Sick of Hollywood hype, overdone special effects and overpriced tickets?
Head to the Kew Gardens Cinemas and step into a different world of
of a sudden, there was a line outside,” said Harvey Elgart,
owner of Kew Gardens Cinemas.
The Kew Gardens Cinemas bring artsy independent films to the
borough’s movie buffs.
Photo by Thomas Lin
You won’t find the latest Harry Potter flick or Julia Roberts love
story at the old-fashioned, viewer friendly theater. No, there aren’t
any Hollywood blockbusters or big commercial pictures like the ones shown
at the borough’s many multiplexes.
Instead, this cinematic jem shows artsy independent films like “Nowhere
in Africa,” “Monsoon Wedding” and “Croupier” – films usually
saved for the big screens in Manhattan.
“‘Croupier’ was great. It was like a little jewel,” said Harvey
Elgart, owner and founder of the Kew Gardens Cinemas. He decided five
years ago to buy the old Austin Theater in Kew Gardens and turn it into an
indie palace, and it has grown in attendance to the point of
But even as the only all-art-film theater in Queens, living off indie
flicks hasn’t always been easy.
“It took a long time,” Elgart said. “I bought the property and
totally restored the theater – put in five new screens. The first two
years were a real struggle to survive.”
A veteran of the movie theater business, Elgart didn’t quit, even when
times were tough. “I’ve been operating movie theaters since 1972, the
first owned in 1977. They were commercial theaters. This is my first
exclusively art film theater.”
He clung to his baby, and, one day, it happened. “All of a sudden,
there was a line outside.”
Elgart says he attends as many film screenings as he can before deciding
which films to book.
“We just finished ‘Swimming Pool,’ which was excellent,” he said.
“We are currently showing ‘Magdalene Sisters.’ It’s a great film,
powerful film, great acting. It works because the story is so powerful.”
Other films currently on-screen include “Dirty Pretty Things,”
“Lost in Translation,” “Mambo Italiano,” “So Close,” “Taking
Sides” and “Thirteen.”
Elgart said he’s glad he didn’t give up on the Cinemas. “That many
years later, obviously I made the right decision, because it is a success
now. Every day there’s always new people coming.”
You can find the Kew Gardens Cinemas at 81-05 Lefferts Blvd. To hear a
listing of films currently showing, call (718) 441-9835.
Glenn O'Brien and Henry Jagiello first decided to start a basketball
league, they were just two friends looking for something new to do.
the two friends incorporated themselves and, using previous experience
running sports leagues and teenage basketball camps, are ready to get the
ball rolling – or bouncing.
two have established the Bayside-based Old Style Leagues, Inc., a
recreational basketball league for adults.
always thought about doing this," said O'Brien, the 38-year-old
president of the league. "Little by little, it became a
begin the week of Oct. 6 and will be officiated by licensed referees.
Players 18 years and older may register for the 10-game season, which is
to be followed by playoffs and a championship.
have a liberal playoff system. Most teams will make the playoffs,"
O'Brien said. Each night, he added, games will feature half-time shooting
contests, with winner-take-all cash prizes.
will be held Monday through Thursday evenings at the Redeemer Lutheran
Church in Bayside, located at 36-01 Bell Blvd. There is a $400 per team
registration fee which covers 10 team t-shirts plus insurance. During the
regular season, each team plays 10 games in nine weeks.
said that seven teams have registered so far and seven more have said they
will join. He added he would like to sign at least 12 teams and could
accommodate up to 24. Registration will remain open until Oct. 16.
is confident the league will be a slam dunk, saying he and Jagiello plan
to grow the league year after year. "The future plan is to have our
own facility. It's a grand plan. We will definitely have the best well-run
more information about Old Style Leagues, Inc., call (917) 669-2544.
Boss is heading to Queens to play three concerts at Shea Stadium, and the
Long Island Railroad (LIRR) is rolling out the red carpet for his fans.
The LIRR announced this week that it will be adding stops to all Port
Washington branch trains leaving Penn Station, Port Washington and Great
Neck between 3:49 p.m. and 12:21 a.m. on the evenings of Oct. 1, Oct. 3,
and Oct. 4 – the nights Bruce Springsteen and E Street Band are set to
rock Shea Stadium.
For the final concert on Oct. 4, Shea Stadium stops will be added to all
Port Washington branch trains leaving Penn Station between 3:22 p.m. and
12:31 a.m. The LIRR is also adding half hour service from Great Neck
between 4:11 p.m. and 7:11 p.m., and
Woodside stops on select eastbound trains from Penn Station between 10:25
p.m. and 1:20 a.m.
Westbound stops to Shea will be added leaving Port Washington between
4:39 p.m. and 12:39 a.m. There will also be half hour service added from
Great Neck from 5:36 P.M. thru 8:36 P.M.
The LIRR will be providing special copies of Oct. 1, 3, and 4 “Bruce
Springsteen and the E Street Band at Shea Stadium” timetables from their
local stations or at all LIRR Information Center. Customers can also get
more information at www.mta.info.