Parsons Quad Theatre

78-28 Parsons Boulevard,
Flushing, NY 11366

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Additional Info

Previously operated by: Interboro Circuit Inc., Loews

Architects: Samuel Lewis Malkind

Styles: Streamline Moderne

Previous Names: Parsons Theatre, Parsons Twin Theatre

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Parsons Theatre exterior

Opening on October 26, 1949 with James Cagney in “White Heat” & Alexis Smith in “One Last Stand”. The Parsons Theatre stood on Parsons Boulevard in the Flushing section of Queens. It was an Interboro Chain theatre.

When Loews bought the chain, they acquired it and eventually twinned the theatre. The old Parsons Theatre closed as a quad on December 18, 1986, and was razed to make way for townhouses which now stand on the site.

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Recent comments (view all 40 comments)

Ed Miller
Ed Miller on November 5, 2011 at 9:16 am

AXminster must have been Brooklyn, then.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on April 29, 2012 at 7:53 pm

A photo of the foyer of the Parsons Theatre can be seen at the top of this page of the January 7, 1950, issue of Boxoffice.

VinnieNYC on April 30, 2012 at 8:16 am

Thank you Joe for the photo link and to everyone adding their memories to the glories of this old movie house. The photo of the upstairs lounge reminds me of all the times I did my homework there while I was an usher (there was alot of downtime while the movie was running).

VinnieNYC on April 30, 2012 at 8:19 am

One more memory… When I was a very young child I remember them having matrons for the Saturday afternoon shows. Scary old ladies with flashlights!!!! The manager was Mr. Resnick, he used to call me Victor instead of Vincent. The stuff you remember…

paktype on July 5, 2012 at 10:49 am

Just to clear up some confusion about “Flushing”. The name “Flushing” was used for many years for several different communities in Queens that bordered the famous “Flushing” community anchored by Northern Boulevard, northern Main Street and Roosevelt Avenue. Kew Gardens Hills always had its own zip code (11367) but its Post Office was always referred to as “Station C – Flushing, New York”. When I was a kid, we always used Flushing in our address even though we lived in KGH. In recent years, Queens communities have stopped using the Flushing name. Station C was renamed “Kew Gardens Hills” a few years back.

RobertR on July 14, 2014 at 9:19 am

This closed as a Quad

Willburg145 on January 5, 2022 at 5:13 pm

Shame there are pictures of they interior

50sSNIPES on April 4, 2023 at 3:17 pm

The Parsons closed for the final time on December 18, 1986, and its final attractions by screen order are “Three Amigos” at Screen 1, “Star Trek IV” at Screen 2, “Song Of The South” at Screen 3 and “An American Tail” at Screen 4. It was last known as the “Parsons Quad” and was last operated by Epstein. After closure, the New York Daily News continued listing the theater as “closed” until the first day of 1987.

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