Parthenon Theatre

329 Wyckoff Avenue,
Ridgewood, NY 11385

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Parthenon Theatre

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Located in the Ridgewood section of Queens. The Parthenon Theatre was a neighborhood house a few blocks away from the RKO Madison Theatre and the Ridgewood Theatre. It opened February 26, 1921 with seating for 1,600. In later years it played move-overs from the nearby Ridgewood Theatre and Madison Theatre, and mostly sub-run double bills.

For many years after closing it was occupied by a bingo hall and a supermarket. In 2012, renovations were carried out and it was converted into a gymnasium and a CVS.

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Mike (saps)
Mike (saps) on September 23, 2012 at 3:57 pm

Snap some pics and post them here!

johndereszewski
johndereszewski on March 2, 2013 at 1:34 pm

Just paased by the site today. The new gym is now operational but they have pretty much wrecked the theater’s old front in the process of doing this. The Parthenon’s roof, however, is still untouched.

While the new set up is quite attractive – a big improvement to the depressing old bingo parlor – the fact that no attempt was made to restore the old facade is unfortunate. But this could have been a lot worse.

Well – we atill have the old pictures.

Bway
Bway on August 27, 2013 at 12:14 pm

There is also a CVS on the site now.

johndereszewski
johndereszewski on December 17, 2013 at 1:06 pm

Ken, thanks for posting the picture of the current configuration. I guess the only thing that reminds one of the old Parthenon is the pointed roof that still – and barely – projects itself outward.

Still, this is an improvement over the dreary old bingo hall.

johndereszewski
johndereszewski on December 28, 2013 at 7:31 am

Recently, Ridgewood Ken posted a terrific ad telling us what the Parthenon was presenting during the week of June 7 1925 – or just shortly after the theater “moved” into Queens. Just go into the photo section and enjoy.

johndereszewski
johndereszewski on May 18, 2015 at 4:56 am

The local papers have now announced that – believe it or not – a Starbucks will open at this location. This will make it the first Starbucks to open in either Ridgewood or Bushwick.

dallasmovietheaters
dallasmovietheaters on January 8, 2016 at 3:46 am

Grand opening shot of the Hermon Weingarten Parthenon on February 26, 1921 in photos section. The $300,000 complex opened with 1,600 seats and Type S Simplex projectors

johndereszewski
johndereszewski on January 8, 2016 at 4:43 am

Thanks so much for posting the three photos from 1921. They are certainly worth a look – and the Parthenon was still in Brooklyn!

cinsal47
cinsal47 on February 6, 2016 at 5:26 pm

I grew up in Ridgewood. We would go to the Parthenon on Saturday mornings for 26 cents. For that we would get 25 cartoons (and we would count them!), two features and a serial. Not to mention a free small bag of popcorn. And our mother would get a great baby sitter. We would raise hell in there. Drive the “matrons” crazy. Throw things. Run around playing tag or hide-and-seek. Make lots of funny noises. A real kids' paradise! “I wish, I wish, I wish in vain That we could sit simply in that room again Ten thousand dollars at the drop of a hat I’d give it all gladly if our lives could be like that” -Dylan

Comfortably Cool
Comfortably Cool on February 17, 2016 at 9:46 am

Do you need to use the “f” word in your avatar? The matrons would have thrown you out for shouting it back then.

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