Fair Theatre

90-18 Astoria Boulevard,
East Elmhurst, NY 11369

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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?

Alton P.
Alton P. 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,

Metropolite on July 19, 2015 at 9:31 am

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 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.

Willburg145 on February 17, 2015 at 2:35 pm

I wonder where the original box office was

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?

Alton P.
Alton P. 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!

KennethJacowitz on August 25, 2013 at 4:15 pm

So take us on a tour inside.

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 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!

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.

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?

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?

nico_b77 on June 19, 2013 at 9:08 am

i would like to go,can any one help me about some informations

Willburg145 on May 20, 2013 at 12:56 am

They just opened up the balcony.

MarkieS on March 19, 2012 at 10:50 am

My kind of guy!

McGinty on March 19, 2012 at 10:22 am

full length mirrors, that’s an interesting concept. I would’ve loved to attend the Super Bowl party at the Fair, wow. Porn, football, donuts and socializing – just like my activities at home…

MarkieS on March 3, 2012 at 7:54 pm

The Fair has been sprucing up! Full length mirrors have been added to the booths. All the furniture (couches and chairs) have been replaced in the front, making things alot more comfortable. The theatre hosted both Super Bowl and Oscar parties, showing both events on the big screen. Along with this,free pizza, donuts and coffee. As a friend of mine said, at only 5 bucks a pop (if you buy a discount book) this place is the best bargain in NYC! Aside from the Staten Island Ferry of course!

McGinty on May 4, 2011 at 9:19 am

Donuts, too?!

And I thought the Castro here in San Francisco had a decent sense of community! I’m profoundly impressed.