Regal UA Midway

108-22 Queens Boulevard,
Forest Hills, NY 11375

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Operated by: United Artists Theater Circuit Inc.

Previously operated by: RKO, Skouras Theatres

Architects: Thomas White Lamb, Simeon Charles Lee

Functions: Movies (First Run)

Styles: Streamline Moderne

Previous Names: RKO Midway Theatre, UA Midway Stadium 9

Phone Numbers: Box Office: 800.326.3264

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UA Midway Theater  Forest Hills, NY  1995

Located in the Forest Hills section of Queens. The RKO Midway Theatre (named for the famous Battle of Midway) was opened on September 24, 1942 with Monty Woolley in “The Pied Piper” and Lloyd Nolan in “Just Off Broadway”. It had a seating capacity for 2,002 in orchestra and balcony levels and was designed by Thomas W. Lamb Associates, which included S. Charles Lee. In the summer of 1977 United Artists converted it into a quad. It was sold in June 1997 to the Heskel Group. The total purchase price, which included the nearby Forest Hills Theatre, was $9 million.

The theatre was closed on September 4, 1997 and completely renovated into a nine-screen multiplex with 1,931-seats. Following a year of construction, the Midway Theatre reopened as the UA Midway 9 on November 20, 1998 and is now one of Queens' best performing movie theatres.

Sadly, the theatre’s original interior appearance was mostly lost during the conversion, but its exterior remains a familiar Queens Boulevard landmark.

Recent comments (view all 153 comments)

johndereszewski
johndereszewski on October 6, 2020 at 10:06 am

While this is hopefully a panicked reaction, rumors are rife that the Midway will close even when the other theaters re-open. Except for the Cinemax, which is situated some distance away, this would reduce the number of movie houses in the Forest Hills commercial district to zero. When I first became acquainted with the area back in the 70’s. there were five separate movie houses serving the area.

ridethectrain
ridethectrain on October 6, 2020 at 11:04 am

The area had in 1990s UA Midway Quad, UA Forest Hills Twin, Continental Twin, Continental 3 Theatre and the Loews Trylon Theatre.

Ed Solero
Ed Solero on October 6, 2020 at 4:32 pm

And a bit off on the fringe was the Cinemart.

Comfortably Cool
Comfortably Cool on January 4, 2021 at 6:28 am

Exterior photo taken just before Christmas of 2020 can be viewed here at the Forgotten New York website

ridethectrain
ridethectrain on June 4, 2021 at 11:45 am

Please update, theatre closed September 4, 1997 as a quad theatre.

johndereszewski
johndereszewski on June 5, 2021 at 12:03 pm

I am pleased to inform you that the Midway recently reopened after the pandemic. The good times are back!

robertberkowitz1
robertberkowitz1 on August 25, 2021 at 2:23 pm

May 2021 was 50 years since my job as an usher at the Midway. Little Murders was the first movie I worked for. It was a wonderful job for a 17 year old. Good times, and great memories!

Comfortably Cool
Comfortably Cool on August 28, 2021 at 6:42 am

The Regal UA Midway will be host to the annual Festival of Cinema—New York City from September 24th through October 3rd. More details can be found here

Mikeoaklandpark
Mikeoaklandpark on August 29, 2021 at 9:14 am

Does anyone know why it was renamed Regal UA Midway?

ridethectrain
ridethectrain on September 6, 2021 at 4:49 pm

Because Regal bought UA, and Regal never rebranded it under Regal, so they call it the Regal United Artists Midway. Regal still has many locations branded as Edwards or United Artists. Even though they put recliners in, they still call it UA.

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