Little Neck Theatre

254-08 Northern Boulevard,
Little Neck, NY 11362

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Tinseltoes
Tinseltoes on July 13, 2012 at 10:25 am

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

Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on April 30, 2008 at 9:29 am

Here’s a new link to posting above of 6/14/07:
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Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on August 13, 2007 at 7:52 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 June 14, 2007 at 9:59 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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efriedmann
efriedmann on May 3, 2007 at 8:57 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 8:57 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.

RobertR
RobertR on August 30, 2006 at 4:35 am

Another re-release of “Vixens” to do battle with “Curious Yellow"
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otemp
otemp on April 30, 2006 at 8:03 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.

pete7105
pete7105 on February 5, 2006 at 1:28 am

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.

RobertR
RobertR on July 26, 2005 at 6:30 am

In it’s Walter Reade days the Little Neck played the epic “War & Peace” in two parts.
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chconnol
chconnol on June 28, 2005 at 9:03 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 June 28, 2005 at 8:57 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 8:40 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 13, 2005 at 7:00 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.

prisoner
prisoner on February 7, 2005 at 12:29 pm

It is correct when it was said that you accessed the theater from the entrance on Northern Blvd, but the auditorium rows were actually perpendicular to Northern and faced 254th Street. The last film that played there was “Dead Zone” and the title stayed on the marquee for months. That film was released in 1983 so I guess that is when the theater closed.

RobertR
RobertR on December 13, 2004 at 9:54 pm

Too bad this had to die for the sake of an air conditioner.

Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on November 5, 2004 at 10:56 am

I must correct my posting of 3/8/04. The Little Neck Theatre first opened on January 7, 1929, according to a story in The New York State Exhibitor of that time. The “late 30s” that I mentioned might have been a re-opening under new management.

RobertR
RobertR on November 2, 2004 at 2:42 pm

I only was here twice, once for a double bill of two Neil Simon films, Only When I Laugh and The Goodbye Girl.

sethbook
sethbook on November 2, 2004 at 2:14 pm

The theatre also showed some very popular fare, like Saturday Night Fever, which played there for months. The last film I saw there, with my parents and brother, was “Octopussy.” An older couple came up to us at the end of the screening and asked us, “How was it?” and we figured they were there for the next showing, and they stopped us and said, “No, we mean, how was it without air conditioning?” (It was August.) We said it wasn’t that bad, actually, and then in the remaining exchange, it became clear that this elderly couple OWNED the theatre and were actually very concerned about how the patrons were surviving the heat wave. Very sweet of them. The only experience I’ve ever had like that in a cinema.

sethbook
sethbook on November 2, 2004 at 2:14 pm

The theatre also showed some very popular fare, like Saturday Night Fever, which played there for months. The last film I saw there, with my parents and brother, was “Octopussy.” An older couple came up to us at the end of the screening and asked us, “How was it?” and we figured they were there for the next showing, and they stopped us and said, “No, we mean, how was it without air conditioning?” (It was August.) We said it wasn’t that bad, actually, and then in the remaining exchange, it became clear that this elderly couple OWNED the theatre and were actually very concerned about how the patrons were surviving the heat wave. Very sweet of them. The only experience I’ve ever had like that in a cinema.

Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on March 8, 2004 at 12:03 pm

The Little Neck Theatre opened in the late 1930s and was located at 254-08 Northern Boulevard. The interior was so plain and ordinary that I think that it may have been converted from space that was originally intended for retail stores. You entered through a short lobby that brought you to the last row of the single-floor auditorium, which was parallel to Northern Boulevard. The only fire exit doors were at each side of the screen, which was flat against the wall facing on 254th Street.