Loew's Bay Terrace

213-29 26th Avenue,
Bayside, NY 11360

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Ed Solero
Ed Solero on September 30, 2013 at 2:30 pm

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 12:34 pm

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

efriedmann
efriedmann on May 3, 2007 at 10:23 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
RobertR on October 10, 2006 at 8:40 am

Thanks I missed that

RobertR
RobertR on October 9, 2006 at 5:15 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 11:09 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 8:47 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 10:30 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 June 14, 2006 at 7:42 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.

Jeffrey1955
Jeffrey1955 on June 13, 2006 at 8:59 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.

Jeffrey1955
Jeffrey1955 on June 13, 2006 at 12:03 pm

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 11:59 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.

Jeffrey1955
Jeffrey1955 on June 13, 2006 at 10:16 am

Lost Memory is right, although this never occurred to me until now. I grew up in the Bronx and Queens. Every other borough uses just the name of the borough in the mailing address, along with the Zip Code. Only in Queens does everybody insist on using the name of the individual post office along with the Zip Code — Jackson Heights, Corona, Elmhurst, Bayside, etc. I’m really not sure why this is, but it’s a hard habit to break. (I even recall that originally, long before Zip Codes, the Bronx didn’t have its own post office, and was simply addressed as “New York, NY” with the two-digit postal zone.)

Ed Solero
Ed Solero on June 13, 2006 at 8:53 am

I agree with Warren. I don’t like the generic “Queens, NY” designation and prefer to keep the neighborhoods in the mailing addresses. There’s already enough clean-up work required on CT with respect to addresses!

By the way, the former Loew’s Bay Terrace building now houses both the Applebees restaurant as well as a Victoria’s Secret store. However, I believe the Applebees entrance on the corner of the building closest to Bell Blvd is where the theater’s entrance was so that address is probably correct. The building sits in the south east corner of the parking lot for the Bay Terrace Shopping Center – a corner formed by 26th Ave and Bell Blvd. People in the area typically and informally refer to the neighborhood as “Bay Terrace”. Since they converted the building and expanded the mall, a newer building now sits even closer to the corner (flush with the intersection) and obscures the building from the sidewalk somewhat.

The newer theater was built on vacant land adjacent to the shopping center on its western border further down 26th Avenue. While there is a seperate parking lot for the new multiplex, which sits on higher ground than the main part of the center, several ramps and a multi-level garage now connect the lots together.

movieman69
movieman69 on June 12, 2006 at 9:43 pm

I used to go this theater all the time..
I remember the odd art deco chandeliers that hung down in a rows going down both sides of the auditorium that always reminded me of pasta shells.. lol

noahf
noahf on March 31, 2006 at 12:34 am

The original Bay Terrace and shopping center of the early 60's
was indeed a microcosm that spoke volumes in design for the
period. I recall my childhood visits in the early 70’s and
that interior was global. Better than the Hall of Science.
Saw my first 3-Stooges flick in there on a revival.
Can you think of a better venue for them?

TomStathes
TomStathes on December 26, 2005 at 5:18 pm

I also can’t find the newer theater which was moved to the upper level of the shopping center, also free-standing, after the original building was reused. This is where I usually go to watch films locally.

TomStathes
TomStathes on December 26, 2005 at 5:12 pm

Does anyone have pictures of the theater right before it was gutted? I can barely remember it was it was gutted when I was a little tyke.
Thank you.

Jeffrey1955
Jeffrey1955 on December 1, 2005 at 10:57 pm

I just remember the Bay Terrace being a really modern, classy, almost space age place — not run down like the Arion in Middle Village, or as cozy as the Drake in Rego Park — and because it was a Loew’s theater, it had much more “sophisticated” (to my young sensibilities) graphics and promos than the little independent or small-chain theaters. You know, their “let’s all go to the lobby” shorts and “Now, our Feature Presentation” had much better production values…:)

sethbook
sethbook on November 22, 2004 at 11:52 am

If you go to the Museum of the Moving Image this month, there’s a wonderful Loew’s centennial exhibit, featuring a great shot of the Loew’s Bay Terrace in its heydey, along with many other cinema shots.

avkarr
avkarr on March 20, 2004 at 10:03 pm

Always enjoyed the way the red curtains opened before the previews and films began and the runway lights were a classy touch.

Orlando
Orlando on January 23, 2004 at 5:20 pm

The Bay Terrace Theatre opened in 1962-3 by the Fabian Theatre Circuit and became a Loew’s Theatre in 1966-7. Loew’s did not open the house. At the time, Fabian operated the Brooklyn Fox, the Paramount and Ritz Theatres on Staten Island and many in New Jersey.
Soon after the Brooklyn Fox closed in February 1966, the Bay Terrace Theatre passed hands from Fabian to Loew’s.

RobertR
RobertR on January 23, 2004 at 5:04 pm

The Meadows was built by Centurys and was always one of Queens highest grossing houses.

Ed Solero
Ed Solero on October 7, 2003 at 10:57 pm

The way this theater was twinned — accurately described in the summary by RobertR — was very similar to the old Fresh Meadows theater (was that an RKO???) on the eastbound Horace Harding Expressway off 188th Street in the Bloomingdales Shopping Center. That theater still stands but was completely gutted and re-opened as a 7 screen multiplex in the late ‘80’s or early '90’s.

Ed Solero
Ed Solero on October 7, 2003 at 10:52 pm

The large, free standing theater was completely gutted to its outer walls and now houses a large Applebees Restaurant and a Victoria’s Secret store. It anchors the Bay Terrace Shopping Center at the corner of Bell Blvd and 26th Avenue in Bayside, Queens.