Continental 3

6939 Austin Street,
Forest Hills, NY 11375

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The UA Continental 3 was located just up the block, across the street from the Brandon Twin Cinemas, formerly known as the Continental 1 & 2. It has since been gutted and turned into The Gap.

Please commment if you know anything about this former theater.

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Ed Solero
Ed Solero on August 30, 2006 at 8:08 am

We have an address per Lost Memory’s post on Jun 7th, 2006.

johndereszewski
johndereszewski on February 23, 2008 at 11:33 am

I only made it to the Continental 3 on one occasion, when I saw Stanley Kubrik’s Full Metal Jacket, right after its release. The big screen, excellent sound set up really worked to enhance my enjoyment of this film. The demise of this theater is certainly to be regretted.

Bway
Bway on May 21, 2009 at 1:36 pm

I always wanted to see a movie at the Continental 3, but never got to it. I often went to the Continental 1 and 2 (now Brandon), but there was never usually a movie I wanted to see at the 3.

Bway
Bway on June 1, 2011 at 8:58 am

While I don’t know the exact address for this theater, the street should be Austin St, this theater was right across from the Continental 1 2, now Brandon.

kurt
kurt on August 10, 2011 at 9:17 pm

The Continental “Triplex” was the last stop for me in my stint with UA. I was the manager for just three months in 1988 before throwing in the towel.

Continental number 3 was a beautiful theatre. It possessed a large auditorium, 70mm capability and dolby sound. The theatre was very young and in great condition.

Continental 1 and 2 was a dump. Old beat up seats, the screens were mounted up too high to comfortably watch a movie and the projection booth was pre-historic. I also remember the concession stand was positioned so that there was maybe a four-foot wide space between the stand and theatre doors.

Closing theatre number 3 and keeping Continental 1&2 open was in my opinion a mistake.

paktype
paktype on June 25, 2012 at 5:59 pm

I remember the Continental as a single-screen theater. I saw Star Wars there with my father in August of 1977.

Tinseltoes
Tinseltoes on September 22, 2012 at 10:03 am

Why does this theatre have two listings? One should be deleted. I have also deleted my vintage photo…And again the address ribbon across the top of the page is incorrect. Only one “Forest Hills” is needed. “Forest Hills” followed by another “Forest Hills” is just redundant.

robboehm
robboehm on September 22, 2012 at 12:29 pm

Tinseltoes. Obviously you didn’t read the comment the webmaster, Ken Roe, addressed to you, in part, on the Community Twin site. The top ribbon was created at the time the theatre was entered on CT from sources which may not have been correct. There is no way of making the correction. So there is no point in reporting this problem on a theatre by theatre basis.

robboehm
robboehm on September 22, 2012 at 12:38 pm

I just checked back. I see no duplicate listing for this theatre. At one time there was a Continental a short distance away from this now known as the Brandon Cinemas.

Ed Solero
Ed Solero on September 23, 2012 at 9:53 am

Tinseltoes, the original Continental Theatre (now Brandon Cinemas) was located across the street and down the block from the Continental 3, which was opened in former retail space as a sister to the earlier house, which had been twinned by that time. I had posted a link to your 1981 image in the comment thread of the Brandon Cinemas page. I was hoping you might re-post the photo to the right theater.

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