Idle Hour Theatre
251 Jackson Avenue,
Long Island City,
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The Idle Hour was one of the first movie houses in western Queens, and started by using the auditorium of the Masonic Building on Jackson Avenue in Long Island City, which is just across the East River from Manhattan.
By 1923, the operators had been able to save enough funds to build a real theatre and adjoining stores directly across the street. The new Idle Hour Theatre never became more than a late-run “nabe”, but operated into the 1950’s.
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