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NativeForestHiller commented about Seeking partners to reopen Ridgewood Theatre on Jan 26, 2009 at 2:36 am

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:
http://www.ny1.com/Default.aspx?ArID=92744

“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

NativeForestHiller
NativeForestHiller commented about Seeking tenant for historic Ridgewood Theatre on Jan 26, 2009 at 2:36 am

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:
http://www.ny1.com/Default.aspx?ArID=92744

“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

NativeForestHiller
NativeForestHiller commented about Ridgewood Theatre in danger on Jan 26, 2009 at 2:35 am

RECENT PRESS COVERAGE

“Queens Residents Push For Landmarking of Ridgewood Theatre,” (Interview with Michael Perlman, Chair of Friends of Ridgewood Theatre), NY 1 News, Jan 23, 2009:
http://www.ny1.com/Default.aspx?ArID=92744

“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

NativeForestHiller
NativeForestHiller commented about Petition to save the historic Ridgewood Theatre on Jan 26, 2009 at 2:35 am

RECENT PRESS COVERAGE

“Queens Residents Push For Landmarking of Ridgewood Theatre,” (Interview with Michael Perlman, Chair of Friends of Ridgewood Theatre), NY 1 News, Jan 23, 2009:
http://www.ny1.com/Default.aspx?ArID=92744

“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

NativeForestHiller
NativeForestHiller commented about Petition to save the Historic Ridgewood Theatre! on Jan 26, 2009 at 2:34 am

RECENT PRESS COVERAGE

“Queens Residents Push For Landmarking of Ridgewood Theatre,” (Interview with Michael Perlman, Chair of Friends of Ridgewood Theatre), NY 1 News, Jan 23, 2009:
http://www.ny1.com/Default.aspx?ArID=92744

“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

NativeForestHiller
NativeForestHiller commented about Online petition for Ridgewood on Jan 26, 2009 at 2:33 am

RECENT PRESS COVERAGE

“Queens Residents Push For Landmarking of Ridgewood Theatre,” (Interview with Michael Perlman, Chair of Friends of Ridgewood Theatre), NY 1 News, Jan 23, 2009:
http://www.ny1.com/Default.aspx?ArID=92744

“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

NativeForestHiller
NativeForestHiller commented about Ridgewood Theatre on Jan 26, 2009 at 2:18 am

RECENT PRESS COVERAGE

“Queens Residents Push For Landmarking of Ridgewood Theatre,” (Interview with Michael Perlman, Chair of Friends of Ridgewood Theatre), NY 1 News, Jan 23, 2009:
http://www.ny1.com/Default.aspx?ArID=92744

“Ridgewood Theatre May Be Landmarked: LPC To Hold Hearings In Newar Future,” Times NewsWeekly, Jan 15, 2009: View link

“City Eyes Ridgewood Theatre Landmark,” Ridgewood Ledger, Jan 15, 2009: View link

NativeForestHiller
NativeForestHiller commented about Quo Vadis Entertainment Center on Jan 23, 2009 at 8:29 pm

Please share all that’s new. Thanks!

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NativeForestHiller commented about Ridgewood Theatre items on Dec 28, 2008 at 4:33 pm

To New Yorker: Please e-mail me photos of the Ridgewood Theatre possessions you came across. I can be reached at I may be interested, or one of my colleagues may be, or I can help point you in the right direction. Please let me know regardless of whether these items are still available. Thank you!

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NativeForestHiller commented about Metro Theatre status on Dec 28, 2008 at 12:37 am

The Metro Theatre NY Times article is as follows:
View link
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:
http://www.nyc-architecture.com/UWS/UWS044.htm

What ideas do you have for the theater? Please keep us posted on your progress. Good luck!

NativeForestHiller
NativeForestHiller commented about Ridgewood Theatre on Dec 24, 2008 at 1:45 pm

In order to save the Ridgewood Theatre, our best bet is two-fold:

1 Sign and post a comment on the online petition to landmark the exterior and interior lobby of the Ridgewood Theatre. Please do more than signing it, by fowarding the link to every contact in your e-mail address book. Almost everyone enjoys forwarding jokes, but think of how many lives would be touched if this theater is preserved, which only takes a few mins of your time: View link

2 As rumor has it, this theater has been taken off the market for now. However, if you know of someone who may be interested in leasing the theater or making an offer to purchase it, communicate your ideas to Thomas Donovan of Massey Knackal Realty: (917) 566-1384 and (718) 275-3400 ext2626.

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!

NativeForestHiller
NativeForestHiller commented about WANTED: VItascope Projector circa 1896 or replica on Dec 18, 2008 at 12:20 am

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

NativeForestHiller
NativeForestHiller commented about RKO Keith's Theatre on Dec 13, 2008 at 6:01 pm

The Streetscapes reporter for the NY Times Real Estate section is Christopher Gray, who can be reached at Hope this helps!

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NativeForestHiller commented about Ridgewood Theatre on Dec 4, 2008 at 2:08 pm

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.

NativeForestHiller
NativeForestHiller commented about Ridgewood Theatre on Dec 2, 2008 at 11:27 pm

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!

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  • Michael Perlman, Chair
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NativeForestHiller commented about Petition to save the Historic Ridgewood Theatre! on Nov 28, 2008 at 3:56 am

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!

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NativeForestHiller commented about Paramount Theatre on Nov 8, 2008 at 10:02 am

Dangel, I have information on how you can restore those details most effectively. Please e-mail me at and specify who you are in the subject line. Thanks! – Michael Perlman

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NativeForestHiller commented about Ridgewood Theatre on Oct 11, 2008 at 2:54 pm

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.

NativeForestHiller
NativeForestHiller commented about Ridgewood Theatre on Oct 10, 2008 at 6:01 pm

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!

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NativeForestHiller commented about Ridgewood Theatre on Oct 10, 2008 at 2:17 pm

Thank you too!

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NativeForestHiller commented about Ridgewood Theatre on Oct 10, 2008 at 2:09 am

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. ;–)

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NativeForestHiller commented about Ridgewood Theatre on Sep 29, 2008 at 10:36 pm

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!

NativeForestHiller
NativeForestHiller commented about Ridgewood Theatre on Sep 26, 2008 at 1:58 pm

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.

NativeForestHiller
NativeForestHiller commented about Ridgewood Theatre on Sep 26, 2008 at 1:41 pm

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.

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NativeForestHiller commented about Old Martin Theater demolished on Sep 24, 2008 at 2:09 am

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.