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Can you please post a link to the article that makes this claim? Thanks!
Perhaps the owners are placing it on the market again, in order to evaluate their options. When it was listed by Massey Knakal in 2008, it was believed to be at $14 million and then $11.75 million. Now it’s believed to be at $3.4 million. It has decreased, but I can see how even that asking price can be a strain in a tough economy. On the plus side, prospective buyers can acquire a landmark theater with great architectural and cultural history, superb location bordering 2 boroughs, proximity to art communities, great square footage, and eligibility for grants. It could launch several careers. A revitalized theater could improve property values. This could be the Radio City of Queens & Brooklyn, if it was restored and redeveloped creatively as a performing arts center with community spaces. Any bids? Feel free to circulate my take, and feel free to e-mail me at
Thankfully, Lost Memory is not ill. No worries. I received an e-mail reply from him. He sent regards to his Cinema Treasures companions. However, he said he decided to retire from Cinema Treasures, and that maybe one day, he will come out of retirement and return.
ok, thank you, Peter!
I add my name to those who miss LostMemory’s postings on Cinema Treasures, and I hope he is in good health. Maybe someone has his phone number or e-mail? If you know his name, and would like to e-mail me in private at
We haven’t abandoned hope. As Chair of Friends of The Ridgewood Theatre, I am always trying to bring together preservation-minded performing arts tenants with the co-owners of the theater.
Is there a link to this theater on Cinema Treasures, so enthusiasts and prospective parties can acquire more insight?
The owners and prospective tenants do not envision it reopening as a movie theater, and if it did take on such a function, it would not be the major source of capital, and would occasionally include a screening. The vision of the owners and prospective tenants is performing arts with other community functions. This is a diverse city for the arts, and bringing an increase in the arts to Queens will be a throwback to the theater’s early Vaudeville days, and help make the community and surrounding community’s a greater destination, as well as improve property values and boost jobs. A performing arts center can perform economic wonders if developed sensitively and creatively.
Thank you for sharing the updated theater website! I will once again bring it to the owners' and prospective tenants' attention.
In an e-mail, I have shared some case studies with the Ridgewood Theatre owners and prospective performing arts tenants. It indicated how other endangered theaters were spared and restored with the community and governmental intervention, by applying for grants, holding fundraisers, recruiting volunteers, and hiring architects who are out of work, and willing to take on noble projects pro-bono or low pay, to boost their experience. I will look into the Strand in RI as well. Thank you!
I will add that you also invested the time to take questions from NY Times reporter Anne Barnard, which was very helpful. I will inform everyone how they can help with the cause, as soon as new developments in need of “power to the people” unfold.
Thank you, but you are also a “trouper,” since you delivered a superb testimony in front of the NYC Landmarks Preservation Commission, based on its architectural significance, your sentiment, and the need to preserve such theatrical historic gems.
Thank you for your monthly observations! I am working with the owners and prospective tenants, and it may be reused as a performing arts center with community spaces, housed in a restored theater. It is a long process, but not impossible with creative visions and continued dedication.
I am elated to hear the news of the Jackson Triplex’s new lease on life. I am from the Four Borough Preservation Alliance, Queens Preservation Council, and Rego-Forest Preservation Council, and I have a vast interest in Queens preservation; particularly theaters. My research and advocacy by establishing Friends of The Ridgewood Theatre led to its Individual Landmark status on Jan 12, 2010. I am willing to accomplish the same for the Jackson Theatre, by submitting an RFE form and accompanying research (including primary sources) to the NYC Landmarks Preservation Commission (City agency), and help the owner acquire grants through the State & National Register of Historic Places and NY Landmarks Conservancy (non-profit), for example.
I sent you a detailed e-mail around 2 weeks ago, concerning the Jackson Theatre and Eagle/Earle Theatre. Please add
What will the theater reopen as? A movie theater developed with creativity with community spaces could foster jobs. A revitalized theater that respects the historic ornate craftsmanship is what Jackson Heights and all of Queens needs. Please let us know, so we can contribute in any way possible. I am aware of funding sources. Thank you!
Hi Everyone! Any updates on the Jackson Theatre? It must be creatively and adaptively reused, and preserved by a party who thinks “outside of the box” and values community, before it’s too late. Please post here and e-mail
Thank you for asking! I will be creating a Facebook Group in the coming week or two. I have been busy trying to find a historically-sensitive tenant in the arts, as well as other projects (preservation and non-preservation). I will get to it shortly. The existing MySpace page, www.myspace.com/ridgewoodtheatre will be updated shortly as well.
Thank you for providing the Times NewsWeekly link, John! The photos can be compared to opening a Ridgewood & Thomas Lamb, the Great’s time capsule!!!
These are some more articles on the theater:
Queens Courier, “Seek ‘Sensitive’ Theater Buyer,” Apr 15, 2010 by Noah Rosenberg: View link
Times Ledger, “Activitist Hopes To Utilize Ridgewood Theatre,” Apr 15, 2010 by Connor Adams Sheets: View link
This is a Queens Chronicle article from April 8, 2010, titled “Theaterâ€™s Defenders Team Up With Owners To Sell Site”…
Thank you very much! I will advise my colleague to inquire.
Does anyone have any historic photos or leads on how to acquire them? Your help would be much appreciated. Thank you!
Hi! Your venture sounds promising. I am a historic preservationist from NY, and I would appreciate it if you can add me to your mailing list. One means in which I am furthering the preservation ethic is by convincing, working with, as well as securing potential theater owners and tenants to adaptively and creatively reuse historic theaters, as well as restore their ornate or subdued yet elegant or striking architectural details. My contact information is as follows:
Rego-Forest Preservation Council, Chair
Four Borough Preservation Alliance Corp, Queens VP
Queens Preservation Council, Bd. of Dir.
Central Queens Historical Association, Bd. of Dir.
Friends of The Ridgewood Theatre, Chair
Friends of The RKO Keith’s Flushing Theatre, Member
Committee To Save The Forum Diner/Cheyenne Diner/Moondance Diner, Chair
To Butternut73: What is the name of your theater? There is a great chance that original photos exist, and the ticket booth can be recreated. Feel free to e-mail
Landmarked Ridgewood Theatre Available: Call For Proposals
QUEENS, NY (April 4, 2010) – On Jan 12, 2010, the 1916 Ridgewood Theatre, 55-27 Myrtle Ave earned Individual Landmark status after nearly 2 years of advocacy by Chair Michael Perlman of Friends of The Ridgewood Theatre, and also due to parties who testified in favor including the owners: View link The theater is a Greek Revival gem with great square footage, was deemed the longest continuously operating first-run theater upon closure, witnessed a series of firsts in Vaudeville and film history, and was designed by the renown Thomas Lamb.
Closed since March 2008, the owners announced plans in March 2009 to adaptively/creatively reuse the ground floor auditorium as retail, with modern screens upstairs, as well as preserve and restore the historic interior. Currently, the owners may not pursue their plan, and would consider leasing to art, entertainment, cultural groups, or any combination, or selling the theater. Friends of The Ridgewood Theatre is trying to help the owners by finding an individual or group(s) with a creative vision, who value its architectural and cultural history, and will make it an economically viable venture for the up & coming neighborhood of Ridgewood, and accompanying neighborhoods to enjoy. Paul Kerzner of the Ridgewood Property Owners Civic Association is also trying to find such parties.
Please e-mail Chair Michael Perlman at
I am keeping my fingers crossed that much remains of the interior as well. With the exception of the ground floor/removal of the marquee, the upper facade, which is the majority of the front, remains intact, and the condition of its terra cotta is superb. I will conduct a search via Proquest and see if I can come across an architect’s name and any other historic references. The theaters that remain across Queens, especially those that are moderately to mostly intact, should remain, be restored, and be adaptively and creatively reused. With a vision, it can make a community thrive. Let’s be proactive!