Acme Theatre

67-14 Myrtle Avenue,
Glendale, NY 11385

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Previously operated by: Island Theater Circuit

Functions: Retail

Previous Names: Alpha Theatre

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Acme Theatre

Another long gone neighborhood house in the Glendale area of Queens. Up until the 1980’s this was a catering hall (The Victorian House), and was a very popular spot. Now the space is divided up into a photo studio, senior center and bank. By September 2014 it wasoperating as a Foodmarkets store. At the very top of the building the ACME name is still etched into the concrete.

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Bway on August 29, 2007 at 11:17 am

There were boarded up windows according to my photos from Oct 6, 2004 (posted above), so they probably just opened them, and put new windows in.

PKoch on September 10, 2007 at 12:38 pm

I also remember a church, Victory House, at the Acme in the latter 1980’s, its name apparently based on its predecessor, Victorian House Caterers. I have never been inside the supermarket that is there now, though.

Bway on September 10, 2007 at 12:56 pm

Yes, it was a church for a while apparently, perhaps since the name was so close, I didn’t notice. I heard it was some sort of Pentecostal congregation.
The supermarket only opened over the last two months or so, so it hasn’t been that long….I posted a photo of the Met supermarket up above….

AntonyRoma on December 15, 2007 at 6:19 am


[from Greek akme highest point of perfection or achievement] The canonical supplier of bizarre, elaborate, and non-functional gadgetry â€" where Rube Goldberg and Heath Robinson (two cartoonists who specialized in elaborate contraptions) shop. The name has been humorously expanded as A (or American) Company Making Everything. (In fact, Acme was a real brand sold from Sears Roebuck catalogs in the early 1900s.) Describing some X as an “Acme X” either means “This is insanely great”, or, more likely, “This looks insanely great on paper, but in practice it’s really easy to shoot yourself in the foot with it.” Compare pistol.

This term, specially cherished by American hackers and explained here for the benefit of our overseas brethren, comes from the Warner Brothers' series of “Road-runner” cartoons. In these cartoons, the famished Wile E. Coyote was forever attempting to catch up with, trap, and eat the Road-runner. His attempts usually involved one or more high-technology Rube Goldberg devices â€" rocket jetpacks, catapults, magnetic traps, high-powered slingshots, etc. These were usually delivered in large wooden crates labeled prominently with the Acme name â€" which, probably not by coincidence, was the trade name of a peg bar system for superimposing animation cels used by cartoonists since forever. Acme devices invariably malfunctioned in improbable and violent ways.

Bway on December 15, 2007 at 6:12 pm

I think the Pink Panther also always used “Acme” businesses.

Panzer65 on February 20, 2009 at 4:53 pm

The Acme was also known as “The Itch”.

Bway on April 2, 2009 at 3:36 pm

Haha, I think a lot of run down theaters were called “The Itch”!

Willburg145 on July 18, 2011 at 4:25 pm

I noticed today a small theater along Myrtle Avenue. It still has the marquee but it is some kind of computer repair business.

robboehm on July 18, 2011 at 8:13 pm

Sometimes the label seemed inappropriate. I remember reading a posting about one theatre that was known as “The Itch” in less than six months of it’s opening.

RobertR on August 6, 2013 at 5:36 am

I would love to see a picture of this as a theatre

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