UA Crossbay

9411 Rockaway Boulevard,
Ozone Park, NY 11417

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UA Crossbay

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Opened in December 1924, the 1,425 seat Cross Bay Theatre was for many years a Randforce house and then United Artists. It was twinned in the 1970’s, and in the early-1980’s a third auditorium was built in space once occupied by retail stores. In 1992 United Artists opened the Crossbay 2 a few blocks away with eight screens.

Both theaters are now closed. This UA Crossbay closed on June 23rd, 2005. It was converted into a Modell’s store which opened on May 20th, 2006.

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EcRocker on January 30, 2009 at 3:41 pm

Wow. Although i had never seen a movie at the Crossbay I still remember passing by there taking the streets to head out to JFK when the belt was backed up. I still remember the old maquee before the duplexed it. No need to go to Mo’s for me.

DavidZornig on March 2, 2009 at 5:03 pm

To reaffirm JohnG409’s 2005 post, an evening shot of the UA Crossbay marquee was used in the Christmas 2005 episode of “King Of Queens”. Just caught a rerun.
Interior shots were likely done in a studio. As they always seemed to utilize the same red seats in all episodes involving a theater.

Bway on May 28, 2009 at 11:27 am

Here’s a great google street view of the old theater:

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Jorge on October 14, 2009 at 1:25 pm

Wow…this was my “home” theater after the City Line Cinema burned down in the very early 80s (despite being a short ‘A’ train ride away from Grant Ave). I vividly remember it strictly being a “twin” (never a single theater). I have fond memories of seeing movies like Rocky IV, Spies Like Us, Nightmare On Elm Street 2 & Creepshow 2 at this theater & sometimes crossing that dangerous intersection to have some donuts at the Dunkin Donuts across the street! I also remember skipping school with my cousin & catching a flick here a couple of times (shame on me)! I moved out of NY to FL just before Crossbay II opened..but heard Crossbay I was still “alive” despite that theater opening so close by. Sad to hear ANOTHER theater from my youth has been converted to yet ANOTHER Modell’s (according to my mom, the old City Line Cinema location in Brooklyn has also been converted to a Modell’s).

FatMan1059 on June 20, 2010 at 8:46 am

I was doing some research on the Crossbay, for a FACEBOOK GROUP called Place in New York City and Long Island that used to be, when I also came the link in NYPL. The details on the above link says it used to be the Crossroads theatre, could that correct?
I went there as a youngster and after the Kinema and Cityline closed. Took my kids there, I remeber there was a “service station” where Dunkin Donuts is today, imagine I am as old as Dunkin Donuts. Thanks for the site and memories.

robboehm on November 15, 2012 at 7:29 pm

Question to FatMan, above. You mention the Kinema and Cityline. Don’t find Cityline on CT. Perhaps it’s there under another name and no cross reference was provided?

Jorge on December 21, 2012 at 1:31 pm

@Warren G. Harris: The Cityline is under ‘The Earl’ or just ‘Earl’ in Brooklyn on CT. One of my “home” theaters in my youth as well.

robboehm on December 21, 2012 at 8:21 pm

Thanks for the clue Jorge. It actually appears as City Line.

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Mike (saps) on January 20, 2013 at 12:21 am

This theater’s marquee was used in this week’s TV Land show Happily Divorced! They changed the titles on the marquee to The Hobbit and Lincoln but the rest of the marquee clearly says UA Crossbay. And they show it twice.

Perhaps a nod to her hometown from Queens native Fran Drescher?

jaysonD on January 2, 2017 at 3:24 pm

Used to love going here as a kid…my dad would always take us here to see the Planet of the Apes movies and the James Bond movies…the extra plus was that it was across the street from White Castle…yummo!

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