Cypress Air Drome

861 Cypress Avenue,
Ridgewood, NY 11385

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Cypress Air Drome

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The Cypress Air Drome is shown on a 1914 Sanborn map. It was located on Cypress Avenue near Jefferson Avenue.

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Ed Solero
Ed Solero on January 16, 2014 at 6:04 am

Good to have you back, Lost Memory, in your original incarnation. Seems that a couple of accounts have been re-animated here, in the last week or two. Anyway, to be on topic, have you any information on the “Moving Pictures” structure located adjacent to the Air Drome site in the Sanborn image you uploaded? Appears to be a small house, with a storefront entrance on Cypress.

If you were to map the location of those lots with street view images on Google maps, it would appear that the Air Drome lot would have occupied what is currently known as 865 and 867 Cypress Ave (a Chiropractor, and Allstate Insurance office, respectively), with the adjacent movie house entrance presumably at 863 Cypress Ave (currently a nail salon). It doesn’t appear that any of the original structures from the Sanborn are still standing – but that’s only a guess, based on the current satellite image.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on January 16, 2014 at 9:42 am

Its good to be reincarnated, Ed. The other account didn’t work right. This one works great so far. Okay, back to the show. I had no idea that a theatre ever existed at this location. The only theatre (if you want to call it a theatre) that I was aware of that was close to this location was Kreuschers Arcade. The arcade was located on the other side of Cypress Avenue so it couldn’t be the Cypress Air Drome.

The small building on the map that is marked “moving pictures” could have been a small enclosed theatre. Too bad that the map doesn’t give a name for it. That building appears to be “landlocked”. Maybe you had to go through the air drome to access that building. Even though I was happy to find this theatre, not being able to find more information about it can be a little frustrating. Hopefully someone else will know something about this theatre and post it here.

Ed Solero
Ed Solero on January 19, 2014 at 8:53 pm

I thought, perhaps that the small rectangular portion of the “Hall 2nd” structure, just adjacent to the Air Drome lot, might have provided an access hall to the “moving pictures” structure. I believe the broken line that divides this portion from the rest of the “hall,” indicates a frame partition. However, the “S” indication on the map identifies the use as a store, so I think that idea is all wet.

I also considered that the structure might have been some sort of accessory to the Air Drome, perhaps providing a place to watch movies indoors, in the event of inclement weather. Perhaps one day we’ll uncover its history – until then, it’s all conjecture.

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