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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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.

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.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on February 9, 2015 at 8:26 pm

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
robboehm on February 10, 2015 at 6:44 am

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

spectrum
spectrum on March 17, 2015 at 11:26 am

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 11:56 am

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
robboehm on April 25, 2015 at 7:47 am

Photo of opening marquee uploaded.

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