College Theater

1508 College Point Boulevard,
College Point, NY 11356

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When I was a child in the 1940’s, the College Theater was the only movie theater in College Point, Queens. A theater known as the Lyceum existed at an earlier date. I know the College Theater was in operation from the 1930’s until the early-1970’s. It was located on 122nd Street between 15th and 18th Avenues. The building was converted to a mini mall and still exists as a Rite Aid pharmacy.

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Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on May 31, 2006 at 7:59 am

I found a more specific address of 15-08 122nd Street for the College Theatre, but I can’t vouch for its current accuracy since the source was published in 1948.

Ed Solero
Ed Solero on May 31, 2006 at 8:07 am

Warren… that matches up exactly with the address Lost Memory posted on May 7th for the Eckerd drugstore that now occupies the site.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on May 31, 2006 at 8:53 am

Its the same address. College Point Blvd and 122nd St are the same street. The function above should be drugstore.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on October 17, 2007 at 6:55 pm

A Wurlitzer theater organ opus 1303 style “E” was installed in the College Theater on 3/25/1926.

krautblatt
krautblatt on December 21, 2007 at 9:25 pm

It was a great experience. I lived right behind the theater on 121st Street. My brother and I spend many Saturdays there. We could watch 2 movies for 35 cents. I remember the cast of McHales Navy showing up. The theater was packed with kids. I can remember seeing Rodan and The Invasion of the Saucer Men (1957) along with many other blockbusters of the 1950’s to feast on Good n'Plenty’s.

My father met my mother in that theater in the late 1940’s. He was working there at the time. She tought that he looked like Sinatra but of course it was dark in the theater.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on December 11, 2008 at 3:48 pm

From Boxoffice magazine, April 1950:

Cooperative tieups do not work all one way, as demonstrated recently by Leo Raelson, manager of the College Theater, College Point, N.Y. Every year, the College Point National Bank sponsors an Easter party, a Thanksgiving party and a Christmas party for neighborhood youngsters. As a goodwill gesture and to promote interest in “The Heiress”, Raelson displayed a fishbowl in the lobby, filled with pennies and dollar bills. A sign nearby was lettered with copy: “"The Heiress' has WEALTH in direction, is RICH in stars, a FORTUNE in stars, a JEWEL in a mighty love story. You too can have all this. Save your pennies, they will grow into dollars. College Point National Bank.”

JayNewton
JayNewton on January 8, 2009 at 1:23 pm

I remember the College Theater well and spent many happy hours there during the 1950’s with my little friends. My parents were friends with the woman who sold the tickets, and her boyfriend, a nice man who managed the theater. He later committed suicide in the theater and I remember the woman crying and my mother talking with her. Of course I wasn’t privy to any of that information. I saw HORROR OF DRACULA there, and years later, while attending a film festival in Cairo, Egypt, sat with Christopher Lee who portrayed Count Dracula so very well, and told him how much he frightened my friend Martin Jacobson, who ran screaming up the aisle when Count Dracula made his first appearance on screen. “But my dear boy, he said, I haven’t played Dracula in many, many years!” When I returned to the States, I looked him up on the IMDb and saw to my delight, that he had indeed played Dracula recently. The College Theater, the Flushing RKO Keith’s, and the Flushing Prospect, were the places where I learned to live and love the movies. Jay Newton

Tinseltoes
Tinseltoes on August 3, 2011 at 1:02 pm

Here’s a link to a vintage exterior view of the College Theatre: nycago

robboehm
robboehm on August 3, 2011 at 6:06 pm

So they had a Wurlitzer. What I find odd about the drug store is that they left the set back at the entrance. They’re losing a lot of retail space.

Ed Solero
Ed Solero on December 10, 2013 at 9:52 am

With the College Theatre opening in September of 1926, it may have spelled doom for the older and much smaller Lyceum Theatre, which had been closed and sold by that same October. The introductory description for the Lyceum, contributed by RidgewoodKen, notes that there was a third movie house in College Point, called the Regent Theatre. So far, that cinema has not been listed on CT.

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