Fair Theatre

90-18 Astoria Boulevard,
East Elmhurst, NY 11369

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dbronx on December 7, 2017 at 12:58 am

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.

robboehm on November 28, 2017 at 10:14 am

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

Mike (saps)
Mike (saps) on November 27, 2017 at 11:48 pm

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

cdv on November 27, 2017 at 12:18 pm

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???

Willburg145 on April 19, 2017 at 4:05 pm

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

robboehm on March 19, 2017 at 8:00 pm

Mike- Remember when strippers were “exotics”?

theatrelvr on March 19, 2017 at 3:11 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.

Mike (saps)
Mike (saps) on September 16, 2016 at 7:01 pm

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

ChocolateXxx2016 on September 16, 2016 at 1:16 pm

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

Mike (saps)
Mike (saps) on May 11, 2016 at 7:25 pm

Go and find out. And make sure you report back here. Not.

pablopaulo2011 on May 11, 2016 at 7:19 pm

I can see gay movies?

Alto on January 5, 2016 at 11:29 am

There have been rumors over the years about this place closing. A brief review of this theatre’s history (and its neighbors') reveals the struggle to stay in business.

In February 2006, when the Polk Theater in Jackson Heights closed for good, the Fair Theatre was the only remaining cinema in Queens offering XXX movies. Despite its “monopoly”, the future did not look bright for adult-oriented cinemas.

Back in April 2007, when Indian movies were being promoted and shown on its big screen, many feared the Fair was abandoning adult movies and going “Bollywood” – just like the Mayfair/Bombay Theater in Fresh Meadows and Earle/Eagle Theater in Jackson Heights had done several years earlier.

Fast forward to 2009, and the Indian movies were quietly discontinued – this may have been partially due to a major movie studio strike in Mumbai which crippled distribution of Indian films worldwide (that year, the Eagle Theater closed for good). The Fair carried on, as it had previously, with Asian martial arts movies and other “grindhouse”-type programming for awhile, then heavily curtailed that as well.

In 2011, the Fair “celebrated” its 40th anniversary as an adult venue by offering complimentary snacks, refreshments and other perks as a “thank you” to its loyal, long-time customers (for many years, the place was also known as the “Adult Fair”).

The Indian movie posters still hang all over the lobby and entrance, there is still signage touting “international films”, and the recently redesigned website still promotes movies not currently being shown, but the Fair’s primary business is still the same as it was since 1971. It remains – despite zoning laws, business regulation, legal actions, harassment from the neighboring evangelical church…not to mention a recent economic recession, adult home video and Internet sites.

Some of us are not particularly thrilled about the Fair as it currently functions and would have preferred a more desirable use for it. However, given the limited options for a theatre of this type, and the fate of its contemporaries, we should at least be happy that the building still exists (with its original features mostly intact). This place is truly a survivor!

Robbrown on December 25, 2015 at 2:23 pm

Do they still allow you to cross dress?
I loved to cd there, a few years ago. Would like to do so again.

Mike (saps)
Mike (saps) on October 17, 2015 at 2:08 pm

You joined Cinema Treasures just to post that comment? Thanks but no thanks…

Richard0808 on October 16, 2015 at 10:44 pm

My first time was July this year.i must say its ok and I did meet a cute guy there..I love the dark places and sex but lots of old guys which I didn’t quite like.However there are some cute and hot straight looking gay there,

Metropolite on July 19, 2015 at 12:31 pm

This theatre is not in Jackson Heights. The neighborhood boundary according to the local Community Board and post office is two blocks south at Northern Boulevard. The Fair, at Astoria Boulevard and 90th, is in East Elmhurst, ZIP 11369. Jackson Heights is 11372.

dbronx on February 20, 2015 at 4:47 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.

Willburg145 on February 17, 2015 at 5:35 pm

I wonder where the original box office was

Willburg145 on February 17, 2015 at 5:34 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?

Alto on May 5, 2014 at 5:03 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!

KennethJacowitz on August 25, 2013 at 7:15 pm

So take us on a tour inside.

Mike (saps)
Mike (saps) on July 17, 2013 at 4:12 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 July 17, 2013 at 2:41 pm

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!

MarkieS on July 7, 2013 at 7:26 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.