Drake Theatre

62-90 Woodhaven Boulevard,
Rego Park, NY 11374

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Drake Theatre

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Located on Woodhaven Boulevard in Rego Park, this theater opened in 1935 and lasted into the early-1990’s under various policies. Most of it’s life was as 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.

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NativeForestHiller
NativeForestHiller on February 15, 2010 at 9:12 pm

I attended a function there recently, and I was hard-pressed to think of its resemblance to its theater space. It has dropped ceilings and other finishes that strips it of its formerly Art Deco and modernistic interior appeal.

Bway
Bway on February 16, 2010 at 8:57 am

That’s too bad. Although I don’t remember it being anything special inside even when it was a theater.

corlando52
corlando52 on July 8, 2010 at 7:21 am

I was born and raised in Forest Hills. My memory of the Drake, besides passing it on the way to the “M” train right next to Christ the King High School, was going to see The Deadly Spawn, a “B” horror film produced by a friend of mine. I actually worked on the movie and had one of the little creatures with me. During one of the bloodier scenes, I put it on the shoulder of a girl who was sitting in front of me. Man, did she SCREAM!
BTW, RobertR, I used to sneak into the Forest Hills Tennis Stadium to watch the concerts, too. I did get to see the Helicopter with The Beatles, but didn’t have tickets so I went home (69th Avenue between Olcott Street and Metropolitan Avenue) and could hear the girls screaming while I sat on my stoop!
I WAS there for the Monkees when Jimi Hendrics played and the crowd chanted “We want Davey…” and he stormed off the stage in his neon orange boots.
corlando52

corlando52
corlando52 on July 8, 2010 at 7:21 am

I was born and raised in Forest Hills. My memory of the Drake, besides passing it on the way to the “M” train right next to Christ the King High School, was going to see The Deadly Spawn, a “B” horror film produced by a friend of mine. I actually worked on the movie and had one of the little creatures with me. During one of the bloodier scenes, I put it on the shoulder of a girl who was sitting in front of me. Man, did she SCREAM!
BTW, RobertR, I used to sneak into the Forest Hills Tennis Stadium to watch the concerts, too. I did get to see the Helicopter with The Beatles, but didn’t have tickets so I went home (69th Avenue between Olcott Street and Metropolitan Avenue) and could hear the girls screaming while I sat on my stoop!
I WAS there for the Monkees when Jimi Hendrics played and the crowd chanted “We want Davey…” and he stormed off the stage in his neon orange boots.
corlando52

Jeffrey1955
Jeffrey1955 on January 17, 2014 at 9:19 am

The restaurant that expanded into the theater space is closing. You can see the former marquee in the photo. http://www.qchron.com/editions/queenswide/abbracciamento-s-closing-its-doors/article_516a1076-d460-5218-8f4d-fec1f045f13e.html#.UthaC3UVM4g

johndereszewski
johndereszewski on January 17, 2014 at 11:15 am

Very interesting news Jeff. I guess the now “old” catering places are being supplanted by more trendy establishments. The same has apparently occurred with the Polonaise Terrace in Greenpoint, which also replaced a location previously occupied by a movie theater.

By the way, the map at the top of this page sites the Drake at a location far to the south where it actually was. The correct location is situated a few blocks north of St. Johns Cemetary while the map locates it at the cemetary’s south point, at Cooper Avenue. This is wrong and schould be corrected.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on January 23, 2014 at 5:11 pm

Published in the Long Island Daily Press on November 12, 1935.

DRAKE THEATRE TO OPEN SOON

Residents of Rego Park are watching with interest the rapid completion of the Drake Theatre at 62-90 Woodhaven Boulevard, Queens' newest and most modern motion picture theatre, which will open soon. The new theatre, the last word in modern construction, will be operated by a circuit having theatres in Brooklyn, Manhattan and New Jersey.

The Drake Theatre embodies the latest developments in sound reception, projection and air-conditioning. The air in the theatre will be purified at regular intervals and a comfortable temperature will be maintained at all times.

The auditorium is roomy, rows of seats having been sacrificed to provide more room. The seats are deeply upholstered and will provide the maximum in comfort. Aisles are wider and so is the space at the rear of the auditorium.

R. C. A. high fidelity sound equipment, considered by engineers best fitted for intimate motion picture theatres, will be used. Projection lamps of high voltage will throw a bright light on the screen enabling patrons to view pictures without eyestrain.

The auditorium is decorated in modernistic motif. Indirect lighting provides illumination. Coves, concealing strings of lights, are placed at intervals along the auditorium walls giving a soft restful light.

Selected features from the major studios in Hollywood will be shown. The theatre occupies a site in the centre of the fast-growing Rego Park section.

cybermoz
cybermoz on April 17, 2014 at 3:40 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 17, 2014 at 4:55 pm

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 17, 2014 at 5:03 pm

And so it goes…

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