UA Quartet

16006 Northern Boulevard,
Flushing, NY 11358

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UA Quartet

The Roosevelt Theatre opened in 1926 with a seating capacity of 1,758.

In 1971, this was the first quad ever opened in New York. I remember the projectionist telling me that when it opened people came from all over the country to see it. Architect Maurice D. Sornik was the architect for the conversion, and theater look was very funky 1960’s.

The lobby was located in the middle of what once was the original auditorium and the theaters built around the perimeter. The restrooms were the only thing on the second floor besides the projection booth and were reached by climbing a huge staircase. When the Quartet first opened, there was not all the automated projection equipment and actually had four projectionists for a very short time.

UA let this house crumble in the early-1990’s. There was talk about expanding it but they just quietly closed it.

Contributed by RobertR

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iain010100 on April 12, 2013 at 10:27 pm

I wouldn’t be surprised if I’m one of the people in that photo.

bmccinemash on October 12, 2013 at 7:27 pm

My name is Michael Hochstein, I worked at the Quartet from 1971 to 1978 first as an usher, than as a assistant manager than as the Manager. There was more than 700 seats. There actually was close to 1100 seats. The 2 big theatre 1 and 2 had 300 seats each and theatre 3 and 4 had 250 seats each.

kinolieber on December 22, 2013 at 3:16 am

Remember the Roosevelt well from growing up in the neighborhood in the sixties. Saw Lilies of the Field there on a double bill with Pocketful of Miracles over the Christmas holidays in 1963. I think it was mostly a second run theater in those days. Interesting to read that it was built before the Keith’s and the Prospect in downtown Flushing.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on February 10, 2015 at 4:26 am

Boxoffice of August 30, 1971, has two pages about the UA Quartet. It includes a cutaway drawing showing how the four small auditoriums and new foyer had been arranged inside the gutted auditorium of the Roosevelt Theatre. There are also a few photos.

First page

Second page

robboehm on February 10, 2015 at 2:44 pm

When the Quartet was about to open they had an “open house” for the public.

spectrum on March 17, 2015 at 6:26 pm

Trying to figure if this still stands. The google map takes us to a parking lot but immediately next to it is a building that looks like a theatre from the air (very tiny stagehouse) which is now a Chinese supermarket.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on March 17, 2015 at 6:56 pm

The supermarket was in the theater building (in the present Street View it’s got a “For Lease” sign on it.) Street View is stranded in the parking lot, but give it a couple of clicks and you can see the theater’s former emergency exit doors on the back of the building. The marquee is still on the front of the building, too, but covered with a plain surface.

robboehm on April 25, 2015 at 3:47 pm

Photo of opening marquee uploaded.

aeterna on January 4, 2016 at 9:26 pm

Saw many flicks during the UA era of this theater. I remember seeing “Network” and “Invasion of the body snatchers” and during the screening of “Snatchers” I vividly recall the film snapping at a pivotal moment. The collective groan of the crowd was quite memorable. It was still quite pleasant even after its quadplexing in the early 70s

MainStreetFlushing1990 on November 6, 2016 at 5:54 pm

Hello everyone! what has braught me here was many many years of looking online to see if I could find any old pictures of this place, I had my best years of my life and fondest memories in and around this theatre, can anyone help me find any more pictures of the Quartet? from 1988-1998? thank you!

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