Ridgewood Theatre

55-27 Myrtle Avenue,
Ridgewood, NY 11385

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johndereszewski on July 11, 2014 at 8:51 am

Thanks Metropolite for the update. The reference to first floor usage for an entertainment/cultural venue is interesting. Hopefully, it might represent a concession to those local parties who pushed for such a use in a portion of the old theater. This would certainly be preferable to the creation of still another drug store on the ground floor.

Metropolite on July 10, 2014 at 1:54 pm

On July 10, 2014 NY.Curbed.Com reported ….

Plans for Ridgewood Theater’s residential conversion were announced last fall, so what’s going on at the site now? Not much, but that may soon change; permits for the project were approved this week. The plans call for adding two stories to the three-story building, and created 50 apartments (10 more than previously reported).

Owner Bushburg Properties recently told Curbed that they are still in the planning stages of the development, working to bring contractors on board and finalizing their designs. The first floor will be an entertainment/cultural venue, and the permits make clear that the existing exterior of the theater, which is landmarked, will remain. Nataliya Donskoy is the architect.

PeterKoch on March 26, 2014 at 12:46 pm

You’re welcome, Lost Memory.

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.

PeterKoch on February 18, 2014 at 1:39 pm

Only time will tell, Lost Memory.

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.

RobertR on February 18, 2014 at 10:53 am

Has demo on the interior begun?

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.

LuisV on October 20, 2013 at 8:18 am

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

Tinseltoes on October 19, 2013 at 2:41 pm

The Ridgewood’s new owner has filed an application to convert the theatre into residential and retail space: queenscourier

PeterKoch on August 29, 2013 at 8:20 am

Good point, Bway. I will look forward to your report, LuisV.

LuisV on August 29, 2013 at 6:21 am

I’m trying to get confirmation from my contact. Will report back as soon as I hear.

Bway on August 28, 2013 at 6:19 pm

A church would be wonderful in the theater, especially if they leave the plaster walls!!! Perhaps they are just removing the 1980’s multiplexing fake walls and maze of corridors. A church would also be able to used for other functions (theater) during the week perhaps. This could be good news.

PeterKoch on August 28, 2013 at 7:47 am

As Bway once commented, a church is the most beneficial post-theatre function that a former theater can experience, in that it (hopefully) leaves most of the interior intact. Like the Loews Valencia in Jamaica, Queens becoming the Tabernacle of Prayer.

LuisV on August 28, 2013 at 4:25 am

I have a good source that the space has been taken for a church. If so, it is likely that the walls are being removed to function as such. This may not be bad news after all. I will check my source again.

PeterKoch on August 27, 2013 at 10:03 am

Very bad news indeed.

Bway on August 27, 2013 at 9:57 am

Wow. That is very bad news. It appears the Ridgewood’s interior is in it’s final hours. After all this, this is where we are now…. Who would have thought….


Let’s hope it’s only for the fake dividing walls from the multiplexing, but that remains to be seen. This is the closest the Ridgewood has gotten to destruction to date.

Here’s the link:


Matt Lambros
Matt Lambros on August 26, 2013 at 2:04 pm

According to the NYC Department of Buildings website, the demolition plan was approved on 8/21/13.

NativeForestHiller on August 11, 2013 at 1:33 pm

Are there any quotes from the Landmarks Preservation Commission? It is of the utmost significance to calendar a public hearing for the Ridgewood Theatre’s interior. This is famed architect Thomas Lamb’s earliest and most intact example of a theater throughout NYC!

johndereszewski on August 11, 2013 at 1:22 pm

While the 8/8/13 edition of the Times Newsweekly confirms that a reovation permit for the Ridgewood’s first floor and basement was submitted, it also indicates that the Landmarks Preservation Commission blocked implementation of this permit on 7/31/13 pending further review. So, keep tuned.

johndereszewski on August 3, 2013 at 9:05 am

According to a local blog called Wyckoff Heights, which covers these matters pretty closely, an internal renovation permit for the old theater was recently filed. So some “progress' here may soon occur. While the blog disclosed no details of the application, it is presumably on file at the Building Department and probably subject to inspection.

By the way, the emergence of a locally based group in support of the Ridgewood’s preservation is very good news indeed. Until recently, it seemwd as if the only persons supporting this were this bunch of non-resident movie enthusiasts who comment on this page. Locally based support provides a real boost to this effort.

PeterKoch on May 23, 2013 at 8:00 am

Thanks, Ridgewood_towncrier !

Ridgewood_towncrier on May 22, 2013 at 8:05 pm

WeLoveRidgewoodTheater.org is a community group dedicated to encouraging the new owners (in contract March 2012) to engage in a dialogue regarding revitalizing the theater as a mixed use venue for arts and entertainment in Ridgewood. Facebook.com/WeHeartRT