Queens Theatre

219-36 Jamaica Avenue,
Queens Village, NY 11428

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Auditorium of the Queens Theatre

The former Queens Theatre stands on Jamaica Avenue at Springfield Boulevard. It opened December 29, 1927 with The Happiness Boys heading a vaudeville production and a movie on the screen. It was equipped with an Austin 3 manual 11 ranks organ. It was built by and operated by Century Theatres for many years and the movie house closed with regular features in March 1974 with Marlon Brando in “Last Tango in Paris”. It then went XXX for a time, independently operated as a porn theatre which closed in February 1989.

It was then restored and reopened in February 1990 as a concert venue named the Queens Theatre, but despite top names appearing such as Kool & the Gang, Frankie Vali & The Four Seasons, Jerry Lee Lewis, The Marshal Tucker Band & Watlon Jennings, it never really took off and sadly closed in late-December 1990.

On October 2, 1993 it was taken over by the New York Deliverence Gospel Temple and they purchased the theatre in January 1995. They sold it to the All Nations Apolostic Tabernacle in September 2006, but apart from scaffolding the facade and removing the balcony fire escapes and all the seating, the building sits unused and was put on the market ‘For Sale" in early-2019.

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robboehm
robboehm on April 9, 2015 at 2:25 am

Gala opening photo uploaded.

Artie16
Artie16 on April 9, 2015 at 5:57 pm

anyone out there still alive that remembers the old Queens Theater

robboehm
robboehm on April 9, 2015 at 7:06 pm

Well, obviously I do since I uploaded the picture. I lived in Bellerose and often walked to Queens Village for one reason or another. Especially at night it was a sight to see the lit vertical when I passed the bend in the road. I believe I was only in the theater twice, once each in the orchestra and the huge balcony. One movie was Say One For Me. In the days of the old steam engines you really knew when a train went past.

What is the current status? A church bought it but the last time I was by a year or so ago there was still scaffolding on the front and the fire escapes had been removed. The latter seemed odd since the church originally was counting on using the full capacity.

Artie16
Artie16 on April 10, 2015 at 3:27 pm

I have not been backed to Queens Village in over 40 years. Living now in Florida. I worked for Century theaters in 1952 to 1968 as assist mgr.and then as mgr.then later became a projectionist with Local 640.I have fond memories of Queens Village as I lived on 220th St. back in 1943. Next time I get up to NY I will try to visit the old village. Thanks for your note. Stay well. Regards, Artie

Mike (saps)
Mike (saps) on March 7, 2017 at 10:19 pm

Photo added today

robboehm
robboehm on March 8, 2017 at 1:36 am

So all these years later the building is still being renovated. It was supposed to be a church with a seating capacity about the same as when the building was a theater. But they took down the fire escapes to the balcony which, if I’m correct, had more seats than the orchestra. Go figure.

robboehm
robboehm on May 31, 2018 at 10:10 pm

An ad as an adult venue appears in the Newsday Vault Classic edition of May 18, 1983 so life existed past that shown in the blurb.

robboehm
robboehm on October 15, 2018 at 12:17 am

It appears as though the renovation work has been stopped for some time. The scaffolding is in place and the facade is boarded over.

robboehm
robboehm on August 29, 2019 at 2:47 pm

Uploaded 1930 ad showing management under Century.

Matt Lambros
Matt Lambros on August 31, 2019 at 7:37 am

A few years ago I was allowed to photograph the Queens Theatre. Check out some of the photos and a short write up at After the Final Curtain.

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