Fair Theatre

90-18 Astoria Boulevard,
East Elmhurst, NY 11369

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Fair Theatre

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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Recent comments (view all 362 comments)

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.

Willburg145 on April 13, 2020 at 12:48 pm

Due to the Covid-19 shutdown, this place is closed. I wonder if they’ll reopen.

robboehm on April 14, 2020 at 8:19 am

Willburg145 One wonders how many theaters will not reopen. I believe AMC filed for bankruptcy.

hdtv267 on April 14, 2020 at 8:23 am

Just about everything is shut down due to Covid-19. I hope all businesses recover and most importantly people recover, follow the CDC’s advice and stay in.

I really wish that members would restrain themselves, especially in stating the obvious about the novel CoronaVirus. This is something we’re never going to forget and movies are supposed to be about escapism. Id rather not look at a theatres page years down the road and see a reminder of it.

Thank you.

Jeffrey1955 on April 14, 2020 at 10:57 am

hdtv267, I respect your opinion but have to disagree. Many movies may be about escapism (though not all are), but theaters are not movies, they are brick and mortar things. If some shut down and never reopen because of the pandemic, would you have their pages just say “Closed” with no explanation? That seems historically dishonest.

hdtv267 on April 14, 2020 at 1:34 pm

You missed my point entirely…

If a theatre closes for good, and the cause of that is because of the ramifications from Covid-19, then by all means the overview should be updated with that information.

Saying that venue X happens to be closed now due to the virus pretty much falls under the “no shit sherlock” category and really shouldn’t be in the comment section at the present time for this or any theater that has just temporarily closed.

Mike (saps)
Mike (saps) on April 14, 2020 at 2:09 pm

There are a lot of useless or inane or redundant comments on this website. I can easily think of an example or two…

nycman on November 23, 2020 at 8:37 am

When will the Fair Theatre open to the public?

hdtv267 on November 23, 2020 at 8:54 am


Mike (saps)
Mike (saps) on November 24, 2020 at 5:05 am

C U Next Tuesday…!

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