Kossuth Theater

6911 Fresh Pond Road,
Ridgewood, NY 11385

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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.

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.

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 6:38 am

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

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.

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.

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.

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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Bway
Bway on August 31, 2006 at 5:19 pm

In the 50’s Strauss Stores Auto Parts store was at this location, I am not sure if was the theater building altered, or if it was a new buiding that replaced the theater. I do remember terra-cotta on the Fresh Pond Rd side of Strauss, but again, I don’t know if it was the old theater building or not. Strauss closed, and it became Crown Auto, and currently it’s a laundromat.