Bellaire Theatre

207-01 Jamaica Avenue,
Queens Village, NY 11428

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on June 11, 2016 at 3:34 pm

The mystery is solved. Fixer3 lived in the neighborhood when the Bellaire was in operation, and attended the theater, and says that it was in the building “…on the northeast corner of the first block east of Francis Lewis Boulevard” (which would make it the northeast corner of 207th Street.) That building, now housing the Merrick Charter School, is next door to the building Labadee Manoir is in. The Google street view is now set to the correct location.

Texas2step
Texas2step on June 11, 2016 at 2:10 pm

I uploaded a photo of the restaurant with the 207-13 Jamaica Avenue address. Maybe it will help solve the mystery.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on June 11, 2016 at 1:33 pm

Fixer3 must be right, which means we have the wrong address for this theater. The building at 207-13, housing the Labadee Manoir restaurant and bar catering business, is not configured like a theater. At the back, seen from 208th Street, it has a low ceiling on the ground floor and apartments above, and that looks original to the building, not a retrofit of an old theater. The building is a bit too small for an 825 seat theater, in any case.

The current Merrick Charter School has to be where the Bellaire was. The school uses a 207th Street address, and its main entrance is there, but a secondary entrance on Jamaica Avenue has the address 207-01 over the door.

A real estate web site says the building was built in 1961, but the structure looks older than that to me, so I would guess that’s the year when it was gutted and rebuilt into a bowling alley.

Also, I don’t think Google Maps will find the correct location while we use the name Bellaire in the address. It fetches Bellaire Place, at some distance south of the theater’s location. The real estate web site says the area is now called Queens Village, and at Google Maps, using the address 207-01 Jamaica Ave., Queens Village, NY 11428 does put the pin icon at exactly the right spot.

Fixer3
Fixer3 on June 11, 2016 at 7:56 am

The photo is wrong. The building is not where the movie was. The building is on the northeast corner of the first block east of Francis Lewis Boulevard.

robboehm
robboehm on May 17, 2016 at 11:53 am

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

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on May 16, 2016 at 10:09 pm

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
robboehm on February 26, 2015 at 6:48 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.

bobby1361
bobby1361 on June 21, 2011 at 1:43 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

Fixer3
Fixer3 on December 5, 2008 at 6:04 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.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on December 4, 2008 at 4:47 pm

The restaurant is now Labadee Manoir. Serves fine Haitian cuisine.
http://www.restaurantica.com/restaurants/300659/

Fixer3
Fixer3 on October 11, 2007 at 9:02 am

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?

Ed Solero
Ed Solero on June 28, 2006 at 3:06 pm

Here’s a local.live.com 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.

mauriceski
mauriceski on September 26, 2005 at 10:23 pm

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

JKane
JKane on July 16, 2004 at 10:14 pm

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.