152-04 Jamaica Avenue,
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Previously operated by: Liggett-Florin Booking Service
Previous Names: Rialto Theatre
Located in the Jamaica section of Queens. The Rialto Theatre was opened December 1, 1920. It reopened as the Savoy Theatre on December 28, 1929. One of my favorite downtown Jamaica theatres in the days when they ran triple features which changed three and four times a week during the 1950’s. There was always a western on the bill, followed invariably by a “Bowery Boys” feature and a Realart, Columbia or RKO reissued main feature. By 1957 it was operated by Liggett-Florin Booking Service.
I believe it went porno in the 1970’s and later was closed and eventually demolished.
On many visits to the theatre, I recall seeing a framed sign mounted in the lobby indicating something to the effect that the Savoy Theatre was the first theatre to show “talkies” on Long Island. I know this contradicts with the claim elsewhere on this site that the Arion Theatre in Middle Village was the first. Perhaps someone in the know could clarify this point.
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