Merrick Theater

163-06 Jamaica Avenue,
Jamaica, NY 11432

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Willburg145
Willburg145 on October 5, 2012 at 1:28 pm

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

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.

robboehm
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.

CSWalczak
CSWalczak on March 28, 2012 at 12:37 am

A photo of the building from 2011.

CSWalczak
CSWalczak on March 27, 2012 at 11:54 pm

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

robboehm
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.

Jerome
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
robboehm on September 8, 2011 at 7:56 am

Well the zip is as you specified on 6/2

fred1
fred1 on September 7, 2011 at 4:52 pm

Tinseltoes I find if you remove the dash from the address usally does the trick. try 16306 Jamaica Avenue,Jamaica, NY 11432 insted of163-06 Jamaica Avenue,Jamaica, NY 11432.

robboehm
robboehm on July 19, 2011 at 6:15 pm

Maybe you should contact the folks at CT and ask them. I have had a lively exchange with them on a number of issues over the past several days.

robboehm
robboehm on July 19, 2011 at 11:36 am

Inasmuch as the theatre address is Jamaica the Woodhaven-Richmond Hill reference seems to have come from nowhere. It’s not as tho' “Jamaica” doesn’t appear.

Juice
Juice on July 18, 2011 at 10:15 pm

If this picture is accurate, then it was located on the Corner of Jamaica Avenue & what was then New York Boulevard. I believe that it is because in 1980, I became a DJ in that very building which became a skating rink named The Jamaica Rollerdome & the address was 92-07 new York Blvd (Now Guy Brewer Blvd).

After going up the steps on the 2nd floor, that was where the skate floor was located. In order to get to the DJ booth, I had to go to the far left & scale another flight of stairs which appeared to have once been a movie balcony.

Those who know the area will remember that N.Y. Blvd (Guy Brewer Blvd) cuts off at Jamaica Ave, where it became 163rd St. as you headed north toward Hillside Avenue. Diagonally across the street was Woolworth’s & in the late 70s, The Wiz was directly across the street on the S.W. corner.

robboehm
robboehm on July 7, 2011 at 6:06 pm

At least we have Tinseltoes link above. The last three stops of the BMT Jamaica Line, Sutphin Blvd., 160th St. and 168th St. were eliminated as of October 10, 1977. The Metropolitan Av. and Queens Blvd. stops in 1985. The El was gradually dismantled to the point where it now connects into the Archer Av. Subway Station (1988).

Ed Solero
Ed Solero on July 7, 2011 at 5:46 pm

No, Tinseltoes. It is still incorrect, showing a location under elevated train tracks well to the west of the theater’s actual site. I believe it’s been something like 35 years since the J train roared past the Merrick!

Ed Solero
Ed Solero on July 7, 2011 at 11:06 am

I posted that photo, which I took just a couple of weeks ago while riding the rails home from Manhattan. I posted a similar shot of the Hillside Theatre from the same trip. I also took a pic of the RKO Alden, but that one was just way too dark and blurry to publish here. Until either myself or some other enterprising individual can get down to Jamaica with a camera, these images will have to do.

Robboehm… The rules for posting pictures on this site state that one should only post images that they themselves have photographed. I’m not sure how strict a rule this is, but I intend to follow it as best I can – even though I have seen plenty of vintage photographs posted here that surely have come from third-party sources. I have no idea what sort of infringement-of-rights issues such postings may or may not hold. The only exceptions I’ve allowed myself are some newspaper clippings I’ve uploaded.

robboehm
robboehm on July 6, 2011 at 6:29 pm

The reality is that CT only has this photo available to put up front by the current logic. Now if some techie person could extract a better photo from any links that might still be valid and do what is necessary to get it UP FRONT it will be in the mix to be chosen by the daily default logic.

The reality for me is that, as a Long Island Rail Road commuter, the view shown is the one I looked at for thirty years. I hadn’t been on foot in Jamaica since the mid 1960s when Gertz and Macy’s were still there and I was living in Bellerose, Nassau, around the corner from the Bellerose Theatre which is now in Floral Park since the Nassau part of Bellerose is serviced by the Floral Park Post Office, which is about a mile plus further away than the Bellerose Post Office which, in my day was on Braddock Avenue.

atmos
atmos on June 8, 2011 at 8:56 pm

Theatre opened 15 January 1921 and the Eberson remodel was done in 1939.

robboehm
robboehm on June 8, 2011 at 8:30 pm

Nice to see the facade of the building looking so pristine. When the Jamaica Avenue El was still in place you could see very little of the building and everything was grimy.

robboehm
robboehm on September 26, 2010 at 5:58 pm

Any idea when the vertical pictured in an earlier link was removed. I know it was gone by the 1950’s when I used to go shopping, by bus, with my mother at Gertz Department Store.

BobFurmanek
BobFurmanek on August 18, 2008 at 1:21 pm

Thanks Warren, I’ve seen that particular image.

I’m interested because these appear to be the same murals that Eberson used in the Central Theater in Passaic, NJ. By the time I was going to the Central, they had been covered over with wallpaper.

I know it’s a long shot, but I would really like to see what they might have looked like.

BobFurmanek
BobFurmanek on August 18, 2008 at 11:42 am

Does anybody know if the two flourescent murals are still intact? If so, is there any way to see and photograph them?

Thank you for any help.

BrooklynJim
BrooklynJim on June 13, 2006 at 7:43 am

Back in 1910 or so, in ritzy La Jolla, CA, the same kind of theater thrived, Warren. I once did a before & after photo feature on it in my old newspaper column. I’m not certain if it even had a name, but I made mention of local kids who’d sit up on tree branches in the rear just beyond a wooden fence to avoid paying the admission price.

BrooklynJim
BrooklynJim on June 12, 2006 at 1:23 pm

My mind hasn’t quite failed yet. There WAS a Merrick Theater… Thanks for the photo, Warren!

WHEW!

NYCLatinLefty
NYCLatinLefty on May 3, 2006 at 1:54 pm

The old “Merrick Theatre” is now a church. The organization that runs the church has renovated the building to its old grandure. They have maintained the interior design of the building. The orgranization also owns buildings on Merrick Blvd (betweetn the Bus Terminal and the main branch of the Queensboro Public Library) for use by the congregation and the public. I don’t know if they still hold tours of the Theatre but if you contact the organization that runs the Theatre/Church the’ll be happy to give a tour of the location.

frankie
frankie on April 26, 2006 at 3:25 am

But fortunately for everyone on this site who dares to voice a thought or opinion which stirs up your Messianic complex, there’s only one of YOU, thank God. How I wish Fabian’s Brooklyn Fox existed instead of you.