Plaza Theatre

103-12 Roosevelt Avenue,
Corona, NY 11368

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Tinseltoes on June 14, 2011 at 4:12 pm

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

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

Tinseltoes on February 1, 2011 at 1:23 pm

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

TLSLOEWS on November 15, 2010 at 10:07 pm

Thanks for posting Tinseltoes.

Tinseltoes on November 15, 2010 at 12:28 pm

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

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.

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.

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!

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)

Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on April 15, 2009 at 4:26 pm

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

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.

Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on July 25, 2008 at 12:02 pm

Here are several images of the auditorium in the 1970s. The walls had been re-painted in a shade of blue that might have been on bargain sale at Pergament at the time. The dome seems to have been left untouched except for installation of air-conditioning ducts. Compare these photos to the first one that I posted above on 4/19/08:
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Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on April 19, 2008 at 11:23 am

Here are new direct links to vintage images of Loew’s Plaza Theatre:
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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.

Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on July 18, 2007 at 10:46 am

I’m sure that the church will welcome you, provided that services are going on at the time you visit. Do you happen to know the days and times that services are held?

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?

Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on May 30, 2007 at 9:00 am

One of the most popular novelty “acts” to play the Loew’s vaudeville houses arrived at the Plaza in July, 1928 for a four-day booking with the feature movie, “A Night of Mystery.” Billed as a “Special Added Attraction” to four other acts on the bill, “A Night at Coney Island” presented “weird folks” from Coney sideshows, including “Albert/Alberta” (half man, half woman), “The Fattest Woman on Earth” (642 pounds),“The Legless Wonder,” “The Spider Boy,” “The Human Skeleton” (57 pounds), and “The Smallest Mother in the World” (a midget with two full-grown daughters). Here are an ad and photo copied from the Long Island Daily Star:


Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on May 29, 2007 at 7:19 am

The architect’s credit needs to be updated so that R. Thomas Short gets his proper due. I think this gives him 15 theatres so far, and there are probably more. Prior to specializing in theatres, Short had an architectural partnership with Herbert S. Harde from 1901-15. Their most famous collaboration is the majestic apartment building, Alwyn Court, on the SE corner of Seventh Avenue & 58th Street. Part of the ground floor is now occupied by the gourmet restaurant, Petrossian.

Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on May 23, 2007 at 8:24 am

The Plaza was designed in the so-called “Pompeian” style by the prolific team of R. Thomas Short & William Rau, according to an article in the June 28, 1928 issue of the Long Island Daily Star. “There are approximately 2,200 seats in all, those on the main floor upholstered in red morrocoline, and the upstairs in gold and black tapestry, which lends a delightful contrast,” says the article.
“A double staircase leads to the mezzanine floor. At the top landing, there is a beautiful open well made of the finest marble. Comfortable divans are to be seen on this floor, which is lavishly furnished. The lighting fixtures throughout the theatre are very unusual and harmonize with the Pompeian design. Exquisite wall hangings lend a note of richness to the house.” Copied from microfilm is this rare image of the Plaza’s auditorium, which had six boxes of seats on each side wall. Note the oval dome in the ceiling and the shadow cast by the crystal chandelier:

Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on January 3, 2007 at 8:17 am

Just before Christmas, 1952, Century Theatres took over the Plaza and Prospect from Loew’s, which was forced to divest the two theatres in compliance with the federal anti-trust action against the company. The Plaza continued to play the same movies that it would have under Loew’s, but only for four days of the week. On the other three days, the Plaza ran programs off the RKO circuit, but a week after they’d finished their runs at the RKO leaders in the borough (including nearby Keith’s Flushing):

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.

br91975 on November 20, 2006 at 8:57 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 on November 17, 2006 at 4:10 pm

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

Bway on November 17, 2006 at 3:57 pm

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

Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on November 17, 2006 at 1:57 pm

Perhaps they are lighted for safety reasons, or just because someone forgot to turn them off. I found a similar situation at the Polk Theatre, which is awaiting demolition.