Fair Theatre

90-18 Astoria Boulevard,
East Elmhurst, NY 11369

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

C U Next Tuesday…!

hdtv267 on November 23, 2020 at 8:54 am


nycman on November 23, 2020 at 8:37 am

When will the Fair Theatre open to the public?

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…

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.

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 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.

robboehm on April 14, 2020 at 8:19 am

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

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.

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.

robboehm on November 28, 2017 at 7:14 am

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

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.

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???

Willburg145 on April 19, 2017 at 1:05 pm

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

robboehm on March 19, 2017 at 5:00 pm

Mike- Remember when strippers were “exotics”?

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.

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.

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 May 11, 2016 at 4:25 pm

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

pablopaulo2011 on May 11, 2016 at 4:19 pm

I can see gay movies?

Alto on January 5, 2016 at 8:29 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 11:23 am

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 11:08 am

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

Richard0808 on October 16, 2015 at 7:44 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,