Sunnyside Theatre

50-19 Roosevelt Avenue,
Woodside, NY 11377

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robboehm on June 19, 2012 at 2:40 am

PapaCat you should post your comments on the 43rd Street on the 43 Street site.

PapaCat on June 19, 2012 at 1:19 am

I noticed Warren Harris' post mentioning the 43rd Street theater. I thought you guys forgot about it. It was on Greenpoint Avenue between 42nd and 43rd streets in Sunnyside. I attended the last picture show (that would make a good movie title) where they pasted envelopes under some of the seats and told us after the movie ended to look under our seats. I forgot what the prizes were, I guess because my seat didn’t have an envelope taped under it.

GerardC on April 21, 2009 at 12:53 am

The opening date for that section of the IRT Flushing line was April 21, 1917. So, it was there before the theatre. I guess the marquee was wrapped around the support of the el as a necessity.

robboehm on April 20, 2009 at 11:45 pm

Looking at the photos of the marquee protruding under the el, which came first the theatre or the el. I would presume the theatre why else would the marquee extend under the el. And I would presume that the Merrick in Jamaica also preceeded the el since the one shot shows a vertical which would be ridiculous if the el were also present.

RobertR on August 19, 2005 at 2:31 pm

Imagine this beautiful place was just a neighborhood house, wow.

TomHalstead on July 28, 2004 at 5:34 am

When I moved to NYC, from Schenectady, in 1958 I attened Bryant High School. I remember in January of 1960, my senior year, I used to go to this theater with my friend Tom Trivisone after we took Regents exams. It was a pleasant way to relax after the tension of studying for and takeing these exams. I belive one of the movie we saw during that month was “Operation Petticoat” with Cary Grant and Tony Curtis. I remember the theater being very spacious and well maintained compared to the Deluxe which was closer to me on Roosevelt Ave and 62 Street. I am glad to hear that one part of the theater is still left, namely the pitch of the parking lot.
Tom Halstead

edmar on July 3, 2004 at 8:19 pm

I and many of my friends spent a lot of time at this theater. We all used to chip in our pennies to get one of the guys in and then run around the side door which he would open and we would run in and hide for a few minutes until things settled down and then watch the movies. Hard to believe it wasn’t successful, but I guess if everyone did as we did it was a miracle it didn’t go bankrupt sooner.