Haven Theatre

80-16 Jamaica Avenue,
Woodhaven, NY 11421

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The Forest Park Theatre opened February 28, 1914. It was closed in 1936, but re-opened in 1938 as the Haven Theatre. This neighborhood double feature house made it into the 1980’s, closing with Berry Gordy’s “The Last Dragon”.

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Ken Roe
Ken Roe on September 25, 2010 at 9:52 pm

I have a record of the Forest Park/Haven Theatre(1938) with 450 seats, located at 80-16 Jamaica Avenue which was built in 1913. Later it became the Liberty Department Store.

Bway on September 26, 2010 at 2:22 pm

Ironically, the other Liberty Department Store is in Ridgewood, and that one is in the former Madison Theater.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on September 26, 2010 at 10:42 pm

Great Stories to read.Especially about “PLAY MISTY FOR ME” thanks for the stories.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on September 26, 2010 at 10:53 pm

If this house was built in 1913, then it might be the Roosevelt that was designed by Carlson & Wiseman. Or it might be another theater not yet listed.

Willburg145 on June 3, 2011 at 2:08 am

My sister lived at 75 Grant Avenue between Jamaica and Etna. I used to go to her place and hang out. Many times we passed this movie theater and darn I wish I had gone in. I can’t remember when it closed but I still kick myself that I never went in.

Ed Solero
Ed Solero on October 8, 2011 at 10:21 pm

The title on the marquee, which is a film that was actually titled just “Prophecy” (not “The…”), would date the photo to mid-1979. The film opened June 15th, that year.

Willburg145 on May 21, 2013 at 11:12 am

Was it closed due to poor attendance?

RobertR on February 18, 2014 at 1:57 pm

Ed Solero I put that title up LOL

EyesForwardNoTalking on February 9, 2015 at 10:24 pm

There is a nice write-up in the Leader-Observer’s March 5, 1914 issue which came out the Thursday after the opening weekend as the Forest Park Theatre:

Some cliff notes: Opening date: February 28, 1914; Seating for 600+ [with hat racks, foot rests, ample spacing]; Two box offices; Extensive exterior & interior decoration

Architects: Maull & McMunn; Builder: Jacob Weber; Decorating: R. Maller; Owners: John Linker, Jacob Weber, Joseph Herrlein

http://fultonhistory.com/Newspapers 23/Forest Parkway NY Leader Observer/Forest Parkway NY Leader Observer 1912-1914/Forest Parkway NY Leader Observer 1912-1914 – 0927.pdf

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