Regal UA Midway

108-22 Queens Boulevard,
Forest Hills, NY 11375

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RKO Midway Theatre exterior

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 as single screen theatre in June 1997 to the Heskel Group. The total purchase price, which included the nearby Forest Hills Theatre, was $9 million.

The theater was closed two months later 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 theaters.

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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Mike (saps)
Mike (saps) on January 5, 2020 at 6:20 am

Well, with weekday matinee prices starting at $11.55 and evening adult prices at $15.50 (for Queens Boulevard!) you don’t need to fill many seats to fill the till…

robboehm on January 5, 2020 at 10:27 am

To say nothing of the overpriced snacks.

Ed Solero
Ed Solero on January 5, 2020 at 11:43 am

Do they have RPG or 3D showings so they can jack up prices?

ridethectrain on January 5, 2020 at 9:16 pm

RealD 3D in screens 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5. But Regal shows less 3D shows then they use to. Also, they compete with the Cinemart Cinemas and AMC Fresh Meadows that has recliners.

Remember, a few years ago, The Midway, Cinemart and Kew Gardens play the same films now.

Also, the big money making theatres Union Square and Sheepshead Bay won’t get recliners anytime soon.

Comfortably Cool
Comfortably Cool on October 6, 2020 at 6:38 am

Exterior pictured in news article on Regal closures for the duration of the pandemic. Click here

robboehm on October 6, 2020 at 8:13 am

One wonders how many theaters will survive the pandemic particularly since the trend to install recliners has severely cut the number of seats and any social distancing would reduce the number of customers so that operation would not be economically feasible.

hdtv267 on October 6, 2020 at 9:12 am

I’m unaware of any of the Cineplex canadian theatres that have had to close since re-opening. That country was aware of how devasting the virus was and still is and acted accordingly. An entire league was able to get through it’s playoffs without a single case. The residents wore masks and followed protocols and you’re now seeing the results.

johndereszewski on October 6, 2020 at 10:06 am

While this is hopefully a panicked reaction, rumors are rife that the Midway will close even when the other theaters re-open. Except for the Cinemax, which is situated some distance away, this would reduce the number of movie houses in the Forest Hills commercial district to zero. When I first became acquainted with the area back in the 70’s. there were five separate movie houses serving the area.

ridethectrain on October 6, 2020 at 11:04 am

The area had in 1990s UA Midway Quad, UA Forest Hills Twin, Continental Twin, Continental 3 Theatre and the Loews Trylon Theatre.

Ed Solero
Ed Solero on October 6, 2020 at 4:32 pm

And a bit off on the fringe was the Cinemart.

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