Ridgewood Theatre

55-27 Myrtle Avenue,
Ridgewood, NY 11385

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Ridgewood Theatre

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The Ridgewood Theatre is located on Myrtle Avenue in the Ridgewood section of Queens. It first opened on December 23rd 1916.

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.

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LuisV
LuisV on October 20, 2013 at 8:18 am

Booo indeed. My friend’s church didn’t get it.

Bway
Bway on October 22, 2013 at 12:44 pm

That’s a shame the church group didnt get it, as that would have been the best possible conversion the theater could have gotten second only after theater itself.

RobertR
RobertR on February 18, 2014 at 10:53 am

Has demo on the interior begun?

PeterKoch
PeterKoch on February 18, 2014 at 11:12 am

RobertR, I don’t know. I may visit Ridgewood before this Friday Feb 21 2014. If I do, I will pass by and observe the Ridgewood Theatre and report here what I have seen.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on February 18, 2014 at 1:35 pm

According to the DOB website, the plans submitted were disapproved on December 30, 2013.

Job Description:

PROPOSED CONVERSION OF EXIST MOVIE THEATER INTO MIXED USE COMMERCIAL/RESIDENTIAL BUILDING, INCLUDING CONSTRUCTION OF NEW FLOORS WITHIN EXISTING SHELL & MINOR VERTICAL ENLARGEMENT. NB APPLICATION IS FILED DUE TO EXTEND OF THE WORK, HOWEVER EXISTING 3 STORY ENTRY PORTION & ALL EXISTING WALLS & EXISTING FOUNDATIONS AT THEATER PORTION WILL REMAIN.

I would assume that the owner will challenge the ruling, alter the plan and eventually the plan will be approved.

PeterKoch
PeterKoch on February 18, 2014 at 1:39 pm

Only time will tell, Lost Memory.

PeterKoch
PeterKoch on March 24, 2014 at 2:06 pm

I walked past the Ridgewood Theatre this past Friday March 21 2014. No change since my last visit March 22 2013.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on March 26, 2014 at 11:12 am

Thanks for the update, Peter. There is no change on the DOB website either, so apparently the owner hasn’t submitted a new plan yet.

PeterKoch
PeterKoch on March 26, 2014 at 12:46 pm

You’re welcome, Lost Memory.

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