UA Crossbay I

9411 Rockaway Boulevard,
Ozone Park, NY 11417

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Additional Info

Previously operated by: Randforce Amusement Corp., United Artists Theater Circuit Inc.

Architects: Charles A. Sandblom

Functions: Furniture Showroom

Previous Names: Cross Bay Theatre, UA Crossbay Twin, UA Crossbay Triplex

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UA Crossbay I

Opened in December 1924, the 1,425 seat Cross Bay Theatre was for many years a Randforce house and then United Artists. It was twinned on November 27, 1974, and on May 8, 1987 a third auditorium was built in space once occupied by retail stores. In 1992 United Artists opened the Crossbay II a few blocks away with eight screens.

Both theaters are now closed. The UA Crossbay I closed on June 23rd, 2005. It was converted into a Modell’s store which opened on May 20th, 2006. That store had moved out of the building by 2023 and it was occupied by a furniture showroom.

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Recent comments (view all 143 comments)

jaysonD on January 2, 2017 at 6:24 pm

Used to love going here as a kid…my dad would always take us here to see the Planet of the Apes movies and the James Bond movies…the extra plus was that it was across the street from White Castle…yummo!

artpf on July 13, 2017 at 8:08 am

I used to go here was I was a kid and it was a simplex. A beautiful old theatre. I remember seeing not only the original Planet of the Apes, but also the Go Ape Marathon where all 5 of the original Ape movies were shown back to back. Also Three Stooges vs Hercules some Disney animations that were released every 7 years and the original Batman movie based off the TV show. Great memories although, even tho I was a kid, I also remember that the theatre was sort of dirty and not well kept. In the 70’s the marquee was loaded with a sign saying “Stop Pay TV” when there were murmurs of Cable coming to Queens.

Nate_D on January 29, 2018 at 9:19 pm

I remember seeing Yellow Submarine here. The place was packed, kids sitting in the aisles and singing along with the cartoon Beatles.

ridethectrain on July 20, 2021 at 1:01 pm

Please update, it was twin on November 27, 1974 with opening pictures 2001 and The Longest Yard. Became a triplex on May 8, 1987 When the theatre closed, it was know as UA Cross Bay I, previous names UA Cross Bay Triplex and Cross Bay Twin

ridethectrain on July 4, 2023 at 3:32 pm

Please update, total seats 1470 Theatre 1 660 Theatre 2 400 Theatre 3 410 (took over a store for the 3rd screen)

Mike (saps)
Mike (saps) on July 4, 2023 at 11:50 pm

Since modells is closed, what is in the space now?

br91975 on July 6, 2023 at 12:30 pm

Presently home to a Raymour & Flanigan Furniture and Mattress Outlet.

Mike (saps)
Mike (saps) on July 6, 2023 at 3:36 pm

Sadly fitting, since most people watch movies sitting or lying in their beds nowadays.

Comfortably Cool
Comfortably Cool on July 7, 2023 at 9:28 am

Which has become preferable to attending “theatres” that are nothing more than a collection of screening rooms attached to a central commissary that offers everything from popcorn to complete meals.

robboehm on July 7, 2023 at 12:48 pm

Comfortably Cool- Well said not even considering the cash outlay for same.

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