Kossuth Theater

6911 Fresh Pond Road,
Ridgewood, NY 11385

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Kossuth Theater

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The Kossuth Theater was a short lived theater in the Ridgewood section of Queens. According to the Timesnewsweekly:

“It was a triangular-shaped building, bounded on the south by 70th Avenue, on the west by Fresh Pond Road and on the east by Cypress Hills Street. On the north it came to an apex”.

It was a short lived theater, probably never making it out of the silent era, opening some time around 1916 and closing some time around 1926 according to some accounts.

It was named the Kossuth Theatre, because Cypress Hills Street was once known as Kossuth Place.

Any further information would be appreciated.

Contributed by Bway Chris

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Bway
Bway on September 19, 2006 at 4:21 am

I drove by this location about a week ago, but didn’t have my camera with me. Anyway, there is a lot of terra-cotta on this building. I can’t be sure it is the actual theater building or not, but I guess it could be.

Here’s an aerial photo of the location. The Kossuth Theater location is the building with the blue awning, which is now a laundromat. I am not sure if it’s the same building or not. It’s an old building, with lots of terra-cotta, but can’t be sure without some further research:

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Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on September 27, 2006 at 4:20 am

Another early “theatre” in this area was Kreuscher’s Arcade and Open Air Annex, advertised in 1916 as being situated on Cypress Avenue near Myrtle Avenue. On July 11th and 12th of that year, Kreuscher’s presented “Where Are My Children?,” one of the first movies dealing with abortion (described in ads as “the premeditated destruction of the unborn”). Persons under 16 years of age were barred from attending. Admission was 5 cents for a morning performance, and 10 cents the rest of the time.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on September 27, 2006 at 4:54 am

I found the Kreuscher’s Arcade about two years ago and posted some info about it on one of these theater pages. If your interested in the Kreuscher’s Arcade, this article should be of some help.

Bway
Bway on May 21, 2009 at 11:25 am

I totally forgot about this theater. There is some ornamentation that survives on the exterior of this building in the form of terra cotta. It did at least when Strauss was on there.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on May 21, 2009 at 11:39 am

I also forgot about this theater. We never did find an address for it. And Kreuscher’s Arcade was never added to Cinema Treasures either. The link to the article about Kreuscher’s Arcade is dead so it probably won’t get added.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on July 22, 2013 at 4:50 pm

The Motion Picture supplement of the 1921 Cahn guide lists the Kossuth Theatre at 973 Fresh Pond Road, so the entrance must have been on that side of the building. Despite the fact that a search for that address at Google Maps goes right to the intersection of Fresh Pond and 70th Avenue, for some reason Street View gives two-digit addresses to this block.

Tinseltoes
Tinseltoes on July 23, 2013 at 6:38 am

In the Photos Section, I’ve posted a 1916 ad using an address of Fresh Pond Road and Halleck Avenue.

Bway
Bway on July 23, 2013 at 8:40 am

973 Fresh Pond Rd would have been an address before they converted the address numbers into the QUeens grid system. It would be a 69-XX number now because it’s between 69th and 70 Ave. Halleck Ave must have been the old Queens street name before being converted into Queens street numbers.

Tinseltoes
Tinseltoes on July 23, 2013 at 9:07 am

I’m told that Halleck Avenue is now known as 70th Avenue, but I can’t swear by that.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on July 25, 2013 at 3:56 am

The building’s current occupant, Citi Island Laundry Service, has the address 6911 Fresh Pond Road, but Google Maps sticks the pin icon for that number a block off. Using the old address 973 Fresh Pond Road actually gets you closer to the building on Google Maps.

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