Bellaire Theatre

207-13 Jamaica Avenue,
Bellaire, NY 11428

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One of eastern Jamaica Avenue’s long-forgotten movie theatres, the Bellaire Theatre was named for its neighborhood, which is between Hollis and Queens Village. Never more than a subsequent-run house, it opened in August 1926 and closed in the late-1950’s. The building still stands, but today houses a restaurant.

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JKane on July 17, 2004 at 1:14 am

The Bellaire is fondly remembered by yours truly—I lived around the corner from it, went all the time with my buds and remember the sad day it closed, when I was 11, in 1959. The last picture show was The Horse Soldiers, I believe, and a second feature I don’t recall.

mauriceski on September 27, 2005 at 1:23 am

i.n 1944 or 45 i followed lauren bacall down jamaica ave.the movie was to have and have not i saw it first at the alden then the carlton,bellaire and the bellrose . isaw that movie at least 16 times in a span of six months

Ed Solero
Ed Solero on June 28, 2006 at 6:06 pm

Here’s a view of the building facing the north and looking at the former theater’s frontage on Jamaica Avenue.

Bellaire facing north

Not sure where the entrance was, but with the address 207-13 it must have been mid-block. I would guess the wall to the left is the screen wall and that the entrance was at the eastern end of the structure towards the right. Can’t tell if that dark awning is the restaurant entrance, though it looks to be in an adjacent lot if so. I guess a trip to the premises in person would better tell the tale. Nouveau Manoir might include a catering hall and make use of the former auditorium’s open space. From what little I can gather restaurant specializes in Carribean cuisine and features live music at certain times.

Fixer3 on October 11, 2007 at 12:02 pm

We lived at 99-52 211th Place, Bellaire, 29 New York. I remember seeing “A Night To Remember” there as a kid…. It was Hollis Lanes for about 30 years and then became The Hollis Pistol and Rifle Club for awhile. It was right across the street from the old “Castle Gardens” a catering hall with parapit walls…. I waa bowling there in the mid 60’s when the Great East Coast Blackout happened…..Was that 1965?

kencmcintyre on December 4, 2008 at 7:47 pm

The restaurant is now Labadee Manoir. Serves fine Haitian cuisine.

Fixer3 on December 5, 2008 at 9:04 am

A slight correction to my post of October 11, 2007. The correct name of the catering hall across the street from the Bellaire Theater was: “The Bellaire Castle”. The Italian restaurant just west of the Bellaire Castle (again on the south side of Jamaica Avenue) was “Collasacco’s”. It was the only source of pizza in the area…no slices, whole pies only…lots of “Jimmy Roselli” and “Jerry Valle” on the juke box….Just east of the Bellaire Castle, again backed up to the Long Island Railroad, was the King Kullen super market which is now the site of the Queens Village Poat Office 11428.

bobby1361 on June 21, 2011 at 4:43 pm

Yup Fixer 3 had it right, it was a bowling alley and then turned into a shooting range for about 15 years before it became a restarant and is now The Merrick Charter Academy school

robboehm on February 26, 2015 at 9:48 am

I remember someone telling me that there was a water issue with the space. So I was surprised when it became a bowling alley.

Re the comment above, the entrance was at the far west side of the building on Jamaica Avenue. I was never inside so have no idea of the layout. When it became a bowling alley the lanes were at the front of the building parallel to Jamaica Avenue. You could see them from the street or, in my case, from the Long Island Rail Road.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on May 17, 2016 at 1:09 am

The July 9, 1926, issue of The Film Daily said that Sam Baker expected to open his new Bellaire Theatre the first week of August.

robboehm on May 17, 2016 at 2:53 pm

Joe, shame Film Daily didn’t have a photo since no images of the Bellaire in the day seem to be available.

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