Regal UA Midway
108-22 Queens Boulevard,
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Operated by: United Artists Theater Circuit Inc.
Previously operated by: RKO, Skouras Theatres
Architects: Thomas White Lamb, Simeon Charles Lee
Functions: Movies (First Run)
Styles: Streamline Moderne
Previous Names: RKO Midway Theatre, UA Midway Stadium 9
- UA Forest Hills Twin Theatre
- Brandon Cinemas 2
- UA Continental 3
- Fox Kew Gardens Theatre
- Cinemart Cinemas
News About This Theater
- Sep 20, 2013 — Investors purchase Midway building
- Sep 22, 2012 — Midway turns 70 today
- Sep 18, 2008 — Endangered: UA Brandon Cinema
Located in the Forest Hills section of Queens. The RKO Midway Theatre (named for the famous Battle of Midway) was opened on September 24, 1942 with Monty Woolley in “The Pied Piper” and Lloyd Nolan in “Just Off Broadway”. It had a seating capacity for 2,002 in orchestra and balcony levels and was designed by Thomas W. Lamb Associates, which included S. Charles Lee. In the summer of 1977 United Artists converted it into a quad. It was sold in June 1997 to the Heskel Group. The total purchase price, which included the nearby Forest Hills Theatre, was $9 million.
The theatre was closed on September 4, 1997 and completely renovated into a nine-screen multiplex with 1,931-seats. Following a year of construction, the Midway Theatre reopened as the UA Midway 9 on November 20, 1998 and is now one of Queens' best performing movie theatres.
Sadly, the theatre’s original interior appearance was mostly lost during the conversion, but its exterior remains a familiar Queens Boulevard landmark.
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The area had in 1990s UA Midway Quad, UA Forest Hills Twin, Continental Twin, Continental 3 Theatre and the Loews Trylon Theatre.
And a bit off on the fringe was the Cinemart.
Exterior photo taken just before Christmas of 2020 can be viewed here at the Forgotten New York website
Please update, theatre closed September 4, 1997 as a quad theatre.
I am pleased to inform you that the Midway recently reopened after the pandemic. The good times are back!
The Regal UA Midway will be host to the annual Festival of Cinema—New York City from September 24th through October 3rd. More details can be found here
Does anyone know why it was renamed Regal UA Midway?
Because Regal bought UA, and Regal never rebranded it under Regal, so they call it the Regal United Artists Midway. Regal still has many locations branded as Edwards or United Artists. Even though they put recliners in, they still call it UA.
A souvenir pamphlet distributed on the Midway’s grand opening night in September, 1942, was entitled “Intimate Facts About Myself,” and included the following: “I am what you would call modernistic– with all the latest wrinkles and gadgets. Here and now I want to give thanks to the late Thomas Lamb, one of the greatest of theatrical architects. In me, his last theatre, you will find the best example of his genius.”
Theater one: scope movies window boxed on scope screen. No one knows how to expand the picture. Theater two: picture isn’t centered. Bare screen on left, picture projected onto masking on the right. Theater four: picture is dark with an out of focus spot right in the center. Theater nine: since summer of 2019!!!! Dialogue comes from right channel speaker behind the screen rather than from the center channel where it belongs. Notified multiple “managers” who are clueless. Called Regal corporate who seem not to care because these issues are ongoing.