Idle Hour Theater
251 Jackson Avenue,
Long Island City,
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The Idle Hour Theater 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 theater and adjoining stores directly across the street at Jackson Avenue & 12th Street. The New Idle Hour Theater never became more than a late-run “nabe”, but operated into the 1950’s.
More information about its history and the current status of the site would be appreciated.
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