Kew Gardens Cinemas

81-05 Lefferts Boulevard,
Kew Gardens, NY 11415

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DavidZornig
DavidZornig on March 11, 2014 at 9:31 am

Just added a 1970’s pic as the Austin in the Photo’s Section courtesy of Robert’s World Facebook page.

johndereszewski
johndereszewski on January 2, 2014 at 3:28 am

Just a little update. The vacant drug store, alas, was never incorporated into the Kew Gardens. A new store now occupies that site.

fred1
fred1 on May 2, 2013 at 3:48 am

I remember thatwhen it was the Austin back in the 60’s 70’s they play similar stuff with the Mayfair in Fresh Meadows. Did they both had the same owner?

techman707
techman707 on May 1, 2013 at 5:41 pm

United Artists never owned or operated the Austin Theatre as described in the overview. The person who wrote it might have mistaken it for the Continental theatre in Forest Hills for a short time. UA also operated the Midway and the Forest Hills Theatre.

taketheatrain
taketheatrain on July 30, 2012 at 3:16 pm

Did they add a six screen, I rember it was five 3 downstairs and two upstairs. Where is screen 6 located and how many seats and when did it open. Did the other screen lose seats

johndereszewski
johndereszewski on January 28, 2012 at 5:55 pm

Just spent an enjoyable evening seeing “The Descendants” at the Kew Gardens. (A very fine film – but not in the same class as either “Midnight in Paris” or “The Artist”. Clooney, however, was terrific.) The place was packed, which is a tribute to the management’s excellent picture selection – and the sophisticated tastes of the local residents ……. While there, I asked a couple of employees about the theater’s possible expansion into the old drug store. While one worker did not have a clue, the other one confirmed that some thought had been given to it, but that nothing firm has, to date, emerged. So, stay tuned. (Wouldn’t it be great to see a drug store turned into a movie theater!!)

johndereszewski
johndereszewski on January 1, 2012 at 3:46 pm

LuisV, given the number of people who jammed the Kew Gardens yesterday evening, I hope you are correct about the possible incorporation of the pharmacy site. At the very least, it would provide some additional and badly needed lobby space – and perhaps an additional screen …….. robboehm, I too have been to Florence and can attest that the Ponte Vecchio does open up at the middle of the Arno to provide a beautiful river view. A bronze bust of Benvenueto Cellini, originally donated by the metal workers of Florence, is situated on the west side; while the famous Vasari Corridor spans the entire east side, about one floor up, the ground floor also opens up at the center to provide a river view as well as a spectacular panorama of the hills situated further east.  

robboehm
robboehm on January 1, 2012 at 1:20 pm

Firstly, I thought this theatre was on Austin not Lefferts.

Secondly, shops are on both sides of the Ponte Vecchio all the way across Been there.

LuisV
LuisV on January 1, 2012 at 4:25 am

Just passed this theater the other day and noticed that the corner pharmacy adjacent tot eh Kew Gardens Theatre has been closed. It seems big enough to make screen number 8! Would that work? Is it possible? I need to make the time to see a movie at this theater in 2012.

fred1
fred1 on January 1, 2012 at 4:08 am

Before it was a porn house ,it was a second run double feature that share billingswithe the Mayfair theater of Fresh Meadows ( now the Bombay theater)

johndereszewski
johndereszewski on December 31, 2011 at 6:21 pm

I just noticed RickB’s recent comment. Yes, it is true that the Kew Gardens is situated on a part of a bridge that spans the tracks of the Long Island Railroad’s Main Line. In fact, the sound of the trains rumbling below us provided some unplanned sound effects during tonight’s movie. I am told that the this bridge was patterned after the famous Ponte Vecchio in Florence Italy, where shops – for the most part – are situated on both sides of the bridge and, thus, block one’s view of the Arno. The major difference here is that no shops were constructed at the center of the Ponte Vecchio, while the line of stores exist over the entire course of the Kew Gardens bridge. Again, Happy New Year!

johndereszewski
johndereszewski on December 31, 2011 at 6:03 pm

I just spent a wonderful time helping to close out the old year at this wonderful theater. We very much enjoyed the film that we saw – The Artist – and I strongly recommed it. But the big news was the huge number of people who turned out to see a movie here this evening. I have never seen the place so packed. (Certainly the films presented, which included The Descendents; Tinker, Tailer, Soldier, Spy; A Dangerous Method; Hugo – in 3D no less; and My Week With Marilyn contributed to attracting the huge throng – and reflects the Kew Gardens' excellent program selection policy.)It was really great to end the year on so happy a cinematic note!

RickB
RickB on January 31, 2011 at 1:50 pm

According to this page at Forgotten New York the theater is actually built on a bridge over railroad tracks, although it looks like a typical commercial street. (There are pictures about a third of the way down the page, but they don’t show the theater closely enough.)

MarkieS
MarkieS on January 7, 2011 at 6:45 am

Just found out that the Kitty Genovese murder in 1964 took place in a doorway right across the street from this theatre. I visited the site a couple of days ago, a tiny vestibule where the rape and murder occurred. Very sad.

johndereszewski
johndereszewski on November 25, 2010 at 2:33 pm

Just came back from seeing “The Social Network” at this great old movie house. It is always a pleasure going there.

With regard to accessing the place from the Union Turnpike station, you can also board the Q-10 bus, which begins its run just below the station’s southeastern entrance at Kew Gardens Road. It’s less than a five minute ride, serves as a free MetroCard transfer and stops very close to the theater. But even if a bus is not available, it is only a pretty short walk to the Kew Gardens

LuisV
LuisV on June 30, 2010 at 9:30 am

Up Kew Gardens Road about 4 blocks to Lefferts Blvd, make a right, go one block to Austin Street and Presto….Kew Gardens Cinema! Even closer if you take the LIRR to the Kew Gardens Station: Once off the train, make a left up the street to Lefferts Blvd then make another left and at the end of the block on the right hand side is the theater.

MarkieS
MarkieS on June 29, 2010 at 5:08 am

Went there last night and loved it. However, I take the subway to the Union Turnpike station and if you don’t know the neighborhood, it can be very very confusing finding the theater. I kept getting turned around and asking for directions. I’m sure once I make a few trips and recognize certain landmarks, I’ll find it much easier.

johndereszewski
johndereszewski on March 5, 2010 at 3:04 pm

Luis, thanks so much for informing us of Time Out New York’s very deserving designation. As a frequent patron of this theater, I can easily verify that the designation is definitely deserved. I hope you – and many other viewers – will soon visit this place and share the wonderful experience that the Kew Gardens provides.

LuisV
LuisV on March 5, 2010 at 5:18 am

Time Out New York just named the Kew Gardens Cinema as one of New York’s best movie theaters!!!
Not bad for an outer borough former porno house! Though I grew up in South Ozone Park and lived in Kew Gardens for several years, I have never been to this gem. (Since it was a porno theater at the time) Someday soon, I will make the journey from Manhattan to see a film here to experience it for myself.

Lauren75
Lauren75 on March 4, 2010 at 7:58 pm

My grandma lived in Kew Gardens and worked at the Austin ticket counter when it was a XXX theatre. I was a little girl at the time but when I got older, she told me some amusing (and revolting) stories! It seems to have changed a lot since then, but I’m glad it still exists. :)

johndereszewski
johndereszewski on November 25, 2009 at 3:16 pm

What a wonderful shot! You can really feel the cold. And the old AUSTIN letters can still br viewed in the side lobby!

Tinseltoes
Tinseltoes on November 25, 2009 at 12:03 pm

The Austin Theatre was in its “art” phase and presenting “A Cage of Nightingales” at the time of the historic blizzard of late December, 1947: View link

johndereszewski
johndereszewski on September 26, 2009 at 5:31 am

I just took a closer look at the picture RobertR posted in April. The fact that the old awning covered the entire narrow sidewalk and almost seemed to protrude over the roadway clearly underlines the hazard it posed to truck traffic on this busy and winding street. It’s thus not at all surprising that it had to be replaced with today’s more modest structure. Anyhow, the old “AUSTIN” sign still exists in the theaters side lounge.

It was also nice to see one of the old light Queens street signs.

johndereszewski
johndereszewski on June 13, 2009 at 4:07 am

Michael, I’m glad you had such a great experience at the Kew Gardens. As an occasional patron of this place, my experience has been that it usually draws a lot of business. My guess is that you probably saw a film that was near the end of its run.