UA Quartet

16006 Northern Boulevard,
Flushing, NY 11358

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UA Quartet

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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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Mike (saps)
Mike (saps) on August 28, 2012 at 7:57 am

After carefully reviewing fred1’s response, I cannot make heads or tails out of where the four theaters were actually located! (There’s no mention of #3, and from the photos #4 seems to be opposite the concession stand…)

kurt
kurt on August 30, 2012 at 7:07 pm

All four auditoriums were at the rear of the lobby. #1 and #2 directly under the numbers coming down from the ceiling. #3 was to the right of #2 behind the new concession stand (installed 1985). #4 was to the left of #1, just follow the 4’s along the wall.

quartetguy
quartetguy on December 7, 2012 at 9:36 pm

I worked for Kurt around the time the concession stand was moved from the middle to the side until his last day which if i remember correctly we all, or most all of us, quit protesting his move. Kurt you are certianly right about the stories from that place. And even though my name is among the list of those you thanked, im almost insulted you didnt name me first or last. This site has really brough the memories back. Would love to see more pictures, Kurt.

El_Muerto
El_Muerto on January 12, 2013 at 11:45 pm

The man who posted w/the name Latin Lefty on this site was an assistant manager at the Quartet as well as some other UAs. He passed away in July, 2009 at age 40. Odd in who & what he chose to recollect here. Talking in such detail about truly bad egg Jack Wauhop for instance. Strange indeed.

Jafsie
Jafsie on January 26, 2013 at 7:08 am

I grew up a few blocks from the Roosevelt and saw my first James Bond and Jerry Lewis films there. It was close enough that my mother would let us go alone to Saturday matinees; she was happy to get us out of the house for a few hours.

My mother never let us buy popcorn or soda at the theater because it was so expensive. She’d give us some cookies to take along in our pockets. I envied the children with popcorn and big iced sodas.

In 1963 I went with my sister and some young friends to see PT-109 at a 4:30 p.m. Saturday showing. The ticket-seller warned us that all children unaccompanied by someone at least twelve years old had to leave at 6:00 p.m.; we didn’t really understand what he meant, and bought the tickets. Promptly at 6, while the film was still in progress, an usher went up and down the aisles, kicking out unaccompanied children. My friends and I scrambled, and each of us sat next to an adult, so we escaped the 6 p.m. purge. I remember it as quite an exciting adventure.

Mike (saps)
Mike (saps) on January 26, 2013 at 12:43 pm

Ha! Those were the days…

iain010100
iain010100 on April 12, 2013 at 2:27 pm

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

bmccinemash
bmccinemash on October 12, 2013 at 11:27 am

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.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on December 14, 2013 at 4:24 pm

This article from Boxoffice of August 30, 1971, 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.

kinolieber
kinolieber on December 21, 2013 at 7:16 pm

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.

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