Former Movie Theater Turns Into Food Court
The Eagle Theater, 73-07 37th Rd. in Jackson Heights, has reopened as a new food court. Formerly a Bollywood movie theater, it was well known to area residents as a place to relax and enjoy Hindi films as well as South Asian snacks like samosa.
After working with property owners for almost a year, the new operators now have a fully renovated space of about 7,000 square feet that houses a supermarket with South Asian staples such as rice, lentils and halal meat as reported by DNAinfo.
Overwhelming rent and a Bollywood film production strike in Mumbai forced the theater to close after it had been showing films from the subcontinent for about 15 years.
The part of Jackson Heights where the new food court is established, also known as Little India, has a very competitive market, which is a negative factor for the new store. The new building stands with large market corporations such as the Patel Brothers and Apna Bazar. Some people have discouraging opinions about the newly opened market. Razi Ahmed, the owner of the newly opened food court showed enthusiasm and confidence.
“It’s a good location, it’s competitive, but we are confident,” he said, according to an interview with DNAinfo.