Town Theatre

37-11 Main Street,
Flushing, NY 11354

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ajs42548
ajs42548 on December 6, 2012 at 2:57 pm

My great uncle (my maternal grandmother’s brother) was Joseph Springer who owned the Midwood from the late 50’s into the 60’s. He also owned 5 other theaters some in Brooklyn and the rest in Queens. I saw the American Masters show and also heard Woody Allen mention that his grandfather owned that theater. Either he sold it to Century Circuit or directly to my uncle. I used to live on Coney Island Avenue and Ave. J (across Coney Island Ave. from Bobbins). Of course I used to have a family pass and see movies free whenever I wanted.

robboehm
robboehm on May 4, 2011 at 7:53 pm

When I was a child my aunt took me to Flushing. I remember walking past the Town. Even then I was a theatre nut. Does no one have pictures of the theatre as the Town? Also, I posted similar information to this a year or so ago but it has disappeared. Anybody else experience this sort of problem?

bobosan
bobosan on December 13, 2008 at 3:14 am

Here’s another image of the Taft from the 1930s:

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roadwarrior23249
roadwarrior23249 on December 15, 2005 at 6:54 pm

I have a nice photo of the taft i will post on here as soon as i get the chance. Warren, sine you seem to be THE theater guy around here, maybe you can help me out. I have a book on early queens and it shows a theater called the Janice that was also on main st. Was this the location of the Taft/Town, the seem to be in the same location in the pics. Thanks

RobertR
RobertR on October 4, 2004 at 2:00 pm

Were all of their houses end of the run?

Orlando
Orlando on October 4, 2004 at 1:47 pm

The Springer Circuit took hold of many Century operations, some that were being disposed of permanantly like the Town, Community and Plaza in Queens and the Patio, Linden (formerly Ward And Glynne’s Century), Farragut in Brooklyn. They also ran the Midwood and Oceana and when they went out of business, the last two reverted back to Century. Springer ceased to exist after 1964 or so.

RobertR
RobertR on October 4, 2004 at 9:45 am

Wow, I learned something today. I never knew about this theatre. How many theatres did the Springer chain operate?