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The Broadway Theatre was one of three theatres built by the Small-Straseberg Circuit on the west side of the Astoria section of Queens, near stations of the BMT elevated subway line. It was opened prior to 1926 and seating was provided on a stadium plan, with a raised stepped section at the rear rather than a conventional overhanging balcony.
After Fox Theatres took over the S-S Circuit, the trio eventually became part of Skouras Theatres Corp. The Broadway Theatre and Grand Theatre were paired and played first-run for the Astoria area until 1941, when Skouras Theatres took over the Astoria Theatre, which was better situated on Steinway Street in the heart of the shopping precinct.
The Broadway Theatre and Grand Theatre were reduced to playing a week after the Astoria Theatre, and their sibling Crescent Theatre a week after that. All three theatres were early victims of TV competition, the Broadway Theatre closing in 1962.
The Broadway Theatre is now a bank.
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