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 opened December 29, 1927. It was 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 and was still open in May 1983.

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.

Contributed by philipgoldberg

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techman707
techman707 on April 22, 2013 at 9:36 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
robboehm on January 24, 2014 at 3:11 pm

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

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.

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