Oasis Theatre

63-57 Fresh Pond Road,
Ridgewood, NY 11385

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PKoch
PKoch on May 15, 2006 at 12:44 pm

I was there at the instigation and invitation of a friend from the Ridgewood YMCA, a few years older than me, who was a bit immature for his age, although he DID have the climactic few minutes of the 1935 James Whale film “The Bride Of Frankenstein” on an 8 mm home movie reel.

PKoch
PKoch on May 15, 2006 at 12:40 pm

I think I may have seen Officer Joe in January 1969 at Our Lady Of Hope auditorium in Middle Village, Eliot Avenue and about 74th Street, just west of the Connecting Line RR tracks. I think he was trying to lead us kids in some inane Three Stooges nonsense song, which went something like, “Bee Ay Boo, Bee Ay Bippie Eye Boo Eye Yay”, like pig Latin on LSD on Rowan and Martin’s Laugh-In. I was thirteen then and it was much too babyish for me.

PKoch
PKoch on May 15, 2006 at 12:35 pm

Lost Memory, I remember “Officer” Joe Bolton very well, and his cautions to us kids not to attemot Three Stooges type stunts in real life, lest we severely injure ourselves.

I’ve always thought it ironic that we boomers went from that as kids to that teenage boy who tragically hanged himself and died in emulation of ‘70’s rock star Alice Cooper.

Life's Too Short
Life's Too Short on May 15, 2006 at 12:51 am

Not that any theatre conversion of this type is ever flattering, but it sure makes for an ugly CVS building.

PKoch
PKoch on May 2, 2006 at 2:34 pm

stevel, I didn’t forget anything. I only meant to represent the first two bars of the opening four notes of the theme.

I would write it in musical notation if I could.

stevenl
stevenl on May 2, 2006 at 12:39 pm

Maspeth, near Fresh Pond RD ..you forget the end of the song, it goess like this…….DA NA NAAAAAAAA NAAA DA
NA
NA
NAH

PKoch
PKoch on May 1, 2006 at 1:31 pm

Good for you, stevel ! Exactly where will you be moving back to ?

Bway, I usually write the Twilight Zone theme like this :

ning NING ning ning, ning NING ning ning ….

stevenl
stevenl on April 29, 2006 at 7:39 am

actually i will be moving back into the area this summer.

PKoch
PKoch on April 20, 2006 at 5:53 pm

Thanks, Bway. I LOVE the Twilight Zone ! LOL indeed !

Bway
Bway on April 20, 2006 at 5:52 pm

In Joisey or the the Twilight Zone….dudu dudu dudu dudu.

PKoch
PKoch on April 20, 2006 at 5:02 pm

Thanks, Bway.

No, LostMemory, the Oasis was no mirage, unless all of us here (and perhaps many more that are not)on Cinema Treasures are having the same delusion ! What could explain such a mass hallucination ?

Bway
Bway on April 20, 2006 at 1:43 pm

That was probably at the beginning of the crack epidemic. That has subsided since the 70s and 80s.

PKoch
PKoch on April 20, 2006 at 1:07 pm

I think that Karl Ehmer ad, the standing pig in the butcher hat and apron, is still painted on the building near where the Oasis Theater used to be, on the east side of Fresh Pond Road, facing north.

One could see it as one walked south on the east side of Fresh Pond Road, from Metropolitan Avenue.

It was once defaced with graffiti, reading :

EAT MY MEAT ! I’LL PORK YA !

which I think is gone now.

stevel, thanks for the mention of Richard Hell and the Voidoids. I’m glad I’m not the only one who remembers them. I was twenty-two when I saw the ad for their August 12 1978 concert at the Forest Park music grove and bandshell.

I have no idea what the drug scene is Maspeth is like now.

stevenl
stevenl on April 20, 2006 at 4:33 am

Richard Hell and the Voidoids played at the Oasis. i remember seeing the sign for the show and being around 12 years old i thought the name was strange/memorable.i dont recall any other shows there. i was still heavily into Kiss at the time.I remember seeing Food for the Gods, Grizzly Addems< the Apple Dumpling Gang,Return of the Pink Panther,Black Sunday/bw the Gambler, Ben, Death Race 2000(or was the at the Arion on metropolitan ave?)Hindenburg.I also remember a coin store right next door when i went through my coin collecting phase i usede to love that store.Maspeth was a nice town but there was ALOT of drugs going on.Everyone got high at a very young age.its not like that today (i hope)

billmetz
billmetz on October 13, 2005 at 4:38 pm

to cinema treasures i think you should definitely list the oasis in Ridgewood rather than Glendale …i lived afew blocks away 1940 thru 1960 and ridgewood extended all the way to metropolitan aven…and glendale was at least half mile away thank you

billmetz
billmetz on October 8, 2005 at 2:29 pm

well do iremeber the oasis on fresh pond rd and menahan street i lived on woodbine st only 5 blocks away….from 1940 to 1954 i saw some great double bills there ir remember Fredric March in One foot in heaven and jimmy durante in Youre in trhe army now…in 1944 i believe….a great movie house with wonderful soundsystem "

ammie
ammie on August 30, 2005 at 11:28 am

Hi Everyone! Thank you for bringing back such memories of The Oasis :) I was there a couple of times. I did look through all of the pics that were posted here but does anybody have any of the interior from when it was a roller rink? I would love to see them. Thanks!!
Ammie

Bway
Bway on August 14, 2005 at 3:27 pm

Thanks Robert. And by the way, to further confuse the whole “Ridgewood-Glendale” debate about this theater, they called it “Maspeth” in the article!!!

RobertR
RobertR on August 14, 2005 at 1:52 am

Here is a story about a 1953 robbery at the Oasis.
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RobertR
RobertR on August 8, 2005 at 12:29 am

The Burtons on a 1967 neighborhood run. The second feature had Faye Dunaway before she became a star in it.
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Bway
Bway on July 25, 2005 at 11:58 am

Haha. The Oasis is even close to Brooklyn! Again, obviously there must have been some sort of economic advantage in advertising so many of these Queens Theaters (such as the Madison, Ridgewood, Oasis – all in Queens) as “Brooklyn”.
Although granted, we still have the old “Brooklyn zip code”, even though in Queens) for Glendale and Ridgewood up until the early 80’s. This was discussed in mass in the Ridgewood Theater section. That could also be the reason.

RobertR
RobertR on July 24, 2005 at 10:24 pm

Look at the Brooklyn theatres for this 1964 re-release of “The Longest Day”,16 theatres.
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PKoch
PKoch on July 19, 2005 at 7:24 pm

Trouble is, postal zone 11385 contains both Ridgewood and Glendale, without a boundary between them. DOES Ridgewood have any sort of “official” boundary, whether a Congressional district, or some function of state, city or county government ?

Or is there just the “unoffical” Ridgewood boundary shown in the map included in the New York Times article, “If you’re thinking of living in Ridgewood …” ?

Otherwise, one can debate neighborhood boundaries, ad infinitum, ad nauseum, like medieval schoolmen trying to figure out how many angels can dance on the head of a pin, but I, for one, have better and more important things to do.

I will admit it sometimes makes for good humor, though, like the 30-year running routine between me and my best friend, “Hey Pete, where’s South Brooklyn ?”

There seems to have been a lot of protest by Ridgewood residents recently about the “lumping” of Ridgewood with Bushwick, and Brooklyn, rather than Glendale, Maspeth, and Middle Village, and Queens, in terms of public services, like home care for the elderly, despite the recent gentrification of Bushwick.

Bway
Bway on July 19, 2005 at 7:22 pm

Wow, I just noticed the old photo of the Oasis' exterior. The marquee seen in that photo is not the one that survived to the end. I don’t know when the original one was replaced, but the one I remember in the 70’s and 80’s, was a trapezoid shaped one (skinnier near the street, and then wider as it approaced the building). On the skinny end at the street was a large “Oasis” sign in orange/gold bulbs or neon. While the structure of the marquee survived into the roller skating days, it was stripped, and got a white background, and “Oasis Roller World” put on the marquee, with the large “O” in Oasis having a desert scene with palm trees, etc in it. That was the logo of the roller rink, and the chips they would give you for your shoe check had that desert scene on it.
After the Oasis building burned in the late 90’s, they removed the stores that fronted on Fresh Pond Road, the Oasis lobby, and the whole right side of the building.
Interestingly, I took my photo last year in the exact location that Warren’s old photo was taken in.
Compare my photo to the old one that Warren posted:

Click here for Warren’s link to the old photo

Click here for my current photo taken last year