Fair Theatre

90-18 Astoria Boulevard,
East Elmhurst, 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 East Elmhurst section of Queens. The 599-seat 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 in the main auditoriu, with adult movies movies screening the four small auditoriums created out of former retails spaces and other spaces in the building.

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ChocolateXxx2016
ChocolateXxx2016 on September 16, 2016 at 10:16 am

Was thinking about checking out the cinema but a little reluctant.Do they still play adult fims there?

Mike (saps)
Mike (saps) on September 16, 2016 at 4:01 pm

Neely O'Hara says, Art films? Nudies! That’s all they are. Nudies.

theatrelvr
theatrelvr on March 19, 2017 at 12:11 pm

There is a doc on vimeo about this theater called “Been Too Long at the Fair.” It’s free to see the trailer and only a buck to rent. I’m watching it now. Short film, interesting.

robboehm
robboehm on March 19, 2017 at 5:00 pm

Mike- Remember when strippers were “exotics”?

Willburg145
Willburg145 on April 19, 2017 at 1:05 pm

Anywhere know where the box office was located back in the day?

cdv
cdv on November 27, 2017 at 9:18 am

Can anyone explain what goes on in the “DARK ROOM”??? I was there for the first time yesterday and was in-awe (in a good way)! I explored the place thoroughly except for a strange room that had a continuous stream of guys entering and exiting…from what I could tell, the room was pitch black dark and silent…what go on in there???

Mike (saps)
Mike (saps) on November 27, 2017 at 8:48 pm

It’s a Charlie Chaplin silent film festival, too bad you missed it.

robboehm
robboehm on November 28, 2017 at 7:14 am

cdv are you that naive. Darkened room, men, sex.

dbronx
dbronx on December 6, 2017 at 9:58 pm

An update is needed here. There are actually five screens. The main auditorium has not been divided and is mostly in its original condition except for the addition of silver tinsel curtains and the stage being enlarged.Double feature last run, kung-foo, and classics are shown here with program changes every Sunday and Thursday. They also show special events like awards shows and sporting events. Most of the seating in the orchestra level was reupholstered about 10 years ago when new carpet was installed. The seating in the balcony was reupholstered as well but looks like it was taken from a much older theater. The next screen is located behind the lobby in a room with seating for seven with a similar program as the main auditorium. The other three screens are in spaces that used to be shoppes to the right of the lobby. One has a small standing room only balcony. The next one has video booths behind the screen, and the last one has video booths in the back. Adult double features are shown in those auditoriums.

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