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Triboro Theatre (photo credit Graeme McBain)

Triboro Theatre

New York, New York, USA

First Opened: 21st February 1931 (93 years ago)

Atmospheric Style: Italian Courtyard

Architect: Thomas W. Lamb

Status: Demolished

Address: 2804 Steinway St, Astoria, NY 11103 Link opens in new window


The 3,300-seat theatre opened in mid-February 1031 with Reducing (1931) Link opens in new window starring Marie Dressler, following six vaudeville acts on the stage.

The Triboro featured a Mayan Revival exterior with an Atmospheric auditorium in an Italian Renaissance design, all by architect Thomas Lamb.

In 1931 the Triboro gained a Wurlitzer theatre organ, a 3-manual, 13-rank instrument (Opus 1699) which had previously be housed at Loew’s Canal Street Theatre in Manhattan.

Despite being one of the last movie palaces to be built in the New York area, the Triboro Theatre was one of the first to go, closing in June 1974 and being demolished later that year. Its demolition continues to leave a gaping wound in Queens’ architectural history.

Information in part sourced from Cinema Treasrues Link opens in new window.

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Auditorium in 1931, courtesy Graeme McBain (JPG)
Auditorium in 1931, courtesy Graeme McBain (JPG)
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