73-07 37th Road,
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Previously operated by: Brandt Theaters
Architects: John Adolph Emil Eberson
Functions: Restaurant, Retail
Styles: Art Deco
Previous Names: Earle Theater
News About This Theater
- Nov 19, 2009 — Jackson Heights, Queens, New York Theaters
Located in the Jackson Heights section of Queens. The Earle Theater was an Art Deco theater, similar in style to the Lane Theatre in Staten Island. It was opened on March 8, 1938. This one-time porn house was shuttered for a while and later resurrected as the Eagle Theater. It continued to operate in later years, showing a healthy dose of Bollywood films.
However, it was closed in May 2009, due to a strike at the film production studios in Mumbai.
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Those of us who care and cherish these movie theaters appreciate them for what they are. But others only see dollar signs and could care less about their past as a place to escape the dullness of everyday life.
The Earle was the premier “art” movie house in Jackson Heights, always showing the finest independent and foreign movies. Here’s a list of what I remember seeing there: Hiroshima Mon Amour, And God Created Woman, Medium Cool, Alfie. And God .. featured Brigitte Bardot and you had to be at least 16 to see it. I lied about my age and the eager ticket seller let me in. Not a bad movie, actually, very daring for its time. The theater was a beautiful deco piece and very well maintained. That all changed when it turned into a porn venue; it was probably the raunchiest movie house in the neighborhood, the Fair and Polk running close.
Today’s Daily News reports the Eagle will become a grocery and food court.
I walked by today. Lower portion of marquee has been removed. All that remains is “Eagle” on three sides. Perhaps they’ll continue to use the name for the new business.
The theory is the last name used is the last name posted. Since there is the cross reference ability you can input either Earle or Eagle and get the theatre. Isn’t is clever how they substituted one letter to achieve the new name rather than devise a whole new one. You can see from the photo in the heading that the “G” doesn’t quite match the surrounding letters.
Harlem Grand did the same thing when they changed from Harlem Strand.
“Jackson Heights Food Court” is now on the marquee.
On September 1, 2012 the Jackson Heights Food Court opened. The former entrance and lobby sell prepared, deli food, and bakery items. There are booths. The auditorium is a grocery store with an entrance on 73rd Street. Stairway to second floor (former balcony?)was blocked by chain. I could see tables and chairs up there. No indications that this had been a theatre.
A recent photo and a brief article can be viewed at the Forgotten New York website. Click here