Fisk Theatre

68-02 Woodside Avenue,
Woodside, NY 11377

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Fisk Theatre

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A small neighborhood theatre which was opened as the Apollo Theatre in 1914, in the Woodside section of Queens. I don’t believe it made it much into the 1960’s. Perhaps someone else has more information about this one. A few years ago, a picture of the Fisk Theatre appeared in the “Our Neighborhood” section of a local newspaper.

Contributed by Erwin Markisch

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Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on October 12, 2006 at 3:50 am

Here’s a 1938 view of the Fisk’s marquee and entrance:

KurtM on December 27, 2006 at 8:55 am

the name Fisk comes from the major cross street to Woodside Ave. at thatlocation, Fisk Ave. now known as 69 St.
Kurt M.

jflundy on September 25, 2007 at 12:08 pm

The Fisk Theater on WOODSIDE AVENUE at EAST 68th STREET 1939 is shown in photo on page 11 of Woodside photos this link:

Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on April 28, 2008 at 11:01 am

This was another of those cinemas that used the “re” ending for the “t” word: Fisk Theatre (not Fisk Theater). Here’s a new link to a 1938 view of the marquee:
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robboehm on March 8, 2014 at 12:58 pm

Contrary to the overview above the, at that time, Apollo, was advertising in the Brooklyn Eagle in 1928. Further research is needed to determine the actual opening date.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on March 8, 2014 at 2:49 pm

The Apollo Theatre opened in 1914.

This was published in the Newtown Register on June 11, 1914.

The beautiful Apollo Theatre of Winfield has opened. Mrs. Theresa Schultze, owner of the theatre, has spared no expense in securing the comfort and safety of the public. The building is absolutely fireproof and sanitary in every way. It has an 18 inch firewall around it, with four exits, in front of the theatre, two on Meyers avenue and two entering a five-foot alley belonging to the theatre. No foul or hot air will be allowed to remain in the building, for there are five ventilators and a 42-inch suction motor fan in the centre which will create a circulation of pure air at all times.

A great deal of credit must be given to Andrew Baumler, brother of Mrs. Theresa Schultze who superintended the arrangements of the theatre from its inception. He has been in the theatrical business for many years, having had large acts and shows here and abroad. Go and see for yourselves what Mrs. Theresa Schultze has done for the pleasure loving public of this vicinity.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on March 8, 2014 at 2:50 pm

Published in the Newtown Register on July 9, 1914.

The new Apollo Theatre on Woodside avenue, Winfield, is doing a rushing business. The highest class of photo plays with a daily change of bill are being presented, and that they are highly appreciated by the public is amply proven by the large audiences that throng the place at every performance.

The building is up to date in every respect and is fitted up with every convenience. The performances are all well worth seeing, and a more delightful way of spending an evening than seeing these exhibitions could not be found.

robboehm on March 9, 2014 at 10:15 am

LM, Ed Solero was right in the comment he made on another site. So many of the news articles from the early days sound like press releases. “Fitted up with every convenience” indeed.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on March 9, 2014 at 5:00 pm

I agree. Many of those articles sound like they were written by the theatre owner or manager and given to the newspaper to print. The seat counts are sometimes exaggerated along with the cost of building the theatre. My main interest in those articles are finding opening dates or building a timeline for a particular theatre. Occasionally the article will include an address or location for the theatre. Even though a number of these old articles are mostly hype, I still enjoy reading them.

robboehm on March 9, 2014 at 7:37 pm

I agree. Many of them are a hoot. The ones for the Rialto/Savoy were right up there, too, as you will recall. And what I find interesting about the ads we see is that the little neighborhood theaters often have bigger ones than some of the Loew’s. As for addresses and locations so many communities and streets, particularly in Queens, have been renamed leaving theaters with totally improbable names such as Polk or Willard and actual locations by today’s designations questionable (such as our recent Arverne discussions).

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