Plaza Theatre

103-12 Roosevelt Avenue,
Corona, NY 11368

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Previously operated by: Century Theaters, Loew's Inc.

Architects: R. Thomas Short

Functions: Church, Retail

Styles: Adam

Previous Names: Loew's Plaza Theatre, Teatro Plaza

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Loew’s Plaza Theatre first opened in November, 1927, presenting vaudeville with a feature movie. After Loew’s built the larger and more luxurious Valencia Theatre in Jamaica and Triboro Theatre in Astoria, the Plaza Theatre landed on the bottom tier with the circuit’s other Queens theatres– the Hillside, Willard, Prospect, and Woodside. The Valencia Theatre got the double-feature programs first, the Triboro Theatre a week after that, and the others a week after the Triboro.

In the early-1950’s, Loew’s divested the Plaza Theatre to comply with Federal anti-trust regulations, and the theatre became part of the Century Theaters circuit, which finally closed it due to a decline in the neighborhood. An “indie” took over, twinned the theatre and converted it to showing the latest Hollywood movies with Spanish sub-titles. The Teatro Plaza closed in late-2005.

Contributed by Warren G. Harris

Recent comments (view all 79 comments)

Bway on May 18, 2009 at 4:40 pm

Wow that is a lot of information on that marquee!

(also reregistering for alerts at the same time)

br91975 on July 21, 2009 at 4:08 pm

When you have a chance, Warren, could you re-post to your Photobucket profile the images you provided links to on April 19th and July 25th of last year? Many advance thanks!

TLSLOEWS on February 4, 2010 at 3:03 am

Never have heard of this theatre till today,nice old picture of the Loews Style Marquee.

Michael D. Jackson
Michael D. Jackson on August 22, 2010 at 3:28 am

Warren, why is it you photobucket pix links never work? I can never see any of your pix. The american classic images works though. I took this picture of the theater today. I noticed the building from the subway platform and knew I was looking at a theater. Took me a bit of time to figure out what it was originally. I love spying dead theaters and then trying to look them up on this site.

TLSLOEWS on November 16, 2010 at 3:07 am

Thanks for posting Tinseltoes.

Ed Solero
Ed Solero on April 9, 2011 at 3:31 am

While trolling through a collection of old photos that had been posted in a Facebook group dedicated to memories of Queens (in particularly Corona, Elmhurst and Jackson Heights), I found this pair of marquee profile shots:

1982 snow storm

Sometime between closure and Walgreens

fred1 on July 13, 2016 at 4:22 pm

The last owners was an outfit called Queen City theaters . The also manage the Ridgewood theater and Jackson Hgts. theaters

Bethangel1 on June 15, 2018 at 5:43 pm

Wow! I was looking for the address and I did not realize I would find such a sight! brings back so many memories wow! I attended a government funded program above the theater back in 1981, cant believe its been left this way or that its even still standing. I left NY over 15 yrs ago, how sad.

robboehm on February 8, 2019 at 5:29 pm

Uploaded a wider range photo of the Plaza in the day.

Comfortably Cool
Comfortably Cool on May 31, 2021 at 2:25 pm

A recent view of the exterior and a brief update on the status of the building can be found at the “Forgotten New York” website at the very end of an article about National Street in Corona. Click here

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