Park Theatre

132-15 Rockaway Boulevard,
South Ozone Park, NY 11420

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kong1911
kong1911 on October 7, 2013 at 9:18 pm

I’m not sure when the Park closed but I remember seeing “Old Yella” (Walt Disney)there about 1957.

kz3009
kz3009 on May 12, 2012 at 2:42 am

the photo i posted is looking east down 120 ave from Rockaway Boulevard

Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on December 19, 2007 at 3:35 pm

The photo that I posted above on 12/6/06 does NOT show this Park Theatre, but the Park Theatre in Rockaway Park. This is confirmed by a comparison with a recent photo of the Rockway Park Theatre in an article about Rockaway Park at www.forgotten-ny.com I apologize for this error, which is partly my fault and the fault of the Long Island Collection of the Queens Public Library, which has the photo identified in its archive as being the Park Theatre in South Ozone Park. I’ll bring this to their attention on my next visit to the library.

jedweber
jedweber on December 15, 2007 at 4:40 am

A local.live image of the Park in Rockaway was posted by Bway under that theater’s entry: View link
It could be the building in the photo posted by Warren above: View link

jedweber
jedweber on December 15, 2007 at 12:13 am

Sorry. The correct link is: View link

jflundy
jflundy on December 14, 2007 at 10:08 pm

The photo of the Park Theater looks a lot like the Park Theater in Rockaway Park on B.116th St in the ‘30s or early 40’s. That box office looks very similar to the portable one used during the summer season. About mid September it would be rolled away and you bought your ticket at a window on the right side wall of the first lobby.

jedweber
jedweber on December 14, 2007 at 8:00 pm

Thanks. I guess we can conclude that the street configuration was probably changed after the theater was demolished, then?

jedweber
jedweber on December 14, 2007 at 6:37 pm

The presumed site of the theater can be seen in the fourth and fifth pictures, the lot with the “For Sale” sign (4), next to “Monica’s Nail Salon.” (5).

jedweber
jedweber on December 14, 2007 at 5:41 pm

The building appears to have been demolished and replaced by multi-family brick homes facing the side street. (133rd).

PKoch
PKoch on October 31, 2007 at 9:58 pm

Thanks, Lost Memory.

PKoch
PKoch on August 6, 2007 at 11:06 pm

Could there have been two theatres, the Park Theatre, and another one, similar to it, adjacent to each other on this stretch of Rockaway Blvd. ?

Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on August 6, 2007 at 11:05 pm

That photo was taken when the theatre first opened. It’s very possible that the entrance was changed in later years. But I can’t swear that the photo shows this Park Theatre. Librarians at the QPL in Jamaica said it is, so I have to take their word for it. I never saw the Park Theatre myself, and I was never in South Ozone Park except while passing through to another destination.

kong1911
kong1911 on August 6, 2007 at 10:49 pm

The photo in Warren’s posting of Dec 6th could not be this Park Theatre. Facing the entrance, it was located on the right end of the block and did not have such a fancy entrance.

PKoch
PKoch on August 6, 2007 at 6:33 pm

Thank you all. This is good to know.

Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on December 6, 2006 at 1:41 pm

This image claims to show the Park Theatre, but I can’t say for sure. Can anyone verify it?www.i8.photobucket.com/albums/a18/Warrengwhiz/ozpark.jpg

Tierney
Tierney on December 2, 2004 at 10:35 pm

The park was the"classy" movie in south ozone park. Had a candy machine in back of movie Had to go upstairs to bathroom and to have a smoke. Had YoYo contest on Sat matinee on stage.Kids weren’t allowed in without a shirt. Was a WW1 cannon in little square in front of movie. Saw some great movies there Double Indemnity and used to come out blind into sun after watching first tecnicolor musicals color by MGM & Natalie Kalmus.
David Robertson

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[Deleted] on October 30, 2004 at 9:36 pm

I agree with the posted address of 132-15 Rockaway Blvd. I also show multiple seating capacities for this theatre. I believe the 1941 listing of 1028 was overstated and would use the 920 listing instead.

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on October 30, 2004 at 8:20 pm

The address of the Park Theatre is listed in the 1950 Film Daily Yearbook as 132-15 Rockaway Blvd, South Ozone Park. Seating capacity is given as 920, but in the 1941 edition of F.D.Y it has 1028 seats (again listed under South Ozone Park)