Showing 3 comments
This theatre closed in 1957. Goodman did a brisk business with this small yet popular theatre. The (1950s) caused many theatres to close due to the popularity of television and a mild recession that occurred at that time.
Queens Genealogy Workshop
The Ridgewood Folly Theatre closed in 1912 being replaced by the Grandview Theatre in 1913.
You do seem to ask many questions. I will tell all that I have discovered. The Evergreen Theatre was built in 1913. The Grandview Theatre was built in 1914. The Wyckoff Theatre was built in 1915. The Air-Drome was not purchased by Goodman as he already owned the Grandview open theatre.
The Air-Drome lay dormant for most of the twenties until the land was sold. The Evergreen Theatre did poorly due to incorrigible employees skimming money. Goodman was unable to save this theatre with the receipts of his other holdings and I believe he chose not to save it. The debt mounted and taxes went unpaid until ultimately the city auctioned off the property around (1930). I am currently working on a book telling of the unsavory land deals in Queens with Ridgewood being a chapter unto itself. I will return from time to time with updated facts as I discover them.