Little Neck Theatre

254-08 Northern Boulevard,
Little Neck, NY 11362

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Little Neck Theatre

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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.

Contributed by Robert Rauschenbach

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RobertR
RobertR on June 13, 2005 at 5:00 pm

I forgot until I saw an ad that this was a Walter Reade Theatre in the late 60’s early 70’s along with the Continental in Forest Hills.

chconnol
chconnol on June 28, 2005 at 6:40 am

I had posted an inquiry about this theater on the Cinema Manhasset site. If this is the theater I’m talking about there, from the outside, it always looked like a Century’s theater with their standard (uninspired) bland white brick on the outside. That’s whuy I was kind of skeptical about it because it didn’t seem that old when I was there once in the mid 70’s. And yes, the seats ran perpendicular to Northern Blvd.

RobertR
RobertR on June 28, 2005 at 6:57 am

This theatre was in the middle of the block with stores on both sides. Except for the showcases I dont think there was room for any brick work. I remember your posting talked about a parking lot, the Little Neck did not have one.

chconnol
chconnol on June 28, 2005 at 7:03 am

Hmmmm…well, I’m back to the Island in mid July. I shall make a point of driving by. This is most likely the same theater.

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.

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