Hobart Theatre

51-05 31st Avenue,
Woodside, NY 11377

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Poor quality 1941 NYC Tax photo:

The Hobart Theatre was part of a group of small, modern theatres that were built near the end of the Depression in Queens neighborhoods that had new houses or apartment developments.

The Hobart Theatre was opened in 1938, on the borderline between Astoria and Woodside sections of Queens, an area that already had numerous theatres, so it had to settle for never being more than a late-run house. Closed in 1963/1964, the building was converted to retail use.

Contributed by Warren G. Harris

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oxfordblues
oxfordblues on June 4, 2018 at 6:35 am

YES, THAT IS THE ONE,BUT A CHINESE NURSERY OCCUPIED THE ADJACENT PLOT ONTHE CORNER OF 54TH STREET AND 32ND AVE AND
THE CEMETERY WAS COMPLETELY DERELICT WHEN I WAS A KID. I SAW THEY PUT UP FENCING TO PROTECT IT SOMEWHAT FROM VANDALS. WE CALLED IT THE CHINESE CEMETERY BECAUSE IT SEEMED A PART OF THE CHINESE OR MAYBE JAPANESE NURSERY. THE CARNIE WOULD HAVEBEEN IN THELATE FORTIES OR EARLY FIFTIES BEFORE FIFTYFIVE.

Fredhadley
Fredhadley on June 4, 2018 at 6:36 am

Correction: Benkert’s and Shamrock were on a triangle of land bordered by 51st St, Hobart St. and 31st Ave. Since their front entrances were on 51st St., which splits from Hobart Street at the apex of the triangle, they would be on 51st St (formerly Bowey Bay Road). Their back walls were on Hobart Street opposite PS 151. The triangular “strip mall” was on a hill. Every so often, a car would miss the turn at the Hobart-51st St fork and plow into Frandahl’s Stationery at the apex. We project kids stayed away from Frandahl’s (which everyone pronounced “Fran-DELL’S,”) as they watched us like hawks. Hobart Street runs just two blocks – from 31st Ave. to 28th Ave. where it becomes 50th St.

QUESTION FOR EXTRA CREDIT: which came first: Hobart Street or Hobart Theatre?

oxfordblues
oxfordblues on June 4, 2018 at 6:40 am

YES THEY WERE ON THE TRIANGLE NEAR THE BUS STOP TO MASPETH. PAT ABRAMS PHARMACY WAS ON THECORNER OF THE TRIANGLE LATER TAKEN OVER MY MY BEST CHILD HOOD FRIEND DAN SIEGEL UNTIL HE SOLD OUT AND WHENT TO WORKON NORTHERN BLVD. FRAN’S SOLD LOTS OF STUFF MAINLY GREETING CARDS IF I RECALL. IMAGINE, TWO BAKERIES, TWO BARS, TWO LUNCHEONETTES ALL WITHIN TWO HUNDRED FEET!!!

Fredhadley
Fredhadley on June 4, 2018 at 7:00 am

I remember mustachioed Pat Abrams and his protoge Dan Siegel. I used to get stamps there as it was an official US Postal Sub-station. How about one-armed Mr. Greene of Green’s Corner, later taken over by Herb and Sally Katz. That store broke through the wall of the Chinese Laundry and expanded in the 70’s, I think.

Fredhadley
Fredhadley on June 4, 2018 at 7:06 am

The drugstore was “B&D” and the soda fountain was called “Eddie’s” when I arrived in ‘55 when my classmate Frank Eisenberg’s dad ran it before selling to Harry Lipshitz when it became known as Max & Herman’s. Remember DeDona Pizza with Silvio and Pop?

oxfordblues
oxfordblues on June 4, 2018 at 7:46 am

Hi The drugstore on the corner of the “Island” was absolutely Pat’s Pharmacy and then taken over by Danny. The other pharmacy with the lunch counter/soda fountain was Eddie’s. He was a slightly disabled WW2 vet and made me egg salad sandwiches every day from 1948 to 1952.I think I remember DeDona Pizza right next to PS 151 and there was another Pizza shop right next to Wintermeyers bakery, so we also had two pharmacies and two pizza shops. Two by Two. The original drugstore as I recall was Rexall and became B&D. My memories only cover up to maximum 1960 or maybe even earlier, so lots changed.

oxfordblues
oxfordblues on June 4, 2018 at 7:50 am

to your earlier, my bedroom overlooked fifty fourth st and the chinese laundry and the liquor store were adjacent to each other. There was an alley way on the other side of the laundry and we placed stoop ball about twenty feet in. We also went up the hill, across the next street and used to take sleds down, crossing the street at some speed and risk. We called it the Big Hill and the Little Hill. You had to carry a lot of speed to make it all the way down. I’m glad I can still remember any of this in my 79th year.!!!!

oxfordblues
oxfordblues on June 4, 2018 at 8:14 am

PS Fred, where did you live? may have asked before. I think you are a big younger than I am. You knew Danny, did you know Gary Edles or any of the kids who lived on 54th Street? Danny is alive and kicking Still lives locally and spoke to him about a year ago. Edles lives in the UK and teaches at the University there and until last year I think he is now done, at GW or Georgetown. He was number two lawyer at the old Civil Aviation Board.

Fredhadley
Fredhadley on June 4, 2018 at 8:19 am

DeDona Pizza was past Key Food. The one by PS 151 – cannot recall if it had a name beyond Pizza. I know there were price wars between the two when pizza was 15c a slice and soda was 5 cents for a 7oz. cup

oxfordblues
oxfordblues on June 4, 2018 at 8:22 am

egg salad sandwich at eddies was twenty cents, malted milk same price. Slice of pizza you are right fifteen cents and an egg cream at the candy store was fifteen cents. My dad filled a tooth for five bucks, extracted one for I think ten? Haircut was fifty cents and the movie ticket I think was fifteen cents???

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