Parsons Theatre

78-28 Parsons Boulevard,
Flushing, NY 11366

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RobertR on July 14, 2014 at 9:19 am

This closed as a Quad

fred1 on July 5, 2012 at 12:12 pm

Can some change the map . It shows Parsons BLVD in Whitestone NY (11357) 5 miles away.

paktype on July 5, 2012 at 10:49 am

Just to clear up some confusion about “Flushing”. The name “Flushing” was used for many years for several different communities in Queens that bordered the famous “Flushing” community anchored by Northern Boulevard, northern Main Street and Roosevelt Avenue. Kew Gardens Hills always had its own zip code (11367) but its Post Office was always referred to as “Station C – Flushing, New York”. When I was a kid, we always used Flushing in our address even though we lived in KGH. In recent years, Queens communities have stopped using the Flushing name. Station C was renamed “Kew Gardens Hills” a few years back.

VinnieNYC on April 30, 2012 at 8:19 am

One more memory… When I was a very young child I remember them having matrons for the Saturday afternoon shows. Scary old ladies with flashlights!!!! The manager was Mr. Resnick, he used to call me Victor instead of Vincent. The stuff you remember…

VinnieNYC on April 30, 2012 at 8:16 am

Thank you Joe for the photo link and to everyone adding their memories to the glories of this old movie house. The photo of the upstairs lounge reminds me of all the times I did my homework there while I was an usher (there was alot of downtime while the movie was running).

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on April 29, 2012 at 7:53 pm

A photo of the foyer of the Parsons Theatre can be seen at the top of this page of the January 7, 1950, issue of Boxoffice.

Ed Miller
Ed Miller on November 5, 2011 at 9:16 am

AXminster must have been Brooklyn, then.

robboehm on October 26, 2011 at 6:06 am

The Meadows in Fresh Meadows also had an AX exchange.

VinnieNYC on June 2, 2011 at 7:58 am

For most of my life I thought I lived in Flushing but later found out that I was really in Kew Gardens Hills. The theater was on Parsons Blvd between 79th Ave and 78th Rd. My phone exchange was also AX1-%%%%.

Tinseltoes on June 2, 2011 at 7:44 am

View is miles off the mark. Problem is probably due to incorrect zip code at the CT listing. The correct one is 11366, according to the USPS website.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on February 5, 2011 at 7:31 am

You should get an Award for having to suffer through “LOST HORIZON” almost as bad as “SONG OF NORWAY”.

TLSLOEWS on February 3, 2011 at 11:25 am

Another one time Loews,thats amazing.

Ed Miller
Ed Miller on May 27, 2010 at 6:46 pm

I was only at the Parsons once, but I remember the interior was of outstanding late Moderne design. If I’ve got the right theater, it was fairly close to Queens College, no? I saw the French film “Going Places” there, starring Gerard Depardieu and Patrick Dewaere, which means it had a bit of indie/arty programming, at least at that time. I was living in Valley Stream still, so I’m guessing that this was the closest venue to see the movie, without going to Manhattan.

VinnieNYC on March 11, 2010 at 10:03 am

I lived down the block from this theater from 1955 until 1980. When I was two years old my mother and aunt took me to see THE CURSE OF FRANKENSTEIN, a very traumatic experience to say the least. From 1970 to 1973 I worked as an usher at the Parsons. My most “interesting” memories are having to watch the LOST HORIZON musical remake for 3 months and the really bad Kung Fu movie DEEP THRUST for a month. There was only one balcony but there were 3 sections: left, middle and right. The ceiling was about 30 feet high, so when you had to change a bulb you had to crawl a catwalk in the ceiling. Changing the marquee was alot easier because you just stood on the roof and hoped you had enough vowels. I used to play baseball in the parking lot.

Mitch45 on January 25, 2010 at 1:59 pm

Buddy’s Bicycle Shop has recently closed. The owner decided to retire (no pun intended). Its a shame; that store was a big part of my childhood summers and was one of the few businesses that was open when the Parsons Theatre was in operation.

Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on August 20, 2008 at 7:12 am

This was called the Parsons Theatre (not Parsons Theater). According to the 1968-69 Yellow Pages for Queens, the address was 78-28 Parsons Boulevard, Flushing (telephone AXtel 7-3535). Here’s an opening ad. The Parson’s next program consisted of “I Was a Male War Bride” & “The Red Pony.” The late-run bookings were usually day-and-date with Interboro’s Little Neck Theatre:
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Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on August 13, 2008 at 1:37 pm

When the Parsons had its grand opening on the night of October 26, 1949, all proceeds were donated to the Infantile Paralysis Foundation. Shown that evening and for the next three days was a double bill of “White Heat” (James Cagney-Virginia Mayo) and “One Last Fling” (Alexis Smith-Zachary Scott). The late-run programs changed twice a week. Publicity for the new theatre used an address of Parsons Boulevard & 78th Road, near Union Turnpike.

Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on April 19, 2008 at 8:48 am

New direct links to previously posted images:
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Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on September 26, 2007 at 9:58 am

The address in the introduction needs to be more specific. Parsons Boulevard runs across Queens from north to south and passes through many different neighborhoods. What is this one called? Queens College, which isn’t too far away, claims to be part of Flushing.

Mitch45 on September 26, 2007 at 2:52 am

The two-block area between 78th Road and Union Turnpike on Parsons has not changed much at all since the theater closed. Buddy’s is still there, the ancient Stuart Electronics store is still there, as is the store that sells pet fish, the John F. Kennedy political club, the pet hospital and the drug rehab center. The Italian restaurant is still there too, althougn under different ownership and with a new name. The old restaurant, Cinque Terre, was owned by my former next door neighbors on 78th Road, the Cozzanis. They still live on 78th Road.

The row of stores on the west side of Parsons between 79th Avenue and Union Turnpike is virtually unchanged for decades.

shoeshoe14 on September 25, 2007 at 5:49 pm

I didn’t buy it, just read it in line.

Mike (saps)
Mike (saps) on September 25, 2007 at 12:30 pm

Even the New Victory, built in 1900, has only two balconies.
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Ed Solero
Ed Solero on September 25, 2007 at 12:12 pm

I’d be shocked if any theatre in Queens ever had TWO balconies, let alone three! Even in Manhattan, three balconies smacks more of a turn of the century opera house or concert hall – unless we’re talking Radio City Music Hall.