Rochdale Cinema

165-02 Baisley Boulevard,
Jamaica, NY 11434

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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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RobertR on July 5, 2005 at 9:32 am

This was owned by the same person who had the Cross Island Twin in Whitestone.

M76L on August 14, 2005 at 3:48 pm

When did the Rochdale Cinema close?

RobertR on August 14, 2005 at 4:42 pm

I think very late 80’s.

NevtonFug on December 2, 2005 at 9:45 pm

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

bobby1361 on March 22, 2006 at 6:24 pm

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 5:41 pm

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

fred1 on June 20, 2011 at 6:32 pm

The Post Office took over the space of the theater.

bigscore on February 3, 2012 at 7:05 am

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 8:33 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 7, 2013 at 7:34 am

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.

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