Malboe Theatre

117-16 Sutphin Boulevard,
South Jamaica, NY 11434

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Opened in around 1928, the Malboe Theatre was a so-called “Negro Theatre” that operated for several decades in South Jamaica, Queens.

Contributed by Warren G. Harris

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Orlando
Orlando on October 2, 2004 at 8:43 am

If I am correct, the building at the address above has been replaced with a modern daycare facility. The current structure does not resemble a former theatre. I covered this entire area on Sunday two weeks ago and found many of the listed theatre buildings in one use or another.

Tierney
Tierney on December 3, 2004 at 8:21 am

There had to be two Malboes.? The one I went to was in south ozone park on sutphin blvd and about 119th st. that neighborhood did become black later on but this one wasn’t in south jamaica.It was across from one of the firsr A&Ps.My cousin took me to see The first Frankenstein movie with Boris Karloff when I was 5 years old (1935) sadist!!!! that she was.I spent many hours in that little place.Fat Bob at the (lobby??) pulled a heavy curtain aside to let you in.Three changes a week so I got my film ed on the movies hard wooden seats.I remember Buck Jones westerns Flash Gordon serials Gone with the Wind-David Copperfield- Dick Powell musicals. I often wonder what happened to all those glossy stills of the current movie that were in cases that lined the front of theatre. They would be collectors items today
David Robertson Dec3,2004

mauriceski
mauriceski on September 26, 2005 at 9:51 pm

i went to this very small theater in the late 1940s (1949)this section of jamaica was called basiley park section and it was a white area

mauriceski
mauriceski on September 28, 2005 at 3:37 am

this is the theater i called the marlboro in a previous comment.

mauriceski
mauriceski on May 31, 2006 at 6:18 pm

Supthin Blvd begins at Hillside Ave and goes due south to Rockaway Blvd where it ends. Meaning that it is only in Jamaica and South Jamaica. The address given above is definitely in South Jamaica.Richmond Hill is west of the Van Wyck (WIKE) Expressway.

mauriceski
mauriceski on June 1, 2006 at 6:12 am

South Jamaica,had sections such as Cedar Manor,Dunton,Bricktown and Basiley Park.Also Jamaica Racetrack was on Basiley Blvd.So was Basiley Pond Park also Woodrow Wilson High School.All of this area was and still is South Jamaica.So saying that something is in Basiley Park and not Jamaica is like saying Shea Stadium is in Flushing and not Queens.

mauriceski
mauriceski on October 6, 2009 at 12:24 am

THE PEOPLE OF QUEENS, AS FAR AS I CAN REMEMBER,NEVER REFER TO THEMSELVES AS QUEENSITES.WE IDENTIFIED WITH THE COMMUNITIES.SUCH AS CORONA,FLUSHING,BAYSIDE,GLENRIDGE,RICHMOND HILL,QUEENS VILLAGE HOLLIS EAST ELMHURST,WHITESTONE,JAMAICA,ECT. THE REST OF THE FIVE BOROUGHS REFER TO THE BOROUGH INSTEAD OF THE SECTION THEY LIVE IN.JUST ONE OF THE PERCULARITIES OF QUEENSITES.I THINK THIS ONE THE REASONS PEOPLE CONFUSE LONG ISLAND WITH QUEENS

robboehm
robboehm on February 25, 2014 at 12:38 pm

To mauriceski long after the fact, when I came onboard CT there was a lot of confusion of the manner in which Queens theaters were listed. To that end I contacted the powers that be and made sure only community names appeared and that the word “Queens” was only acceptable for Queens Village.

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