Loew's Bay Terrace

213-29 26th Avenue,
Bayside, NY 11360

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Loew's Bay Terrace

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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 in the same shopping center and gave it the same name as the former house.

Contributed by RobertR

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Jeffrey1955
Jeffrey1955 on June 13, 2006 at 5:59 pm

I don’t understand your objection, Warren. It seems to me what Lost Memory suggested, and what I also suggested, was simply to add Queens to the addresses of all the theaters that are in Queens. Why would you think that would mean you’d have to then add the neighborhood names to all the addresses in the other four boroughs? The first idea would help to simplify the search process and ensure inclusion of all the Queens theaters in a single search; your corollary would only add an unnecessary layer and become an added burden that would lead to mass confusion. Nobody suggested doing anything other than adding “Queens” to the Queens neighborhood addresses; there’s no reason why you’d then have to do the reverse for everyplace else in the city.

Ed Solero
Ed Solero on June 14, 2006 at 4:42 am

To further this tempest in a teapot, I see nothing wrong with including the word “Queens” in addresses for the borough in addition to the customary neighborhood. I know that I, for one, would like to be able to sort for every theater in the borough without having to remember every single possible neighborhood name. As a NYC movie theater entuhsiast, I’m not just interested exclusively in those local neighborhood theaters that I attended growing up but in all theaters across the 5 boroughs. This seems to me to be a minor accomodation that would allow such searches while maintaining the integrity of Queens' unique addressing convention. That might open the door for people in say, Suffolk County, who might want to be able to do a County-wide search as well, but I think Queens is a rather unique situation and it has a sufficiently high concentration of theaters to warrant the special treatment.

Lost… perhaps you should get in touch with Bryan and see what he thinks.

Ed Solero
Ed Solero on June 22, 2006 at 7:30 am

Here’s an aerial shot of the former Loew’s Bay Terrace from the Windows local.live site:

View looking South

If you use your mouse to “grab” the image (click and hold down the left mouse button), you can slide it over to the left and get a partial glimpse of the back of the newer multiplex that replaced this twin (and former single screener). You can also click on the directional arrow on that palette to the left to change the view of the structure. In the view to the south I provided above, you are looking at what was the lobby wall. I seem to recall the building was a light almost white color with the entrance on what would be the lower left corner of the structure in the image above. I’m almost positive the doors actually were on the side wall at the corner facing Bell Blvd which runs north and south to the left of the building. I also seem to recall the 1st story of the lobby wall having much more glass allowing daylight into the foyer. The theater ran to the south (you can see the building tapering towards the screen wall) and featured a balcony. When it was twinned, a wall was constructed right down the middle and some of the seats in the front orchestra were lost to allow proper orientation of the screens toward the audience. This resulted in a pair of 600 seat twins, each with its own balcony.

I’m working on gathering some information to post a listing for the newer Bay Terrace 6 (which I believe opened under the Sony Theaters banner), unless you’re working on that already Lost? Warren? If not, I’ll post what I can gather by tomorrow and trust you guys will fill in any gaps in my information.

Ed Solero
Ed Solero on July 1, 2006 at 5:47 am

The new Loews Bay Terrace 6 has been posted on CT. Meanwhile, I took some photos of the former original Loew’s Bay Terrace the other morning:

View of rear screen wall from 26th Ave near Bell
View from Bell Blvd towards former theater entrance
View from shopping center parking lot
Rear of current multiplex from taken from same spot
Current multiplex pylon sign

The facade of the building was originally white – the current brick face look was applied to the entire shopping center at the time the new multiplex was opened in 1993 to unify the mall’s appearance. I seem to recall that there was a 1960’s era sign on the upper facade that sort of stylishly spelled out “Loew’s Bay Terrace Theater” in pastel colored letters… I believe it was near the front corner of the building facing Bell Blvd. I think there was a long but shallow canopy marquee that ran along the front facade depicted in the 2nd and 3rd image above. I can’t remember if that pylon sign was used by the old theater or if it was constructed expressly for the new multiplex. It is possible it dates back to the original, since the theater’s marquee faced away from the busy intersection of Bell and 26th Ave and I don’t recall an auxillary marquee on the rear wall.

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?

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