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Wow. That is very bad news. It appears the Ridgewood’s interior is in it’s final hours. After all this, this is where we are now…. Who would have thought….
—–“INTERIOR DEMOLITION , TO REMOVE ALL WALLS AND FIXTURE FORM THE BASEMENT ,FIRST FLOOR THOU THRID FLOOR. NO HCANGIES TO EGRESS, OCCUPANCY AND USE”
Let’s hope it’s only for the fake dividing walls from the multiplexing, but that remains to be seen. This is the closest the Ridgewood has gotten to destruction to date.
Here’s the link:
That’s not correct. The theater was at 1283 Fulton St, the old bank building, as well as all the buildings on that side of the street are odd numbers also.
Tinseltoes, the instructions were for adding them to the theater’s photo page, which is what he did.
Thanks Native Foresthiller for adding these wonderful photos. Now when people click on this theater they will see the beauty that this insensitive group destroyed! The mosaics were absolutely stunning, and still in such wonderful shape.
I remember seeing a movie at the trylon around 1995 or so, and the theater was like a time capsule. Time had been so kind to it till that point. And then the senseless deliberate destruction.
Above the photo above, click “photos”. That will bring you to the photo page of whatever theater you are on (whether it be this one, the Ridgewood, or any theater you have photos of). Once on that page, scroll down, and click “add photo”, and add the photos you want to add.
NativeForestHiller, you should consider adding your photos to the site here directly, just so people can see how beautiful the front and lobby were, and what was destroyed.
Native ForestHiller, seeing those photos posted again make me absolutely sick all over again, when this was all going on some years back. Absolutely disgusting what this religious group did to the front of this building. They could have used the building, and continued to benefit from the beauty that was there as their entrance, but they deliberately chose to go against the community and the outcries to not destroy and did it anyway.
Karma to them.
That is very interesting! It seems the Whitney was an abandoned theater very early on. This kind of explains why it was demolished so early on. A shame, I have never seen a street view of the old theater, the one above is about as best as I have seenm and it is also from the side.
BTW, Welcome back Ken!!
It sounds great that they would want to restore the front, but it seems a bit ironic as this religious group blatantly without respect to the history of the area or building just needlessly destroyed the beautiful original mosaics of the theater’s front. For no reason at all!! It is that karma coming back to them.
Ironically, if they had left all that history there, there may be more of a fight to let them stay.
As I mentioned, ironically, the religious group would have had a better chance at staying there if they didn’t destroy all the beautiful features of the theater that made it worth landmarking. They deliberately just destroyed the whole front and lobby.
The Trylon is an example of just about EVERYTHING that can go wrong in theater restoration, building architecture, etc.
Right from the moment the theater closed to today.
From the deliberate destruction of the landmark lobby, mosaics, etc when they “renovated” into the synagogue, to now the building facing complete demolition.
Ironically, had the synagogue group SAVED the historic features out front and the beautiful mosaics, it would have been a much better candidate for landmarking, and they may not be in this predicament they are in now….
973 Fresh Pond Rd would have been an address before they converted the address numbers into the QUeens grid system. It would be a 69-XX number now because it’s between 69th and 70 Ave. Halleck Ave must have been the old Queens street name before being converted into Queens street numbers.
Yes, I didn’t realize the Alden was still open then yet too, and as a theater.
In any event, while the removal of the Jamaica El was a fiasco for the Jamaica business district, it really only made a bad situation worse. It was in trouble even before the removal of the el.
In any event, the removal of the el can’t be blamed as one of the reasons for the demise of the Valencia, as the Valencia had already closed BEFORE the el was removed.
Actually, the Tabernacle of Prayer was already in the Valencia BEFORE service on the eastern end of the Jamaica El closed…. See here for a photo. Notice the Tabernacle of Prayer cross is already up, and the Valencia Theater sign gone:
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Wow, that is REALLY cool!!!
Wow, it’s a long time since I have seen a comment in this theater! I just drove by this theater the other day for the first time in years and thought of this site….
I think only the facade remains? Wasn’t the entire theater destroyed and the building rebuilt?Was even the lobby retained?
The total was a shambles, I don’t know how much was left to restore after the water damage. There were literally hundreds of holes in the roof.
I have to say, while it’s sad it can no longer be a theater anymore, they did an absolutely FANTASTIC job with the exterior conversion and restoration.
The exterior shell is better than total demolition, so a piece of history is in fact preserved.
Radio City may have been planned to be only live theater, but it never was only live theater at the beginning, as mentioned, two weeks after opening it showed it’s first movie. They had to know it would be showing film two weeks earlier…. :)
Again, even if the theaters are used as churches instead of theater (movies), it’s still better than gutted and turned into a drug store or something….or worse, torn down.
As for the Hollywood Theater (Mark Hellinger), as far as I know, the theater is maintained beautifully, even if used for a church. Would you rather have seen it turned into retail, or some of the far worse things that could have been done to it?
Hollywood-Mark Hellinger Theatre
As for Radio City Music Hall, it was always meant to show film, as well as live theater. It showed it’s first movie in January 1933….within two weeks of opening.
It appears the old Imperial Theater now operates as a warehouse, judging by this google street view:
Click Link Here
Wow, that is just wonderful!!
The perfect example of why often times “churches” have “saved” a theater….and now even returning to it’s natural use, at least partly.
For all those that “knock” the Tabernacle of Prayer in Jamaica (former Valencia Theater), because of the garish colors they painted….remember it’s churches like that that saved many theaters.
Based on the street view which says it was taken in June 2011, it’s now a used appliance store. Ironically, right around when Ken uploaded his 2006 photo to the site!!
Does anyone know if any of the theater’s ornamentation remains inside in the drug store.
John, did you ever compare the street view with the historic photo posted? It appears the whole right side of the building was ripped off some feet in, and a new side wall placed ¾ of the way in when they widened Flatlands Ave!!
Not only that, the CVS moved out about a year ago, and the “store” is now vacant.