Ridgewood Theatre

55-27 Myrtle Avenue,
Ridgewood, NY 11385

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Previously operated by: Fox Circuit, Randforce Amusement Corp.

Architects: Thomas White Lamb

Functions: Gymnasium, Housing

Styles: Greek Revival

Previous Names: Fox Ridgewood Theatre

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Ridgewood Theatre

The Ridgewood Theatre is located on Myrtle Avenue in the Ridgewood section of Queens. It first opened on December 23, 1916 with ‘6 Big Acts of Vaudeville and Feature Photo Plays’. It was operated by William Fox and boasted a 3,000-seat capacity.

It was last operated as a five-screen multiplex by the same people who run the Jackson Theatre and ran the now-closed Loew’s Plaza Corona Theatre.

Sadly in early-March 2008, the Ridgewood Theatre was suddenly closed without any warning. Banners went up on the marquee advertising the building was ‘available for retail use’. The Ridgewood Theatre remained a first-run theatre to the end.

The owner announced in March 2009 that the theatre would reopen with a three screen cinema on the upper level and a mix of shops on the first floor. The Ridgewood Theatre was given Landmark status on January 12, 2010. Despite support to save the building, it was gutted in November 2014. In January 2016 it was being converted into housing, with the former foyer set to be a retail unit, which actually opened as a health club.

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PeterKoch on April 8, 2015 at 12:53 pm

Yes, one would think that the lobby could have remained intact as the entrance to the apartment building that the Ridgewood Theatre is being made into.

Ironically, on Page 2 of the March 26 – April 1 2015 issued of Time Out New York Magazine is an article titled “Ridgewood On The Rise” about new bars and restaurants in Ridgewood. Bierliechen at 582 Seneca Avenue between Grove and Menahan plans to serve sauerbraten, which will make it the first place to serve German food in Ridgewood, other than the Blau Weiss Gottscheer Hall at Fairview and Linden, in a LONG time.

johndereszewski on April 8, 2015 at 12:56 pm

You are absolutely right Bway, especially since the lobby could have been a terrific gateway to the residence. But I guess the bottom line – and a severe lack of imagination – said otherwise.

BushwickBill on January 9, 2016 at 12:30 pm

Hey guys, haven’t been on Cinema Treasures in quite a while. I happened to be in the neighborhood and saw construction set up around the old Ridgewood. So I said, let me see what’s going with this place. I approached the Cypress Avenue side of what where the exit doors and an old security guy was there and got up abruptly, as if to tell me to get the hell out of there. Quite the contrary. Anyway, I just took a tour of the old Ridgewood Theater. This place is gutted and is being set up to be an apartment building. The old lobby will be a retail space for the tenants there. The old security dude was cool as hell and allowed me to see the shell of the old movie house. The building is completely gutted, save the new beams and sheet iron. I took plenty of pictures. The security dude was a bit weird about the pictures somehow ending up on social media, so I am feeling that all out lol. In the meantime, if anyone wants to see any of the pics, e-mail me at .

Metropolite on May 18, 2016 at 5:27 pm

When I walked by today, there were no construction guys or any indication that work has been done.

Metropolite on October 30, 2016 at 7:15 am

Sign on marquee:

“1-2-3 bedrooms from $2300 a month.”


Metropolite on February 27, 2018 at 3:23 pm

Sign on marquee is gone. A walk around the block reveals “1680 Madison Street” a 54-unit, five-story building in the former auditorium.

johndereszewski on July 15, 2018 at 8:31 pm

A current picture of the Ridgewood posted in Facebook indicates that the 1st floor commercial space will be occupied by a health club; this is the same use that currently operates in the old Parthenon Theatre.

johndereszewski on August 30, 2020 at 11:46 am

A new picture on Face Book now shows that the health club is, in fact, open. Its advertising sign currently adorns the old marquee. Hopefully, someone will post this on this page.

Comfortably Cool
Comfortably Cool on August 31, 2020 at 10:41 am

Blink Fitness is currently closed due to pandemic regulations. A selection of photos can be viewed here

johndereszewski on August 31, 2020 at 11:54 am

I believe this Wednesday – 9/2 – will be the opening date for the gyms, including I guess this one.

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