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Offline Aronan

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The Polk Theatre, 1938-2008
« on: January 20, 2008, 01:58:33 PM »
Curious if anyone out there knows anything about what's happening with the Polk Theater on 93rd St. and 37th ave.

I know it was built in the late 30's, and served the neighborhood for quite a long time as a regular movie theater. At some point it transitioned over to Adult Films and sank in to ill-repute and disrepair (as many porn theaters do). Somewhere in Mid 2006, the building was bought by developers and has since been closed to the public (perhaps for the better)

A series of stores adjacent to The Polk have also been closed for a significant amount of time. 

It seems as if the developers are planning on waiting out all the remaining commercial tenants and may proceed with demolishing the property entirely.

I ventured in to the Polk once while it was still open and discovered that under the layers of grime and smut there was a beautiful old 30s style theater with a large auditorium. It seems to me that Jackson Heights could benefit from a visible arts space that supports local arts groups and community functions.

Much like the Eagle (or Earle) theatre was transformed in to a unique Bollywood Gem for the neighborhood, wouldn't it be great to have another space that brings the arts and culture closer to our community?

Anyway, I was jsut curious to see if any one out there knew anything about what's happening on that block ?

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Re: The Polk Theatre, 1938-2008
« Reply #1 on: February 21, 2008, 07:22:42 AM »
unfortunately that whole block has been demolished.  I was hoping that at least the theater could have been saved.

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Re: The Polk Theatre, 1938-2008
« Reply #2 on: February 21, 2008, 07:32:33 PM »
unfortunately that whole block has been demolished.  I was hoping that at least the theater could have been saved.

I just noticed this today, the theater seemed nice if it was remodeled , but, I'm somewhat content this corner is gone, btw only 3/4ths of the block is gone. 
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Re: The Polk Theatre, 1938-2008
« Reply #3 on: February 21, 2008, 08:26:04 PM »
Polk Theater, R.I.P.
1938-2008


More images from Photobucket

The Queens 50: A pre-gentrification to-do list. (See #2) (New York Magazine, July 10, 2005)
The Last Days of a Porn Palace (The Village Voice, May 9, 2006)
Polk Theatre closes: Last of a dying breed (Blabbeando, May 19, 2006)
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Re: The Polk Theatre, 1938-2008
« Reply #4 on: February 22, 2008, 03:17:37 PM »
I checked on the Department of Buildings database to see if I could figure out what's going to be built here.  I'm not sure I know how to interpret the documents, but they seem to indicate this will be a 6-story building, with ground floor retail, medical offices on the second floor, and four floors of residences (with a total of 32 units).  It will also include a two-level underground parking garage with space for 83 cars.  The initial application was rejected, but only because the filing fee was for an improper amount. 

Unfortunately, I could not find any pictures of what this building will look like.

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Re: The Polk Theatre, 1938-2008
« Reply #5 on: February 26, 2008, 08:11:32 PM »

I found this article on the jhfamilies site and thought it was relevant here.



Groups meet on landmarking celebrated Queens sites
By David Freedlander
dfreedlander@am-ny.com

It's too late for the 19th-century parsonage at St. Saviour's Episcopal Church — it was leveled in December —  and Long Island City's Hackett Building, a structure built in 1884, was torn down last year for condos. Before any more of Queens' history disappears, a group of activists and preservationists is organizing to save what's left. The Queens Civic Congress, an umbrella organization of more than 100 civic groups, will host a workshop at 7:30 tonight at TheShops at Atlas Park in Glendale to build interest in landmarking in a borough where protected sites number less than 20 percent of Manhattan's. "We need to get the landmarks commission to pay the same attention to Queens that they pay elsewhere," said Corey Bearak, president of the organization. "We have a history that goes way back, and we have places that merit protection before the wrecking ball comes."

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Re: The Polk Theatre, 1938-2008
« Reply #6 on: March 27, 2008, 05:33:28 PM »
Looks like the proposed building is still having trouble getting approved...

Times Ledger
Jax Heights' Polk Theatre razed
By Jeremy Walsh
03/27/2008

A vintage movie theater dating back to the Great Depression has been torn down in Jackson Heights and the plans for a new mixed-used building to fill the vacant lot are in limbo.

The Polk Theatre, located at the corner of 93rd Street and 37th Avenue, had become an adult theater before closing in 2006.

The building was demolished sometime in February. Property owner Henry Zheng now hopes to construct a six-story, mixed-use building on the site, but his plans have been challenged by the city.


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Re: The Polk Theatre, 1938-2008
« Reply #7 on: March 27, 2008, 08:04:40 PM »
Man i wished they landmarked that theater it had potential.
I love controversy geezer's brace yourselves lolol.

Offline Aronan

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Re: The Polk Theatre, 1938-2008
« Reply #8 on: March 30, 2008, 01:24:47 PM »
I actually looked in to what it would take to landmark that theatre after I learned that it had been sold. The problem there is you need owner consent to landmark a building. I don't think the developers would have agreed to that as it would have gotten in the way of their plans.

Even if The Polk was landmarked it would then have to be repaired, and it this day and age I imagine would have takena several million dollar capital campaign to restore it to a safe and useable condition.

Oh well... let's hop we don't lose the Eagle theatre to developers anytime soon.     
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Re: The Polk Theatre, 1938-2008
« Reply #9 on: March 05, 2009, 12:20:31 AM »
 :rockon:
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Re: The Polk Theatre, 1938-2008
« Reply #11 on: March 05, 2009, 01:35:41 AM »
 the folk theater

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« Reply #12 on: March 05, 2009, 01:36:41 AM »
 the folk theater

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 thefolk

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Re: The Polk Theatre, 1938-2008
« Reply #14 on: March 05, 2009, 01:49:29 AM »
the folk theater demolition...

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