Drake Theatre

62-90 Woodhaven Boulevard,
Rego Park, NY 11374

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Drake Theatre

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Located on Woodhaven Boulevard at 63rd Avenue, in the Middle Village/Rego Park district of Queens. The Drake Theatre opened in 1935. Most of it’s life was a second run double bill house. There were times it played first run, porno and spent the 1980’s with a very popular dollar policy. “Caligula” played here for a year exclusive in Queens in the early-1980’s. After closing in the early 1990’s it became the Joe Abbracciamento Restaurant which closed in January 2014.

It was demolished in October 2016.

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cybermoz
cybermoz on April 17, 2014 at 11:40 pm

The former Drake building will be demo;ished to build condos. http://www.qchron.com/editions/central/demolition-on-the-menu-for-abbracciamento-s/article_1e8fbe82-727b-5248-a79a-c92bd9607b9b.html

Ed Solero
Ed Solero on April 18, 2014 at 12:55 am

Ironic, and sad back to back comments – one with the text of an article announcing the construction of the Drake, the other a link to an article about it’s demolition.

Jeffrey1955
Jeffrey1955 on April 18, 2014 at 1:03 am

And so it goes…

robboehm
robboehm on April 11, 2015 at 2:44 am

Demolished yet? Status is still closed. Uploaded a photo during it’s post theater life.

areacode212
areacode212 on May 12, 2015 at 12:44 am

I was in a livery cab this afternoon that drove past the now-closed Abbracciamento Restaurant, and I thought it looked like an old movie theater. It hasn’t been demolished yet, but everything was boarded up.

Jeffrey1955
Jeffrey1955 on September 1, 2016 at 10:51 pm

The property changed hands; demolition permit still in effect but nothing has happened. From an article in Queens Chronicle, Sept. 1, 2016, by Christopher Barca:

But while one block begins to blossom, the one that houses the former Abbracciamento’s Restaurant a short walk up Woodhaven Boulevard still sits dormant. Shortly after eatery owner John Abbracciamento closed the restaurant and sold the building — which included a handful of small businesses — for $9 million more than two years ago, plans to demolish the block and build a new apartment building in its place were filed. However, the site was sold again for $10.85 million in February 2015, just a few months before a permit allowing for the teardown was approved by the city. The only noticeable action taken since has been the removal of the building’s marquee, which remained after the site’s conversion from a movie theater into a restaurant. Graffiti has continued to accumulate on the sides of the structure and on the permanently closed window gates. However, city records show the demolition permit was issued to the owner, 62-98 Realty LLC, on Aug. 23. A Department of Buildings spokesman said it isn’t unusual for such a long time to elapse between permit approval and demolition beginning. “Most permits last about a year once they are pulled,” the spokesperson said. “Some developers wait until they are ready to do the work before they actually pull the permit.”

Kurt48
Kurt48 on October 18, 2016 at 2:02 pm

The Drake has been demolished. pic here: https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-RkwJz1iYW1o/WAW5Mz8KdBI/AAAAAAABAL0/O6QgjB4t9foiHVWTzehLX1qOnvmpvvKFQCLcB/s1600/carmen2.jpg

jaysonD
jaysonD on January 2, 2017 at 11:28 pm

Its last hurrah was a distant shot used in the Howard Stern movie “ Private Parts” where he had to attend a movie screening

jaysonD
jaysonD on January 2, 2017 at 11:30 pm

Joe Abbracciamentos restaurant occupied a space next to the Drake theater for many years…I thing he took over the theater to expand into a catering center of sorts….apparently it didn’t pan out…

Jeffrey1955
Jeffrey1955 on June 15, 2017 at 9:43 pm

Gone, gone, gone…and they don’t even bother mentioning it anymore. Queens Chronicle

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