Plaza Theatre

103-12 Roosevelt Avenue,
Corona, NY 11368

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Plaza Theatre

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Loew’s Plaza Theatre first opened in November, 1927, presenting vaudeville with a feature movie. After Loew’s built the larger and more luxurious Valencia Theatre in Jamaica and Triboro Theatre in Astoria, the Plaza Theatre landed on the bottom tier with the circuit’s other Queens theatres— the Hillside, Willard, Prospect, and Woodside. The Valencia Theatre got the double-feature programs first, the Triboro Theatre a week after that, and the others a week after the Triboro.

In the early-1950’s, Loew’s divested the Plaza Theatre to comply with Federal anti-trust regulations, and the theatre became part of the Century Theaters circuit, which finally closed it due to a decline in the neighborhood. An “indie” took over, twinned the theatre and converted it to showing the latest Hollywood movies with Spanish sub-titles. The Teatro Plaza closed in late-2005.

Contributed by Warren G. Harris

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Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on April 15, 2009 at 10:26 am

Just re-registering for alerts with this photo link: View link

Bway
Bway on May 18, 2009 at 5:40 am

Wow that is a lot of information on that marquee!

(also reregistering for alerts at the same time)

br91975
br91975 on July 21, 2009 at 5:08 am

When you have a chance, Warren, could you re-post to your Photobucket profile the images you provided links to on April 19th and July 25th of last year? Many advance thanks!

TLSLOEWS
TLSLOEWS on February 3, 2010 at 5:03 pm

Never have heard of this theatre till today,nice old picture of the Loews Style Marquee.

Michael D. Jackson
Michael D. Jackson on August 21, 2010 at 4:28 pm

Warren, why is it you photobucket pix links never work? I can never see any of your pix. The american classic images works though. I took this picture of the theater today. I noticed the building from the subway platform and knew I was looking at a theater. Took me a bit of time to figure out what it was originally. I love spying dead theaters and then trying to look them up on this site.
http://www.flickr.com/photos/michaeldj/4915011820/

Tinseltoes
Tinseltoes on November 15, 2010 at 7:28 am

The Plaza is featured in this recent New York Times article and slide show about cinemas converted to retail: View link

TLSLOEWS
TLSLOEWS on November 15, 2010 at 5:07 pm

Thanks for posting Tinseltoes.

Tinseltoes
Tinseltoes on February 1, 2011 at 8:23 am

This undated photo probably shows the Plaza during its Hispanic phase, but I can’t swear by it: View link

Ed Solero
Ed Solero on April 8, 2011 at 4:31 pm

While trolling through a collection of old photos that had been posted in a Facebook group dedicated to memories of Queens (in particularly Corona, Elmhurst and Jackson Heights), I found this pair of marquee profile shots:

1982 snow storm

Sometime between closure and Walgreens

Tinseltoes
Tinseltoes on June 14, 2011 at 10:12 am

Google Maps street view shows rear side of the auditorium, which runs parallel to Roosevelt Avenue.

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