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RECENT PRESS COVERAGE & PETITION
“Queens Residents Push For Landmarking of Ridgewood Theatre,” (Interview with Michael Perlman, Chair of Friends of Ridgewood Theatre), NY 1 News, Jan 23, 2009:
“Ridgewood Theatre May Be Landmarked: LPC To Hold Hearings In Near Future,” Times NewsWeekly, Jan 15, 2009: View link
“City Eyes Ridgewood Theatre Landmark,” Ridgewood Ledger, Jan 15, 2009: View link
**Please sign the petition to Landmark the historic Ridgewood Theatre, post a comment, and forward link to all of your contacts. Your help is crucial & much appeciated: View link
RECENT PRESS COVERAGE
“Ridgewood Theatre May Be Landmarked: LPC To Hold Hearings In Newar Future,” Times NewsWeekly, Jan 15, 2009: View link
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To New Yorker: Please e-mail me photos of the Ridgewood Theatre possessions you came across. I can be reached at
The Metro Theatre NY Times article is as follows:
This is the phone number for Eastern Consolidated, who posted the For Sale sign: (646) 658-7314.
This links contains great information on the theater’s history:
What ideas do you have for the theater? Please keep us posted on your progress. Good luck!
In order to save the Ridgewood Theatre, our best bet is two-fold:
AM-NY has an annual series of the top endangered sites to save. Scroll down midway to the Queens paragraphs, and you will briefly read about my effort, as well as the Landmarks Preservation Commission’s quote: View link
The Ridgewood Theatre’s future is most likely in your hands, so please act now. Thank you!
If I have any leads, I’ll be more than happy to point you in the right direction. How is the NYSMTC progressing? Please e-mail me at
The Streetscapes reporter for the NY Times Real Estate section is Christopher Gray, who can be reached at
Thank you for sharing your thoughts and experience. I do not have much faith on them on the basis of their designation track record for Queens, and the amount of Request For Evaluation forms (RFE) that go unacknowledged or rejected without a public hearing. I also reminisce to their false promise in landmarking the Trylon Theater. However, I am trying my best to remain hopeful and exercise the few legal means that I have as a historic preservationist (pursuing landmark status as one). If they were to reject calendaring it for a public hearing, it would then be my role to publicize their negligence in serving NYC citizens, et al.
It’s great that you’re a new addition to the neighborhood, but I regret hearing that the Ridgewood Theatre wasn’t there to serve you shortly after. It is a gem, and as Chair of Friends of Ridgewood Theatre, I would greatly appreciate all the help I can get in advocating for Individual Landmark status (facade) & Interior Landmark status (mostly intact theater lobby). Can you please sign our petition, post a comment, and forward it to your entire e-mail address book, encouraging them to do the same? I really need everyone’s help. This can take minutes. The NYC Landmarks Preservation Commission must NOT stall any further. Borough-wide citizens always say how it’s their dereliction of public duty. This gem should be calendared for a public hearing ASAP. Thank you in advance!
Sorry to hear you are facing a similar scenario. Can the facade and interior be designated a landmark? Can you start an online petition through petitiononline.com? You are welcome to sign my petition, even though you are from out of state. Also, please post a comment and feel free to encourage your friends to sign it. I would value as much assistance as possible. Thanks!
Dangel, I have information on how you can restore those details most effectively. Please e-mail me at
Thank you very much, John! If the UA Brandon Cinemas/Continental Theatre shutters shortly (which I hope it does not), it will likely boost business for the Cinemart. There will be less competition.
If you can circulate the petition link to your neighbors, family, & friends, and encourage signers to post comments, that would be very helpful. Thank you!
Thank you too!
Saving a theater is indeed more difficult than saving a freestanding historic diner, but not impossible. I am still working on finding a new tenant or owner, as well as acquiring landmark status for the facade and lobby. I’ll never abandon my efforts or my sense of hope. Thank you for your positive feedback! “Movie Man” also has a nice ring to it. ;–)
John, it’s better having over 200 signatures with quality comments from citizens who care, than signers who sign it for the sake of it, and don’t post any wothwhile comments. Quality supercedes quantity. If you care very much about seeing additional signatures, then please consider circulating the petition link to your colleagues. Thank you!
Beaux Art continued through the 1920s in many parts of our city. The theater lobby has some Art Deco touches. Please explain what “hungeleiter” means.
Thank you for your e-mail! I will get back to you shortly.
I would refer to the theater’s style as Beaux Art, although can comprise of quite a few. I will let you know if I can come up with something more specific.
Generally speaking, when the citizens elect officials who aren’t in cohoots with developers or other greedy politicians. Check a politician’s campaign contributions, and see who they’re most heavily funded by. That should talk.