Glenwood Theatre

60-60 Myrtle Avenue,
Ridgewood, NY 11385

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Located in the Ridgewood section of Queens, the Glenwood Theatre was opened in 1921. When this theater closed, it was a bowling alley until it was torn down in the 1990’s and a post office built on the site.

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PKoch on December 10, 2007 at 11:37 am

As well you should be, Bway. More power to you !

robertwa on May 8, 2008 at 12:18 pm

Someone asked above when the Glenwood changed from a theater to a bowling alley. I would guess sometime around 1960-1962. I used to go the the Glenwood theater as a kid from the mid-1950’s to early 1960’s (I also bowled there many times later on). The price for kids was usually 25 cents except for some special showings (“30 Color Cartoons for 30 Cents”). At the time we thought the Ridgewood and Madison were too expensive at 35-40 cents! At Holloween, the Glenwood theater usually had a costume contest. I remember going as a spaceman one year!

I attended St. Matthias (class of ‘62) and I remember the nuns taking the entire school – in two-by two file along Catalpa. Ave. and Fresh Pond Rd. to the Oasis Theater to see the 10 Commandments, which would have been 1956.

PKoch on May 8, 2008 at 12:42 pm

Thanks for posting your memories, robertwa.

How did you and your classmates enjoy “The Ten Commandments” at the Oasis ?

I saw it at the RKO Madison at age ten in its summer 1966 re-release, and enjoyed it then.

jackahearn on August 26, 2008 at 11:03 pm

I believe the first time I went to the Glenwood Theater, I was accompanied by two Nuns ….(Be a great place to end this, wouldn’t it!)..and about 30 classmates..(Oh, Pheeeew).

It was 1947 and I was in Grade 5-A. on a St. Matthias School ‘Field Trip’. I guess I could say ‘The’ field trip, as it was the only one I remember. The movie we were taken to see, not surprisingly, was “The Bells of St. Mary”. As I recall, also not surprising, we didn’t remain for the second feature. If anyone wonders….yes, we walked, double file. No School Buses back then!

During my High School days, when I didn’t go to the ‘Biggies’ on Myrtle back toward Wyckoff Ave., the Glenwood was really nice to visit. I enjoyed seeing a bunch of good movies and, unlike the Ridgewood, one didn’t get blinded by the sun after leaving a summer matinee!

In my later teens, I took a few dates there on a Friday or Saturday nite. Mostly because those Gals lived either in Glendale or in the nearby area around Fresh Pond Rd.

Hey…I just realized what I like so much about this site!…I don’t even have to think about mentioning, as in the above paragraph, that on neighborhood dates…we walked. So we went to the nearest movies, ice cream parlors, etc. I think readers here, remember and take that as a given. Nice.

As for the theater itself, I remember a feeling of being relaxed. Other movies I saw there during the late 40s and early 50’s were mostly the ones I would have missed seeing at the two, afore referred to, Biggee’s.

A fun (?) thing about the Glenwood was their promotional ‘Dish Nites.” How cruel younger patrons could be; when some person carelessly placed a dish in their lap and then, absent-mindedly got up to buy candy or pop-corn. The accompanying clapping of hands was deafening. I’d wonder (after clapping, tee-hee) if the embarrassed dish collector ever came back to his/her seat.

I noted an above Comment by ‘Murray’, (June 5th, ’04) stating he was Manager during that time. It be interesting if a Group Rate was offered or if his, Jack Benny type telephone story, suggests S.M.S. paid full price?

PeterKoch on August 27, 2008 at 7:01 am

Thanks for posting your memories of the Glenwood Theatre here, once upon a time. I only knew it as a bowling alley, 1965 or 1966, when I myself was in 5th grade.

Do you recall what was the second feature after “Bells Of St. Mary’s” at the Glenwood on your 1947 St. Matthias field trip ?

jackahearn on August 27, 2008 at 11:31 am

Peter, Thank you for your Comment and the suggestion of my having a Super Memory. Indeed…I’m happy to remember the name of the Movie..I did see! It’s possible that the theater has us in for a special screening of just ‘Bells’,as I don’t seem to remember having a problem with seating. However, Re: my last paragraph, Murray wouldn’t seem to support such a generous act. I do remember we being seated in the rear, left side. Or, being a weekday matinee, they had a light movie house attendance.(light movie house..oxymoron?)Anyway, I yeah still don’t not remember seeun no 2nd feature der. I’ve even forgotten how to talk!

Panzer65 on August 27, 2008 at 12:59 pm

once upon a time
I have many memories of the Glenwood, as well as Peter,as a bowling alley.I bowled ther in a league from 1976 till its closing. I have some ultra rare photos of the Glenwood, sadly, they were taken the day after its demolition, circa 1984.

PeterKoch on August 27, 2008 at 3:10 pm

Thanks, once upon a time, Panzer65, and Warren.

Once upon a time, I still think you know how to talk, and write ! You’re most welcome to my comment. My pleasure !

Bway on April 2, 2009 at 3:33 pm

Does anyone know when the Glenwood actually stopped showing movies?

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on January 19, 2012 at 2:52 am

The Glenwood Theatre was designed by architect Louis Allmendinger. Notice that the construction contract for the project had been let was published in the January 22, 1921, issue of The American Contractor.

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