Acme Theatre

67-14 Myrtle Avenue,
Glendale, NY 11385

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RobertR on August 6, 2013 at 5:36 am

I would love to see a picture of this as a theatre

robboehm on July 18, 2011 at 8:13 pm

Sometimes the label seemed inappropriate. I remember reading a posting about one theatre that was known as “The Itch” in less than six months of it’s opening.

Willburg145 on July 18, 2011 at 4:25 pm

I noticed today a small theater along Myrtle Avenue. It still has the marquee but it is some kind of computer repair business.

Bway on April 2, 2009 at 3:36 pm

Haha, I think a lot of run down theaters were called “The Itch”!

Panzer65 on February 20, 2009 at 4:53 pm

The Acme was also known as “The Itch”.

Bway on December 15, 2007 at 6:12 pm

I think the Pink Panther also always used “Acme” businesses.

AntonyRoma on December 15, 2007 at 6:19 am


[from Greek akme highest point of perfection or achievement] The canonical supplier of bizarre, elaborate, and non-functional gadgetry â€" where Rube Goldberg and Heath Robinson (two cartoonists who specialized in elaborate contraptions) shop. The name has been humorously expanded as A (or American) Company Making Everything. (In fact, Acme was a real brand sold from Sears Roebuck catalogs in the early 1900s.) Describing some X as an “Acme X” either means “This is insanely great”, or, more likely, “This looks insanely great on paper, but in practice it’s really easy to shoot yourself in the foot with it.” Compare pistol.

This term, specially cherished by American hackers and explained here for the benefit of our overseas brethren, comes from the Warner Brothers' series of “Road-runner” cartoons. In these cartoons, the famished Wile E. Coyote was forever attempting to catch up with, trap, and eat the Road-runner. His attempts usually involved one or more high-technology Rube Goldberg devices â€" rocket jetpacks, catapults, magnetic traps, high-powered slingshots, etc. These were usually delivered in large wooden crates labeled prominently with the Acme name â€" which, probably not by coincidence, was the trade name of a peg bar system for superimposing animation cels used by cartoonists since forever. Acme devices invariably malfunctioned in improbable and violent ways.

Bway on September 10, 2007 at 12:56 pm

Yes, it was a church for a while apparently, perhaps since the name was so close, I didn’t notice. I heard it was some sort of Pentecostal congregation.
The supermarket only opened over the last two months or so, so it hasn’t been that long….I posted a photo of the Met supermarket up above….

PKoch on September 10, 2007 at 12:38 pm

I also remember a church, Victory House, at the Acme in the latter 1980’s, its name apparently based on its predecessor, Victorian House Caterers. I have never been inside the supermarket that is there now, though.

Bway on August 29, 2007 at 11:17 am

There were boarded up windows according to my photos from Oct 6, 2004 (posted above), so they probably just opened them, and put new windows in.

Bway on August 29, 2007 at 8:32 am

Here’s a photo of the Acme Theater taken yesterday….now a Mets Food Supermarket:

Click here for photo taken yesterday

Compare to the wreck it used to look like when I took a photo of the building back in 2004….see my Oct 6, 2004 post on this page for a photo of the building then.

Panzer65 on June 20, 2007 at 2:13 pm

Its obvious the marquee is the remnant that stands out most, but regarding the floor, which is constructed of etched quarry tile, is sloped as you enter, if it was a newer floor, the slope would have been straightened, (like The Belvedere).Quarry tile floors were used in many 20’s era buildings, mostly for its good looks and durability.
Perhaps the renovation had the floor steamed ad/or painted.
Regarding the moldings, I was referring to the area in the food aisles along the walls where it meets the ceiling,they do look original. As for the ceiling beams aforementioned, I do not recall seeing any. I may have to take another look myself!

Bway on June 20, 2007 at 9:46 am

I was just reading some of the comments above, and I did see the floor too. It looked so remarkably good, that I didn’t think it was original (and still can’t be sure, I’ll have to check it out again). I also thought the molding was original around those big columns, but closer looking at it looks like sheetrock with newer molding installed around it. I was fooled at first too….but as I looked closer it looks too good to be original, but I certainly can be mistaken….

Bway on June 20, 2007 at 9:43 am

By the way, the place does look great. (or at least so good compared to the images I posted in Oct 2004 above). The Met Food signs use all three sides of the marquee, and the building has a fresh look all painted up. They took out the bushes in front, and that’s where all the shopping carts are stored. You enter the store right under the marquee doors.

Bway on June 20, 2007 at 9:39 am

The exterior has been painted yellow.
I went inside this morning to get a look, and aside from some large ceiling beams, that may have been “theater like”, that’s the only thing that I saw that may look like a left over from the theater days. I forgot to look at the deli counter. The Inside seems small, so it couldn’t be that big of a theater. I was never in the Vicotia house, so don’t really know what was left from it’s theater days when the Victoria house operated there.

RobertR on June 20, 2007 at 6:08 am

Sadly when they repainted the building they covered up the Acme sign that had been etched into the top of the concrete all these years :(

Panzer65 on May 28, 2007 at 6:46 am

I have passed by this building many times during the 70’s when it was the Victorian House, although I never went inside until last month, the placement and construction of the deli counter does seem to indicate it served purpose as the concession stand.

AntonyRoma on May 28, 2007 at 6:09 am

The 2nd sentence of my first paragraph should read as follows: “My recollection was that it had been totally transformed into a 50s Soprano’s-style catering house.”

AntonyRoma on May 28, 2007 at 3:54 am

I am amazed that so many of the Acme’s original features are still intact. I went to the Victorian House on a number of occasions, but do not recall seeing anything you’ve mentioned. My recollection was that it had been totally rehabilitated into a 50s Soprano’s-style catering house.

The “Itch” was my co-babysitter for the better part of two summers. Depending on the shows, I went to the Belvedere every other day.

Can anyone confirm that the ticket booth and concession stand were there when it was the Victorian House?

Shalom, caio, and excelsior

Panzer65 on May 28, 2007 at 3:05 am

The former Acme theater and Victorian House has been re-opened! As of early May, it is now a Met food store. I visited recently and found a lot of the theater’s distinct features still in tact. The marquee is still up and being utilized, inside, the former ticket booth/concession stand now serves as the delicatessen! The original red quarry tile floor is being utilized, and is in remarkable shape.However the slope still exists, especially at the front at the check out lanes,when I parked my shopping cart to check out,it actually rolled away from me! Finally the original ceiling is exposed, complete with a fresh coat of paint, showing the beautiful molding. Visit and enjoy!

audrey1 on February 22, 2007 at 3:59 pm

I grew up in Glendale being born on 69th Street in the big apartment house at 72-06 69th St., (Fosdick Court) in 1946 and attending P.S. 91. I saw many movies at the Acme although I can’t remember their names, however, I do remember the presents that were given out after the Saturday matinee and coming home with 50cents and giving it to my mother as her change for the day. I remember when it became the catering hall “Victorian House” and was “The Place” to have your wedding. It all seemed so big back then.

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on August 24, 2006 at 6:00 am

I can’t find a Kossuth Theatre listed in the New York section of the American Motion Picture Directory 1914-1915, so I presume that the theatre opened either late 1915, 1916 or even in 1917 as the advertisement Warren posted is for that year, and closed by 1926.

Bway on August 24, 2006 at 4:19 am

Actually, what is now called Fresh Pond Rd, south of the intersection of Fresh Pond Rd and Cypress Hills Street was not always called “Fresh Pond Rd”. That is a new alignment of Fresh Pond Rd (very early on). Originally, what is now Cypress Hills St on the stretch between Central Ave and that intersection was originally “Fresh Pond Rd”. So it could have been on what is now Cypress Hills St.
Halleck was indead 70th Ave. I am wondering if the Kossuth was located where the Salvation Army building or parking lot is. Was it a big theater?

Bway on August 24, 2006 at 2:01 am

No, I tried searching for it, and there is no such theater listed. it should be added, but I know nothing about it.

Bway on August 23, 2006 at 4:15 pm

Where was the Kossuth Theater?