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NativeForestHiller commented about Ridgewood Theatre on Sep 8, 2008 at 5:08 am

Hi Vincent! Are you interested in leasing or purchasing the Ridgewood Theatre, or know of anyone who is?

The area is up & coming, and a restored & renovated theater is a very promising opportunity to increase property values and the overall appeal of the entire neighborhood. The neighborhood has gradually improved in recent years.

I inserted 55-27 Myrtle Ave on the Dept of City Planning’s Census 2000 website, and the following are the most up to date demographic, socioeconomic, education, labor, housing characteristics, etc:

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NativeForestHiller commented about Theaters wanted on Sep 4, 2008 at 4:13 am

Cyndi, I sent you extensive helpful details via e-mail concerning the Ridgewood Theatre (also see my postings above), but haven’t heard from you. Please let me know your thoughts. Thank you!

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NativeForestHiller commented about Theaters wanted on Aug 29, 2008 at 6:59 pm

Hi! I e-mailed you, but want to make sure you received it. I am a historic preservationist who is spearheading an effort to save the 1916 Ridgewood Theatre in NY by America’s foremost Thomas Lamb. It is a represenation of the long-demolished first American movie palace, Times Square’s Strand Theatre. Until the Ridgewood Theatre’s closing in March, it was the longest continuously operating theater in NY, and potentially countrywide. It is for lease or for sale, according to latest accounts. Please let me know if the following would be of interest to you, or if a colleague of yours may be interested: www.myspace.com/ridgewoodtheatre & View link You can reach me at Thank you!

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NativeForestHiller commented about Looking for NE theater on Aug 29, 2008 at 6:56 pm

I am a historic preservationist who is spearheading an effort to save the 1916 Ridgewood Theatre in NY by America’s foremost Thomas Lamb. It is a represenation of the long-demolished first American movie palace, Times Square’s Strand Theatre. Until the Ridgewood Theatre’s closing in March, it was the longest continuously operating theater in NY, and potentially countrywide. Please let me know if the following would be of interest to you, or if a colleague of yours may be interested: www.myspace.com/ridgewoodtheatre & View link You can reach me at Thanks!

NativeForestHiller
NativeForestHiller commented about Ridgewood Theatre on Aug 25, 2008 at 8:20 pm

Okay, thank you, Peter!

NativeForestHiller
NativeForestHiller commented about Ridgewood Theatre on Aug 25, 2008 at 7:51 pm

It would be a matter of presenting a Ridgewood Theatre petition for people to sign. It would be best if it’s in the neighborhood. I do not think it should be done in front of the theater. If you know of some people who may be interested, please let me know.

On another note, in regard to the RKO Keith’s Richmond Hill, I am aware that the theater’s name was removed from the marquee. Hmm…

NativeForestHiller
NativeForestHiller commented about Ridgewood Theatre on Aug 25, 2008 at 7:38 pm

It’s an interesting assessment on the Daily News listings and “keeping hope alive,” but I am hoping to hear your progress reports on circulating the appeal to prospective tenants & buyers, the Friends of The Ridgewood Theatre MySpace site, and the petition to the public. That would be most helpful.

Also, does anyone wish to volunteer by standing within the vicinity of the Ridgewood Theatre (preferrably) & presenting a traditional offline petition to passersby? We need as many signatures as possible. The goal is over 1,000, and we have 186 online signatures as of this writing. If interested, please e-mail me at Remember, the future lies within your hands. Thanks! – Michael Perlman

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NativeForestHiller commented about Ridgewood Theatre on Aug 25, 2008 at 5:43 am

The above article is dated May 28, 2008. The $14 million figure was reduced in June to $11.75 million, and it recently dropped to $9.5 million. Keep in mind that owner Tony Montalbano’s first preference would be leasing the property, considering his investment in March 2008. For up to date information, please follow & join Friends of The Ridgewood Theatre: www.myspace.com/ridgewoodtheatre

In addition, please lend your support by signing a petition to preserve this gem, which will increase the likelihood of creative adaptive reuse, which will ultimately raise property values in the neighborhood: View link Please post a comment, and tell your neighbors, family, & friends to contribute to a truly worthwhile cause. It only requires minutes. Thank you in advance!

NativeForestHiller
NativeForestHiller commented about Paramount Theatre on Aug 21, 2008 at 6:03 pm

Let’s remain hopeful this gem is not demolished. The name is even suggestive of its grand history.

NativeForestHiller
NativeForestHiller commented about Breaking news on the Boyd on Aug 10, 2008 at 4:08 am

Phenomenal news on various fronts!!! I commend your ingenuity. Thank you!

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NativeForestHiller commented about Roosevelt Theater on Aug 9, 2008 at 12:29 am

P.S. I am a concerned NYC resident, and it’s alarming how many historic theaters have been lost. They merit adaptive reuse and restoration, and the Landmarks Commission should launch the initial steps in landmarking the site, and seeing who they know. That is what City council should do in WI.

NativeForestHiller
NativeForestHiller commented about Roosevelt Theater on Aug 9, 2008 at 12:28 am

Can you generate some press, and find out how much it’s being sold for, or how much the owner desires? You can help him broker a deal. I am not from WI. It would be much more powerful from a WI resident.

NativeForestHiller
NativeForestHiller commented about Roosevelt Theater on Aug 8, 2008 at 11:51 pm

There has to be at least one party that wants it. It’s only a matter of the correct person seeing it.

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NativeForestHiller commented about Roosevelt Theater on Aug 8, 2008 at 7:42 pm

Thank you for your explanation! Then City Council should work with the owner and urge him to sell it to another party that can pay the taxes, and one who can clean it up on a timely basis. Life is all about chances. Even though the theater is not be safe, City Council should have a greater vision, and work with their constituency. That’s the ideal of democracy.

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NativeForestHiller commented about Roosevelt Theatre owners vow to fight demolition. on Aug 8, 2008 at 7:22 pm

I think the ruthless City Council is out of their mind for approving the site’s demolition without owner consent. Instead of working to rid the asbestos, CC wants the easy way out. I commend the owner on continuing to fight for his rights, and to preserve a gem.

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NativeForestHiller commented about Roosevelt Theater on Aug 8, 2008 at 7:21 pm

I think the ruthless City Council is out of their mind for approving the site’s demolition without owner consent. Instead of working to rid the asbestos, CC wants the easy way out. I commend the owner on continuing to fight for his rights, and to preserve a gem.

NativeForestHiller
NativeForestHiller commented about Petition to save the historic Ridgewood Theatre on Aug 5, 2008 at 3:16 am

Thank you! This is an international petition, so please spread the word to your family, friends, neighbors, colleagues, etc. I am hoping for the thousands. Let’s show the NYC Landmarks Preservation Commission the extent of support this rare-surviving gem has:

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YOU can make a difference!

NativeForestHiller
NativeForestHiller commented about Ridgewood Theatre on Aug 5, 2008 at 3:13 am

Peter, I recommend encouraging as many neighbors and friends to sign and post a comment. It counts equally as a letter to the NYC Landmarks Preservation Commission. Thanks!

NativeForestHiller
NativeForestHiller commented about Ridgewood Theatre on Aug 5, 2008 at 3:12 am

Thank you very much for your great tips and for signing the online petition. Let’s keep the signatures coming! This is an international petition:

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NativeForestHiller commented about Ridgewood Theatre on Aug 1, 2008 at 6:54 pm

Also, thank you very much “Lost Memory!”

NativeForestHiller
NativeForestHiller commented about Ridgewood Theatre on Aug 1, 2008 at 6:53 pm

Hi Peter! Thank you for your kind words in regard to my efforts.

To Cinema Treasures fans:

This is a convenient link for those who wish to sign an online petition to landmark the facade and theater lobby. Please post a comment as well.

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Your help is invaluable. Thank you!

NativeForestHiller
NativeForestHiller commented about Wanted: Theater for lease with option to buy on Jul 29, 2008 at 4:11 am

Jimmie, e-mail me at & I will put you in touch with the real estate agent for the Ridgewood Theatre.

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NativeForestHiller commented about NYC Demolition Review support on Jul 15, 2008 at 7:21 pm

This could be one of the most significant pieces of legislation in the past decade, to protect our remaining theaters that are not landmarked, as well as our remaining historic infrastructure that’s endangered. It only takes a few moments to follow the directions above, so I strongly advise everyone to proceed, as well as spread the word to your family, friends, & colleagues in a mass e-mail. Thank you!

  • Michael Perlman
    Rego-Forest Preservation Council, Chair
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NativeForestHiller commented about Metro Theatre status on Jul 13, 2008 at 11:37 pm

If a party is really dedicated to the cause, they can rebuild what was lost. Nothing is impossible.

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NativeForestHiller commented about Theater wanted on Jun 26, 2008 at 12:24 am

The Ridgewood Theatre at 55-27 Myrtle Ave, Queens, NY (Brooklyn border) is up for SALE or LEASE. My name is Michael Perlman, and I am founder of Friends of Ridgewood Theatre, and I serve on the board of directors of the Queens Preservation Council. Please consider this endangered gem by Thomas Lamb, dating back to 1916. It is located in an up & coming neighborhood with a charming small town feel. It is a representation of the long-demolished Mark Strand Theatre, which was the 1st movie palace in the world. When it shuttered in March, it held the record as the longest continuously operated first-run theater in NY & potentially throughout the U.S. Please contact me at and follow www.myspace.com/ridgewoodtheatre for history, photos, status, & more! Thank you for your consideration!