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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jgbohm
jgbohm on February 21, 2009 at 12:03 am

If “philmem” is still available-

I lived in Richmond Hill from 1938 until 1950 on 108th st. My twin sister and I went to the Garden Theatre whenever my parents wanted to get rid of us for an afternoon…we were there a lot! $.05 was the admission then My grandmother lived just south of Jamaica Ave on the east side of 112th st, and, coincidentally, since childhood was best friends with Mrs Marx{Evie)who lived next door to you, and they had three boys.

PeterKoch
PeterKoch on February 21, 2009 at 12:19 am

Welcome, jgbohm, and thank you for posting here !

Bway
Bway on February 22, 2009 at 5:42 pm

It’s very possible. I see the el up ahead. There is a photo on nycsubway.org that shows the upper part of the Garden:

http://www.nycsubway.org/perl/show?6626

Bway
Bway on February 23, 2009 at 12:57 pm

What street was the Brooklyn Garden on?

johndereszewski
johndereszewski on February 23, 2009 at 2:46 pm

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.

johndereszewski
johndereszewski on February 23, 2009 at 3:02 pm

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

/theaters/11234/

johndereszewski
johndereszewski on February 24, 2009 at 1:20 am

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
PeterKoch on February 24, 2009 at 3:04 pm

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
Bway on May 4, 2009 at 5:22 pm

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

robboehm
robboehm on August 13, 2012 at 2:49 am

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.

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