Community Twin Theatre

215-32 Jamaica Avenue,
Queens Village, NY 11428

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robboehm on March 26, 2015 at 5:28 pm

Additional photo added.

techman707 on April 21, 2013 at 7:19 pm

This theatre is falling apart and the Queens Theatre down the street had its outside renovated. I guess you need to run a church to save a theatre today.

Ed Solero
Ed Solero on April 21, 2013 at 6:19 pm

Passed by this theatre today and the snapped a couple of pics. The blue paint on the “COMMUNITY” sign atop the marquee has just about peeled entirely away. The building’s facade doesn’t appear to have had any maintenance performed since the last pics I took back in 2005.

robboehm on September 19, 2012 at 8:07 am

Thanks for the clarification and your hard work on behalf of CT

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on September 19, 2012 at 6:56 am

robboehm, Ed Solero & Tinseltoes, and any other contributors. Here are some clarification on theatre updates and locations…..

I am the only person editing the site, and spend many hours a day (reading most comments and acting on any suggestions for amendments). Even when I am away on holidays, I spend a couple of hours a day on the site. I am based in the UK, so there will always be some delay in responding to comments due to time differences (especially those made in the evenings in the USA – I do ‘catch-up’ in the mornings). Major changes or disputes are dealt with by Patrick or Ross (the site administrators).

Regarding locations, the original address given when a theatre is first submitted determines the Google map position and street view. If the address is altered to a more exact or correct address at a later stage, the original embedded field still exists, and doesn’t change. To have a ‘perfect’ page, with address, Google map and street view all correct, an entirely new page would have to be created, and the old page would then be deleted (including all comments and photos- there is no way to transfer them across to the new page).

Regarding the address/location ribbon across the top of the page, this is created when a theatre is first submitted, and (not being a technical wiz-kid) I don’t know how the codes work which sometimes give seemingly incorrect information such as here on this page –‘Queens Village is in the Douglastown-Little Neck district’. This is something I have no control over. I also cannot make amendments to either the spelling of City names or change city locations, this at the moment is done by Patrick, after I have alerted any changes to him.

Hope this clarifies some of your concerns? I will remove this comment, together with others here on this subject in a few days time, as we are going ‘off topic’.

Ed Solero
Ed Solero on September 19, 2012 at 4:41 am

That last sentence may be your most salient point, sadly! As for upkeep on this site, I tend not to complain because, after all, this is a free site, and the administration of such a large database must be daunting for the handful of volunteers who tend to their upkeep. For all I know, Ken Roe is the only person who routinely patrols the comments for information on corrections to a given theater’s history or geographic location. I can tell you that I’ve made comments quite recently regarding the Street Views being off on several pages, only to return to those listings within a matter of hours and find them corrected as per my suggestions. So it may be hit and miss, but the comments most certainly are monitored to the best of the staff’s abilities.

robboehm on September 18, 2012 at 1:16 pm

I take exception to your comments about updates. Maybe they do better now then in the past, I’m not nearly involved as I used to be. I’ve been after them for years about the small window they allow for comments to be viewed. Under the last update they brought it to 100, a far cry from what’s available for updates or new theatres. Plus, they don’t have the status on the comments page. You have to go to the individual theatres to look for them. When they went to the new format there were a myriad of problems, including dropped theatres ( which they say didn’t happen, but I know otherwise ). My favorite was they would pick a word such as grand used in the description of a theatre and then pick up that theatre if you looked up “Grand”. A number of theatres were designed by the folks that did RCMH and this was noted in their blurb. So if you entered RCMH you got something like 25 inappropriate entries. They also lost some comments along the way, including a couple of mine. Sometimes this is evident if you are looking for the 18 or whatever comments purported to be for a given theatre and come up short if you actually do the count. But it’s better than nothing, although I wonder, down the road who from the younger generation will really care.

Ed Solero
Ed Solero on September 18, 2012 at 5:27 am

The webmaster definitely looks at the postings, robboehm. I’ve seen updates and corrections made very quickly, based on postings made in these theater pages. But, I do agree that it is a lost cause asking for the address headings to be corrected, because I don’t think it’s an easy fix – or even a matter of editing each theater. Seems to me it’s more of an issue with the logic behind how these theaters are organized. Hopefully, at some point, there’ll be an upgrade that will fix the issue (along with the defective “nearby theaters” feature).

robboehm on September 17, 2012 at 7:04 pm

Tinseltoes. It’s really a lost cause trying to get headings and nearby theatres fixed. Reporting it on the theatre site probably doesn’t do any good since, I sure, that the webmaster doesn’t look at the postings.

techman707 on January 15, 2011 at 7:27 pm

I worked as a relief projectionist at the Community, Queens and Glen Oaks Theatre in the 60’s and 70’s and when my regular job at the DeMille Theatre in Manhattan burned down in 1973, I went to work full time at Century’s Prospect in Flushing.

Living near the Queens and Community, until today, I also went to the Community, Queens and Belair Theatres on Jamaica Avenue as a child. What I remember MOST about the Community Theatre was the Chase Manhattan Bank next to the theatre. They had a clock outside and when you had to wait outside in the rain, the clock dripped down on whoever was unlucky enough to be standing there on the line.

It’s very sad to see ALL the theatres gone now.

rcdt55b on December 5, 2009 at 7:22 am

There seems to be some major renovations going on at the theater.

robboehm on April 9, 2009 at 9:28 pm

And if you will compare the 1987 photo with one from the early days of the theatre the marquee size double even though the style remained the same. This shot shows individual bulbs around the exterior. I seem to recall neon.

robboehm on March 3, 2009 at 6:27 pm

At one point in time the corporate offices of Century Theatres was also housed in the Community Theatre building. This having been moved from the Farragut Theatre building in Brooklyn. Subsequently, Century moved its operations to its own building on Verbena Av, just off Tulip, near the Floral Park Long Island Rail Road station.

MaDukes on February 3, 2009 at 5:07 pm

Annie, I remember all the old times at the theaters. what ever happened to Eric Leewald, the assitant mgr? I remember we use to keep a bottle or 2 bottles of wine(Pink Catawba) in the sink with cold water in the sink to keep the wine cold. And Mr Wagner? The hero who killed the fierce mouse behind the candy stand with a broom handle…. I did see him when my son Christopher was born in 1976 at LIJ. I used to run into Mr Burns every now and again. And Wesley always up to something..I see Vinny the usher a lot. retired he is….alive and well.
The Queens theater was an old vaudville theater at one time. Does anyone remember going into the basement to try to find the old organ? and the Mice…all those mice………I hope some of you guys are still out there and remembering the old days and Jan. That was a shock when I read that.
Take Care all
Lynne Gallaudet

ahkashmir on October 27, 2008 at 4:37 pm

I worked as a candy attendant in the Community Theater in ‘71-'72, and I have many fun memories of both this and the Queens Theater. I had friends who worked at both theaters, including Dorothy, Lynn Gallaudet, Jan, Judy, Lindi, Larry O'Gara, Eleanor Schwarz, Bob Crowe (anyone know where Bob is these days?), Jay Rosen. And I remember the matrons like Mrs. Bosset (little old woman with a hearing problem who used to yell at all the kids)and Jen the other matron. Wow! We used to get free passes to all the Century Theaters back then, so I often went to the Queens, Bellerose, Floral, and Park theaters. The managers used to go from theater to theater, so they would often make calls to the box offices of other theaters to leave passes for us. Nice perks back then! The Queens Theater was a great one to hang around in after closing, since it had been a live-entertainment theater when it first opened. There were dressing rooms on the second or third floor and we used to find old theater signs and other relics from bygone days. What a great experience! Do you remember that, Dorothy?

Ed Solero
Ed Solero on August 21, 2007 at 6:05 pm

The same church that operates out of the former Community Theater also owns the former Cambria Theater in nearby Cambria Heights, where regular services are also held.

Ed Solero
Ed Solero on May 24, 2006 at 5:12 pm

Below is a photo I took of the Community back in the fall of 1993 sometime after it had closed down. Some of the lettering from the last attractions were still lingering on the side panel of the time worn marquee… looks like the English-language feature was “White Man Can’t Jump” from 1992:

White Men Jump

Here’s a vintage shot from almost the very same angle taken in 1924 (and previously posted here by Warren) as well as a more recent shot I took from a similar vantage point from December of 2005 for comparison:

1924 spiffy and new
2005 at dusk

On first blush it appears that the latter day marquee might be original, but it doesn’t take too much time to figure out that at some point the height of the marquee’s advertising space was increased and the fins atop the side boards were replaced with near identical units spelling out the theater’s name. And of course the big name fin out front was later added (I assume to clear up the street facing side of the marquee for advertising).

Ed Solero
Ed Solero on May 11, 2006 at 5:09 pm

Here’s a new link to the photos I posted back in December. The old links no longer work since I reorganized my photobucket account.

Dorothy on March 10, 2006 at 12:22 am

yup..knew Dorothy Fleck.. as for me -grew up 221st and 97th..Annies
block.. all the trees are gone on that block last time I went through!
HS=Andrew Jackson (during busing time and black/white ratios).. are you referring to Hempstead Ave? Jans-step mom is still there house on 220th and 107th but having serious health issues. The store I knew was Bohack LOL! We should probably take this personal convo off-line. I doubt all this is of interest to the rest of the cinema geeks anyway;) email me dc at

MikeCasiano on March 7, 2006 at 6:08 pm

Did you go to Bishop Riley H.S.?

MikeCasiano on March 7, 2006 at 3:28 pm

Dear Dot:
Sorry to hear about Jan, he was a nice guy. Small world. But it’s kind of hard to tell from your pic if I know you. Did you go to SSJA? The only Dorothy I remember is Dorothy Fleck. I still live in QV on 220th and 100th Ave. There was a girl who lived on the corner of 100th Ave and 222nd street back in the days. Well not exactly on the corner but in the house next to the corner house on 222nd and 100thAve. That wasn’t you was it? Maybe not. But I wouldn’t doubt that our paths crossed. Do you remember Mr. Schumachers pet shop on the avenue across from the A&P I used to work there as a kid helping him out with the store, I was about 12 or 13 years old. Toss some names at me maybe we did cross paths.
Be safe.

Dorothy on March 7, 2006 at 12:23 pm

To all.. there is a Queens Village group on MSN.. which also has a photos area with Old QV photos

Dorothy on March 7, 2006 at 12:13 pm

Hello Mike.. I wonder if our paths have crossed as we seem to know the same people ;) I was married to Jan for ten years (he passed away in 1998) and lived in QV two doors down from Annie.