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It seems that this property has expanded over the years and now covers the addresses from 324 to 330 according to a more recent deed. But in the early 1900’s the lot at 326 Knickerbocker was a single 25'x 100' ft lot which would make that a small theater.
Here is some info on 326 Knickerbocker ave. It is located near Hart st and is currently owned by Scaturro Food Market. Prior to that it was Kraupner Pharmacy. It is a standard 25' by 100' lot. I’ll see how far back I can go with this.
Actually I would love to see me overhauled and continue for another 100 years! But seriously folks, now you have an idea of how this misinformation and rumors start. I have learned the hard way not to believe everything I read on the web.
CJDV….Maybe you could be of help to us with this Ridgewood Folly theater. Would you know where in Ridgewood this theater was located? If not an exact address, would you know the street that it was on? If I had an idea of at least the street name it would make further researching much easier. A few people have come here and gave misleading info leading us on a wild goose chase. I have almost no interest in this theater anymore and I figured that I would give it one more try by asking you if you know anything about it. If you click the following link you can view a photo of it. Thanks.
So it did become a movie theater in 1914 called the Prospect Hall Venetian Garden. Then it changed its name to Prospect Hall Garden in 1916. I guess the next question is, should I add this theater to this website under the name of Prospect Hall Garden? Do you know what the seating capacity was?
Here is an oldie but goodie that I found. I don’t believe its listed on here unless its under another name. Actually, I’m not even sure if its a theater or not. The name of it is the Crescent Motion Picture Company located at 263 Prospect Ave in Brooklyn. According to what I read, it opened in 1908 and it was an open air theater. Does anyone have any info on this one?
I had a feeling that it was wrong. When I find an “unknown” theater I usually go to that website to see if they have an address for it. As I was going down the list I saw the Ridgewood listed as closed. I wonder where they get their info from. Maybe Eddie and Bill are hanging out on that website now.
I just noticed this on Cinema Tours, they list a Ridgewood 3 Theatre
located at 5527 Myrtle Ave which is the address of this Ridgewood theater and it is listed as “closed”.
I also read that a Moller organ was installed in this theater in 1925.
ErwinM….I believe that the people who run this website do scan through these messages from time to time. It will take awhile for them to read these since there are thousands of message areas on this site. Your idea is a good one and it would make life simpler for people searching for a theater with multiple names. Give it some time and if no one from Cinema Treasures responds here, I will email them with your suggestion.
Thank you CJDV. I’m going to add this Metro theater to Cinema Treasures now or I will forget to do it. I’ll use the lower seating capacity. Since this theater was not the same building as the Unique and the Comedy theater I won’t include those names when adding the Metro. I will use your informative post about the Metro in the introduction.
ErwinM….Thanks for explaining that. Let me make sure that I understand how this works. When I add a theater, I should put the newest name first then a / and then the older name. Is that correct?
I have one more “mystery” theater to clear up. I found a listing for a Metro theater with an address of 194 Grand St. in Brooklyn. That address should be somewhere near Bedford avenue. I don’t see this Metro theater listed on this site. Do you know if this Metro theater is listed on here under another name?
Thanks for clearing that up Warren. Some theater’s are listed on this site with the original name that they opened with while others are listed under the last name that the theater was operated as. Thats where alot of the confusion comes from. Its too bad that you can’t add a theater with multiple names and have the search engine return that theater showing all of the names that the theater was known as.
The address above was the one given by Cinema Tours. If you have a different address for this theater please post it.
It appears that you found another Cambria theater Charles. Maybe you should add it to Cinema Treasures.
RobertR….Since that movie was playing at the Cambria theater in 1958 at least we know that it was still open in 1958. Thats a good piece of info to “date” this theater.
Charles….Maybe you discovered another Cambria theater in Astoria.
Like Warren said previously, this theater is near the Cambria Heights-St.Albans border but from the name I would assume that it was in Cambria Heights.
CJDV…..I’m going to add the Boardwalk theater to this site with the 16-18 Boardwalk address as given by Cinema Tours. If it’s wrong, it can always be corrected later.
Since you discovered the Knickerbocker-Casino theater I think that its only fair that you add it to this website. I don’t want anyone to accuse me of being greedy.
Too bad that you can’t find a name for that theater at 326 Knickerbocker ave as that theater would most likely be older than the Ridgewood Folly and might be the first movie theater in the area.
I think it was before your time Groundstar. CJDV says the Airdome is only listed for the year of 1914. Does anyone know when the Alhambra was built or opened? The only date that I can find for the Alhambra is the date that a Moller organ was installed and that was in 1925.
Maybe the message that I read about the Knickerbocker-Casino was accurate. If it isn’t listed in 1915 then it might very well have burned down sometime in 1914.
So far I have only found a brief comment about the Knickerbocker-Casino theater. The message I read claims that this theater burned down in 1914. I’m just reporting what I read and I can’t verify this info yet.
Is it possible that the Knickerbocker Airdome was replaced by the Alhambra theater since they were both located at Knickerbocker and Halsey.
Bway….Your right about the Starr theater being on the other side of Knickerbocker ave. For some reason I thought it was located at 230 knickerbocker when it was really at 233 Knickerbocker ave. I never knew there were so many movie theater’s in that two block area. I’m interested in this Knickerbocker Airdome at Knickerbocker & Halsey st. Maybe you should include that area in your next photo shoot.
If anyone knows the address for this theater and the years that it opened and closed, please post it here. Thanks!
I entered the Cambria theater on Cinema Treasures. As usual, I’m confused with the two Knickerbocker theater’s that you mentioned cjdv. There was a Starr theater at 233 Knickerbocker and the Willoughby located at 260 Knickerbocker that I’m familiar with. The Knickerbocker-Casino that you mentioned at 274 Knickerbocker would be very close to the Willoughby, in fact all three theater’s would have been on the same side of the street within two blocks of each other. Were the two Knickerbocker theater’s used as movie theater’s?