Jackson Heights Cinema

40-31 82nd Street,
Jackson Heights, NY 11373

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Jackson Heights Cinema

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Located in the Jackson Heights section of Queens. The Jackson Theatre opened December 26, 1924 as a single screen movie theatre with a total seating capacity of 1,500. The theatre was equipped with a Wurlitzer 2 manual, 7 rank theatre organ. It was built and operated by the small Grob & Knobel chain, who sold it to William Fox in 1928. He lost it in bankruptcy in 1930 and the Jackson Theatre, together with the Boulevard Theatre were taken over by Skouras Theaters Corp. chain.

The stadium style raised seating area at the rear was later halved to allow for two small theatres, each seating 228. However, the main floor auditorium, with 601 seats, its original stylings intact, and Dolby digital stereo, was arguably the best “Cinema Treasure” theatre still operating in Queens until it closed on October 20, 2009. The operators were evicted by the Sheriff for non-payment (presumably of rent). The Jackson Heights Food & Film Festival, due to take place on October 24, was cancelled due to the closure.

In recent years as a triplex, re-named Jackson Triplex Cinema, it had been showing first run Hollywood releases with Spanish subtitles to cater for the area’s large Latin American population. It was closed in October 2009 and a ‘For Rent’ sign was the only message on the marquee.

It was reopened on May 22, 2010 as the Jackson Heights Cinema, and closed in late-2013.

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Recent comments (view all 129 comments)

gd14lawn
gd14lawn on January 17, 2014 at 11:57 am

Hope it manages to come back again. A lot of the beautiful interior is still intact.

RobertR
RobertR on July 14, 2014 at 5:08 pm

Such a busy area surprising this cant make a go of it, very sad.

czrcrz
czrcrz on February 4, 2015 at 3:33 am

As a child in the 8o’s this was my favorite theater to go to. It was always between this and the colony theater.

RobertR
RobertR on February 5, 2015 at 2:54 pm

Whats going on here?

robboehm
robboehm on February 5, 2015 at 2:59 pm

Good question, RobertR. One series of comments says the owner of the building wants the theater out. Lease expired in December but he’s willing to extend until June. Manager of the theater said no.

Other comments say manager was behind in rent and evicted.

robboehm
robboehm on February 5, 2015 at 2:59 pm

Good question, RobertR. One series of comments says the owner of the building wants the theater out. Lease expired in December but he’s willing to extend until June. Manager of the theater said no.

Other comments say manager was behind in rent and evicted.

rcdt55b
rcdt55b on February 5, 2015 at 3:02 pm

Was the theater running again since the last Indian owner?

RobertR
RobertR on February 5, 2015 at 4:29 pm

The upstairs theatre at the Plaza is still there too

Bway
Bway on February 5, 2015 at 5:39 pm

It seems the last movies played in this theater were Disney’s Frozen and Hunger Games, as the names are still on the marquee.

movieguy
movieguy on February 9, 2015 at 2:34 pm

It is said that the theater has closed down. It was the last remaining theater in all five boroughs built in 1924 to still be operating. The middle theater has 600 seats in it a large screen and a beautiful arch around the screen.The two other theaters to the left and the right of the middle theater or once the wings of the balcony. They have 230 seats each. Sadly I don’t know if the theater will ever open again. It needs to be converted to digital projection which is costly probably close to 150Thousand dollars. As well as the air conditioning and heating systems needing work. Because when I went to the theater in the winter it was kind of lukewarm and in the summer the main central air-conditioning did not work and they had to try to use a few window units to cool the theaters.

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