad there are no hard feelings on your part.

I recommend you not be too hard on yourself about throwing out those old newspaper clippings. Unfortunately, hindsight through the “retrospectroscope”, such as we are now prone to in our later (and hopefully) wiser years is always 20 / 20.

I wonder if the Astoria’s marquee fell in the same snowstorm as the Ridgewood’s : the blizzard of Beatles Day, February 9, 1969.

February 8 or 9, 1964 was the Beatles' landmark performance on the Ed Sullivan Show.

I, too, have wondered, why the Ridgewood and RKO Madison Theatre pages, and not, say, the Astoria’s or Valencia’s pages, became such “wailing walls” and meeting places for people from the neighborhoods that these theaters were located in.

I think the Meserole Theatre page did also, but to a lesser extent than the Ridgewood’s and Madison’s.

Bway
Bway on August 7, 2008 at 12:43 pm

Well I guess the Ridgewood and Astoria do have something else in common…the Ridgewood’s marquee fell to the street too back in the 60’s during a snowstorm. Luckily no one was under it at the time….

GerardC
GerardC on August 7, 2008 at 4:59 am

Peter. K.– No apologies needed (but thanks) When I made my statement “5 million people remember..” I was not directing my (little bit ) of sarcasm to any body who grew up in Ridgewood ..just on the lack of attention of what I thought was a once great place.
But.. I think I was right in my thoughts that nobody here remembers this movie house. I mentioned that the Marquee fell to steinway street and got no responce. not bad or good but I guess Iam the only guy here who was born/grew up in astoria, and remembers that. It made the local papers (queens gazette / tribune) with photos.!! But myself like a dumb ass threw away a lot I had saved as a child. If I still had those headlines i would show them here (of course!)