Loew's Bay Terrace

213-29 26th Avenue,
Bayside, NY 11360

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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?

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!

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.

RobertR on October 10, 2006 at 5:40 am

Thanks I missed that

Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on October 10, 2006 at 4:01 am

Re Fabian, please see Orlando Lopes' post above dated 1/23/04.

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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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

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 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.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on June 20, 2006 at 8:09 am

Little by little the addresses are being updated and a search of Queens theaters now returns 82 theaters.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on June 15, 2006 at 6:02 am

I can see that this thread is going to die a slow death. The search engine is limited to three types of searches. Theater name, city and zipcode. The zipcode search isn’t accurate because many people fail to include the zipcode when they submit their theaters. Maybe the next version of this software will have a better search engine. Until that time, adding Queens to the address isn’t hurting anything. It actually makes finding these theaters easier for people. This conversation was about NYC and Queens in particular. Nassau and Suffolk are counties. You asked in a comment above why Richmond wasn’t used instead of Staten Island. Richmond is a county, Staten Island is a borough. Kings is a county, Brooklyn is a borough. County names are not required by the postal service in NYC or on L.I.. You can continue to make a mountain out of a mole hill if that makes you happy, but I have other things to do.

Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on June 15, 2006 at 4:40 am

Queens is not a city, town, village, or hamlet. I don’t understand how it got into the City Search engine, unless by accident. The computer apparently registers any names that appear just before the state. I also don’t understand why there is such an urgent need to get all Queens theatres displayed together. You can’t do that that for “Long Island” theatres, either collectively or for Nassau and Suffolk Counties. A theatre’s location always comes up in the introductory remarks or in the postings that follow. Why is it such a calamity that some Queens theatres are not designated as such? I would be more concerned about why Loew’s Bay Terrace has only one listing, when there were obviously two different theatres and with two different addresses.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on June 14, 2006 at 5:45 am

Warren….I understand that the word Queens is not part of the mailing address for the borough of Queens and it isn’t used in the return address. I only want it included on this site so all Queens theaters will appear during a search. I just discovered three other theaters that don’t appear during a Queens search. They are the Oasis, Evergreen and Whitney. They do not have Queens in their address. Bryan is a busy man but updating theaters is part of his job. I’m not sure who is in charge of moving photos, that might be Patricks responsibility. If anyone is aware of any Queens theaters that lack the word Queens in its address or any Queens theater missing from the 67 Queens theaters on the search results, post them here and I will email the list to Bryan for updating.

Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on June 14, 2006 at 5:08 am

I’m not saying that Queens can’t be listed as part of an address. I know that I sometimes did it myself when I first started posting at Cinema Treasures. But I don’t do it anymore because I don’t feel that it’s really necessary. I think that Bryan probably has more important things to do than add “Queens” to addresses that don’t have it. For example, he has yet to move the photo of the original NYC Rialto Theatre to its rightful place.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on June 14, 2006 at 4:49 am

Are some of us really being too literal-minded about addresses or is being too stubborn a more appropriate word. I am not trying to change the address of these theaters. The sole purpose of adding Queens to the address is make the search engine function correctly. Since there are 67 theaters listed on this site that already have the name Queens in their address, the easiest solution would be to add Queens to the theaters that don’t already have it in their address. All other boroughs would remain as they are.

Are you familiar with the Cameo theater in Astoria, Queens? Thats this theater here:


I believe that you submitted the Cameo theater. I also believe that it has Queens in its address. Did you add the name Queens or did someone else add it? How about the Fox Kew Gardens which is this theater here:


You also submitted the Fox Kew Gardens. The name Queens is in the address. Is that a mistake? There are others but I think you get the point. You have submitted theaters using Queens in the address and now you object to it. So far, you have not given one valid reason for not including the name Queens in the address. I have given you one very good reason for including Queens in the address and that is to make the search engine function correctly. Adding Queens to the address will not change or alter the map function above.

Ed….Since there are already 67 theaters that include the name Queens in their address, I don’t think Bryan would mind adding it to the few theaters that don’t have it. It would be alot less work then removing Queens from those 67 theaters.

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.

Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on June 14, 2006 at 4:12 am

I think that some of us are being too literal-minded about addresses. All I’m saying is that “Queens” is not required for addresses in that borough, which uses a system different from Manhattan, Brooklyn, the Bronx, and Staten Island. I would imagine that the majority of the people interested in Loew’s Bay Terrace already know that Bayside, NY is in Queens. If they don’t, the map guide will tell them. For all its years of publication, the Film Daily Year Book never had a section listing Queens theatres (though it did for Manhattan, Brooklyn, Bronx, and Staten Island). The Queens theatres were listed in the section for Long Island, along with theatres in Nassau and Suffolk Counties. The list was alphabetical by location, starting (in the 1954 edition) with theatres in Amityville, Astoria, and Babylon. No mention was made that Amityville and Babylon were in Suffolk County, while Astoria was in Queens.

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.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on June 13, 2006 at 3:23 pm

I forgot to answer your question Warren. NYC lists the Loew’s Paradise Theater as 2403 Grand Concourse, Kings Bridge Heights, New York 10468. Speaking of the Loew’s Paradise Theater, the address of 2413 on that theaters page is incorrect. Both NYC and the Loew’s Paradise website give 2403 as the address. As for this theater, the Loew’s Bay Terrace, according to the U.S. Postal Service, the zipcode 11360 would give this theater an address of Flushing, NY. Should we ignore the U.S. Postal Service and consider this zipcode as Bayside? Shouldn’t we be more concerned that there are NYC theaters on this site with no addresses or incorrect addresses?

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on June 13, 2006 at 2:13 pm

Are you saying that we should use the neighborhood and state such as Bayside, NY as the address? In that case there are 67 theaters listed that need Queens removed from their address. The neighborhood names are not necessary for Google to map a Queens address. We do need a consistent address system for these NYC theaters, otherwise the search engine on this site is useless. You will only receive a partial listing during a search because some theaters have Queens in their address and some don’t. I only suggested adding both the neighborhood and borough to keep peace. Queens theaters should be listed the same as Brooklyn theaters. Its obvious that we will never come to any agreement on this issue. I was trying to make searching for theaters on this site easier for people. Since that won’t be possible, continue to list Queens theaters by any method you choose.

Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on June 13, 2006 at 1:33 pm

Let’s not tamper with an address system that has prevailed in NYC’s five boroughs for centuries, despite the many inconsistencies. If you’re going to re-write all the addresses in Queens to include the name of that borough, you will also have to re-do all the addresses in Brooklyn, Manhattan, the Bronx, and Staten Island that don’t include the names of the neighborhoods. What, for example, would you give as the neighborhood for Loew’s Paradise in the Bronx? Or the Capitol in Manhattan? And why is the Capitol listed as being in New York instead of Manhattan? Or the St. George in Staten Island rather than the borough of Richmond?

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on June 13, 2006 at 9:25 am

If someone came to this site looking for their favorite theater from Canarsie or Red Hook, their search is limited to a “Brooklyn” search since those neighborhood names aren’t included in the theaters address. The easiest solution would be to add the word Queens to each theaters address. To do that, an email needs to be sent to Bryan. There could also be a news file about this topic so people that submit theaters in the future would include Queens in the address. I don’t think Google maps will have a problem since it filters out the neighborhood name anyway and just returns Queens, NY.

Jeffrey1955 on June 13, 2006 at 9:03 am

It would make sense to simply amend all the Queens theaters by adding Queens to the address, so you could have both the community and the borough and make searching easier. However, just posting this under this one theater obviously makes no sense. It has to go on the Home Page somehow, or in posting instructions (even though it applies to only one borough in one city!). What I don’t know is, who has the access rights to all the original postings and needs to be notified so they can be changed?

Ed Solero
Ed Solero on June 13, 2006 at 8:59 am

An excellent point. However, as it is the custom in Queens to use the identifying neighborhood in the address, I think that’s how most folks visiting this site looking for their old “itch” would perform the search. If including the word Queens in the address along with the neighborhood (as Lost has suggested in his previous post) doesn’t impact any of the mapping tools used by this site, then I think that is a fair comprimise – even if it goes against the convention used by the Post Office.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on June 13, 2006 at 8:53 am

I agree Jeffrey1955, some habits are hard to break. Maybe its time for everyone to go “cold turkey” as far as these addresses are concerned. I don’t want this to turn into a debate. This website should be as simple as possible for people to use. If you want to add a new theater for Queens, you should be able to do one search to see if that theater is already listed here. You should not have to search town by town. I looked at a few Queens theaters to see what their addresses consisted of. Here are some examples:

RKO Keith’s Richmond Hill is listed as Richmond Hill, Queens, NY.
Loew’s Valencia Theatre is listed as Jamaica, Queens, NY.

Ridgewood Theatre is listed as Ridgewood, NY and does Not appear on a search for Queens theaters.
Maspeth Theater is listed as Maspeth, NY and does Not appear on a search for Queens theaters.

A Queens search returns 67 theaters. There should be more than 67 listed for Queens. The Loew’s Bay Terrace is not on the list, neither is the Ridgewood theater or Maspeth theater. How many more theaters are missing from that list? We need one standard. Either use just Queens, NY or include the town along with Queens, NY.