Ridgewood Theatre

55-27 Myrtle Avenue,
Ridgewood, NY 11385

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Bway on February 16, 2012 at 6:44 pm

Well, I hope you are feeling better Peter. Good to hear from you.

PeterKoch on February 13, 2012 at 11:07 am

I’ve been away, anxious and depressed for personal reasons that I won’t go into here.

But now I’m back, starting to feel free to enjoy life again, and part of that is returning to Cinema Treasures.

I expect to be walking by the Ridgewood Theatre again before the month is out, and, once I have done so, I will post my usual report here.

I don’t expect to see much of a change since my last visit on Thursday August 4 2011.

Bway on February 13, 2012 at 10:54 am

Matt, thank you so much for posting those wonderful photos! Peter, where have you been!

PeterKoch on February 13, 2012 at 9:06 am

Thanks, John D., DARCYDT, NativeForestHiller and Matt Lambros for your input.

Matt Lambros, great blog of yours, with great photos ! Many thanks !

Matt Lambros
Matt Lambros on February 13, 2012 at 8:16 am

Check out my recent blog posting on the Ridgewood Theatre

NativeForestHiller on January 9, 2012 at 3:45 pm

Those were some of the last films to play at the theater before its sudden closure in March 2008. You are welcome to visit Friends of The Ridgewood Theatre on our Facebook. I founded a group dedicated towards preserving & creatively reusing this 1916 gem designed by Thomas Lamb. The facade is now landmarked, but now we are focusing on preserving the interior and finding a historically-sensitive tenant, perhaps involved in performing arts: http://on.fb.me/RidgewoodTheatre

DARCYDT on January 9, 2012 at 3:29 pm

I passed by here today and on one side of the marque it says Bushwick Twin! What’s up with that. Seeing a door open through the screen in front of the theater one sees the film titles “Vantage Point” and “Meet the Spartans” above I guess a couple of entrances. I guess what was playing at the end. I never saw a film at this theater.

johndereszewski on December 30, 2011 at 5:27 am

Michael, thanks for the information. The timing of the violation both verifies the activity that RobertR reported last August as well as the lack of such that I witnessed when I visited the place in September. Just wonder how much destruction occurred before the stop work order kicked in ……. I just don’t understand why the developer would start the work without the proper permit. It’s not like the supermarket conversion project was such a big secret, quite the contrary. Besides betraying a good dose of bad faith on the developer’s part, this was just a dumb thing to do.

PeterKoch on December 29, 2011 at 6:58 am

You’re welcome, NativeForestHiller, and thank YOU for this update.

NativeForestHiller on December 28, 2011 at 4:41 pm

I appreciate everyone’s concerns & updates. There are no active permits on the DOB site as of this writing. This is the complaint I found on the website:

NYC Department of Buildings Overview for Complaint #:4490907 = ACTIVE Complaint at: 5527 MYRTLE AVENUE BIN: 4082442 Borough: QUEENS ZIP: 11385 Re: ILLEGAL GUT RENOVATION OF AN OLD MOVIE THREATR


DOB District: N/A Special District:

Assigned To: QUEENS BOROUGH OFFICE Priority: B
Received: 08/11/2011 15:26 Block: 3451 Lot: 7 Community Board: 405

Last Inspection: 11/30/2011 – – BY BADGE # 2188 Disposition: 12/09/2011 – C1 – INSPECTOR UNABLE TO GAIN ACCESS – 1ST ATTEMPT – Comments: FRONT GATE IS PADLOCKED. LS-4 POSTED

In addition to the historic interior being at risk, safety is at stake with no permits, let alone when permits are in place. The facade is now landmarked, & much of any interior work could effect the landmarked portion, and should be brought to the attention of the Landmarks Preservation Commission.

Dept of Buildings website:


PeterKoch on December 28, 2011 at 12:28 pm

I may pass by next week, and, if I do, I will report here what I’ve seen, as I’ve done in the past.

johndereszewski on December 28, 2011 at 12:20 pm

Great hearing from you Peter – and the new photos are great!

Has anyone visited the Ridgewood lately? I know that no renovation work had commenced when I last passed by the site – but that was several months ago. So, is the old theater still lying fallow – or has the destructive work at long last begun. (I really hope for the former.)

PeterKoch on December 28, 2011 at 8:15 am

Yes, Bway, I know I’ve been missed, and that it’s been awhile. Thank you for saying so.

For reasons I prefer not to go into here, I haven’t had much to say lately.

lfreimauer on December 28, 2011 at 7:34 am

Looks like a lost cause!

Bway on December 28, 2011 at 7:07 am

These photos are amazing. These are teasers! Please post some more! By the way, I can’t believe how fast paint begins to peal. This was a functioning theater less than three years ago. But it also shows how much of the original theater is still all there waiting to be preserved behind the fake sheetrock walls! I guess because the building is left unheated it begins to make the paint peal.

Bway on December 28, 2011 at 6:52 am

Yes, MORE photos, these are GREAT!! Peter, you are missed, it’s been a while!

Ed Solero
Ed Solero on December 27, 2011 at 11:46 am

Several stunning interior photographs have been recently uploaded to the site with no fanfare. Thanks to CT members Plaid and Matt Lambros for providing these peaks behind the shuttered doors. I look forward to more uploads – paticularly from Matt, as I’m sure his expedition inside the Ridgewood did not stop with a single image!

johndereszewski on September 13, 2011 at 6:11 am

Wow, I did not realize that the BUSHWICK TWIN sign was up as long as it has been. Either I have not visited the place for a longer time than I had imagined or I just didn’t notice it. (This is a very hard thing to miss!)

Bway, you are probasbly right that the name contains no great special significance – though it is still fun to speculate about possible hidden meanings.

Bway on September 12, 2011 at 10:00 am

The “Bushwick Twin” thing has been on the marquee for almost a year, don’t know what it means either….could just be someone who was fooling with the letters they found inside….

NativeForestHiller on September 11, 2011 at 10:55 am

Thank you for your site visit details. I think the plaster dust and some trash that is visible is the result of the removal of the multiplexing in 2009-2010. All seems to be at a standstill. We are doing what we can, in regard to outreach to the appropriate parties, in order for this cherished theater to have a future in our communities.

johndereszewski on September 11, 2011 at 7:15 am

I was finally able to make a site visit yesterday. Based on what RebertR said on Aug. 17th, I was expecting to see a real mess, with the alteration project going full blast. But not much has changed. As far as I could tell – though I couldn’t see much – the lobby still seems intact. The sign directing patrons to see Vantage Point is still there. Probably the odding thing that I saw was on the old awning, which now advertises something called “Bushwick Twin” I have absolutely no idea what that means …… Walking around the block, I saw no telltale evidence of any ongoing renovation work. So, things still seem to be at a standstill here.

NativeForestHiller on August 17, 2011 at 12:45 pm

Do you have any pictures to share? Please send them to me at I know some of the later installed walls were taken out, to see what historic detail survives, and much does, from what I saw in 2010.

PeterKoch on August 17, 2011 at 10:20 am

Sad news indeed, RobertR. Thank you, though.

RobertR on August 17, 2011 at 10:17 am

The sad part is they tore the walls apart and now the place downstairs is a mess. I fear it wont be long till vandals destroy it or a fire breaks out like the Madison. Too bad Bow Tie Cinemas thought it was too much of an investment to reopen.