RKO Strand Theatre

714 Beach 20th Street,
Far Rockaway, NY 11691

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Previously operated by: Brill's Theatres, B.S. Moss Enterprises, RKO

Architects: Thomas White Lamb

Functions: Medical Center

Previous Names: B.S. Moss' Strand Theatre

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RKO Strand Theatre

The Strand Theatre was one of a handful of theatres that once operated on the Queens peninsula. The Strand Theatre opened on October 23, 1919. It was operated by Sol Brill. It was equipped with an Austin 3 manual 18 ranks organ.

After it closed in the 1970’s, RKO would reopen it during the summer to screen Disney fare. That soon ended and the theatre never screened another movie. It stood down the block from the Columbia Theatre.

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NativeForestHiller on March 22, 2007 at 10:17 pm

Those wishing to read Ron Marzlock’s “I Have Often Walked” column documenting this theater, please follow this link:

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NativeForestHiller on March 22, 2007 at 10:23 pm

You can keep track of this building’s property profile & the latest permits and job filings by following:

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It seems as if it’s being converted to office and warehouse use. I hope the facade is preserved at the very least.

NativeForestHiller on March 22, 2008 at 12:38 am

Any updates on this once cherished theater?

kencmcintyre on January 31, 2009 at 3:50 pm

This is from Boxoffice magazine, August 1962:

FAR ROCKAWAY, N.Y.-Isidor Jutkovitz and other members of the Jutkovitz family have sold their interest in the RKO Columbia and Strand theaters here to the RKO Corp. The family served as partners with RKO for 40 years. The firm will continue to operate as in the past.

BobFurmanek on February 4, 2009 at 12:06 pm

On Friday January 26, 1962, the Three Stooges (Moe Howard, Larry Fine and Curly-Joe DeRita) embarked on a three day promotional tour for their latest feature film, THE THREE STOOGES MEET HERCULES. They were accompanied by “The Herculean Giant” (almost 8 foot tall Dave Ballard) and popular DJ Clay Cole, who was one of the stars of the co-feature, TWIST AROUND THE CLOCK.

On Saturday January 28, they appeared at the RKO Strand at 1:45 PM.

RobertR on April 17, 2009 at 9:59 am

Closed in 1969 advertising the new twin in Five Towns
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Re-opened in 1974

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Did it do time as an indie before closing since RKO has been covered over?
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Mike (saps)
Mike (saps) on September 28, 2012 at 1:55 pm

Updates appreciated.

paktype on October 17, 2012 at 2:32 pm

Can’t see much today, the facade appears to have been bricked up with cinder blocks. Its a bleak area.

LugosiResearch on December 29, 2012 at 5:52 pm

On Thursday 1 February 1951, Bela “Dracula” Lugosi presented his in person Horror and Magic Stage show at RKO Strand. Currently I am conducting research on all things Lugosi; if anyone out there actually saw this show and/or has memorabilia (poster, handbill, photos) related to this show, please contact Bill at Thanks in advance for any assistance!

caltiki54 on May 8, 2015 at 9:40 pm

In 1974, I went with my mom to FAR ROCK, to shop. We passed the RKO STRAND, & they were showing “THE GREEN HORNET”(an hour-plus of incoherent edits from the 1966 TV Series), & some R-Rated Blaxploitation, on a double bill. I made a fuss & my mom dropped me off. I came in at the end of THE HORNET, & had to sit through the other film, to see THE HORNET from the beginning. I was 10yrs old, & saw my 1st R-Rated sex scenes in a film that day. I was the only Kid there, among about only 5 adults. It was an afternoon showing. I would love to find out the title of that Blaxploitation flik. About 10mins before THE HORNET ended, my mom came into the theatre to get me. I must of been in there for close to 3 hours. I wanted to stay to the ending, & she said she will leave me there, if I didnt come NOW!…My only RKO STRAND experience, Bch.20th in FAR ROCK…

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