Deluxe Theater

62-02 Roosevelt Avenue,
Woodside, NY 11377

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Deluxe Theater

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A small second run house in Woodside, Queens. The theater changed policies many times in the 1970’s and early-1980’s. It played double bills, Chinese films, Spanish films and porno. It closed in 1986.

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meghanzenz
meghanzenz on December 18, 2005 at 2:18 pm

i would like to get a photo or poster of the theater if anyone has one

Ed Solero
Ed Solero on May 11, 2006 at 5:34 pm

[/url=http://i18.photobucket.com/albums/b110/GuanoReturns/Queens%20Movie%20Theaters/Deluxe%20Theater%20Woodside/IMG_0684.jpg]Here’s a new link[/url] to the recent photo I posted in September. The old one no longer works.

RobertR
RobertR on September 20, 2006 at 2:58 pm

This 1968 childrens matinee was originally released in 1954
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Ed Solero
Ed Solero on September 20, 2006 at 3:10 pm

Never realized the above comment was broken… so here’s a fix.

Here’s a new link to the recent photo I posted in September. The old one no longer works.

Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on September 27, 2006 at 10:06 am

The Deluxe (originally spelled as De Luxe) took three months to build and first opened on April 18, 1933, with a late-run double feature of “Silver Dollar” & “Tonight Is Ours.” A story in that day’s Daily Star said that “The new De Luxe Theatre, built from plans and ideas of Charles J. Oppenheim, of Invincible Playhouses, Inc., is constructed in the most modern manner, with lighting effects and color scheme of original design. Indirect lighting throughout the auditorium shades all but exit lights from the eyes of the patrons, and makes visibility of the screen restful, yet complete. Six hundred patrons can be seated, and the policy will give a change of program three times weekly, with double features daily.” An ad for the De Luxe described it as “Long Island’s most intimate playhouse offering the biggest show for the smallest admission prices.” The scale was 10 cents for adults for weekday matinees, and 20 cents at all other times. Children’s tickets were always 10 cents.

Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on April 9, 2007 at 5:04 am

I believe that the auditorium portion of the Deluxe still exists, but it can’t be seen from street level due to other buildings that surround it. But I could see it yesterday from the platform of the elevated subway station that is just above it. Unfortunately, I didn’t have my camera with me at the time, so I’ll have to return some day to take some snaps. I suspect that the interior of the auditorium has been gutted and might be used as a storage warehouse. It’s only about half the height of the premises shown in Ed Solero’s photograph of 9/20/06, which apparently added a story to what had been the original entrance and lobby for the theatre.

Ed Solero
Ed Solero on April 19, 2007 at 7:01 pm

Hey Warren…. When I visited the restaurant I photographed on the site of the old Deluxe back in September, 2005, the interior was layed out in an L formation, much as I suspect the theater might have been. Perhaps a “flag” shape is more accurate, with a narrow corridor leading back from the street and then opening up on the left into a larger and deeper space. I believe this was most of the interior (if not all) of the old Deluxe. I could be mistaken. While the address ceratinly matches that of the old theater, the facade of the building is utterly non-descript and betrays no signs of a former theater – other than the layout I just described.

Next time you’re in that area, try taking a look at the building from the LIRR platform – which might afford a closer look, if not as high an overview as the IRT platform does. Due to the steep grade of the streets running behind the old theater, what is a two story structure on Roosevelt Avenue is actually quite low-lying on the back end. The LIRR platform is practically at street-level behind the theater block. My train passes through Woodside Station every day on the way to and from work.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on June 20, 2008 at 8:31 pm

It looks like the space is now a Chinese restaurant called Top of the World Buffet.

Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on June 21, 2008 at 7:05 am

I’m pretty sure that the auditorium still exists. It was connected to Rossevelt Avenue by a fairly long lobby. Anything currently operating on Roosevelt Avenue with that address is probably using only the former entrance and lobby area. The auditorium area might even be bricked off and entered from a side street or through an adjoining building. The size suggests use as a factory or warehouse.

Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on June 22, 2008 at 1:10 pm

This photo taken today from the elevated subway station above Roosevelt Avenue proves that at least the shell of the Deluxe’s auditorium still exists. You can see the roof and how it suddenly narrows at the junction with the entrance and lobby, which are now used by the Top of the World Buffet. Although I went into the restaurant, I found the floor plan very confusing. I don’t think that the dining area occupies any part of the auditorium, which might be where they do all the cooking, dishwashing, storage, etcetera. The train in the background of the first photo belongs to the LIRR, which has its Woodside station at that spot.
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