Garden Theater

113-12 Jamaica Avenue,
Richmond Hill, NY 11421

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Garden Theater

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Small neighborhood theater in the Richmond Hill section of Queens, it dated back to the days of the silents. Had an outdoor rooftop theater for the showing of movies during the summer months. By 1940 it was operated by Prudential Circuit.

Closed early to mid-1950’s due to television and competition from the nearby RKO Keith’s Theatre – Richmond Hill. Used as a warehouse until demolished in the mid-1990’s.

Contributed by Erwin Markisch

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johndereszewski on February 23, 2009 at 6:46 am

Bway, the Brooklyn Garden was situated on Manhattan Avenue in Greenpoint, accross the street from the Meserole. It was strictly a silent era house that closed in the late 1920’s and became a catering hall. Since an elevated subway never existed on Manhattan Ave., this wasn’t the place depicted in the picture.

By the way, the Brooklyn Garden has a short Cinema Treasures page that is worth exploring.

Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on February 23, 2009 at 6:50 am

The Brooklyn Garden was on New Utrecht Ave., which also has an elevated subway. However, the description of the Brooklyn Garden makes it seem like it was considerably smaller than the Richmond Hill Garden: /theaters/5845/

johndereszewski on February 23, 2009 at 7:02 am

Well I guess there were two Garden Theaters in Brooklyn. Here is the link to the one in Greenpoint.


johndereszewski on February 23, 2009 at 5:20 pm

I guess the Greenpoint Garden was so called to promote Greenpoint as the “Garden Spot of the World” – a term proudly touted by the local politicos that – during the time of this theater’s existence, and long after – would have required one’s tongue to be firmly placed in one’s cheek.

PeterKoch on February 24, 2009 at 7:04 am

Based on something Ed Norton said on “The Honeymooners” in February 1967, I thought Perth Amboy, NJ, was the sun and fun capital of the world.

Bway on May 4, 2009 at 9:22 am

What year was the Garden torn down? Was it anything after it was a theater?

Tinseltoes on September 16, 2011 at 7:29 am

Here’s a link to a photo and article: qchron

Tinseltoes on August 12, 2012 at 1:32 pm

I believe it’s this Garden Theatre, as Woodhaven and Richmond Hill are next to each other and boundaries have changed over the years.

robboehm on August 12, 2012 at 6:49 pm

The article shows the Garden as being on Webster Av. The Garden referred to above shows Jamaica Av. I know a number of name changes occurred in Queens but I was not aware that Jamaica Av. was one of them. There was also a Garden in Springfield Gardens. But, I believe, there is a Webster Av. in the Bronx.

Tinseltoes on August 13, 2012 at 7:34 am

Thanks for the correction! I have moved the 1913 article here: cinematreasures

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