Jackson Heights Cinema

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

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movieguy
movieguy on February 9, 2015 at 6:34 am

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.

Bway
Bway on February 5, 2015 at 9:39 am

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

RobertR
RobertR on February 5, 2015 at 8:29 am

The upstairs theatre at the Plaza is still there too

rcdt55b
rcdt55b on February 5, 2015 at 7:02 am

Was the theater running again since the last Indian owner?

robboehm
robboehm on February 5, 2015 at 6:59 am

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 6:59 am

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.

RobertR
RobertR on February 5, 2015 at 6:54 am

Whats going on here?

czrcrz
czrcrz on February 3, 2015 at 7:33 pm

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 July 14, 2014 at 9:08 am

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

gd14lawn
gd14lawn on January 17, 2014 at 3:57 am

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

Metropolite
Metropolite on January 15, 2014 at 9:35 am

DNAInfo reports that the theater has closed. Evicted for owing back rent.

http://www.dnainfo.com/new-york/20140115/jackson-heights/jackson-heights-cinema-operators-evicted-for-owing-back-rent

gd14lawn
gd14lawn on May 24, 2013 at 11:30 pm

I don’t know but I attended movies there in 1997-2000 and it was a triplex that entire time.

Coate
Coate on May 23, 2013 at 7:58 am

In which year was this theater converted into a triplex?

cblog
cblog on November 6, 2012 at 5:11 pm

I went here a few times, but have not one distinct memory. Of interest around the front of the theater was the frieda jensen candy store and merkel meats. Jeannie S. and I rode our bikes to Newtown High School each day past the back of this theater and onto Hampton Street.

robboehm
robboehm on September 7, 2012 at 8:12 pm

Don’t depend on nearby theatres to be correct. I’ve complained about this before. What’s even wilder is when it says there are NO theatres and more than a half dozen exist. They have made attempt to fix this nor have they responded to my several comment to the webmaster.

DougD
DougD on May 13, 2012 at 4:02 am

May 13, 2012 New York Times interview with current owner.

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/05/13/nyregion/gone-hollywood-bollywood-theater-in-queens-still-struggles.html?_r=1&smid=tw-nytimes&seid=auto

michaelkaplan
michaelkaplan on February 6, 2012 at 9:14 pm

As kids, we used to eat in the great Kosher deli next door, then see a movie at the Jackson. Here’s a list of movies I saw there: The Long Gray Line, Kiss Me, Kate (3D), Dial M for Murder (3D), Ben Hur, Vertigo, Porgy and Bess, Ship of Fools, Judgment at Nuremburg, Freud.

Jeffrey1955
Jeffrey1955 on October 8, 2011 at 2:30 pm

“Jackson Heights Triplex” would be more specific. “Jackson Triplex” could be in Jackson, Mississippi!

Jeffrey1955
Jeffrey1955 on October 8, 2011 at 9:53 am

It’s odd that it’s still being advertised as Jackson Triplex, since the 2010 Daily News story specifically said it was being renamed Jackson Heights Cinema. Did they perhaps delay the renaming until the new equipment, also referred to in that story, was installed?

rcdt55b
rcdt55b on October 8, 2011 at 9:16 am

Yes they are biligual. Also, they will be running 3-D soon. They are starting major upgrades to the equipment next week.

gd14lawn
gd14lawn on April 9, 2011 at 2:06 am

I saw some movies here in the 90’s when I lived in Queens. Always loved the place and thought it was fortunate to have been designed the way it is (with the stadium seating at the rear) which made it possible to triplex without disturbing the main auditorium.

Ed Solero
Ed Solero on April 8, 2011 at 7:16 pm

I can’t seem to open the Jackson Heights Cinema website. Theater still seems to be open, however and listed on moviefone. Seems that one of the screens may have a split schedule between two different films… and the showtimes seem really tight considering length of the movies playing. I suppose not being part of a chain, there’s probably a minimal amount of trailers and none of those annoying “Sneak Peak” type of pre-show video programs you get at Regal and Clearview.

Anyway…

Here’s a 2007 shot of the marquee and entrance.

Found this on a Facebook group dedicated to photos and memories of growing up in and around Queens, mostly Corona, Elmhurst and Jackson Heights.

michaelkaplan
michaelkaplan on June 20, 2010 at 7:18 pm

Does anyone remember seeing Hitchcock’s Dial M for Murder at the Jackson in the 1950s? If so, was it screened in 2D or 3D? I seem to recall it being shown in 3D ..

Roger Katz
Roger Katz on May 20, 2010 at 6:38 pm

New name is Jackson Heights Cinema. Website is http://www.jacksonheightscinema.com/ and phone is (718) 205-5100.

NativeForestHiller
NativeForestHiller on May 20, 2010 at 11:28 am

I am elated to hear the news of the Jackson Triplex’s new lease on life. I am from the Four Borough Preservation Alliance, Queens Preservation Council, and Rego-Forest Preservation Council, and I have a vast interest in Queens preservation; particularly theaters. My research and advocacy by establishing Friends of The Ridgewood Theatre led to its Individual Landmark status on Jan 12, 2010. I am willing to accomplish the same for the Jackson Theatre, by submitting an RFE form and accompanying research (including primary sources) to the NYC Landmarks Preservation Commission (City agency), and help the owner acquire grants through the State & National Register of Historic Places and NY Landmarks Conservancy (non-profit), for example.

I sent you a detailed e-mail around 2 weeks ago, concerning the Jackson Theatre and Eagle/Earle Theatre. Please add to your safe contacts list. It may have ended up in spam. We are both young advocates with similar interests, and should correspond with each other and meet with the new operator of the Jackson Theatre. Please post a comment on this forum as well as send me an e-mail, and we will test if it’s being transmitted successfully.