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If a party is really dedicated to the cause, they can rebuild what was lost. Nothing is impossible.
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 www.myspace.com/ridgewoodtheatre for history, photos, status, & more! Thank you for your consideration!
Thanks for sharing your experience! I am looking forward to seeing your photos. As I always say, there’s hope for a better tomorrow!
To iRoNmonkey: You last posted on May 28th & said you would write me from your work e-mail. If you had written, I haven’t received it. If you are busy right now, that’s okay as well. Please let me know. My e-mail is
I believe it’s a misprint. The asking price is $14 million, but owner Tony Montalbano prefers the option of leasing & keeping the theater in his possession. A decision is expected in a few weeks after receiving “overwhelming” interest, according to Massey Knakal Realty, and some contacts on my end. Please continue to follow www.myspace.com/ridgewoodtheatre for updates & how you can help.
Jimmie, please check your e-mail once again.
I second your comments a million times over. It’s nothing more than an anti-green faux recycled press release.
Now that I think of it, that is not an official press release. Massey Knakal is not registered with the NYC government.
If a developer or entrpreneur purchases it who is both respectful and original, the “official” press release is meaningless. I pray that it goes under. Power to the people, and not the disrespectful politicians who “pretend to love our landmarks.”
The RKO Keith’s Theatre does not & should not be developed according to Boymelgreen’s ill-fated plans. Respect the history of the theater, restore and rebuild it, and build above if really necessary. C'mon potential theater owners and developers, and be original, but respect the site’s irreplaceable integrity. This is your once-in-a-lifetime shot.
We’re still taking signatures, so please sign our petition and leave a comment:
Hi Jimmie! I replied to your e-mail through my
Thank you for informing me! I recently learned about the GAMT book project & THS' involvement. I promise to work diligently have my candidates in prior to the deadline.
Thank you, LongIslandmovies. I will get right to it!
Hi Jimmie, I have a theater in mind, and e-mailed your AOL account twice over the last 2 months, but haven’t heard back. Can you please e-mail me at
Thank you for your posting! I look forward to hearing from you through your work e-mail, and hopefully we can devise a solution. – Michael
To all Ridgewood Theatre fans:
I constructed a MySpace page, and encourage everyone to view & consider becoming a “Friend of the Ridgewood Theatre.” Also, please help spread the word. Your help is integral:
Any questions, e-mail me at
To Ironmonkey: My name is Michael Perlman, and I Chair a group called Rego-Forest Preservation Council, promoting the preservation, restoration, & adaptive reuse of historic sites throughout Rego Park and Forest Hills. Thank you for your report! It is very commendable that the landlord & Regal are restoring the Art Moderne facade. I have passed the theater on several instances over the course of the last 2 months, and have admired the progress.
Do you realize that this Art Moderne gem was the last theater ever designed by America’s foremost Thomas W. Lamb? It was unfortunate he passed away before seeing the Midway completely built & in operation. I began conducting preliminary research on the Midway Theatre, and I am now seeking historic photos. I would be happy to share material on the theater with you or a colleague at the Midway, as well as any advice which may assist in the facade restoration, or any future aspects. I can be reached at
Grandcameo, please e-mail me at http://cinematreasures.org/news/19023_0_1_0_C/
Updating my 3/20 posting, please read my public appeal for the historic Ridgewood Theatre by Thomas Lamb, where I am seeking an art-related tenant. This was composed voluntarily, as a director on the board of Queens Preservation Council:
Updating my 3/22 posting, please read my public appeal for the historic Ridgewood Theatre by Thomas Lamb, where I am seeking an art-related tenant. This was composed voluntarily, as a director on the board of Queens Preservation Council:
This may be stretching your limits. However, please read my public appeal for the historic Ridgewood Theatre by Thomas Lamb, where I am seeking an art-related tenant. This was composed voluntarily, as a director on the board of Queens Preservation Council:
If this is not of interest, would you happen to know of anyone else who may be? Thanks!
Updating my March 20th posting, please read my public appeal for the Ridgewood Theatre, where I am seeking an art-related tenant. This was composed voluntarily, as a director on the board of Queens Preservation Council:
Great, Panzer56. Thank you!
Also, thanks for your compliment on my public appeal, PKoch. It is my pleasure!
Please let me know if you received my e-mail on this theater & follow-up on the Midway.
As apparent from the following work permits, the structure was gutted and partly demolished in the late 90s. Work was coordinated under an alteration permit, rather than a demolition permit:
Thanks for your report, Panzer65! I encourage you to pay a visit to the theater. Curiosity pays off sometimes.