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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br91975
br91975 on December 11, 2006 at 7:17 am

I stopped by the Plaza this weekend and found it’s being used as a Spanish-language church (with services Sundays at 10 am and Wednesdays at 7:30 pm). The only architectural changes I could see the church made was painting the left wall of the entrance hallway an off-white, with a gold-orange stripe across and about 60% down from the ceiling and two wooden doors (more appropriate for a church than a movie theater) at the end; also, the one-sheet display cases on the exterior right have been boarded up and covered with banners listing information about the church services. There’s also a likewise banner on the front of the marquee, while the left and right sides contain lettering mentioning the office space for lease (albeit with no square footage; previously, 10,000 s.f. were listed as being available) and, at the bottom, the name of the church.

Mike (saps)
Mike (saps) on July 18, 2007 at 10:03 am

I just started working in the neighborhood and am sorry to see this is closed. I came here once or twice when I lived in Flushing over 20 years ago.

Maybe I’ll check out the church; all are welcome, right?

Ed Solero
Ed Solero on August 21, 2007 at 1:13 pm

So, the church conducts services upstairs in the former balcony? A post above states that services are held 10 am on Sundays and 7:30 pm on Wednesdays.

Bway
Bway on July 26, 2008 at 8:11 pm

The colors of course may be inappropriate, but the place was in really good condition yet in the 70’s. Shall we say….much better than what they have done to the place now…. too bad, it’s been destroyed inside.

Bway
Bway on May 18, 2009 at 11:40 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 11:08 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 10:03 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 10:28 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/

TLSLOEWS
TLSLOEWS on November 15, 2010 at 10:07 pm

Thanks for posting Tinseltoes.

Ed Solero
Ed Solero on April 8, 2011 at 10:31 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

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