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This theater had a Wurlitzer organ installed on 9/22/1924 so I would imagine that it opened around 1924.
A Wurlitzer organ was installed in this theater on 8/27/1926.
You have a point about the Airdrome taking up more than one lot. We could say that the Airdrome took up a lot and a half and the Evergreen theater covered most of the other 2 and a half lots. I think that this mystery is pretty much solved.
As for Bohack, it is likely that they expanded the store after Pachtmann’s Toy store closed. I knew there was a store next to Pachtmann’s Toy store but for some strange reason I couldn’t remember that it was Bohack until I read these documents.
I’m sure that some of this seems trivial to some people, but I have learned that researching the surrounding buildings will give you more “clues” to go on when your researching the theater itself. If I was a detective, I would be more like Peter Falk as Columbo. I might look awkward but in the end I will get my man, oops I mean theater!
This man named Robert Adair keeps appearing during my real estate searches. He registered the lot that the Majestic was built on in 1868. Now I come across the next block starting with 502 Seneca ave, and the same man registered that lot and the lots that follow on that block in May, 1889. It seems like most of the land was owned by a few individuals. Another bit of trivia: I could never figure out where 502 Seneca ave was located since the first home after the Majestic was 504 Seneca. Well, it turns out that 502 Seneca is the small one car garages on the corner of Seneca and Greene. Even though the entrances to these garages are on Greene ave, the address is listed as Seneca ave. Inquiring minds want to know!
Thats a good question. Maybe “lower” Ridgewood around Wyckoff ave was called East Williamsburg and up further it was called Newtown. The document I read listed that area as Newtown. Unless the Queens clerk was located in Newtown and by mistake they listed Ridgewood as Newtown. I’m not really sure. The thing that I’m really concerned with right now is why I can’t find an owner listed for the Majestic.
I’m going to alter my previous theory slightly. I said that there was a theater on the corner where the bank stands today. I thought that it was the Evergreen theater, but I now believe that it was the Airdrome instead. Someone said that there were two large wooden buildings where the bank and C-Town now stand. With the new info that I found, I doubt that very much. Before 1911, there was nothing on that block except for trees, birds and maybe a squirrel or two.
The land was divided into lots and registered with the County in 1911, the same year that the Airdrome was built. I believe that the owner of the Airdrome purchased four consecutive lots starting at the corner near Myrtle ave. The first building was the Airdrome right on the corner near Myrtle. Next came the Evergreen theater. Then the Mathew flats were built somewhere in the mid-teens. The only thing that isn’t clear to me is the exact position of the Evergreen theater. Was it located on lots 2 & 3 next to the Airdrome or was it located on lots 3 & 4 next to the Mathew flats. I doubt very much that it was 3 lots in width.
How about something totally different. Could the Evergreen theater have been centered on lot 3 and extended partially into lots 2 & 4? That would leave a walkway or alley on each side. Why? The building could of had large side windows like the Wyckoff theater had for ventilation and leaving a space on each side would allow for air to circulate. No matter how it was situated, something sat on lot 4 or there would be another Mathew flat on that site today.
More interesting info to consider and debate…..The land on the block where the Evergreen was located was first registered with the clerks office in Queens county on Mar. 27,1911. It was registered by and belonged to the Ridgewood Park Realty Corp.
One other item I came across was in Oct 1957 a Bohack is listed at 924 Seneca ave. As far as I know, there is no 924 listed today so C-Town or most likely Trunz expanded that store later on.
Here is more of what I discovered on the Majestic. In Oct. 1955 the building’s owner was listed as Lenroc Realty Corp. located on Seneca ave. The lienholder is listed as Hamburg Savings bank. The next document shows the same Lenroc Realty selling the property to Seneca Chapels Ltd. in 1964. So, this building stood empty for about 9 years until the funeral home opened in 1964. Some of these documents are difficult to read especially the hand written portions of them. What I cannot find is, who did Lenroc Realty buy the property from in 1955.
The homes on Putnam near Cypress could be Ivanhoe. I also think there was another builder from that time called Bauer.I never really got into researching that area before now. I know that the homes further up with the 18-xx address were around in the teens because I saw the same photo of them that you saw and they are certainly Mathews homes.
I did a search of a home I lived in once on Putnam ave near Cypress ave. The record shows date built as “unknown”. I wonder why there is such a large gap in numbers between 920 and 930. Was there a large building there at one time that took up 5 numbers?
Okay sir, I’ll do a search on a Putnam ave home that I am familiar with and then I will check my email.
I agree that tax records could be in error. I also viewd different real estate documents for those buildings and they all list them as being built in 1931. Also notice that C-Town is listed as two addresses. Remember when I said that there used to be two individual stores on that site? That’s why it has two addresses. None of this changes the fact that the two Evergreen theater’s were located on that block. I was just trying to get an idea of what buildings were there first.
The real estate records for that block state that those homes were built in 1931. The Evergreen was built in 1911 and 1913 so the Evergreen was built first. If the Evergreen stood where the bank now stands, the Evergreen would have been gone since the bank was built around the late twentys.
Bway……While I was doing real estate searches for the Majestic, I thought that I would look up the buildings located around the Evergreen. No offense to Sally, but her info is not accurate. The buildings on that block are numbered as follows:
918 Seneca Ave…..Bank
920 Seneca Ave…..Single story store
930 Seneca Ave…..Single story store (both should be C-Town)
932 Seneca Ave…..Walk Up Apt, Five To Six Families
934 Seneca Ave…..Walk Up Apt, Five To Six Families
936 Seneca Ave…..Primarily 4 Family With 1 Store Or Office
Now, according to the records that I found 932-936 Seneca Ave was built in 1931. Lot size is 27ft X 100ft for 932 and 934. Lot size for 936 Seneca is 20ft X 100ft. They aren’t listed as Mathew homes. I don’t know who the builder was but they are of a later style. The point of this info is this, these brick homes were Not there when the Evergreen theater was standing.
I found a document that explains who first owned the lot that the Majestic theater was built on. In 1868, a man named Robert Adair filed with the clerk of Queens county a property that belonged to him located at Seneca ave and Greene ave. The property was surveyed by J.L. Nostrand. It is listed as lot #101. For you history buffs, Greene ave was called Greene st and Seneca ave was called Covert ave in 1868. And Ridgewood was known as Newtown.
At least this gives me a starting point to locate who owned the Majestic.
A link for the Loew’s Royal theater:
I finally found some info on this theater. I found real estate records for it. The lot size is 50ft X 100ft (double width lot). The Majestic theater (now Seneca Chapels) was built in 1931. Since it is a double lot, its original address was 494-496 Seneca Ave. It uses 494 as its current address. Since I know that this theater closed in the mid-fifties, it only had a life span of approx. 25 years.
Well, my theory was pretty close. I figured that the bigger theater was on the corner. What I didn’t think of was the possibility of other buildings being there first. I thought the Mathew homes would have been the first buildings on the block.
Bway….I have only seen one photo of Seneca and Myrtle from the teens and it was facing west. I just realized that the Evergreen theater was built about the same time as the Ridgewood theater. I wonder if the opening of the Ridgewood theater caused Joseph Hartman to expand the seating of the Evergreen theater in 1915. Also, the Parthenon opened in 1921, the same year that he decided to sell the Evergreen. I’m curious how much of an impact these other theater’s had on the demise of the Evergreen.
Thanks again Warren. That explains it perfectly.
Bway…That’s it! The homes were there first and I believe that the bank was built after both theater’s were demolished. I have been searching the web for old photo’s of that area but haven’t found any as of yet.
I was going to post this in the Madison research area, but since I’m already in here I’ll ask the question here. Was there a Rialto theater in Queens? I know that there was one in Brooklyn. In the organ listings, it lists a Austin brand organ for the Rialto in Brooklyn. It also lists a Midmer-Losh organ for the Rialto in Queens. If the organs were the same type, I would believe it was the same theater listed twice. But the organ brands are different so I assume there was another Rialto theater somewhere in Queens.
Thanks Warren. For some reason I still have this Knickerbocker theater on my “mystery theater” list. I’ll remove it from that list now before I forget again.
Here we go again with the “infamous” Knickerbocker theater. No, I haven’t found it yet, but I did find something interesting. On Feb 25th, 1926 a Wurlitzer organ was installed in the Knickerbocker theater in Brooklyn, NY.