Main Street Cinemas
72-66 Main Street,
Kew Gardens Hills,
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Previous Names: Main Street Theatre, Main Street Playhouse
Located in Kew Gardens Hills, near Flushing, Queens. Opened by United L.I. Theatres in 1941 with Norma Shearer in “Escape” & Wallace Beery in “Wyoming”. It had 600-seats in orchestra and balcony levels. By 1948 it had become a first run Interboro Circuit Inc. house. It was taken over by an independent in the late-1970’s. For many years it had a popular $1 double bill policy. When other first run theatres in the same zone closed, like the Parsons Theatre and Prospect Theatre, it adapted a new first run policy.
It was twinned on April 6, 1985, quaded on August 12, 1998 and sixplexed on November 6, 1998. Some of the auditoriums have only 50 seats. They showed first run films at a low price of $6 for adults. Wednesday night all seats are only $3. It was closed on March 17, 2020 due to the Covid-19 pandemic. It was reopened in March 2021. In February 2022 the theatre and the stores between it and the corner of 72nd Drive were sold to G & Y Main Street Plaza LLC. The Main Street Cinemas closed again on September 2, 2022.
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