Fox Kew Gardens Theatre

118-01 Queens Boulevard,
Forest Hills, NY 11375

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robboehm on October 18, 2012 at 1:26 pm

Always the possibility of a post office reassignment. Case in point, the Bellerose used to be in Bellerose before the small Nassau County strip in which it was located was reassigned to Floral Park. As far as the ribbon is concerned Ken explained sometime back that the ribbon was established when the theatre was added to CT and cannot be changed.

paktype on October 17, 2012 at 2:58 pm

Union Turnpike was my home station for many, many years. I had no idea the “Pickman Building” and the adjacent stores were once the site of a movie theater. The above photo is quite shocking to anyone who knows how crazy that intersection is today. The Jackie Robinson Parkway runs directly beneath the intersection now.

jflundy on August 8, 2009 at 12:47 pm

Here is a shot of the theater from the other side of the Boulevard circa 1935. Warren made the ID of the building from NYPL collection image which I located.

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LuisV on June 22, 2009 at 3:57 pm

Thanks to mp775 and to Warren for the fabulous photos. Having lived in Kew Gardens for many years before moving to Manhattan, I still have great fondness for this neighborhood. It is astounding for me to see the area so undeveloped! It makes you think “What were they thinking” when they built this theater in the middle of nowhere. But I guess the answer is that everyone expected the good times of the roaring 20’s were going to go on forever and that the area would quickly develop.

mp775 on March 25, 2009 at 6:37 pm

Not sure if this is the same photo Warren posted in 2006, but here’s a 1936 photo of Queens Boulevard at Union Turnpike/Interboro Parkway, with the Fox Kew Gardens on the right.

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Paul Noble
Paul Noble on May 29, 2005 at 8:11 pm

I found a 1932 exterior picture of the already-derelict theater on, FOR 118.

Paul Noble
Paul Noble on March 17, 2005 at 10:26 am

Warren, belated thanks for your postings on this theater. I lived in Forest Hills for many years. As a kid, I always wondered about that building… my dad, Corona born-and-bred, had told me it had never opened. I guess the stock market crash erased memories of its short life!

CitizenKK on July 24, 2004 at 11:40 pm

Fantastic! I live on the block next to this site. I knew there had been golf courses around there but never a movie theater. It is technically the last block in Forest Hills but i guess they didn’t want to have two theaters named “Forest Hills” so they chose Kew Gardens.

My apartment complex was built in 1939 and i have seen photos of the area at this time. I would love to dig up some pics of this.

RobertR on February 16, 2004 at 10:39 am

Having lived in neighboring Forest Hills all my life I never knew of this theate. Thanks for an intersting discovery.