Loew's Hillside Theatre

90-29 Sutphin Boulevard,
Jamaica, NY 11435

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Loew's Hillside  circa 1941

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Located in the Jamaica section of Queens. This large Loew’s theater stood at the western end of the multi-theater strip, which included the Savoy Theatre, the Alden Theatre and the Valencia Theatre, among others.

It has been closed for decades — its windows cut through the theater walls, as it now serves as office space.

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Ed Miller
Ed Miller on August 19, 2011 at 12:05 am

Wonderful photo, Don, and let me add my welcome to this site.

Ed Miller
Ed Miller on August 19, 2011 at 12:08 am

Please take note on Don’s beautiful photo: you can see how Sutphin Boulevard was paved in brick, a childhood memory of mine that I’d nearly lost, until seeing this picture.

DonRogers on August 19, 2011 at 5:57 am

Rafael, Glad you liked the photo and that it brought back good memories. My Mom and Dad grew up in the Brooklyn/Jamaica area(1910 thru 1945) My Dad took this photo in 1941….the area must have had some importance to him. They lived at 141-33 84th Dr. thru the 2nd World War and then we moved out on the Island to Oakdale. Both my sister and I were born at Kew Gardens General Hospital but have no recollection of the area. My Dad also took a picture of a Citgo service station somewhere in the area, but I don’t want to post it here. I can send you a copy of it. It may bring back additional memories and maybe you can identify the location. Let me know. Regards, Don Rogers

Fixer3 on December 20, 2011 at 5:47 am


Mike (saps)
Mike (saps) on March 10, 2012 at 9:09 am

I remember passing this theater several times in a car during the late 1960s. I was a boy but I clearly remember that they had a burlesque show running at the time. The word “Follies” was so burned in my brain that a few years later when I saw a friend with a “Mad Follies” magazine, I thought it had to do with strippers and couldn’t wait to get my hands on it and read it in private!

Ed Miller
Ed Miller on March 11, 2012 at 10:19 pm

Regarding saps' comment above, does anyone else recall the Hillside being a burlesque theater? I surely don’t!

Tinseltoes on May 27, 2012 at 1:43 pm

This 1930 photo shows the theatre in the top left background, with “LOEW’S HILLSIDE—The Home of the Best Sound and Talking Pictures” painted across the wall: lunaimaging

Tinseltoes on May 28, 2012 at 1:52 pm

The address ribbon across the top of the page has one Jamaica too many. It should say “New York>Jamaica>Loew’s Hillside Theatre.”

jimwhite on July 26, 2012 at 11:19 am

I remember going to a burlesque show at the Hillside Theatre in the early sixties for a bachelor party thing,the comics were funny, so were the women (older). Also, I L O V E D the Nedick’s on the corner and my first fancy restaurant meal was at McGuinesses – I remember my mother ordered lobster (what the hell was lobster?) My First Communion suit was bought at Robert Hall’s across the street from the Hillside. Later on I would go to the DMV for my drivers license. And of course the Court House for Jury duty.

Nicholas Vargelis
Nicholas Vargelis on August 29, 2012 at 2:57 pm

It looks like the part of the building with retail stores was demolished or extensively renovated to accommodate a 4-story addition for commercial office spaces (totally hiding that behind the cheap new façade is an old building). Does anyone know if the auditorium is still intact? Or was that destroyed with the transformation of the street front part of the building …

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