Trylon Theater

98-81 Queens Boulevard,
Rego Park, NY 11374

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RobertR on August 2, 2018 at 10:12 am

Queens is the absolute WORST borough for preservation. The Trylon was almost 100% original and was purposely destroyed

NativeForestHiller on August 25, 2013 at 5:25 pm

Thanks for your comments. The mosaics were intact and in good condition until their destruction in 2005. The mosaic ticket booth bearing the Trylon Monument was jackhammered in July 2005, and the mosaic and terrazzo floor which also depicted the monument and Art Deco chevrons was cemented over for a front that began disintegrating upon installment.

Bway on August 25, 2013 at 1:16 pm

Tinseltoes, the instructions were for adding them to the theater’s photo page, which is what he did.

Thanks Native Foresthiller for adding these wonderful photos. Now when people click on this theater they will see the beauty that this insensitive group destroyed! The mosaics were absolutely stunning, and still in such wonderful shape. I remember seeing a movie at the trylon around 1995 or so, and the theater was like a time capsule. Time had been so kind to it till that point. And then the senseless deliberate destruction.

NativeForestHiller on August 23, 2013 at 9:01 pm

Thank you, Bway.

Hi everyone, I just uploaded numerous Trylon Theater photos under the photo thread. Please feel free to post your comments. The views range from the theater’s opening in 1939 to its closure in December 1999, and also include some views of the insensitive alterations in summer 2005.

Bway on August 23, 2013 at 11:46 am

Above the photo above, click “photos”. That will bring you to the photo page of whatever theater you are on (whether it be this one, the Ridgewood, or any theater you have photos of). Once on that page, scroll down, and click “add photo”, and add the photos you want to add.

NativeForestHiller on August 22, 2013 at 7:09 pm

How can I add my Trylon Theater photos directly to this thread? Please let me know. Thanks!

Bway on August 22, 2013 at 12:50 pm

NativeForestHiller, you should consider adding your photos to the site here directly, just so people can see how beautiful the front and lobby were, and what was destroyed.

Bway on August 22, 2013 at 12:49 pm

Native ForestHiller, seeing those photos posted again make me absolutely sick all over again, when this was all going on some years back. Absolutely disgusting what this religious group did to the front of this building. They could have used the building, and continued to benefit from the beauty that was there as their entrance, but they deliberately chose to go against the community and the outcries to not destroy and did it anyway. Karma to them.

Bway on August 22, 2013 at 12:28 pm

It sounds great that they would want to restore the front, but it seems a bit ironic as this religious group blatantly without respect to the history of the area or building just needlessly destroyed the beautiful original mosaics of the theater’s front. For no reason at all!! It is that karma coming back to them. Ironically, if they had left all that history there, there may be more of a fight to let them stay.

gd14lawn on August 10, 2013 at 1:02 pm

Thank you for that lovely set of pictures.

NativeForestHiller on August 9, 2013 at 6:15 pm

The Queens Chronicle quotes potentially one of the developers/owners as stating the following:

Though the property, known as the Trylon Triangle was only recently acquired, Babaev said the company is already working on designs for the space.

“We’re thinking retail on the ground floor, a community center on the second floor and residential from three to eight,” he said. “We want to RESTORE the front entrance of the building to resemble what it looked like in 1939 when it opened. We want to bring back the essence of the building’s history and keep all of the tenants.”

  1. What are some of your immediate thoughts?

  2. In addition, does anyone have historic photos (personal or company-produced) showing the Trylon Theater?

These are some Trylon Theater photos I uploaded to flickr over the years:

Bway on August 7, 2013 at 8:16 am

As I mentioned, ironically, the religious group would have had a better chance at staying there if they didn’t destroy all the beautiful features of the theater that made it worth landmarking. They deliberately just destroyed the whole front and lobby.

heffer on August 6, 2013 at 5:38 pm

We’re supposed to feel sympathy for an organization (religious or not) that pretty much desecrated what could have been a theater landmark? No religious denomination is “guaranteed” permanent use of a facility. That is why most OWN the property they worship on.

Jeffrey1955 on August 5, 2013 at 10:26 am

I saw a story about this on the news and was ready to vomit. Not a word about the historic nature of the building…just matter-of-factly that the landlord was going to demolish and rebuild it and the congregation was going to have to find another home.

Bway on August 5, 2013 at 9:49 am

The Trylon is an example of just about EVERYTHING that can go wrong in theater restoration, building architecture, etc. Right from the moment the theater closed to today. From the deliberate destruction of the landmark lobby, mosaics, etc when they “renovated” into the synagogue, to now the building facing complete demolition. Ironically, had the synagogue group SAVED the historic features out front and the beautiful mosaics, it would have been a much better candidate for landmarking, and they may not be in this predicament they are in now….

Mikeoaklandpark on August 5, 2013 at 6:09 am

UGH more history gone.

paktype on June 25, 2012 at 5:06 pm

The last movie I saw here was Fletch in or about 1985.

Bway on June 28, 2011 at 2:01 pm

It’s still hard to look at this theater after the current owners willfully destroyed so much of it, and so needlessly. It still disgusts me. It was a great place, I remember it was like walking into a timewarp. Ironically, the last movie I saw there was around 1995, and it was very ironically, “A Stranger Among Us”, a movie starring Melanie Griffith who was a cop going under cover in a Hasidic Brooklyn Neighborhood and the culture clash that ensued…. Ironic.

TLSLOEWS on May 28, 2010 at 2:49 pm

After reading all these post its A.K.A. name should be LOEWS TRYLON.

NativeForestHiller on January 5, 2010 at 5:40 pm

This is a Trylon Theater photoset, courtesy of Rego-Forest Preservation Council, in affiliation with the Committee To Save The Trylon Theater, founded in 2005. The photoset below documents its historic 1939 World’s Fair-inspired Art Deco features, the theater’s closure, the unfortunate jackhammering of the Trylon-adorned ticket booth and cementing of the mosaic and terrazzo Trylon & chevron-patterned floor in the entrance pavilion, as well as the Art Deco facade and glass block projection tower, which remain intact. It also includes some interior features i.e. a “World of Tomorrow” ‘39 World’s Fair theme mural flanking the proscenium, a Trylon fountain in the standee area. Save The Trylon campaign artwork is included as well. Memorabilia includes the 1941 Theatre Catalog’s promotional piece on the Trylon Theater, and matchbook covers referencing the theater. This will consistently be updated.

Please feel free to contribute vintage photos or photos from the recent past, or any other items of interest. Please continue to support this noble cause. Hopefully, the concealed and lost features can be restored one day, so future generations can see first-hand what a significant theater this was to Queens, a unique Art Deco gem, and to the 1939 World’s Fair history and its impact upon future sites. Never abandon hope, and let’s remain proactive in every way possible. Thank you!

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NativeForestHiller on October 19, 2009 at 6:03 pm

Hi Kyle,

As a 1939 World’s Fair enthusiast and Chair of Rego-Forest Preservation Council (serving Rego Park & Forest Hills), this will be a commendable project. I am interested in learning more. I also left you a comment on ReactionGrid’s flickr profile.

I founded the Committee To Save The Trylon Theater in 2005. The upper streamlined Art Deco facade & glass block projection tower remains with a renovated marquee, but some of the most significant attributes are sacrificed in the name of progress (in the unideal sense). The Trylon-adorned mosaic ticket booth was jackhammered, the entrance pavilion’s mosaic floor with chevrons and a central terrazzo element of a 3D interpretation of the Trylon Monument was cemented over. There is now a faux marble wall with wooden doors out to the curb. I am confident that these alterations could be reversed in years to come. The Trylon fountain inside the lobby was either sheet rocked over or jackhammered, and the World of Tomorrow murals that graced the proscenium are rumored to be gone. This was all due to an unresponsive councilmember and the NYC Landmarks Preservation Commission that claimed they waited for her advanced opinion on the issue, which isn’t required as per the Landmarks Law.

Do you hope to rebuild the Trylon Theater in 3D based upon existing photos and any historic blueprints that may exist? Please let me know your plans. You can e-mail me at as well as post here so other fans can learn and get involved in any way. Thank you!

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KyleG on October 4, 2009 at 12:26 pm

We have a community building the 1939 World’s Fair for free to visit at . See here for our beginning over 1 year ago View link . You can now visit Trylon & Perishpere walking up the Helicline & visitng Democracity in detail as well as many more attractions.

The Trylon Cafe build has just been commissioned to be recreated by this team View link & we would love to include the related Theater in our recreation to spur its rescue. You can even learn to build in 3D with us and help!

Kyle G CEO ReactionGrid

gd14lawn on September 6, 2009 at 9:51 pm

I had kind of forgotten the Trylon until something on CT reminded me of it, and the great times I had there. I lived in College Point from 1996-1999 and loved exploring the older theaters of Queens. The Trylon was one of my favorites as I always loved sitting on the balcony. The LPC seems to be a joke in Queens. Councilwoman Katz should hang her head in shame.

Bway on April 2, 2009 at 5:41 pm

David, I agree with you. By the way, the parking meter could be removed because a lot of NYC streets have gone to paper “metered” parking, where there are no meters anymore, and you pay the fee at a box placed every so many 100 feet, and place the ticket on your dashboard proving you paid. I don’t know if that is what happened here, but it is possible.
As for your thoughts on the sad fate the front of the Trylon has come to, I agree….