Fisk Theatre

68-02 Woodside Avenue,
Woodside, NY 11377

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Functions: Auto Repair Shop

Previous Names: Apollo Theatre, Winfield Theatre

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Fisk Theatre

A small neighborhood theatre which was opened as the Apollo Theatre in 1914, in the Winfield (today Woodbridge) section of Queens. In 1937 it was renamed Fisk Theatre. I don’t believe it made it much into the 1960’s. Perhaps someone else has more information about this one. A few years ago, a picture of the Fisk Theatre appeared in the “Our Neighborhood” section of a local newspaper.

Contributed by Erwin Markisch

Recent comments (view all 7 comments)

KurtM on December 27, 2006 at 8:55 am

the name Fisk comes from the major cross street to Woodside Ave. at thatlocation, Fisk Ave. now known as 69 St.
Kurt M.

jflundy on September 25, 2007 at 12:08 pm

The Fisk Theater on WOODSIDE AVENUE at EAST 68th STREET 1939 is shown in photo on page 11 of Woodside photos this link:

robboehm on March 8, 2014 at 12:58 pm

Contrary to the overview above the, at that time, Apollo, was advertising in the Brooklyn Eagle in 1928. Further research is needed to determine the actual opening date.

robboehm on March 9, 2014 at 10:15 am

LM, Ed Solero was right in the comment he made on another site. So many of the news articles from the early days sound like press releases. “Fitted up with every convenience” indeed.

robboehm on March 9, 2014 at 7:37 pm

I agree. Many of them are a hoot. The ones for the Rialto/Savoy were right up there, too, as you will recall. And what I find interesting about the ads we see is that the little neighborhood theaters often have bigger ones than some of the Loew’s. As for addresses and locations so many communities and streets, particularly in Queens, have been renamed leaving theaters with totally improbable names such as Polk or Willard and actual locations by today’s designations questionable (such as our recent Arverne discussions).

Roccus on July 18, 2018 at 3:19 pm

When the BQE finally completed the section between Roosevelt Ave and Queens Blvd, a part of 68th St. had to be angled over to meet Woodside Ave. This act chopped off most of the lobby and front of the Fisk. A couple of stores with apartments above were built in its place on Woodside and right at the new corner, a driveway was cut into the block, but much of what had been the seating area remains on 68th St and is now being used as an auto repair shop.

robboehm on October 25, 2020 at 3:54 pm

Uploaded an ad from a September 1920 Paramount Week indicating the, at that time Apollo, in a then named Winfield, would be participating in a special exhibiting event.

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