Merrick Theater

163-06 Jamaica Avenue,
Jamaica, NY 11432

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Willburg145 on October 5, 2012 at 9:28 pm

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

Tinseltoes on September 18, 2012 at 4:52 pm

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

Ed Solero
Ed Solero on May 30, 2012 at 4:17 am

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 on May 29, 2012 at 9:07 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.

Tinseltoes on May 29, 2012 at 2:14 pm

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.

Tinseltoes on May 29, 2012 at 2:06 pm

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 2:03 pm

“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 March 28, 2012 at 2:51 pm

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

CSWalczak on March 28, 2012 at 8:37 am

A photo of the building from 2011.

CSWalczak on March 28, 2012 at 7:54 am

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

robboehm on January 7, 2012 at 5:24 pm

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.

Tinseltoes on January 7, 2012 at 4:03 pm

The name and address ribbon at the very top of the page needs to be corrected. Why is “Woodhaven-Richmond Hill” mentioned? Similar nonsense can be noted in the listing for Loew’s Valencia, where “Jamaica” is repeated after “Jamaica.” In neither listing does “Queens” appear. Perhaps the Merrick should be changed to Jamaica, Queens" instad of “Jamaica Woodhaven-Richmond Hill,” and the Valencia to “Jamaica, Queens.”

Tinseltoes on December 25, 2011 at 7:00 pm

The Merrick and Alden were in a “pool” jointly owned by RKO, Skouras, and Century (which leased the Merrick to Skouras). Double bills which originated on the RKO circuit (chief rival to Loew’s in the Greater NYC area) were divided between the Alden and Merrick, which explains why programs at those two theatres usually ran two weeks and sometimes longer. Since Skouras was affiliated with 20th-Fox, the Merrick got all the Fox releases, whle the Alden had first pick of the WB and RKO films. Other studios on the RKO “track” were similarly divided between the Alden and Merrick.

Jerome on December 25, 2011 at 7:27 am

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.

Tinseltoes on September 9, 2011 at 9:07 pm

They may have corrected the zip code in the CT listing, but the Google Maps view was made with the incorrect zip code. Only Google can correct that and make an adjustment.

robboehm on September 8, 2011 at 3:56 pm

Well the zip is as you specified on 6/2

Tinseltoes on September 8, 2011 at 2:56 pm

Fred, those adjustments need to be made by “management.” Part of the problem is an incorrect zip code. See my post of 6/2/11 at this listing.

fred1 on September 8, 2011 at 12:52 am

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.

Tinseltoes on September 7, 2011 at 9:56 pm

Still no correction of the Google Maps street view. Pathetic!

robboehm on July 20, 2011 at 2:15 am

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.

Tinseltoes on July 19, 2011 at 8:53 pm

Richmond Hill and Woodhaven are also separate and distinct communities. I don’t know how they got grouped together here with a hyphen.

robboehm on July 19, 2011 at 7:36 pm

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.

Tinseltoes on July 19, 2011 at 3:33 pm

“Woodhaven-Richmond Hill” needs to be removed from the bar at the top of this listing. Jamaica is a distinct community in Queens, and not part of either Richmond Hill or Woodhaven.

Tinseltoes on July 19, 2011 at 3:27 pm

The Merrick used the “re” ending for “theatre” (not “theater”).

Tinseltoes on July 19, 2011 at 1:54 pm

The Merrick Theatre was on the corner, but the marquee and entrance were east of that on Jamaica Avenue, to permit retail space that provided additional income. Side doors of the auditorium opened onto what was then known as New York Boulevard.