UA Crossbay

9411 Rockaway Boulevard,
Ozone Park, NY 11417

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Nate_D on January 29, 2018 at 6:19 pm

I remember seeing Yellow Submarine here. The place was packed, kids sitting in the aisles and singing along with the cartoon Beatles.

artpf on July 13, 2017 at 5:08 am

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.

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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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?

robboehm on December 21, 2012 at 8:21 pm

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

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 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?

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.

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).

Bway on May 28, 2009 at 11:27 am

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

View link

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.

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.

PeterKoch on January 12, 2009 at 10:42 am

The Crossbay (both old and new) Theatres do, however, lie within Ozone Park (zip code 11417).

PeterKoch on January 12, 2009 at 10:41 am

Thanks, Warren.

The rectangle bounded by the abandoned Rockaway Line of the LIRR on the west, Atlantic Avenue on the north, 109th Avenue on the south, and the median strip of the Van Wyck Expressway on the east, is zip code 11419, South Richmond Hill, not Ozone Park. Ozone Park (zip code 11417) lies to the southwest of South Richmond Hill, and South Ozone Park (zip code 11420) to the south.

PeterKoch on October 31, 2008 at 12:54 pm

No, Diaphenia, it wouldn;t have been easy for them. One loses bladder control as one ages, as I personally have experienced.

I like your handle. Is it based on the Who’s “Quadrophenia”, by any chance ? Or on a character from Greek myth ?

diaphenia on October 31, 2008 at 11:42 am

It was a part time job and no, we never peed on ourselves, we just had to go and leave the box unattended. Oh well. We also had a couple of elderly employees so I’m sure it wasn’t easy for them.

PeterKoch on October 30, 2008 at 7:23 am

That’s terrible, Diaphenia. The managers preferred you to risk walking around in wetted pants, rather than be absent for a minute to use the toilet. Reminds me of misinformed Catholic parochial school discipline.

Bway, don’t know if there are any theatre remnants inside. Reads like a job for you !

Bway on October 29, 2008 at 7:28 pm

Are there any remnants inside of the store of it’s theater days?

diaphenia on April 10, 2008 at 8:57 pm

This theatre was my first job when I was 18 yrs old in 1990. The managers were awful and never let me out of “the box” to use the bathroom. We had to wear those black pants/black UA vest/nametag/whiteshirt/black bowtie outfits.

PKoch on December 17, 2007 at 8:20 am

Yes, ‘Tonino, the terms 'safe’, ‘vibrant’ and ‘full of life’ are relative terms and can be matters of opinion.

Thanks, kong1911, for the information about Loew’s Gates Theater. I hadn’t known that it continued to show movies up until the blackout of July 13, 1977.

kong1911 on December 17, 2007 at 4:22 am

PKoch, I checked into it and the theatre was the Loews Gates and then I checked with an older area resident who who said the same thing that I said in that it stopped showing movies on the night of the blackout and was empty for a short while and then became a church. I remember these facts because I worked in the area at the time and went by it on a regular basis.

kong1911 on December 15, 2007 at 9:16 am

PKoch, The theatre was located on B'way right around the corner from the Police Pct. stationhouse. After the blackout it stood empty for awhile and then became a church.

LuisV on December 15, 2007 at 7:48 am

Thanks J.D.! No, I had not relized that it was a theater. I’ll need to add that one to my list. So, Bond’s turned it into a clothing store and then it became a disco? I remember the Clash performing way back when, though I didn’t get to go. I did, of course, dance there and there were three memorable features of the club: A musical staircase, (each landing made a note when you went up or down the stairs), dancing fountains on the stage, and huge inflatables that were blown up above while you danced underneath. I remember them being silver and were in the shapes of huge people.

AntonyRoma on December 14, 2007 at 5:11 pm

Nice pictures of Times Square. PKOch.

‘safe’. and ‘vibrant and full of life’ must be relative terms.

Used to live in Glendale and Ozone Park. Still a City boy at heart, but prefer how it was in the ‘50s.