UA Crossbay I
9411 Rockaway Boulevard,
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Previously operated by: Randforce Amusement Corp., United Artists Theater Circuit Inc.
Architects: Charles A. Sandblom
Previous Names: Cross Bay Theatre, UA Crossbay Twin, UA Crossbay Triplex
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 on November 27, 1974, and on May 8, 1987 a third auditorium was built in space once occupied by retail stores. In 1992 United Artists opened the Crossbay II a few blocks away with eight screens.
Both theaters are now closed. The UA Crossbay I closed on June 23rd, 2005. It was converted into a Modell’s store which opened on May 20th, 2006.
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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).
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.
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?
@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.
Thanks for the clue Jorge. It actually appears as City Line.
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?
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!
I used to go here was I was a kid and it was a simplex. A beautiful old theatre. I remember seeing not only the original Planet of the Apes, but also the Go Ape Marathon where all 5 of the original Ape movies were shown back to back. Also Three Stooges vs Hercules some Disney animations that were released every 7 years and the original Batman movie based off the TV show. Great memories although, even tho I was a kid, I also remember that the theatre was sort of dirty and not well kept. In the 70’s the marquee was loaded with a sign saying “Stop Pay TV” when there were murmurs of Cable coming to Queens.
I remember seeing Yellow Submarine here. The place was packed, kids sitting in the aisles and singing along with the cartoon Beatles.
Please update, it was twin on November 27, 1974 with opening pictures 2001 and The Longest Yard. Became a triplex on May 8, 1987 When the theatre closed, it was know as UA Cross Bay I, previous names UA Cross Bay Triplex and Cross Bay Twin