Laurelton Theatre

227-10 Merrick Boulevard,
Laurelton, NY 11413

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Previously operated by: Interboro Circuit Inc., United L.I. Theatres

Functions: Church

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Laurelton Theater

Opened by 1941 when it was operated by United L.I. Theatres. Later becoming one of the Interboro chain’s houses located in Queens. It closed either in the late-1970’s or early-1980’s.

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Recent comments (view all 43 comments)

robboehm on February 18, 2011 at 9:49 pm

Yes, Chris, this is unique. Sometime back when I was trying to find a theatre in Queens and looked for it by the community name I couldn’t find it. I then discovered many of the Queens theatres were listed as Queens and not by the town names. Some had the town and Queens which made the lookup difficult. I contacted the CT people and had all those corrected. The only one right now which is incorrect is the Museum of the Moving Image in Astoria which was recently added including “Queens”. I notified CT but when last I checked they hadn’t done the update.

Staten Island also has community names. I guess I should check out CT references to Staten Island for correction.

ChrisPlatt on February 21, 2011 at 6:45 pm

To clarify only Queens town names are still used in postal addresses.


robboehm on February 22, 2011 at 1:31 pm

Queens was always unique among the boroughs, and also, Nassau and Suffolk Counties were originally a part of Queens.

robboehm on February 23, 2011 at 1:17 pm

It’s interesting, in its ads Century Theatres always referred to themselves as being on Brooklyn, Queens and Long Island. And by rights Brooklyn is Kings County, Manhattan is New York County and Staten Island is Richmond.

Ed Solero
Ed Solero on July 7, 2011 at 4:07 pm

Can’t tell from the street view if the building is being gutted and/or demolished or if the congregation has finally been able to proceed with the expansion and renovations it was planning when I last visited several years back. I just added the photos I had previously posted from that visit – and in one of the shots, a model of the proposed construction is displayed in the former ticket lobby.

Ross Melnick
Ross Melnick on July 7, 2011 at 5:26 pm

Yikes — those Street View shots don’t look promising …

Ed Solero
Ed Solero on July 7, 2011 at 9:11 pm

I guess the only way to find out for sure is to get down there for another visit. Will see if I can swing by either tomorrow or sometime next week.

Mike (saps)
Mike (saps) on October 11, 2011 at 3:21 pm

Awaiting your report, Ed…

Ed Solero
Ed Solero on October 11, 2011 at 5:33 pm

Hey saps! Sorry I kept you hanging on the wire here! Ha ha. I actually did drive by the Laurelton, not too long after my last post, but without camera in hand. I can report, however, that the theater building is very much still standing. The renovations planned by the church seem to have been completed, with radical changes to the entrance facade and storefronts along Merrick Boulevard. I’m sure the lobby area has been completely remodelled as well, but I can’t confirm that. I’ll have to see if I’m able to get inside at some point and then allowed to take photos to update the batch I posted from early 2006.

archtypeman on May 20, 2013 at 3:43 pm

Thanks for the pictures,my Dad was a projectionist there……Ron Wendell

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