Built in the 1930's this neighborhood house called the Austin has had more faces then Eve. Spent years as a second run double feature house, until being taken over by Rugoff Theatres in the late 50's or early 60's. Art films were played for a few years catering to the affluent area and nearby Forest Hills.
Then United Artists took over for a few years playing mostly moveovers and booking midnight shows every Friday and Saturday night. When UA dumped it, it became a XXX house and was extrememly profitable. The owner even played the midnight shows for awhile that UA had built up an audience for. It then went all porno, later being taken over by the same owner of the Polk until it was shut down by the city (a story in itself).
The story has a happy ending: new owners bought the place, stripped it down to its minor Art Deco origins and made a mini version of the Angelika. The huge lobby has a concession stand where you can get coffee and fresh cookies. Two theatres were made in the old loge and restroom area on the second floor. Downstairs are four screens, number one keeping the original mini stage and arch. The other four auditoriums have top notch sound and projection and rocking chair seats stadium style.
The Kew Gardens is a total delight to attend, heres hoping it survives forever.
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We have now upgraded all theaters to digital projection and 5.1 and 7.1 dolby digital sound and we have installed solar panels on the roof.
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Subway E & F to union turnpike or the LIRR to Kew Gardens
and walk up steps to the entrance of the theatre.
Kew Gardens Cinemas
81-05 Lefferts Boulevard
Kew Gardens, NY 11415 United States
If customer views the entire film, there are no refunds or passes issued
No outside Food or Beverages Permitted.
We enforce the
policy for Rated features.
All seats $9.00 Mon-Fri up until 5pm
No bargain matinee prices for the first 2 weeks of Disney,
Gift Books of 5 available for only $55
- Installed MERV 13 filters into all A/C units
- Reserved seating.
- Proof of vaccination required as per NYC rules
- Many sanitizer stations
$600 FOR 20 PEOPLE
9:30AM or 10AM SHOW
KID COMBOS INCLUDED (POPCORN, SODA, FRUIT SNACK)
$25 FOR EACH PERSON OVER 20 PEOPLE
Down payment of $300 due at least a week before show date to reserve party
(Cash or check only please to be dropped off with manager on duty anytime after 1pm)
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Yes, We can connect any console through HDMI
WHAT MOVIE CAN BE PLAYED?
Any film we have available at the time or a DVD that you can bring in that is less then 2 hours long.
If film is over 2 hours the movie start time will need to be at 9:30am.
CAN WE BRING CAKE?
sorry, no cake but light breakfast snack before show is okay but not to be consumed in auditorium and cupcakes to give out on the way out is ok.
PARTY AVAILABLE IN THE AFTERNOONS?
sorry no private parties in afternoon but you can always get tickets ahead of time and reserve seats. If you like you can pre-order concession items.
DOES THE 20 PEOPLE INCLUDE PARENTS?
Yes all people that stay for movie are included in the number. Parents and kids.
WHAT TIME FOR ALL TO ARRIVE?
Please arrive no later then 9:45am so the movie can start promptly at 10:00am.
HOW TO PAY?
Cash, Venmo or check only and needs to be delivered to theater not sent by mail.
Make checks payable to Kew Gardens Cinemas.
Credit Cards not accepted!
SORRY NO BALLOONS
When emailing about a private show, filming, showing of your own film please include your budget,
how many seats you need, time and date of show.
Prices vary from day of week and time of day.
REGULAR SHOWTIMES RATES
Rates not available on holidays and Friday/Saturday/Sundays.
25-99 people - $8.50 per person.
100 plus people- $8.00 per person.
All Teachers and Parents Pay
PRIVATE SHOWS FOR SMALL GROUPS
Groups of 10 or less, Monday-Wednesday evenings $450 (20 or less is $600)
Includes popcorn and drink
Can bring in a dvd or choose from what we are playing
EARLY MORNING SHOWS
9-10AM during the week for schools and large groups
Shows are $800 for 100 people and $8 for each person over that
All Teachers and Parents Pay
Down payment of half the amount due at least a week before show date. Cash or check dropped off at theater only
Can hold hundreds of people since we can run a film on multiple screens
NO OUTSIDE FOOD / DRINKS/ OR BACKPACKS are allowed into the theater.
Concession stand can be open upon request. We sell kid combos for $6,
which includes popcorn, drink and fruit snack. Very good and easy option.
24 hour notice is no problem but after that will have to charge a $150 penalty