50-19 Roosevelt Avenue,
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Though technically in the Woodside section of Queens, the theatre was situated so close to the shopping district of adjacent Sunnyside that it was given that name. It was one of three Queens theatres built by the Grob & Knobel circuit with Herbert J. Krapp as architect (the others being the Jackson Theatre and Boulevard Theatre, both in Jackson Heights).
The Sunnyside Theatre was the most luxurious of the three and took up an entire block, with the entrance on bustling Roosevelt Avenue, under the shadow of the elevated Manhattan-to-Flushing subway line. The auditorium was rather unique, with all 2,046 seats on the ground floor, which was 110 feet wide and 142 feet long from last row to stage, with a pitch of seven feet from rear to front. There were five sections of seats, divided by four aisles. The stage was 98 feet wide across the wings and 26 feet deep. The proscenium opening was 45 feet wide and 25 feet high. The highly ornamented ceiling, which rose to a height of 55 feet, had a cove-lighted dome in the center, hanging from which was a huge crystal chandelier with special lighting effects. Twelve smaller crystal chandeliers were hung along the two side walls and rear of the auditorium. The walls were decorated in ornamental plaster relief, interspersed with draped arches. Still more crystal chandeliers decorated the foyer and lobby.
The Sunnyside Theatre first opened on December 28, 1926, with vaudeville and the movie “Sweet Rosie O'Grady”. Soon after, the circuit-owner was taken over by William Fox. After Fox’s bankruptcy, the Sunnyside Theatre landed under Skouras management and was later taken over by the Century circuit.
Throughout its history, the Sunnyside Theatre was never successful, so in January, 1965, it was totally demolished and replaced by an A & P supermarket. The store was only half the size of the theatre, with the rest of the site used for parking space. To save money, the developer failed to level the ground used for the parking space, so it still has the seven foot pitch of the Sunnyside’s auditorium floor.
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