Merrick Theater

163-06 Jamaica Avenue,
Jamaica, NY 11432

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Merrick Theater

The Merrick Theater opened in 1920, at 163rd Street and Jamaica Avenue in the Jamaica section of Queens. A recent drive-by indicates that the façade of the former Merrick Theater appears to be well intact.

With a 2,500 seating capacity, the Merrick Theater would have historically been the third largest theater in the neighborhood, after the Loew’s Valencia Theatre and Loew’s Hillside Theatre.

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Recent comments (view all 37 comments)

Jerome on December 24, 2011 at 11:27 pm

The Merrick Theatre showed mainly 20th Century Fox films (The Valencia and Hillside showed MGM while the Alden showed mainly Warners). I remember the first screening of THE ROBE at the Merrick. It was the first CinemaScope feature. I was 11 and the projectionist invited my sister and I up to his booth to show us the new lens used for the process. I was so thrilled to be in the inner sanctum of that booth that I stayed there immobile looking out the little window for the whole first reel until I noticed my sister outside frantically waving at me to come down. I quickly returned to reality in the deep maroon deco interior of that spacious hall.

robboehm on January 7, 2012 at 9:24 am

No, No No. When you put the Queens in it just confuses the situation. Previously, half of the Queens theatres on CT had the Queens disignation, with or without the actual village. A special purge was done so that only the Queens Village theatres, the Queens and Community, would access when you input Queens. Rather than posting this problem here you have to contact CT directly. They don’t monitor the comments for fixes. Go to “about” and follow the prompts.

CSWalczak on March 27, 2012 at 11:54 pm

According to this article much of this theater will soon be occupied by a gym.

CSWalczak on March 28, 2012 at 12:37 am

A photo of the building from 2011.

robboehm on May 29, 2012 at 1:07 pm

And, in that radius, the Plaza in South Jamaica. Don’t sweat the nearby theatres. Many times it says none in 15 miles and there is one down the street. This is something they’ve never fixed.

Ed Solero
Ed Solero on May 29, 2012 at 8:17 pm

Tinseltoes… I know this is a pet peeve of yours (and it bugs me, too) but I think the address ribbon to which you refer is a function of how the database is organized. Not that I have a lot of experience at developing and mapping out websites, but I do believe that it isn’t a matter of fixing the ribbon as it is of getting the database organized into more logical geographic buckets. In other words, it is likely not going to be a quick and easy fix.

Willburg145 on October 5, 2012 at 1:28 pm

There is indeed a gym, Blink Fitness, occupying the theater.

robboehm on April 10, 2015 at 2:32 pm

Uploaded current Jamaica Avenue photo showing Merrick as retail space.

robboehm on August 29, 2019 at 6:41 am

Uploaded 1930 ad showing under the management of Century Theaters. In later years under the Skouras banner but returned to Century at the end of its days.

robboehm on October 14, 2020 at 12:21 pm

Although the heading for the Merrick places it as third in size of the Jamaica theaters, at the time of it’s opening it was advertised as Jamaica’s largest playhouse.

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