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My comment should have read “C. Howard Crane, a Detroit architect who designed the Fox theater in Brooklyn was known for his work with theaters”. The five theater’s that I mentioned were considered the Fox flagship theater’s and I didn’t mean to imply that Crane designed all of them.
Erwin….Is this the same Montauk theater that I was asking about in the Madison message area? If it is, I think that I have some info on it. It was owned by a former stage actor named Percy Williams. He first acquired the old Brooklyn Music Hall, also known as the Gotham in East New York. There he did so well with a variety show that he purchased the Novelty Theater, and later built the Orpheum theater in Brooklyn. He sold his theater’s to Keith in 1912 for more Than $5,000,000. He moved to E.Islip, NY and died in 1923.
Some Fox theater trivia:
“C. Howard Crane, a Detroit architect who designed the Fox was known for his work with theaters. He designed 52 theater’s in his hometown alone. In the late 1920’s, 20th Century Fox was opening theaters throughout the United States and five theaters were their flagships. These five were located in St. Louis, Detroit, Atlanta, Brooklyn, and San Francisco. Although Crane was the architect, William Fox’s wife, Eve Leo Fox, was involved with the interior decorating. She was said to have traveled the world looking for decoration ideas for her husband’s theaters. The stock market crash in October 1929 created financial problems for William Fox. By 1932, he had lost all interests in his theater circuit”.
And here is a link to a photo of the Fox marquee when one of Alan Freed’s Rock N Roll shows were there:
Here is a link with a photo of the Wurlitzer organ and an old photo of the Paramount theater. The site has a history of the organ and some info on the theater also.
Here is a link for Murray the K with a photo of the Fox theater:
The reply from the Queens Historical Society: “You might try the Greater Ridgewood Historical Society, 18-20 Flushing Avenue, Ridgewood, NY 11385 Web: members.aol.com/ondrdnkhse/grhs.htm”. Did you ever have the feeling that you were running around in circles?
Okay, enough chit-chat about Bill. Lets get back to work. Does anyone know anything about a theater called the Raub Plaza that was located near Flatbush and Fulton? Was it a movie theater?
There is such an entity as the Ridgewood Historical Society. I haven’t much success so far in dealing with them. I just emailed the Queens Historical Society about the Folly theater. Maybe I’ll have better luck with them.
My problem with Ridgewood Bill isn’t so much his insults or his nasty attitude towards me and other’s on here. The main problem I have with him is alot of the info that he posts is just not true. I do not believe the address or seating capacity of the Ridgewood Folly that he gave is accurate. I think he knew that we couldn’t prove or disprove his claims and therefore he “pulled a fast one”. Also, I don’t believe that there was a Lyric theater in Ridgewood as he claims. If there was, why doesn’t he just post its location? Sometimes I make mistakes in my posts, but I will admit that I was in error. I don’t try to cover those mistakes with lies.
Since I’m not a “cretin”, that explains why I didn’t know the Crescent became Minsky’s Burlesque. Since you have such a “high mental capacity” can you tell me if it changed names again and was it ever used as a movie theater? Don’t think about it too hard, I don’t want you to hurt yourself fearless leader.
I never knew that guys could have PMS but Ridgewood Bill has a serious case of it. Unless he can show me some sort of proof that the address he gave for the Ridgewood Folly is correct, I will continue to believe that its location is unknown.
Yes I did and I also added a comment there.
I read that before the Montemartre opened, there was a restaurant and opera house on that site. When the restaurant went out of business, in 1927, it was replaced by the Montmartre theater, a movie theater that promised to show first-run movies but ended up settling for considerably less.
Erwin……Thanks for the info. No wonder I couldn’t find a listing for the Montmartre theater. The name changes that these theater’s go through add just to my confusion.
I found another theater called the Montauk. It later became the Crescent theater. I read that it was located near Livingston st. Now, there is a Crescent theater listed on this site with an address of 2819 Church Avenue. Are these two different theater’s?
Has anyone heard of this theater? The Montmartre theater in Brooklyn. I read that it opened around 1927 or 1928 and was located in the Fulton St. area.
The acclaimed research team is out doing research my “friend”. Things like gathering “facts” about a theater before posting it. Okay master, I’ll go and take my place with the other commoner’s now. Enjoy your new job as leader.
Your going to reveal the location of the Ridgewood Lyric theater? I can’t wait to hear this one. I’ll be in my corner waiting master!
blasphemy? Are you on some kind of medication? If your not, maybe you should be. My “cohorts” don’t have to prove anything. The burden of proof is on you, not them.
These early theater’s were usually converted storefronts with one reel films. They were deliberately kept small to avoid licensing costs. For this reason, there were very few records kept on them. Other than a person’s memory or real estate records, it is almost impossible to collect data on a theater like the Ridgewood Folly. So my question remains the same, where did your info on this theater come from?
The “research team” was doing just fine before you arrived on the scene. They found many theater’s that were not entered on this website.
No, I don’t want a hint where the so-called Lyric theater was located. If you have the info then post it. This isn’t the home version of Jeopardy.
Keep one thing in mind Ridgewood Bill, the theater’s that you enter here must be Real theater’s with Real addresses. Since you find the “research team” here lacking, let’s see what you can do.
If you need any help, I’ll be sitting in the corner having a “hissy fit”. Have fun.
My “cohorts” and I could not find a location for this theater or one of us would have entered it. I find it amazing that you not only know the exact address of this theater, but you also know the seating capacity. The Times Weekly article that contains the photo of the Ridgewood Folly theater, states that the location is Unknown and never mentioned the seating capacity.
As my next “pet project”, I’m going to try and find the Real location of this theater.
RidgewoodBill…….Did it ever dawn on you that since us “chaps” did most of the work finding some of these theater’s that maybe the right thing to do would let one of us “chaps” enter the theater on this site that we worked so hard to find?
How about you do some of the research and I’ll sit back and take the credit for your work?
RidgewoodBill…..Can I ask you how or where you got the address for this theater? This theater was a pet project of mine. I have spent Many,Many hours researching this theater. I could not even find the street that it was located on, no less the exact address. The lack of an address is what has kept me from entering this theater on this site. If your info is correct, thanks for entering it. Since I also consider it to be the first movie theater in the Ridgewood area, I will continue to research it to make sure that the location you gave is correct.
Erwin…I think that 207 Myrtle is a few blocks down further from Navy st. I would assume that there was a theater at that location if they give the seating capacity in Warren’s book. It was probably long gone by the 50’s and that’s why it isn’t familiar to you.
Was the United theater ever completed and open for business? 207 Myrtle should be in the vicinity of Navy st.