Queens Theatre

219-36 Jamaica Avenue,
Queens Village, NY 11428

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The former Queens Theatre stands on Jamaica Avenue at Springfield Boulevard. It was operated by Century Theaters for many years and the movie house then went XXX for a time. The theatre was independently operated as a porn theatre, before closing as a movie house for good.

It was then restored and reopened as a concert venue named the Queens Theatre, but it never really took off and sadly closed.

Finally it found its true calling as a church.

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techman707 on August 26, 2011 at 8:28 pm

Hey, I remember when that happened at Green Acres, that wasn’t even a “real” hurricane or bad as this one is supposed to be.

It’s too bad that of all the pictures there are of the Queens Theatre, they picked one that shows the marquee all ripped up from trucks hitting it.

Once they cut those steel beams off (which go DEEP into the structure) they can never put a “real” marquee back up again. It was pretty stupid to take them out, even if they didn’t want a full marquee.

Ed Solero
Ed Solero on August 26, 2011 at 8:42 pm

I assume the marquee that you guys are talking about, that was blown off the Green Acres Theatre, was the flat board that was on the back of the building facing the mall? I remember the old main marquee on Sunrise Highway being huge – I think it spanned the width of the entire facade!

As for the photo of the Queens, techman, looks like it is the only one that has been posted here. In fact, it was ME who posted it! Ha ha! I snapped it back in 1993 when the theater had been shuttered and recently acquired by the church. I know there are other photos out there – particularly the great set on the American Classic Images website – but I believe posting those here may infringe upon their copyrights.

techman707 on August 27, 2011 at 9:10 am

Ed, I have movie film of the theatre in 1957. Maybe if I’m ever feeling better (with emphysema I seem to get worse every day) I can tranfer it and pull out a few nice stills of the theatre that aren’t too grainy.

techman707 on October 21, 2011 at 8:26 am

I wouldn’t count any of the junk in Flushing Meadow Park as a theatre. If they want to STEAL the name “Queens Theatre”, good luck to them. As long as “WE” all know where the Queens Theatre really is, let them delude themselves.

robboehm on October 21, 2011 at 10:19 am

A delayed comment to Ed’s 8/26 on the Green Acres. No, it was the big guy facing Sunrise.

Ed Solero
Ed Solero on April 21, 2013 at 6:42 pm

Posted a few pics I took today of the building’s exterior. I realized, as I was uploading them, that the most recent exterior shot we had here on CT was the one I took back in 1993 (on actual film – imagine that!?), so these pics illustrate the dull “modernization” of the main facade, the removal of the fire-escapes, and cutting away of the marquee and its framework.

techman707 on April 21, 2013 at 7:25 pm

Ed, How come the new pictures you posted don’t show up under photos?

Ed Solero
Ed Solero on April 22, 2013 at 5:06 am

They should be there for you, techman… Just checked and they are the 1st five images out of the 12 that are uploaded for this theater.

techman707 on April 22, 2013 at 1:36 pm

Ed, My mistake. When I saw the picture with what appears to be construction on the entrance, I assumed it was an old picture. I had passed the theatre previously, after the front was done over and the marquee removed and it was finished. I guess they’re doing construction again on the entrance.

Thanks for the picture.

robboehm on January 24, 2014 at 7:11 am

I haven’t been back that way in over a year. Did the church ever complete the renovation?

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