Bombay Theatre

68-25 Fresh Meadow Lane,
Fresh Meadows, NY 11365

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Tinseltoes on December 22, 2012 at 1:55 pm

I guess that Phoenix Bombay could be correct (ala Loew’s Bombay or RKO Bombay), but Phoenix Big Bombay would be laughable.

Tinseltoes on December 22, 2012 at 8:15 am

Sorry! That might not be correct. Cinema is now part of the Phoenix Big chain, according to this: bigcinemas

Tinseltoes on December 22, 2012 at 8:11 am

This is now called the Phoenix Bombay Theatre, according to this listing in the NY Daily News: nydailynews

Tinseltoes on May 17, 2012 at 7:46 am

The Mayfair’s marquee can be seen just right of center in this 1942 photo. The neighborhood would not undergo further development until after WWII: lunaimaging

silverlover2468 on April 16, 2011 at 12:41 pm

This was a great porno movie house in the 1980s. I met many Hot Older daddies there. I would love to here from any other older men who went there.

EvilPrince on February 10, 2011 at 4:55 am

Sorry, tangentially off-topic, but someone asked:

“Quantum Leap” – the restaurant or the health food store are no longer there. They changed hands a few times and was mozying a long until the early 2000s when it changed hands after already being in dire straits. It was all downhill from there. In the restaurant’s place is a Colombian restauranmt named “Tienda Vieja” which is owned by a hard-working couple; they make VERY good food, reasonably-priced.
The health food store lay dormant for a short while until a Kosher spupermarkey moved in (2009?), named “Victoria Supermarket”. You don’t have to be Harry Helmsley to know that a supermarket on Fresh Meadow Lane – an industrial street with no parking – is a bad choice for a supermarket. They closed up shop a couple of business days ago and moved on.

Tinseltoes on August 30, 2010 at 5:30 am

Some recent photos of the Bombay can be found in the second part of this new article about Fresh Meadow Lane: View link

jflundy on July 24, 2009 at 8:19 am

The following is a link to an article in the Queens Chronicle , and is courtesy of Warren. He comments on the imagein the article: ‘A 1942 photo shows a double feature of “I Wake Up Screaming” & “Swamp Water” on the marquee’.

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Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on May 27, 2009 at 2:55 pm

It’s a crisis situation here: View link

Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on May 11, 2008 at 7:57 am

Here are new links to vintage views of the Mayfair Theatre:
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zeus1569 on August 24, 2007 at 12:22 pm

We saw the “devil and Miss joes here.and ny friend said to his wife he knew what happended to the fruit!!!!!!

Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on December 5, 2006 at 10:54 am

The Bombay does not advertise in mainstream newspapers, nor have I have ever seen it listed there in “time clocks.” The same is true of the Eagle Theatre in Jackson Heights.

Ed Solero
Ed Solero on December 5, 2006 at 5:56 am

I don’t have a paper handy to check, but it’s possible the theater isn’t listed at all. When I was at the Mayfair in October of 2005 to take those interior photos, I did not take note of an odor such as that which “taurus” on Yahoo so eloquently described. However, the floors were a bit tacky.

In any event, the name on the marquee is “Bombay” just as the name on the old Earle marquee in Jackson Heights is now “Eagle.” The Eagle Theater page on CT accurately reflects its current name with “Earle” as a previous name, and so should the Mayfair’s page be amended to “Bombay Theater.”

Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on December 5, 2006 at 4:27 am

I love a review of the Bombay posted on Yahoo by “taurus” on 12/01/2006: “Disgusting movie theatre; it stinks lke PEEE…and the floor is so sticky. I hate this theatre…YUCK YUCK YUCK!!!!!!!!!” Thankfully, “taurus” is not a poster at Cinema Treasures, or at least not under that ID.

Ed Solero
Ed Solero on December 5, 2006 at 4:02 am

It occurs to me that the current moniker of “Bombay” has not been added to this theater’s listing. In fact, shouldn’t “Bombay Theater” be the main listing as this is how the theater currently operates? That would relegate “Mayfair Theater” to a previous name.

RobertR on October 4, 2006 at 7:15 am

1975 day and dating with Lincoln Art
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Ed Solero
Ed Solero on May 24, 2006 at 3:27 pm

Here’s a 1993 shot of the Mayfair when it was still the Mayfair and when it was showing XXX porn:

XXX New Show Every Weds & Sun

The old neon border on the marquee was already masked by aluminum flashing by this time, but the original facade above the marquee still evidenced original (albeit worn) ornamentation, which has been completely eradicated with the theater’s sprucing up as the Bombay:

2005 view as Bombay

movieman69 on May 18, 2006 at 2:07 pm

The only time I came view of this theater In it’s operation as it’s “The Mayfair” days Is when a friend of mine had to give another friend a lift to It.. to see some porno’s lol..
I’ve been there recently a few times to do some laundry across the street at the 24hr laundromat.
BTW people where are you finding those fun newspaper ad’s??

Ed Solero
Ed Solero on May 12, 2006 at 7:32 am

I reorganized my photobucket account and created this Mayfair/Bombay album for all the images I previously posted back in September and October. I also stole a few vintage images Warren had posted and stored them here as well. The old links no longer work.

It also occured to me… shouldn’t this listing be changed to “Bombay Theater” with “Mayfair Theater” as an AKA (or vice versa)?

EcRocker on February 6, 2006 at 5:58 pm

I used to date a girl back in 1973 and we went to see Fidler on the Roof when it played at the Mayfair. Was it $1 back then I am not sure.

Since I am in here does the Quantum Leap restaruant still exsist? They had some really good food. It was located accross the street from the Mayfair what would be the North west corner of Fresh Meadow Lane

Ed Solero
Ed Solero on November 28, 2005 at 9:27 am

Not at all, Warren. Looks great. I only wish I had produced better raw material for you to work with. I’m waiting for prices to come down on the new SLR Digital Cameras out there. Perhaps after the holidays I’ll get my hands on one. The cameras I’ve seen advertised come with 18-55mm zoom lenses, which means you can widen out to a near fish-eye perspective and take in those large auditoriums from almost any vantage point. That will do nothing but encourage me to get inside some theaters and start snapping photos.

Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on November 28, 2005 at 8:14 am

Shouldn’t this now be listed as the Bombay?…I took the liberty of adding light to three of Ed Solero’s interior pix to bring out more details. I hope that he doesn’t mind:

RobertR on October 25, 2005 at 4:02 am

I would tend to guess that video projector is left over from the porn days. Most Bollywood films are 35mm and scope. It’s go great to see a neighborhood theatre like this again. They should experiment with playing second run American films in-between the Bollywood stuff.