Queens Theatre in the Park

New York State Pavilion,
Flushing Meadows Corona Park,
Corona, NY 11368

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Queens Theatre in the Park

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Originally built as part of the New York State exhibit for the 1964-65 World’s Fair, the theatre originally presented a 360 degrees film about New York State. Currently the theatre presents a mix of cabaret, concerts, Broadway revivals and new dramatic productions. The theatre also shows film festivals the last one was French films every Tuesday night.

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Lost Memory
Lost Memory on May 13, 2006 at 9:55 am

This theater was renovated since it was built in 1963-64. The renovation took place around 1993. This website has a photo and credits the renovation architect as Alfred De Vito. Another website spells the renovation architect’s name as Alfredo De Vido. That website is here. From what I have read, the original architect for this theater was Philip Johnson. The following is from the NYC Arts website:

“There’s good reason the exterior of this theater looks like a theme park: It once was. The esteemed architect Philip Johnson designed it as part of the 1964 New York World’s Fair, it housed a cycloramic film tribute to New York State. The interior is more subdued with a 476-seat playhouse bathed in earth tones that is a good place to see favorite performers still going strong but not necessarily appearing in the latest Hollywood movie or Broadway production. There is also a 100-seat theater for more experimental fare. A broad range of performing arts disciplinesâ€"drama, dance, music, performance art, troupe comedy, children’s eventsâ€"from a host of multicultural companies have found receptive audiences here. The Independent Film Showcase features commercially undistributed films that can be seen virtually nowhere else in the city. At last count Queens was home to 102 ethnic groups from Asia to Africa, Latin America to Eastern Europe, and the theater’s programming reflects this diversity”.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on December 17, 2008 at 8:46 pm

Here is a website for the Queens Theater in the Park.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on December 19, 2008 at 6:01 am

This is what the Queens Theater in the Park looks like.

Bill Huelbig
Bill Huelbig on November 20, 2009 at 6:59 am

I saw “2001: A Space Odyssey” here last night. It was a Blu-Ray presentation, and the screen wasn’t as big as I’d hoped, but it was slightly curved – a nice touch for a film that was originally shown in Cinerama. The sound system was excellent, and the theater staff was very friendly. I’m glad I went.

A highlight of the evening: to get to the theatre I had to walk around the Unisphere, the gigantic steel globe that was the symbol of the 1964-1965 New York World’s Fair. I hadn’t been so close to it since 1965.

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