Little Neck Theatre

254-08 Northern Boulevard,
Little Neck, NY 11362

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Operating prior to 1941, this small neighborhood house mostly catered to adults with second run double features. Neil Simon and Woody Allen packed them in here in the 1970’s and 1980’s. When the air conditioning units died in the mid-1980’s, the owner chose to close the theatre down. The small triangular marquee is still in place advertising the tenants of the medical center.

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RobertR
RobertR on July 26, 2005 at 4:30 am

In it’s Walter Reade days the Little Neck played the epic “War & Peace” in two parts.
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pete7105
pete7105 on February 4, 2006 at 11:28 pm

i grew up in little neck, my parents still live there. movies i saw at the theater include grease, saturday night fever (pg version), the dead zone, easy money, missing, raging bull, flashdance and many others. mostly mid – late seventies, early eighties. i was young, but if i wasn’t w/ an adult, there was never a problem about age for r rated movies.

otemp
otemp on April 30, 2006 at 6:03 pm

It was a great little neighborhood theater in the 70’s and 80’s, often showing economical double features. It was also my introduction to R-rated horror movies which were thrilling. I remember seeing “Friday the 13th,” “Halloween,” “The Thing,” “Cat People,” “Nighthawks,” and “Airplane.” The owner used to make the rounds during the show to make sure the kids weren’t being too disruptive. When the Douglaston MovieWorld multiplex opened in the early 1980’s though, we knew it was just a matter of time before the Little Neck would close up shop. I still miss it.

RobertR
RobertR on August 30, 2006 at 2:35 am

Another re-release of “Vixens” to do battle with “Curious Yellow"
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efriedmann
efriedmann on May 3, 2007 at 6:57 am

I grew up in Great Neck, a short bike ride away when I was a kid. I saw 9 TO 5 there with my parents and begged them to take me to see STAR TREK – THE MOTION PICTURE sometime before.
I remember sneaking off to this theater one Saturday afternoon in early 1983 when I was 15 years-old to see SPRING BREAK, one of the many teen sex comedies of the time.
The last movies I can recall playing there before closing was a double feature of FLASHDANCE and STAYING ALIVE.

efriedmann
efriedmann on May 3, 2007 at 6:57 am

I grew up in Great Neck, a short bike ride away when I was a kid. I saw 9 TO 5 there with my parents and begged them to take me to see STAR TREK – THE MOTION PICTURE sometime before.
I remember sneaking off to this theater one Saturday afternoon in early 1983 when I was 15 years-old to see SPRING BREAK, one of the many teen sex comedies of the time.
The last movies I can recall playing there before closing was a double feature of FLASHDANCE and STAYING ALIVE.

Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on June 14, 2007 at 7:59 am

A business directory published in the 1960s included this page about the Little Neck Theatre’s history up to that time. The current booking in the photograph was “Come Dance With Me” (with Brigitte Bardot) and “Panic in the Parlor.” The Little Neck’s interior was as plain as a shoebox, but the exterior was more ornate that I remember. I guess that I never saw it from the opposite side of Northern Boulevard:
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Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on August 13, 2007 at 5:52 am

A recent photo of the exterior can be seen in a new article about Little Neck/Douglaston at www.forgotten-ny.com. Some sort of marquee is used to identify the current tenants of the building.

Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on April 30, 2008 at 7:29 am

Here’s a new link to posting above of 6/14/07:
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Tinseltoes
Tinseltoes on July 13, 2012 at 8:25 am

A rare view of the auditorium at the top of this page from a 1956 trade article: boxoffice

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