College Theater

1508 College Point Boulevard,
College Point, NY 11356

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Previously operated by: Interboro Circuit Inc., Small-Strausberg Circuit

Architects: Joseph M. Berlinger

Functions: Pharmacy

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College Theater

When I was a child in the 1940’s, the College Theater was the only movie theater in College Point, Queens. A theater known as the Lyceum Theater existed at an earlier date. I know the College Theater was opened in September 1926 when it was operated by the Small-Strausberg Circuit. It operated until the early-1970’s. It was located on 122nd Street between 15th and 18th Avenues. The building was converted to a mini mall and still exists as a Rite Aid pharmacy.

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nancyflagg on May 7, 2006 at 9:01 am

hi i worked in the college theater from 1962 til 1970. i know that
theater in side out and on the outside. it was a nice little theater
and it is to bad it is gone.

nancy flagg

nancyflagg on May 7, 2006 at 9:19 am

i use to go to movies in 1950 and it was no bingo hall it was a
theater and i grew up going to the movies there until i worked there
when i was 16 years old. i will tell you the cashier was in the front
and the doorman took the tickets when you walked in, and after that the candystand was on your right as so was the ladies room. On your
left was the manager’s office. there was about eight stairs before the office, the turn right again and make a left to the men’s room.
make a right from the men’s room and you had your cellar where we use to change into our uniforms to work. Just ahead from the door from where you walk in you can see the movie screen. you had your balcony on your upstairs to the right and left of you and in the middle. they projection room was upstairs to the left of you . you are right about the seats being 675 and we had standing room only.
nancy flagg

Ed Solero
Ed Solero on May 31, 2006 at 8:07 am

Warren… that matches up exactly with the address Lost Memory posted on May 7th for the Eckerd drugstore that now occupies the site.

kencmcintyre on December 11, 2008 at 3:48 pm

From Boxoffice magazine, April 1950:

Cooperative tieups do not work all one way, as demonstrated recently by Leo Raelson, manager of the College Theater, College Point, N.Y. Every year, the College Point National Bank sponsors an Easter party, a Thanksgiving party and a Christmas party for neighborhood youngsters. As a goodwill gesture and to promote interest in “The Heiress”, Raelson displayed a fishbowl in the lobby, filled with pennies and dollar bills. A sign nearby was lettered with copy: “"The Heiress' has WEALTH in direction, is RICH in stars, a FORTUNE in stars, a JEWEL in a mighty love story. You too can have all this. Save your pennies, they will grow into dollars. College Point National Bank.”

JayNewton on January 8, 2009 at 1:23 pm

I remember the College Theater well and spent many happy hours there during the 1950’s with my little friends. My parents were friends with the woman who sold the tickets, and her boyfriend, a nice man who managed the theater. He later committed suicide in the theater and I remember the woman crying and my mother talking with her. Of course I wasn’t privy to any of that information. I saw HORROR OF DRACULA there, and years later, while attending a film festival in Cairo, Egypt, sat with Christopher Lee who portrayed Count Dracula so very well, and told him how much he frightened my friend Martin Jacobson, who ran screaming up the aisle when Count Dracula made his first appearance on screen. “But my dear boy, he said, I haven’t played Dracula in many, many years!” When I returned to the States, I looked him up on the IMDb and saw to my delight, that he had indeed played Dracula recently. The College Theater, the Flushing RKO Keith’s, and the Flushing Prospect, were the places where I learned to live and love the movies. Jay Newton

robboehm on August 3, 2011 at 6:06 pm

So they had a Wurlitzer. What I find odd about the drug store is that they left the set back at the entrance. They’re losing a lot of retail space.

Ed Solero
Ed Solero on December 10, 2013 at 9:52 am

With the College Theatre opening in September of 1926, it may have spelled doom for the older and much smaller Lyceum Theatre, which had been closed and sold by that same October. The introductory description for the Lyceum, contributed by RidgewoodKen, notes that there was a third movie house in College Point, called the Regent Theatre. So far, that cinema has not been listed on CT.

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