Rochdale Cinema

165-02 Baisley Boulevard,
Jamaica, NY 11434

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Rochdale Theater after it had closed down

This theater was built as part of the shopping center in Rochdale Village. It played first run it’s whole life, but there may have been a period where it played adult films.

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M76L on August 14, 2005 at 7:48 am

When did the Rochdale Cinema close?

RobertR on August 14, 2005 at 8:42 am

I think very late 80’s.

NevtonFug on December 2, 2005 at 1:45 pm

On the opening night at the Rochdale Cinema the feature presentation was “Thunderball.”

bobby1361 on March 22, 2006 at 10:24 am

I know it was still open in the mid 80’s because I saw Richard Pryor Live on the Sunset Strip. It was a fist run movie theatre and was well kept. I believe around 88 or 89 it was turend into a supermarket and I think it is now partially a drug store. I’ll let you know! Also it NEVER became an adult movie venue!

bobby1361 on August 15, 2006 at 9:41 am

Just drove by today and its become a mini mall, supermarket and a bed and bath store

fred1 on June 20, 2011 at 10:32 am

The Post Office took over the space of the theater.

bigscore on February 2, 2012 at 11:05 pm

i grew up in rochadale and used to go to the movies every week 73-78…saw Saturday Night Fever there as well as countless karate and blaxplotation flicks….great times…The theater was actually were you see the “rite Aid” sign in the pic…

Soapking1965 on September 3, 2012 at 12:33 pm

I have lived in Rochdale Village my whole life. The movie theater was located in the site where Rite-Aid is now located. It closed in the late 1980s. Rite-Aid took over the spot sometime in the early 1990s. The last film I saw there was one of ‘CONAN’ movies with the now former Governor of California (the one that featured the late basketball great Wilt Chamberlain and Grace Jones).

sarasimonds on May 6, 2013 at 11:34 pm

Contrary to what many have posted here (I know they’re old) Rochdale Village always had, what is called, the big mall on Baisley Blvd. The movie theater, which closed in the 80’s, was part of that mall. The location was taken over by the Rite-Aid drugstore. Adult films were never shown there. The Post Office has it’s own slot on the opposite side of the mall, as does the supermarket.

Beyonder01 on December 12, 2016 at 9:09 am

I know I am a few years late to this conversation but I wanted to add that Rochdale in itself was a unique place for a kid growing up. Two things that I’ll never forget was 1) The Mountains (Yes … Mountains!) that was between the tennis courts and fields near IS72 that I would slide down like a bobsledder during the winter time lol and of course 2) The Rochdale Theater (not Rochdale Cinema)

Just going to this Theater was an experience in itself. I would see things going on in the place that was wild at times (people throwing popcorn to the screen if a film skipped) teens smoking weed, and other things that was strange to me at that time. This added to the fun though and as I look back in essence most of the time this was harmless fun. The movies that came to the theater were not always the most popular and this was also great because I got to see some films that were unknown to many. Some of these films I cannot even remember by name and they certainly did not have many TV airings if any but these memories of seeing them along with popular ones will always be cherished memories.

I am interested in doing a little research about some of the movies that played there before my time (late 60s). I wanted to know if anyone knew the family or at least the name of the owner that passed? I am glad that someone posted the movie that may have originally played there “Thunderball” because this gives me a starting point. Does anyone know the exact date? I looked up archived newspapers of the Daily News and Long Island Press but not find an article on the theaters opening or even a listing in the movie section. I did find the listings of The Rochdale Village Theater in the 70s but nothing in the 60s so far.

At first I set out to do this because I wanted to just get the names of certain movies I saw and see what the double billings were but now I wanna do something more as a tribute to a building that holds a special place in my childhood memories. Also … by the way it’s still a small mystery as to exactly when this Theater closed (I think 92 or 93) … a lot of people posted late 80s and I thought so too because I remembered Bill and Teds Excellent Adventure 89' and Clara’s Heart 88' shown there (Neil Patrick Harris speaking Jamaican patwa LOL … Who can forget that laughter from the theater!) HOWEVER … I also remember the remake of Cape Fear 91 and a stupid movie that really pissed people off starring Bobcat Goldthwait called Shakes The Clown in 92. According to a person that helped me it closed in April of 91' but like I said … I remember that god awful Shakes The Clown! Got to do more research… Stay Tuned … how ironic … Stay Tuned is the title of a John Ritter movie I also think I saw in Rochdale and the year of that releasing? 1992.

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