Queens movie theaters shutter after falling short on rent

November 17, 2009 09:40AM

Both of Jackson Heights’ small movie theaters have closed within the last six months, leaving the neighborhood without a cinema. While some hope the void left in their stead will make way for a newer, more modern theater in the neighborhood, others are concerned that competition with DVD sales and large chain multiplexes will make it difficult for another theater’s entry. The Eagle Theater at 73-07 37th Road, which couldn’t compete with its larger counterparts elsewhere in the city, was supposed to house the film portion of the Jackson Heights Film and Food Festival. It was built in 1939, according to PropertyShark.com. The Triplex at 40-31 82nd Street, an 85-year-old structure that was slated to be the alternative Festival location, shuttered Oct. 20 after failing to pay rent and real estate taxes. Several theater operators are currently eyeing the Triplex location for a new cinema, the Daily News reported. [NYDN]