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NativeForestHiller commented about Loew's Canal Theatre on Mar 1, 2009 at 5:56 pm

To KSwizz: Hi! Thank you for sharing these amazing historic blueprints. Two questions…

In order to help preserve the Loew’s Canal Theatre for future generations, it would be much appreciated if you would permit me to upload your photos to flickr, and place them in a photoset. You would receive credit, if you prefer. Please let me know if that will be possible. Also, do you have any photos available in a higher resolution to read the specifications on the blueprints? Please reply here or e-mail me at and let me know. Thanks! – Michael

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NativeForestHiller commented about Playpen Theatre on Mar 1, 2009 at 7:45 am

Does anyone have any historic or semi-historic photos of this theater as the Ideal Theatre, Squire, Esquire, Cinecitta, Cameo, or Adonis? Any interior photos? Please e-mail me at and please point me in the right direction. I contacted the Avery Library, but no blueprints were on file. I will also contact some other sources, but would appreciate any advice. Thanks!

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NativeForestHiller commented about Loew's Canal Theatre on Mar 1, 2009 at 3:32 am

To Chinowitz: Thank you for your reply! When you visited the Avery Library, did you take any digital photos of the historic blueprints? It would be useful in any preservation efforts.

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NativeForestHiller commented about Last call for ordering pre-publication copies of "American Theatres of Today!" on Feb 27, 2009 at 2:51 am

Thanks, Gary! Please let me know if there any theaters from the borough of Queens, and what those theaters might be. If I decide to purchase it, I would like to know what is featured.

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NativeForestHiller commented about Ridgewood Theatre on Feb 27, 2009 at 2:43 am

This is a Feb 26, 2009 article written by Ben Hogwood, Assistant Editor of the Queens Chronicle. It’s a well-written, interesting piece that entailed lots of interviews and research, but the title is not very fitting for a story of much hope:

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NativeForestHiller commented about NYC Demolition Review support on Feb 27, 2009 at 2:00 am

Our politicians were asleep at the wheel, and some spitefully ignored it. The exception is Councilmember Tony Avella (Mayoral Candidate), who seems quite interested, and would like to study it further.

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NativeForestHiller commented about Ridgewood Theatre on Feb 27, 2009 at 1:16 am

Thanks, East Coast Rocker! I try my very best, and it’s my pleasure on behalf of theater enthusiasts and the prolific Thomas W. Lamb.

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NativeForestHiller commented about Last call for ordering pre-publication copies of "American Theatres of Today!" on Feb 26, 2009 at 5:26 pm

Thank you for your reply! Any Queens theaters listed in the 1979 edition? I do feel that some theaters were omitted in the newer book, due to demolition. I hope to hear a response from THSA.

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NativeForestHiller commented about Last call for ordering pre-publication copies of "American Theatres of Today!" on Feb 26, 2009 at 2:41 am

Great accomplishment! Which NY theaters are featured?

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NativeForestHiller commented about Loew's Canal Theatre on Feb 25, 2009 at 4:59 pm

These are the e-mail addresses:

.columbia.edu
.columbia.edu
Archivist Janet Parks:

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NativeForestHiller commented about Loew's Canal Theatre on Feb 25, 2009 at 4:30 pm

Thomas Lamb’s plans can be viewed and photographed at the Avery Architectural & Fine Arts Library: http://www.columbia.edu/cu/lweb/indiv/avery/ If you visit, I would appreciate it if you can keep me posted.

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NativeForestHiller commented about Ridgewood Theatre on Feb 25, 2009 at 3:43 am

The latest piece of press is available online in the Glendale Register of the Queens Ledger Series, and will be available as a hard copy this Thursday. It is titled “Ridgewood Theatre Spared From Final Curtain Call?” by Ernest Hernandez. A public hearing will be held by the NYC Landmarks Preservation Commission in March (testimony can be provided in person or via e-mail if you can’t attend the hearing), and a final vote will be taken in the spring or summer. The link is as follows:

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Add this noble piece to your collection!

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NativeForestHiller commented about RKO Keith's Theatre on Feb 20, 2009 at 4:34 am

Hi everyone! I have created a flickr photoset (album) documenting the RKO Keith’s Theatre from its early days through present, and I am seeking photos, vintage ads, and any type of memorabilia, which will further the case for preservation & adaptive reuse. The album also includes a link to Ed Tracey’s newly established growing Facebook Group, and a link to Tom Stathes' online petition drive: View link
If you have something to contribute, please e-mail me at and I will gladly grant credit.

  • Michael Perlman
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NativeForestHiller commented about Ridgewood Theatre on Feb 18, 2009 at 10:38 pm

Thank you for your kind words on my efforts! I extend my thanks to you as well, on the basis of your role in furthering the preservation ethic for this gem. I couldn’t have done it without all of you!

Individual Landmark status would only apply to the facade. Interior Landmarks are a separate category of landmark status, and by law, have to be open to the public for a period of time to be designated a landmark, and remain easily accessible.

The calendar date for a public hearing will be revealed by the LPC at a later time.

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NativeForestHiller commented about Ridgewood Theater to close? on Feb 18, 2009 at 6:29 am

The NYC Landmarks Preservation Commission voted to formally consider the designations of West Park Presbyterian Church, Fort Washington Presbyterian Church and Audubon Park Historic District in Manhattan; Ridgewood Theatre in Queens, and Brooklyn Union Gas Co. Building in Brooklyn.

The press release in its entirety is as follows:
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NativeForestHiller commented about Seeking partners to reopen Ridgewood Theatre on Feb 18, 2009 at 6:28 am

The Landmarks Commission today voted to formally consider the designations of West Park Presbyterian Church, Fort Washington Presbyterian Church and Audubon Park Historic District in Manhattan; Ridgewood Theatre in Queens, and Brooklyn Union Gas Co. Building in Brooklyn.

The press release in its entirety is as follows:
View link

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NativeForestHiller commented about Seeking tenant for historic Ridgewood Theatre on Feb 18, 2009 at 6:28 am

The Landmarks Commission today voted to formally consider the designations of West Park Presbyterian Church, Fort Washington Presbyterian Church and Audubon Park Historic District in Manhattan; Ridgewood Theatre in Queens, and Brooklyn Union Gas Co. Building in Brooklyn.

The press release in its entirety is as follows:
View link

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NativeForestHiller commented about Ridgewood Theatre in danger on Feb 18, 2009 at 6:28 am

The Landmarks Commission today voted to formally consider the designations of West Park Presbyterian Church, Fort Washington Presbyterian Church and Audubon Park Historic District in Manhattan; Ridgewood Theatre in Queens, and Brooklyn Union Gas Co. Building in Brooklyn.

The press release in its entirety is as follows:
View link

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NativeForestHiller commented about Petition to save the historic Ridgewood Theatre on Feb 18, 2009 at 6:27 am

The Landmarks Commission today voted to formally consider the designations of West Park Presbyterian Church, Fort Washington Presbyterian Church and Audubon Park Historic District in Manhattan; Ridgewood Theatre in Queens, and Brooklyn Union Gas Co. Building in Brooklyn.

The press release in its entirety is as follows:
View link

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NativeForestHiller commented about Petition to save the Historic Ridgewood Theatre! on Feb 18, 2009 at 6:27 am

The Landmarks Commission today voted to formally consider the designations of West Park Presbyterian Church, Fort Washington Presbyterian Church and Audubon Park Historic District in Manhattan; Ridgewood Theatre in Queens, and Brooklyn Union Gas Co. Building in Brooklyn.

The press release in its entirety is as follows:
View link

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NativeForestHiller commented about Online petition for Ridgewood on Feb 18, 2009 at 6:27 am

The Landmarks Commission today voted to formally consider the designations of West Park Presbyterian Church, Fort Washington Presbyterian Church and Audubon Park Historic District in Manhattan; Ridgewood Theatre in Queens, and Brooklyn Union Gas Co. Building in Brooklyn.

The press release in its entirety is as follows:
View link

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NativeForestHiller commented about Historic Ridgewood Theatre may be landmarked & reopen, but still needs your help on Feb 18, 2009 at 6:27 am

Press Release from the NYC Landmarks Preservation Commission

Five Designation Proposals Calendared for Public Hearings -
The Landmarks Commission today voted to formally consider the designations of West Park Presbyterian Church, Fort Washington Presbyterian Church and Audubon Park Historic District in Manhattan; Ridgewood Theatre in Queens, and Brooklyn Union Gas Co. Building in Brooklyn.

The press release in its entirety is as follows:
View link

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NativeForestHiller commented about Ridgewood Theatre on Feb 18, 2009 at 3:03 am

Press Release from the NYC Landmarks Preservation Commission:

Five Designation Proposals Calendared for Public Hearings -
The Landmarks Commission today voted to formally consider the designations of West Park Presbyterian Church, Fort Washington Presbyterian Church and Audubon Park Historic District in Manhattan; RIDGEWOOD THEATRE in Queens, and Brooklyn Union Gas Co. Building in Brooklyn.

The press release in its entirety is as follows:
View link

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NativeForestHiller commented about Ridgewood Theatre on Feb 18, 2009 at 3:00 am

Thank you! That would be a great idea. If the Ridgewood Theatre is proposed for the NY State Historic Preservation Office’s “State & Nat'l Register of Historic Places,” and is deemed eligible for listing by a professional SHPO regional surveyor, it would be the owner’s option to support it and apply for tax credits &/or matching grants, which would be advantageous in restoring and upgrading the exterior and interior features, while respecting the theater’s overall historic integrity. The website which includes links to various options is http://nysparks.state.ny.us/shpo/grants/index.htm In this case, the SHPO regional representative is Virginia Bartos: .ny.us & (518) 237-8643 ext. 3256.

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NativeForestHiller commented about Seeking endangered theater to transport & spare from demolition on Feb 17, 2009 at 3:25 pm

It would do much more harm having greedy developers win out by discarding our gems in a landfill. Something is better than nothing when it comes to preservation, especially when there is little that can be done.