Merrick Theater

163-06 Jamaica Avenue,
Jamaica, NY 11432

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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 facade 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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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.

Tinseltoes on March 28, 2012 at 6:51 am

The Google Street Maps view is still miles away from the Merrick Theatre. Won’t it ever be corrected?

Tinseltoes on May 29, 2012 at 6:03 am

“Woodhaven-Richmond Hill” should be deleted from the address ribbon at the top of the listing. It should read “New York>Jamaica>Merrick Theatre.” The Merrick is in the heart of the Jamaica shopping district, and was considered one of the “top three,” competing against Loew’s Valencia and the RKO Alden.

Tinseltoes on May 29, 2012 at 6:06 am

The Merrick Theatre is also shown incorrectly on the Google Streets Map. Isn’t anyone monitoring this website familiar with Queens geography?

Tinseltoes on May 29, 2012 at 6:14 am

The “Nearby theaters” list is also wacky due to the false assumption that the Merrick is in Woodhaven-Richmond Hill. The nearbys should include Loew’s Valencia, RKO Alden, Skouras Jamaica, Savoy, Loew’s Hillside, Carlton.

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.

Tinseltoes on September 18, 2012 at 8:52 am

“Black light” mural in mezzanine lounge was pictured in this 1942 trade report: Boxoffice

Willburg145 on October 5, 2012 at 1:28 pm

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

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