Fair Theatre

90-18 Astoria Boulevard,
Jackson Heights, NY 11369

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Fair Theatre

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Not too far from the Shea Stadium (now demolished and Citi Field built on the site in 2009) and LaGuardia Airport on Astoria Boulevard in the Jackson Heights section of Queens. The Fair Theatre opened in 1939 and was named after the World Fair which was held on Flushing Meadows.

After years of being a neighborhood theatre, it went over to screening XXX adult porn movies for many years. In around 2006, these were dropped in favour of screening Bollywood film productions. By 2009, Kung Fu type movies were also being screened as well as adult movies.

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KennethJacowitz on July 7, 2013 at 1:06 pm

How do you know what is playing? The website isn’t updated, the Marque just says new shows twice a week.

I’ve passed by the Fair now and again, but never bought a ticket. What can I expect to see, and what is the inside like?

Mike (saps)
Mike (saps) on July 7, 2013 at 2:54 pm

What’s playing at the Roxy? I’ll tell you what’s playing at the Roxy. A picture about a Minnesota man falls in love with a Mississippi girl That he sacrifices everything and moves all the way to Biloxi. That’s what’s playing at the Roxy.

At the Fair, however, it’s more likely to be a double feature of Acres of Ass and Nudies go Berserk. Or variations thereof. And really, who is watching the screens anyway?

MarkieS on July 7, 2013 at 4:26 pm

The inside is actually very clean and neat. In the main auditorium, they show everything from James Bond to The Sound of Music. In the back screening rooms, they show porn, both gay and straight. Believe it or not, it’s not sleazy. There are very friendly people there, including the staff. However, if you’re going JUST to see a movie, it IS 15 bucks.

KennethJacowitz on July 17, 2013 at 11:41 am

MarkieS, the classic films sound great. And I like Bollywood and Kung Fu. Porn, I don’t want to see with strangers.

But HOW do you know what is playing so you can plan ahead? I just called and they have no recording, and the website has no information. I told the box office guy he would get more business if people knew what they are playing. I’m not traveling so I only know what is playing when I get there.

Mike, classic quote!

Mike (saps)
Mike (saps) on July 17, 2013 at 1:12 pm

You plan to go to the Fair for the classic movies? Reminds me of another exchange:

Renault: And what in heaven’s name brought you to Casablanca?

Rick: My health. I came to Casablanca for the waters.

Renault: The waters? What waters? We’re in the desert.

Rick: I was misinformed.

KennethJacowitz on August 25, 2013 at 4:15 pm

So take us on a tour inside.

Altoblanco on May 5, 2014 at 2:03 am

I don’t know if theatre management reads these comments, but if they do…then they must have seen the remarks I made back in October 2010, when I criticized the hideous appearance of those relamped “F-A-I-R” letters atop the marquee. I am pleased to say that, recently, ALL of those ugly screw-base CFLs have been replaced by the soft amber glow of old-fashioned Edison-style incandescent S14 sign bulbs…the ORIGINAL look is back…and what a difference in appearance!

Willburg145 on February 17, 2015 at 2:34 pm

I have heard rumors that the block where the theatre is has been sold and will be demolished. Has anyone heard anything like this?

Willburg145 on February 17, 2015 at 2:35 pm

I wonder where the original box office was

dbronx on February 20, 2015 at 1:47 am

Yesterday while at the theater I spoke with some staff and the manager about the rumors concerning the sale of the building. I was told that it is not true, the Fair will not be closing down any time soon. It is the last of its kind in the area. I get the feeling that the employees seem to take pride in the place.

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