Fisk Theatre

68-02 Woodside Avenue,
Woodside, NY 11377

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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 June 23, 2004 at 1:12 pm

The Fisk, which had about 600 seats, had previous names as the Apollo and the Winfield. The neighborhood was known as Winfield before it was merged into Woodside. The building still exists, but converted into an auto repair garage. It narrowly escaped demolition for the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway…This was the first theatre that my mother attended after her family moved to Winfield from Cleveland, Ohio, during the WWI era. She always remembered seeing short comedies there featuring the “Dippy Doodads,” which were chimpanzees dressed up as people.

Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on September 18, 2004 at 8:46 am

The Fisk was situated at 68-02 Woodside Avenue. The neighborhood used to be known as Winfield, but is now part of Woodside. To generate an accurate map, you need to enter the address as 6802 Woodside Ave., Woodside, NY. (Don’t include a hyphen in the building number or the word “Queens”).

Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on October 12, 2006 at 3:46 am

This was apparently one of the first cinemas in this area of Queens. I’ve found advertising for it as early as July, 1915, under its original name of Apollo.

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.

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.

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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