Belvedere Theatre

64-28 Myrtle Avenue,
Glendale, NY 11385

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Bway
Bway on January 8, 2015 at 12:13 pm

That may explain the extra seating that John described. We have to remember that the theater also had been altered to become a store for at least 20 years. I don’t know what they did to convert it to a store, whether it used the theater ornamentation on the walls, and just took out the seats, or if it was gutted when it became a store already, to be rebuilt decades later when the church bought it.

RobertR
RobertR on December 31, 2014 at 5:57 am

I believe the church added a balcony that the theater never had

Bway
Bway on December 30, 2014 at 1:15 pm

Yes, that’s when Friedrich’s moved in. It was there in the 70’s. Don’t know when it moved in however.

RobertR
RobertR on December 30, 2014 at 11:52 am

The theatre stopped showing movies in the 50’s and the place sat empty 20 years.

johndereszewski
johndereszewski on December 30, 2014 at 9:18 am

Bway, I was going to write a post about the funeral but I guess you beat me to it. The NY Times article describing the service did briefly note the church’s prior cinematic past. It also referenced a 850 seat capacity, which is a bit higher than the 756 number noted at the top of this page.

All in all, it’s good that the old theater can still serve a positive purpose, as it certainly did last Saturday.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on December 29, 2014 at 1:47 pm

The Belvedere Theatre had a Robert Morton organ installed in 1922, which was replaced by a Wurlitzer in 1927. Specifications for the Wurlitzer are on this web page.

Bway
Bway on December 29, 2014 at 1:07 pm

For many years it was Friedrich’s Childrens Clothing Store. If the 1980’s tax photos are available, it may show it as Friedrichs. I think that store opened in the theater after the theater closed. It closed in the 80’s some time, and became the church.

RobertR
RobertR on December 29, 2014 at 7:14 am

A vintage picture of the theatre open has to exist somewhere

Bway
Bway on December 28, 2014 at 4:41 pm

The Belvedere, now the Christ Tabernacle, had huge exposure this past week with the Vice President Biden, Gov Cuomo, and other officials…..along with thousands of cops attending funeral services here for Officer Ramos, NYPD shot in the line of duty.

Bway
Bway on April 12, 2011 at 4:12 am

Wouldn’t that be great!?

RobertR
RobertR on April 6, 2011 at 7:24 pm

I wonder if this church ever thought of buying the much larger Ridgewood Theatre?

RobertR
RobertR on January 25, 2010 at 7:25 am

Seems a vintage photo of the Belvedere operating as a theatre has still not turned up.

Bway
Bway on April 2, 2009 at 3:35 pm

I heard this building was up for sale last summer, is it still a church?

ChristTabmember
ChristTabmember on December 13, 2007 at 11:49 am

I will put up photos of our currect building & new properties this Sunday.

ChristTabmember
ChristTabmember on December 13, 2007 at 11:48 am

That was actually was suppose to be a police station but that never happened. Whenever Stop & Shop becomes available, we would also be able to get that too.

When & if Stop & Shop will be for sale… no one knows.

ChristTabmember
ChristTabmember on December 13, 2007 at 11:42 am

no.

We just paid cash for the house behind our building. The owners of the gas station & the triangle across the street will be selling their properties to us and we have the money & will own it in 2008. The triangle is between 64th Place & cypress (between Sakuri japenesse restuarant and Stop & Shop.

Bway
Bway on December 13, 2007 at 11:24 am

Did you buy all those two family houses that were knocked down last year adjacent to the Stop and Shop parking lot?

Bway
Bway on December 13, 2007 at 11:24 am

Did you buy all those two family houses that were knocked down last year adjacent to the Stop and Shop parking lot?

ChristTabmember
ChristTabmember on December 10, 2007 at 6:14 pm

The Stop & Shop would become a 3,500 seat sanctuary with a 3-story indoor parking garbage.

ChristTabmember
ChristTabmember on December 10, 2007 at 6:12 pm

Hello, I’m a staff member at Christ Tabernacle… here’s a quick update. The church has purchased the Victorian house behind the Belvedere, it will be knocked down and a 6-story building will be mage. It will be a community development center offering alot of free programs. Also, are close to purchasing the gas station (64-40 Myrtle Ave.) on the corner of Myrtle Ave. and Cypress next to our building. We will also be purchasing the triangle across from us. Thats 64-65 Myrtle Ave.) which will be converted into a food court with a the entire 2nd floor a cafeteria. The Village Pizzaria that is currently there, will also be staying.

We also plan on buying the current Stop & Shop whenever it becomes available and for sale.

billmetz
billmetz on February 28, 2007 at 5:05 am

The Belvedere was my motrhers favorite during the 1930s they always showed “family fare” an it was only 25 cents for adults and 10 cents for kids,,,,i remeber the “RACES” they showed on screen …each kid got a number on entering and the film showed slapstick races of all kinds ..i remember one where the guy was in a barrel and another in a bathtub on a water race///the winning number was 13 and I HAD IT !!! i was a winnerof a mickey mouse wristwatch……..those were the days as ARCHIE Bunker used to say!!! does anybody know what those “races” we named or what studio offered them perhaps they are available on DVDs ..i would love to see some of them again…….memories

ChristTabmember
ChristTabmember on December 5, 2006 at 3:38 pm

Check out a new photo of Christ Tabernacle now!

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ChristTabmember
ChristTabmember on October 29, 2006 at 2:03 pm

The church has been running for the last 22 years. Featuring on MTV, BET, Vibe Magazine, NBC News, ABC, CBS, NY Times, NY Newsday. Have performed around the world. Also, done events with Bishop T.D. Jakes, A.R. Bernard, Donnie MucCluklin, Kirk Franklin, NYC Republican Contention in 2004 & 2005, and more.

ChristTabmember
ChristTabmember on October 29, 2006 at 1:58 pm

October 2006:

Christ Tabernacle Church currently has 4 services at its location. 9am, 11am, 1pm, 3pm (spanish). With an average of 3,000 members, we are now looking for a larger facility. Also, we owned the 2 building next to the former theater, which was made into 1 building for offices. Earlier this year, the gas station off Cypress Hill next to us gave half of the store to use. We turned it into offices also.

www.christtabernacle.org
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www.christtabernaclechoir.org

Bway
Bway on September 29, 2006 at 11:49 am

That makes more sense. I was a little confused by the Kossuth St thing. Cypress Hills St and Myrtle is actually right where the Belvedere is/was. Perhaps the Skydome is where the Finast/Edwards/Stop N Shop building is now.