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In that same article, it mentions a company called Ring-Gibson that built many houses around the Freshpond road area. In August 1913, the Ring-Gibson Company placed a large order with the Evergreen Steam Stone Works for cut lime, brown and blue stone.
I might have been told about that A&P fire, I don’t really remember. In April of 1968 I wasn’t in Ridgewood or NY. An uncle of mine “invited” me to do some traveling starting that year. You might have heard of him, his name is Uncle Sam and he wanted ME!
Here is some trivia for you that I came across:
“Evergreen Steam Stone Works was located at Myrtle Avenue and Decatur Street in Ridgewood. In later years the Glenwood Theater was located on the same site and today the U.S. Post Office is there”.
That’s a good question, but I don’t know the answer right now. I think Peter is right, we might need a field trip soon and a camera.
The 25 foot lot sounds right because I read that the early Mathews homes were 25 feet wide. Although, his later homes were increased to 27 and a half feet wide. I don’t know the reason for the increase.
Bway….Great intro and a great follow up post!
Do you think that the Van Cortlandt Airdrome should have its own page or just leave it combined with the Evergreen? The numbering system is confusing, at least on Seneca ave it is. I’ll give you an example: The Majestic theater’s address was 494 Seneca. It was a corner building. If you cross Greene ave, the first house you come to is 504 Seneca ave. You would think that there were four buildings missing there somehow. And yet, there is no room for those four missing buildings. I could never understand that, so the numbering on the Evergreen doesn’t really surprise me.
Another typo…“ALL of Cypress ave was called Cypress Hills st at one time”.
It is interesting isn’t it. Besides Covert being changed to Seneca, I read that Cypress ave was called Cypress Hills st. at the turn of the century. I know that there is still a Cypress Hills st, but ALL of Cypress ave was called Cypress ave at one time. All of those “main roads” like Cypress were supposed to be called Avenues such as Seneca, Cypress, St. Nicholas, Wyckoff, Irving, Knickerbocker, Wilson etc. The intersecting streets were supposed to be streets or road or anything but avenues. It didn’t work because you still have Dekalb ave, Greene ave, Gates ave, etc. They were all supposed to be called streets.
I think that Bway entered the Evergreen theater. The Van Cortlandt Airdrome could be entered as an open air theater and use the address of the Flowerama. So far I haven’t found a way to convert the address. It could be added later though.
I came across this when I was searching for a way to convert the address:
“Queens 1911 â€” Borough topographical engineers devised comprehensive street-naming and house-numbering plan for entire borough, using the “Philadelphia system” of numbered streets. Public resistance slowed implementation. System first applied to Richmond Hill in 1915. Ninety percent borough compliance by 1932".
Some of this is kind of strange to me also. I would have thought that after the theater was built, the Airdrome would have been closed. Yet the article claims that in 1921 both the Evergreen Theater and Evergreen Airdrome were sold implying that the Airdrome was still there.
Adding 1,500 seats to that theater has been the main reason that I am so curious about how much property these two buildings occupied.
There will always be some things that we will never know the full answer to when it comes to theater’s like these. At least we know that the theater did exist and were it was located. Maybe we should accept the 1200 seating capacity and let it go at that.
If the Evergreen Airdrome was built in 1911, it should have been listed as Covert ave since the name wasn’t changed to Seneca ave until 1912. The Evergreen theater was built after the name change but that should not affect its address. That article say’s that in 1915 they expanded the theater by 1,500 seats. I wonder how many seats it had to begin with. Let’s say that it had 500, add in 1,500 seats and you have a good size theater. That’s why I was curious if both theater’s occupied the whole block.
I know what you mean about the old numbering system for the Van Cortlandt Airdrome. The address would probably have been somewhere in the 1600 number range. I have no idea if there is a way to “convert” the address from new to old, but I will check into it. Thanks for adding the Evergreen.
I found this for the Flowerama:
Flowerama, 59-35 Myrtle Avenue, Ridgewood, NY
Bway…..Sorry, I didn’t hit the refresh button on my browser so I didn’t see your post ahead of mine. I agree with you that Van Cortland Airdrome is where the Flowerama is. We need an address on that.
Peter….Thanks for reminding me what was located on that block. Is it possible that the two Evergreen theater’s occupied the entire block at one time? After they were sold, maybe the other buildings were put up. I’m only asking this because I’m trying to get an idea of how large these two theater’s were. According to the article, the Airdrome was already there and the Evergreen theater was added later.
I’m trying to “picture” where the Evergreen was located. Since it has an even address (926) it would be on the same side of Seneca ave as the Majestic was. If you were heading towards Myrtle ave from the site of the old Majestic theater, the Evergreen should be on the other side of Myrtle. That would place it somewhere between Hancock st and Weirfield st. Peter or Bway could be more accurate on this than me.
I think there was a Chase bank on the corner of Hancock, Myrtle and Seneca and next to the bank was a supermarket. Before the supermart was there, it was a toy store or juvenile store called Pachmans or something like that. That should be where the Evergreen was located.
The Van Cortlandt Airdrome should have been located at 71st and Myrtle which is close to Forrest ave.
Warren…..That is great info that you found. I had posted about the Evergreen somewhere else on this site. I will copy and paste it here to refresh everyone’s memory:
In 1921, Joseph Hartman and his son-in-law, Phoebus Kaplan, built a row of brick store fronts with a dwelling on the upper level, on Myrtle Avenue and Anthon Avenue (60th Street). In 1911, they had built and operated an open air movie theatre at what is now Seneca Avenue near Myrtle Avenue, called the Evergreen Airdrome and also at the same time, the Van Cortlandt Airdrome on the northeast corner of Myrtle Avenue and Van Cortlandt Avenue (71st Avenue). In 1913, they built the Evergreen Theatre adjacent to the Evergreen Airdrome. In 1915, they expanded the Evergreen Theatre by 1,500 seats. By 1920, the Van Cortlandt Airdrome was closed. In 1921, possibly to take advantage of the tax exempt legislation and to fund their building the row of store fronts as noted above, they sold the Evergreen Theatre and Evergreen Airdrome.
Maybe we can find more out about the Van Cortlandt Airdrome also.
I also entered the Willoughby theater on this website.
Warren….Thanks for posting the seating capacity of the Starr theater.
Bway……I added the Starr to this website. I’ll leave the Luxor theater for Peter to enter. I agree with you that all we really need is a name and address to enter a theater.
I’ll hold off on the Ridgewood Folly until I can find a location or address for it. Another theater that we talked about was the Evergreen on Seneca and Myrtle. Did anyone find anymore info on that one? Then there is still the mystery of the Knickerbocker/Grove theater to solve.
Peter……Give Warren a Lollipop as a reward. I’d rather have the info for the Starr theater first because I can’t figure out how to edit the info once you enter it. I tried it with the Majestic and I couldn’t do it.
We should start entering these theaters just in case something happens to the messages in this section. All our “research” will be lost.
Warren…..Your getting to be like Kojak! Nice job. 431 Central ave should be near Madison st. Now I have more info to work with.
No problem Peter. I’ll look again later for the Luxor.
Somewhere in these messages, I mentioned the Starr theater located at 233 Knickerbocker Ave. I can’t find it on this website. Does anyone have any other info on it such as seating capacity, when it opened, closed, etc. If we can get more info, it could be entered on this website.
There is a Luxor theater that was in the Bronx that is already listed on this website.
During one search for the Luxor, I found a French theater listed for Brooklyn in 1910. I think that I need a new search engine!
Well, the article didn’t state if the Amphion was a movie theater or not. Maybe we’ll just pass on that one.
The only Luxor theater that I have found so far is one that was on Bleecker st in Manhattan which is listed as closed. I found another one on a German website but I couldn’t read the article because it was in German.
I found another one of those Times Weekly articles that mentioned the Ridgewood Folly theater. This one said that it had a piano and the name of the woman that played the piano was Dorathy Franz. Not much info there. At least I know that it did have a piano. I don’t believe that I’m going to find much more on this one. I’m dealing with a small neighborhood theater that is almost 100 years old. How many people that are still around today would remember it? I doubt that there would be very many of them. Should anyone find where it was located, post it and I’ll enter the Ridgewood Folly on this website.
I also came across this. The Amphion Theater in Bushwick. No location given. It had 2000 seats and it claims to be the first theater with electric lights. Has anyone heard of this theater?
Alan…..I know how it is when the old memory starts heading south. Some of the info I’m looking for on certain theater’s should already be in my head somewhere. The problem is, it won’t come out so I have to spend all this time looking for things that I should already know. If the location to the Knickerbocker theater comes back to you, just post it here.
The Ridgewood Folly and Kreuscherâ€™s Arcade are listed on Cinematour but there is no info given for either one. I also came across the Ridgewood Folly on a silent theater website. That website also listed the Majestic theater as the Majestic Seneca. I would like to find an address for the Ridgewood Folly or at least the street where it was located.
Ridgewood Folly: http://www.cinematour.com/tour.php?db=us&id=24654
Kreuschers Arcade: http://www.cinematour.com/tour.php?db=us&id=24655
The Kreuscherâ€™s Arcade was part of Kreuscherâ€™s Hotel. It was located on the southeast corner of Myrtle ave and Cypress ave. It claims to be the first “theater” to show “Motion Pictures” in Ridgewood. At the same time that Kreuscherâ€™s was showing “Motion Pictures”, there was another theater in Ridgewood called the Ridgewood Folly. I cannot find the location for the Ridgewood Folly but I have seen a photo of it so it did exist. I don’t know when either one opened, but both were showing “Motion Pictures” in 1910. And both charged 5 cents admission. To further date the Ridgewood Folly, a movie that played there in 1910 was called “The Woman From Mellons” directed by D.W. Griffith who was also the screenwriter. I have already confirmed that this movie was released in 1910.
I can’t prove or disprove that Kreuscherâ€™s showed the first “Motion Picture” in Ridgewood. Even if they were the first to show “Motion Pictures”, your opinion might be different, but I don’t consider Kreuscherâ€™s to be a true movie theater. Kreuscherâ€™s Arcade and “Movie Theater” did not last long. It was sold in 1913. By 1914
the Hotel became a restaurant called the Queens Labor Lyceum Hofbrau Haus.
Even if the Ridgewood Folly was not the first to show “Motion Pictures”, it is very possible that it was the first real movie theater in Ridgewood. The small amount of information that I found on these two “theaters” was very difficult to get, so please feel free to add anything that you know about either or both of them. If the Ridgewood Folly was the first movie theater in Ridgewood, it deserves a place on this website.
I can answer my own question. The Starr theater was located at 233 Knickerbocker Ave. That puts it within one block of the Willoughby theater. Oh well, I’m going back to my research of the Kreuschers Arcade.