Loew's Bay Terrace

213-29 26th Avenue,
Bayside, NY 11360

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Loew's Bay Terrace

Located in the Bayside section of Queens. This was a free standing theatre built and opened by Fabian Theatres on April 8, 1964. It was twinned in the 1970’s down the middle, and the two auditoriums were still spacious with balconies.

In the mid-1990’s, Loew’s built a new multiplex a few feet along 26th Avenue and gave it the same name as the former house.

Contributed by RobertR

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Ed Solero
Ed Solero on August 14, 2006 at 8:09 am

Back in Sept 2005, Warren posted that this theater opened on April 8, 1964 with the Albert Finney film “Tom Jones”, which would go on to win the Academy Award for Best Picture a few days later. Here’s an ad for the “New” Bay Terrace theater about 6 weeks into “Tom Jones” run:
Tom Jones – LI Star Journal 5/18/64

RobertR
RobertR on October 9, 2006 at 2:15 pm

This really suprised me that in this 1966 ad for the wide run of “My Fair Lady” this theatre is advertised as a Fabian Theatre. I thought Loew’s built it, but I guess they aquired it later on.
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RobertR
RobertR on October 10, 2006 at 5:40 am

Thanks I missed that

efriedmann
efriedmann on May 3, 2007 at 7:23 am

I grew up in Great Neck, not too far away. The only movie I ever saw at this theater was STAR TREK IV: THE VOYAGE HOME in 1986.

Ed Solero
Ed Solero on September 30, 2013 at 9:34 am

Ken, I hope your posting of that ad did not involve any harmful tailgating!

Ed Solero
Ed Solero on September 30, 2013 at 11:30 am

The opening day ad indicates a seating capacity of 1400. If Loew’s added larger seats and extra space between rows, it is very likely that capacity was significantly reduced. Later, when the place was twinned, aggregate capacity was probably reduced further still. Is it safe to assume that the theater never held 1600, as had been originally noted at the top of this page?

robboehm
robboehm on April 25, 2015 at 7:29 am

Interior photo as single screen space uploaded.

MovieFanEK
MovieFanEK on January 2, 2018 at 9:11 pm

I remember seeing some movies at this place when I was a kid before they replaced it with the then new theater. The last movie I remember watching there was The Secret Garden shortly before the theater closed.

Johnfromthe80s
Johnfromthe80s on May 26, 2018 at 9:34 am

I remember this theater had only two screens, it seemed kind of outdated in a time when multiplexes like the one in Whitestone and Valley Stream became the norm. That being said, I saw quite a few great films here, saw both Superman 1 and 2, and also Batman and Batman Returns, the comic book movies that blazed a trail for the ones we got today. They eventually closed and reopened as a multiplex that is still there.

Ed Solero
Ed Solero on May 26, 2018 at 4:23 pm

Correction… the old Loew’s Bay Terrace was converted to retail space after it closed. The new multiplex was built a few hundred feet to the west down 26th Ave.

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