From the Daily News:
What's left of the Eagle Theater's once majestic marquee is rusting. Signs on the Jackson Triplex advertise films the movie house will never show.
Both of the small Jackson Heights movie theaters have closed within the last six months due to financial problems. And though many locals mourn the loss of cinemas in the neighborhood, others see it as a golden opportunity.
"It has awakened a sleeping giant in our community," said Edwin Westley, president of the Jackson Heights Beautification Group. "It presents a new opportunity for us to improve the quality of life with a quality, world-class movie house."
Westley said he wasn't too disappointed when the theaters closed because they had fallen into disrepair. He would like to see an independent movie theater open in the neighborhood and he's working with other community members to make it happen.
Several theater operators have expressed interest in opening a new movie house at the site of the Triplex, sources told the Daily News.