Oasis Theatre

63-57 Fresh Pond Road,
Ridgewood, NY 11385

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Bway on July 19, 2005 at 11:22 am

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

Bway on July 19, 2005 at 11:05 am

Thanks Warren, keep the theaters you do find coming, they are great.
Anyway, as for the Ridgewood-Glendale thing, I have never seen Fresh Pond Rd listed as Glendale, and I had lived in Ridgewood for over almost 25 years before I left there some years ago. Lost Memory is right, it is the Railroad tracks that divide Ridgewood and Glendale, as far as I know.
The Oasis is and was in Ridgewood.

RobertR on July 17, 2005 at 5:04 am

More Disney fun at the Oasis
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PKoch on July 15, 2005 at 9:48 am

A TV ad for Casa Classica Italian furniture store at 63-XX Fresh Pond Road, on or near the same block as the Oasis, I have heard on TV in the last 12 years, refers to it as being in “Ridgewood, Queens” loud and clear amidst all the rapidly spoken Italian.

RobertR on July 15, 2005 at 9:20 am

This was never called Ridgewood by any of the stores on Fresh Pond Road, always Glendale

PKoch on July 15, 2005 at 8:36 am

I’m not sure what I did a few months ago, but I found I could no longer log on as Peter.K, so I logged back in as PKoch.

Yes, PKoch = Peter.K. We are one and the same !

PKoch on July 15, 2005 at 8:25 am

Menahan Street was once called Ralph Street because it was once seen as a continuation of Ralph Avenue northeast of Broadway. If Menahan Street continued southwest past Bushwick Avenue to Broadway, it would intersect Broadway exactly opposite where Ralph Avenue intersects Broadway. Check it out on a map.

Bway on July 15, 2005 at 6:36 am

Oh, and just to add, that “lattice” thing over the stage as seen in the first photo, I also remember quite well. While the screen eventually became flush with that above, it was there all through the movie days. If, I’m not mistaken also lasted to the roller rink days. When it was a skating rink, they had neon dancing Egyptians in the stage area, and you were able to sit up on the stage to take a break from the skating in front of them.

Bway on July 15, 2005 at 6:33 am

Warren! Where are you finding these! These are great, they brought back SO many memories. I remember those long skinny “sconce” lights on the sides between the “tapestry” areas. Those ornate “sconces” lasted right into the roller skating rink days. When I saw movies in there, I remember them being bright when you walked in, and then they would dim them very very dim for the movie, but they would never be completely off. In the roller rink days they were still there, and while the whole place was lined with disco lights, they did occasionally turn those sconses on, or make them flash during some of the songs. At the end of the roller sessions, they would usually play “New York, New York”, and then have those sconses on during that song, and as you left.
Under the balcony were these ornate ceiling lights in the back of the theater that also survived into the roller rink days. I believe they had a purple glow to them, but I can’t remember if that was both in the movie days, or they were made to have a purple glow in the roller rink days.
I was never in the balcony during the movie days that I remember, but it was completely intact, complete with seats right to the end of the roller rink days. When skating there, I remember looking up and seeing all the seats up there, covered with cobwebs. it was all left open in full view from below.

This is the best group of photos yet! I have no idea where you are finding them, but hopefully you will come up with the Ridgewood theater eventually….

Bway on July 13, 2005 at 1:44 am

Heh. While at least when they did this for the Madison (which was Queens, but just slightly over the border from Brooklyn), or for the Ridgewood Theater (which is/was also Queens, but a few more blocks over the border from Brooklyn than the Madison into Queens) – at least they were only a block or two from Brooklyn. The Oasis was no where near Brooklyn, being at least 10 or more blocks from Brooklyn!

Obviously, there must have been some economic advantage to advertize all these physically Queens theaters as “Brooklyn”, whereas all three of them were physically in Queens, and always were.

RobertR on July 12, 2005 at 4:52 pm

In 1973 after the 70mm re-issue at the National the “Sound of Music” opened wide again. We discussed it before but they have the theatre listed as Brooklyn, if anyone was ever there they would know how crazy that is. The Oasis was right on the border of Glendale and Middle Village.
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Bway on July 10, 2005 at 3:24 pm

Wow, that was a lowpoint for the poor Oasis wasn’t it!?
My memories of the Oasis was seeing Disney films there as a kid in the 70’s – a far cry from that film!

RobertR on July 10, 2005 at 2:36 pm

I missed this combo when it played the Oasis :)
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R143 on April 27, 2005 at 9:32 am

Does anyone know of any photos of the Oasis posted online? I don’t mean current ones of the CVS, I mean historic ones, especially from when it was a roller rink, or just before, like the 60’s 70’s or 80’s?

mastersounds on April 1, 2005 at 6:28 pm

Michaelfef ——– I have direct contact with the Martenellis, and they have expressed intrest in the Oasis .. as to what happened in the years after they sold it…. so if you can contact me please do. My Name is Michael, and I can be contacted at Any pictures, details, stories would be helpfu. (Interior oOasis Roller Rink pctures)

Please contact me….

RobertR on January 10, 2005 at 8:07 pm

No the Belvedere had no balcony, it was wide all on one level. Someone wrote on the Belvedere page that the church just added a balcony because they have an increasing population.

AntonyRoma on January 10, 2005 at 7:57 pm

The Acme was small, no balcony or loge. They called it the itch. I walked there from my house in Glendale. I spent almost every day there for a couple of summers. It was my mother’s favorite baby sitter. Movies were safe for young kids to go to in those days. I think admission was maybe a nickel. You could go in when it opened, around noon I think, and stay through a couple of showings of second or third run movies, the old time news ‘photoreview’, and of course some cartoons. Seems to me the show changed two or three times a week. A few days a week, my mother would give me a few more cents so I could go to the Belvedere and see a different movie.

By the way, the Belvedere was the movie I always think of as being closer to a trestle rather than the Glenwwod. The Belvedere was a cut above the Acme. I thought it had a balcony, but I could be wrong.

RobertR on January 10, 2005 at 7:30 pm

What can you tell me about the Acme? Did it have a balcony? It looks like it was tall enough. The Belvedere was closed I think before I was born, but I was inside on the first day Erna Fredricks started the renovations for her store. The place was 100% intact inside, curtains, seats, light fixtures. It was like a time warp. I only wish I had taken pictures.

AntonyRoma on January 10, 2005 at 7:10 pm

Robert R, Thanks for reminding me of the Oasis. I grew up in Glendale, and went to the Acme or Belvedere almost every day for a few summers. My parents took us to the Glenwood or Oasis once every few months. One of the few lixuries my dad allowed himself was a couple of bags of peanuts and chocolates which he brought at the drugstore down the street from each movie house.

R143 on October 20, 2004 at 9:36 am

Thank you very much for posting that photo above. I wonder when the site here will allow photos to be uploaded again. In the meantime, it’s nice to see the off site links.

PeterKoch on October 12, 2004 at 8:50 am

Let’s divert ten billion gigawatts from the third rail of the Bway el into our flux capacitor to accomplish this !

Bway on October 12, 2004 at 8:28 am

Well, I guess the Oasis was already sporting the skaters when “Back to the Future” came out in 1985, but if you’d like, we can enter a Delorian at the corner I am standing at to take the photo, hit 88mph at the entrance ramp to the parking lot, and smash through the front doors of the Oasis in 1985, see the roller rink for a while, and then drive in 1985 to Broadway Brooklyn, and then hit 88mph again under the el for a trip to 1925 Brodway Brooklyn, for a drive under the el and a look at all those theaters and the neighborhood there!!

PeterKoch on October 12, 2004 at 8:20 am


“LET’S DO THE TIME WARP !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!” …. into the past !

Bway on October 12, 2004 at 8:14 am

Oh, and just to clarify further, if I wasn’t clear (and sicne the theater is partly demolished, it’s hard to tell where the front was unless you knew).
The red car is on Fresh Pond Rd, headed towards Metropolitan. The marquee and lobby used to be the area by the parking lot, near the phone booth, and the driveway into the parking lot. If in a time warp driving into the parking lot, you would be driving right under the marquee, and into the front doors of the Oasis.

Bway on October 12, 2004 at 8:06 am

We are on Fresh Pond Rd looking towards Metropolitan Ave from I believe Grove St (either that or Menahan, I’m not sure which one intersects by the Oasis), but either way, we are looking “northeast”.

By the way, when you click the mapquest link above, it brings you to the wrong location, too near to Myrtle Ave, instead of there the Oasis was near Metropolitan Ave. I don’t know why, because when I type in the same address manually into Mapquest, it brings me to the correct location, or at least within a block of the correct location.