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Warren…I think that someone already stated that 424 Seneca Ave would be near Stanhope St. To the best of my knowledge, there was never a movie theater at that location. I believe that book is in error and the Majestic was indeed located at 494 Seneca Ave.
Peter….I’m glad that you enjoyed that article. Someone emailed me that link when I was trying to get info on the Majestic. I wish the person that wrote that article had given an email address or a way to contact him. I would like to find out what he remembers about the Majestic.
There is still a funeral home located at 494 Seneca ave. I believe the name of it now is D'Angelo Funeral Home Inc.
Check this website……http://timesnewsweekly.com/Archives2004/Apr.-Jun.2004/051304/NewFiles/OURNEIGH.html
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It seems like someone else recalls the Majestic theater being on Seneca and Greene. Read the bottom of the first paragraph. Why didn’t I find that sooner!
Bway….Thanks for your help. I entered the Majestic. I hope that I didn’t mess it up. How long does it take before you can go there and post messages?
Okay guys, I emailed everyone I know that grew up in Ridgewood. Some of those people have no clue, but three of them wrote back and said it was called the Majestic. I’ll go along with that. It does sound familiar. Maybe one of you could enter it in the listing since I have no idea how to do that. I would still like more info on this theater if anyone has anything to add please do. Thanks for everyones help with this.
I did a search on the web and I found a Majestic theater that used to be on Fulton st in Brooklyn. All it says is, it opened for business in 1904. Would there be two theaters listed for Brooklyn with the same name? The more I read, the more confused I get.
Bway, I do not remember a theater on Seneca and Stanhope so it must be a typo like you said. Also, no matter where they may set the boundry line, Seneca ave is in Queens and not Brooklyn. Someone else also told me that it was the Grandview but that name doesn’t ring a bell. It looks like this theater is not listed on this website and if we can confirm the name, we can add it to the sites listing.
Disregard that last message, it seems to have posted twice. The Majestic sounds very familiar. I’m very familiar with that area and the address can’t be 424. 494 would be more like it. Is the Majestic theater listed on this site? I’m curious as to when it opened and when it closed down. Thanks Peter and Bway for your help.
Peter, I’m familiar with all of the theaters that you mentioned. This one was located on Seneca Ave and Greene Ave. The address would be 494 Seneca Ave. This theater was closed in the mid fifties and might have closed before that. Around 1962 the building was sold and it became a funeral home called Seneca Chapels. I grew up looking at this building and even played under the marquee when it rained. The name of it is buried somewhere in my brain but it just won’t come out right now.
Peter, I’m familiar with all of the theaters that you mentioned. This theater was located on Seneca ave and Greene ave. To be precise, the address would have been 494 Seneca ave. I know that it was closed by the mid fifties, maybe even sooner. Around 1962 the building was sold and it became a funeral home called Seneca Chapels. I grew up looking at this building everyday. The name of this theater is in my brain somewhere but it just won’t come out right now.
Thanks Peter. I knew House of Wax was either 1953 or 1954. Sometimes the old memory works great, sometimes I can’t remember the password to get my email.
You might be correct Warren, it could have opened at the Ridgewood and not the Madison. The years will sometimes play tricks on your memory. This movie also had a gimmick to it. No one was supposed to be seated after the movie started. There were guards to enforce this rule. I think that only happened for the first day. Psycho was one of those movies that you had to see more than once to fully understand it.
The first time I saw this movie, the two scenes that scared me were the shower scene and the scene where the detective walks up the stairs and Norman appears with the knife. Psycho was loosely based on a true story. The book was written by Robert Bloch and he based it on a real serial killer in Wisconsin named Edward Gein. If you want to read more about this, go to this website http://www.crimelibrary.com/gein/geinmain.htm
I have a question that isn’t related to the Madison. There was another theater in Ridgewood that is no longer around. I don’t remember the name of it, I just remember where it was located. I’m trying to find what the name of it was. Is there a way to search for a theater by address or street? Thanks.
Hi Peter…..I lived in Ridgewood from 1948 to 1977 give or take a few months. I think the release date on the House of Wax was around 1953 or 1954. It was the first big studio 3D movie. Does anyone remember the character in the movie called Igor? He was played by Charles Bronson. A bit of trivia for you younger folks. The original credits for the House of Wax movie lists Igor as being played by Charles Buchinsky who is actually Charles Bronson.
Another horror movie that played at the RKO Madison was Psycho. I don’t know how I could have forgotten that one in my other post. That was one of the few movies that I’ve seen that actually scared me.
My memories of the RKO Madison go back to the fifties. I remember in the late fifties they showed alot of Vincent Price movies around Halloween. They always had a “gimmick” with the movie. One movie was called The Tingler and they would place some kind of vibrator under the seats to scare you. There was another “gimmick” movie that played there called The House on Haunted Hill. This time there was a small coffin on each side of the screen with an “invisible” wire coming out of it and at a certain point in the movie, the coffin would open and a “ghost” would fly down the wire to the back of the theater. Another Vincent Price movie I saw there was House of Wax in 3D.
In the sixties I remember the Dave Clark Five appearing in person to promote their movie. I think the title was Catch Us If You Can. The year was 1965. That same year I saw the movie Harlow there too. I remember that movie because two Harlow movies were released at the same time. One starring Carrol Baker and the other starring Carol Lynley. I believe the Carrol Baker version played at the Madison. I also saw The Green Berets starring John Wayne and David Jannsen.
I saw alot of movies at the RKO Madison but those seem to stick out in my memory the most. Thanks for reading this.
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Speaking of clothes, do you remember Robert Hall on Dekalb ave? I used to go to Jahn’s also. Wasn’t that on Hillside ave? I think it was the last stop or the first stop (depending on the direction you were going) on the Myrtle ave bus. I got on that bus at Palmetto st and Wyckoff ave (underneath the el train) and that was the first or last stop also.
So, your the one that was making all the noise at the Dave Clark 5 movie. I think they were at the Madison theater in the summer of ‘65. I knew that Fr. McCabe left the church, but I didn’t know that he passed away. I liked him alot, I’m sorry to hear that he’s gone.
I remember the Hart bowling alley. I also remember a post office being near the bowling alley. There was also a luncheonette on the corner of Dekalb and Wyckoff that made decent hamburgers in the 60’s. I didn’t shop much on Knickerbocker ave because Myrtle ave was closer and had more stores. I do remember a store that I went to on Knickerbocker ave that was called King Soloman or something like that. Do you remember that one?
Ellen…..Those names don’t sound familiar, although there was a bar on Greene and Onderdonk that I went to a few times back then. What a difference a decade makes huh. Sometimes I feel like I’m 90 also, but I still get days where I feel like 15 again. BTW….that guy Pete, his name was Campos.
Ellen…..Thanks for making me feel like a dinosaur. (just kidding) Geez, I got married when you were graduating from SBS, I do feel kinda old now. One of the guys I grew up with lived on the same block as you. His name was Pete. Anyway, Ridgewood was a great place to grow up in.
Hi Ellen……I didn’t go to SBS. I went to PS81 and I graduated from there in ‘61 and high school in '65. I lived by Seneca ave and Greene ave. I hung out with my friends on St Nick ave. You would find us anywhere from Linden st and St Nick, where the church is to Menahan st and St Nick.
What years did you graduate?
I grew up in Ridgewood in the 60’s. If I remember correctly, Father Kelly came to St Brigids in the early sixties. Another priest named Terence McCabe arrived around the same time. Father McCabe was a basketball player in college and played basketball with alot of the neighborhood kids.
I went to both the Madison theatre and the Ridgewood theatre in the 60’s. In the 60’s, there was a poolroom above the Ridgewood theatre. The entrance to the poolroom was a door on the right hand side of the main entrance. The poolroom was called Hanks Billiards.
Speaking of theatres, in the 50’s there was a theatre called the Parthenon located on Wyckoff ave near Palmetto. It closed and became a bowling alley.