Plaza Theatre

103-12 Roosevelt Avenue,
Corona, NY 11368

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Ed Solero
Ed Solero on April 8, 2011 at 7:31 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

TLSLOEWS
TLSLOEWS on November 15, 2010 at 7:07 pm

Thanks for posting Tinseltoes.

Michael D. Jackson
Michael D. Jackson on August 21, 2010 at 7:28 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 February 3, 2010 at 7:03 pm

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

br91975
br91975 on July 21, 2009 at 8:08 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!

Bway
Bway on May 18, 2009 at 8:40 am

Wow that is a lot of information on that marquee!

(also reregistering for alerts at the same time)

Bway
Bway on July 26, 2008 at 5:11 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.

Ed Solero
Ed Solero on August 21, 2007 at 10:13 am

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.

Mike (saps)
Mike (saps) on July 18, 2007 at 7:03 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?

br91975
br91975 on December 11, 2006 at 4:17 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.

br91975
br91975 on November 20, 2006 at 5:57 am

Interesting; thanks for digging up that information, Lost Memory, and thanks to everyone else for their quick responses. This week is bad for me in finding time to head out to the Plaza and gauge firsthand exactly what’s happening, but hopefully I can make a trip there before long and be able to provide a formal update.

mikemorano
mikemorano on November 17, 2006 at 1:10 pm

Perhap’s someone was taking pictures. It could also be a theatre burglar.

Bway
Bway on November 17, 2006 at 12:57 pm

I believe similar reports were at the Marboro too a few times, before demolition began.

br91975
br91975 on November 17, 2006 at 10:14 am

When I last passed by the Plaza, on a Tuesday and then a Monday night in mid-September, the lights were on in the entrance hallway and the lobby; perhaps there are some redevelopment/re-opening/renovation plans in the works?

mp775
mp775 on September 5, 2006 at 8:31 am

Prior to the construction of Walgreens, the theater was called Teatro Plaza. Judging from the marks left on the marquee from old letters, it was also once called Los Plaza, accomplished by removing the E and W from LOEWS and moving the S to the left.

I was inside shortly after Teatro Plaza shut down and the marquee announced the construction of “5 modern theaters.” The partition between the entrance and what is now Walgreens was already there; the hallway was exactly as br91975 described, and there was a folding table set up right inside the door for ticket sales. Some demo work for the Walgreens had already begun, though there was no indication that it was being converted to retail. The mezzanine level wrapped around the lower lobby, similar to the Loew’s Jersey, and there was a small concession area and a couple of arcade games upstairs. Everything had been painted solid blue, but the ornamental plaster still appeared to be in very good condition. I didn’t venture into the auditoriums.

Ed Solero
Ed Solero on July 31, 2006 at 5:44 am

Here are two 1985 ads from the Spanish language publication El Diario:
El Carro de la Muerte 9/20/85
Peliculas en Ingles con titulos en Espanol 9/20/85

Here’s a neighborhood movie guide from El Diario, geared towards its Spanish speaking and bilingual readers:
Carteleras Cinematografica 9/20/85

Bway
Bway on June 19, 2006 at 5:11 am

Any current status for what’s left of the theater? From the above posts it looks like they were planning to reopen further auditoriums but never did? Are any still open?

Bway
Bway on March 23, 2006 at 4:07 pm

I’m sorry, I meant the “Plaza” above when I said “Corona”. I always considered this the Corona Plaza. Sorry for the mix-up.

Bway
Bway on March 23, 2006 at 4:06 pm

Too bad.
Interesting how “parking” was a concern, and if I am not mistaken, there’s even a parking lot near by. If yout ake a theater like the Ridgewood, which has been 5plexed since the 80’s, and there isn’t a parking lot anywhere even remotely close to the theater, and they never had a problem.
Too bad they couldn’t get the Corona to work.
The last few remaining older theaters are beginning to drop like flies now. Hopefully the Ridgewood will be able to pull it off, and stay open (but now they are on an evening only schedule weekdays, like the Corona was doing according to the upper part of this comment page). In Forest Hills there is the Midway (although completely altered), and I think whatever the old Continental is running as, and then the Fresh Meadows, the Jackson, and the Cinemart, and a few others here and there, but we can almost count the theaters left in Queens (or Brooklyn too for that matter) on our two hands.

Bway
Bway on March 23, 2006 at 9:34 am

What I meant to say above, which came out sounding strange is that does the same owners own all three theaters?
Apparently someone also mentioned the Corona Plaza has closed it’s doors, even in what was left of the balcony?

Bway
Bway on March 23, 2006 at 9:32 am

Is this the Corona Theater that also owns the Jackson Triplex and the Ridgewood Theater?
Anyone know of any interior photos of the place before being turned over to Walgreens?

imoutopoul
imoutopoul on January 29, 2006 at 2:07 pm

Hey guys was in the neighborhood the other night and saw that the Plaza had closed its doors. On the marquee reads a message saying office space available. I saw a lot of double bills here for twenty some odd years while I lived in Elmhurst. Sorry to see it go, it was a cheap price and good afternoon killer on my days off.

Hibi
Hibi on December 20, 2005 at 5:05 am

This has to be the most asinine butchering of a theater I’ve ever read about. Walgreens Cinema.

Ed Solero
Ed Solero on December 20, 2005 at 5:01 am

I suppose the balcony will now be stripped of its ornamentation and converted to office space as yet another gilded theater is completely lost to history. I never saw a movie here, despite having lived in the neighborhood and played in Linden Park just behind the building as a young boy. I remember that “The Towering Inferno” played here in the mid ‘70’s with Spanish subtitles. I think it might have still been a single screener at that time. In my memory, the marquee was big and boxy with the word “PLAZA” in red neon-lit block letters.

RobertR
RobertR on December 20, 2005 at 4:58 am

Someone could make the upstairs 4 screens.