Boulevard Theatre

82-22 Northern Boulevard,
Jackson Heights, NY 11372

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michaelkaplan
michaelkaplan on January 4, 2014 at 4:07 am

Many stories to tell about the Boulevard. But for beginners, here’s a list of the movies I saw there (in order of which I remembered them: The Robe The King and I Beneath the 12 Mile Reef It Came from Outer Space (3D) A Star is Born Second Chance (3D) Phantom of the Rue Morgue (3D) Creature from the Black Lagoon (3D) The Best Years of Our Lives (reissue) Lady and the Tramp River of No Return Carmen Jones New Faces of 1952 East of Eden Three Coins in the Fountain Toot, Whistle, Plunk and Boom They Shoot Horses, Don’t They? The Glenn Miller Story Calamity Jane I Am Curious Blue Song of the South Help! Gentlemen Prefer Blondes The Man Who Fell to Earth There’s No Business Like Show Business The Marriage of Maria Braun Breakfast At Tiffany’s Pillow Talk Beat Street The Command Hell and High Water Knife in the Water Rocco and his Brothers Boccaccio 70 Marriage Italian Style

Jeffrey1955
Jeffrey1955 on December 17, 2013 at 4:50 pm

Interesting! Though the “Boulevard Latin Cuisine” sign makes no mention of a theater, as the old one did. Wonder if they’re still utilizing that space.

Ed Solero
Ed Solero on December 17, 2013 at 4:21 pm

Looks like the name Boulevard has returned to this establishment, per this recent photo posted to the Flickr website. Not sure when Natives went down and Boulevard took its place, but seems to be more or less the same business model.

Tinseltoes
Tinseltoes on December 30, 2012 at 4:26 pm

You should be able to find advertising for the Lugosi event in the Long Island Star-Journal around that date. As far as I know, the Astoria Historical Society and the Long Island Division of the QPL in Jamaica are the only places in Queens with archives for that newspaper and its sibling, the Long Island Press.

LugosiResearch
LugosiResearch on December 30, 2012 at 3:46 am

On Tuesday 6 March 1951, Bela “Dracula” Lugosi presented his in person Horror and Magic Stage show at Skouras Boulevard. Currently I am conducting research on all things Lugosi; if anyone out there actually saw this show and/or has memorabilia (poster, handbill, photos) related to this show, please contact Bill at Thanks in advance for any assistance!

cblog
cblog on November 7, 2012 at 1:14 am

I forgot to note that the Daily News published a WWII photograph showing a victory garden taking up the entire block between the Boulevard and St.Marks on 34th ave.

cblog
cblog on November 2, 2012 at 11:39 am

I went to movies at the Boulevard in the 60’s with my best friend, Richard L. A movie I recall seeing was ‘Yours Mine and Ours’ with Lucille Ball. We used to be slightly difficult with the matron, throwing candy at her bottom, never realizing she was there to protect us! Very young, I remember attending a children’s theater stage show of ‘Aladdin and His Magic Lamp’ produced by a friend of my mother’s. My Junior High graduation was also held here; my parents told me there was line for the payphone(s) thru the ceremony while guys called their bookies! Ah Queens! All the theaters in Jackson Heights were a little ‘off’ in the 60’s, like a worn-out bowling alley (which Jackson Heights also had), which definitely lent to their appeal for us! I believe on the corners were Paladino Pharmacy, Cook Funeral Home, and a Firehouse. I recall one block west was the Manufacturers Hanover Bank, and the A&P with wooden floors and a cow-catcher at the checkout that the checker mightily pulled to bring your groceries to the register.

Michael D. Jackson
Michael D. Jackson on March 22, 2012 at 5:05 am

At this theatre Mae West’s play THE PLEASURE MAN had a week long try-out before opening on Broadway and the Biltmore Theatre for 1.5 performances before it was raided by the police. Because of the openly gay characters in the play it was deemed indecent. The run at this theater was the week of September 24th 1928.

NativeForestHiller
NativeForestHiller on April 1, 2011 at 5:35 am

Thank you for sharing these images of the facade & interior, Ed. Too bad the facade has that tacky aluminum siding. I hope the owners see our correspondence, and restore the theater. A restored facade = A greater entrance, which is better for business. I love envisioning what it would be like to peel back the layers.

Ed Solero
Ed Solero on April 1, 2011 at 4:53 am

Sorry to be more than a day late and a dollar short, NativeForestHiller, but here are the updated links to the photos I had posted back in 2006:

Long shot Sept 2005

Tighter shot Sept 2005

Interior restaurant from website

Interior bar area from website

Balcony theater from website

There is some original architectural work still preserved in the ceiling of the first two interior shots and a glimpse of some sidewall decoration exposed in the last shot, just to the right of dead center where that opening in the red curtain is.

ronnie21
ronnie21 on May 22, 2010 at 6:12 am

dag. none of these photos work??

NativeForestHiller
NativeForestHiller on January 15, 2010 at 6:42 am

Ed, can you re-post the photos from your 2006 postings? I am looking for other historic photos as well, from anyone else who may have some. Thank you!

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on May 15, 2009 at 7:39 am

Here is a view of the lobby, circa 1930s:
http://tinyurl.com/oe3pvf

Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on May 7, 2009 at 10:03 pm

A capsule history and vintage photo can be found here: View link

captmovie
captmovie on March 30, 2009 at 1:24 am

The Boulevard was a regular theater for me during the 1970’s. I first saw a double Feature of “Che” and “The Sand Pebbles” there. I also saw Mel Brooks' “The 12 Chairs there. Later in the mid ‘70’s they closed off the balcony and twined it. They constantly doubled up films that played single at other theaters. The theater that was one bus away from me showed the RObert Shaw film, "Diamonds” by itself while I instead took two buses to see it with “Rider on The Rain”. In the summer of 1976 they were the only theater showing the reissue of “The Exorcist” with a second feature which was the sean Connery starrer, “The Terrorist”. I was shocked when they let kids of all ages to see it. I sat with two 9 year olds. During the second feature one of the kid’s fathers came in to see the show and was shocked to see his son there. Plus as I was waiting to get in the manager was telling the kids to come back next week to see the R rated, “Squirm”. I did see “Squirm” there with a sneak preview of “Futureworld”. Squirm was a great experience as the packed audience there mostly for “Futureworld” was make remarks at the screen and all of us were having a good time. I became friendly with the couple next to me, they just got married and he loved horror films, she never watched them and was complaining to me that the night before he took her to see “The Food Of The Gods”, and she commented that first Giant rat now human eating worms. I always wondered how long that marriage lasted.

Other double features I saw there was “Rabbit Test” with “The Hot Rock” (which had been shown on TV many times at the time), “Mr. Billion” and “From Noon To Three”, “Smokey And The Bandit” with “The Seven Percent Solution”, and the last double feature I saw there was the 1979 reissue of “Jaws” with another film that had already been shown on TV a few times, the Charles Bronson/James Coburn film, “Hard Times”. I miss those old days.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on September 21, 2007 at 4:18 pm

A Wurlitzer theater organ opus 1300 style “E” was installed in the Boulevard Theater on 3/22/1926. Status: sold.

MarkieS
MarkieS on September 9, 2007 at 6:56 am

My mother, who will be 80 in November, remembers seeing Frankenstein and Flying Down to Rio here(not together!) when they first came out.

gespin3549
gespin3549 on February 26, 2007 at 12:01 pm

Saw JAWS there in the summer of 75…was in 7th grade – had to lie about my age to get in – scared the crap outta me!! HAHA!!

Ed Solero
Ed Solero on May 12, 2006 at 1:53 am

I broke the links to photos and images I posted back in September and January when I reorganized my photobucket albums. Here’s a new link to my Boulevard Theater album, where all those images are now stored.

Ed Solero
Ed Solero on January 3, 2006 at 8:03 pm

Thanks, Joe, for clearing that up! Once the weather here gets a bit sunnier and the days a bit longer, I’ll make my way back and see if I can visit the restaurant as well as the bingo hall.

joemasher
joemasher on January 3, 2006 at 7:35 pm

The orchestra level functions as a bingo hall. It’s still in tact—with chandelier and all. The stage was recently converted to a non-smoking section, snack bar, and restrooms, once the lobby was walled off for a restaurant.

Ed Solero
Ed Solero on January 3, 2006 at 6:53 pm

Yes, dave-bronx… I recall the church occupying the Boulevard in the ‘90’s as well. I visited the website of the current occupants and found this page which details how one can rent the theater space for $1000.00 a night (includes 4 hours with a sound tech). There is a small photo of the theater space, which I clipped and linked to below. Looks like it’s basically the original balcony with a streamlined decor (possibly just dry wall over the original walls). Can’t see if anything remains of the ceiling. I called the theater to discuss the space and they say that this is the only theatrical space in the building and that the bar and restaurant occupy all of the 1st floor. Trying to reconcile that with Warren’s initial description above, perhaps this is the only theatrical space they are renting out, and therefore didn’t discuss the other auditoriums. I guess only a visit to the restaurant will settle this issue.

I also clipped these small photos from the site, which depict the bar area on the 1st floor and seem to show that some of the original ceiling decoration (from either the old lobby or under the balcony over-hang) is still in existence:

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Here is the photo of the theatrical space:
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