Glen Theater

20 W. Ridge Road,
Gary, IN 46408

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JRS40
JRS40 on April 22, 2013 at 2:55 pm

Unfortunately I don’t know anything about either building Joe. They appear to have been around for many, many years. There are very few theaters I have memories of in Gary….even past ones.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on April 21, 2013 at 6:33 pm

JRS: Do you know anything about the building at 2224 Broadway? It now houses a social club, but it looks very much like it might have been a theater at one time. Cinema Treasures has nothing listed for the address, and I can’t find anything about it on the Internet.

Also, this old building at 17th and Broadway looks like a former theater. The building still appears in Street View, taken in August, 2011, but the lot appears to be vacant in the satellite view, which is probably more recent, so I think it must have been demolished since the Street View was made.

JRS40
JRS40 on April 21, 2013 at 6:05 pm

Joe – you are absolutely right. I don’t know what I was thinking when I wrote that.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on April 21, 2013 at 5:18 pm

augie53: This theater was opened as the Ridge Theatre in very late 1941 or very early 1942. It was probably renamed the Glen Theatre after a 1968 remodeling. See my earlier comment here for citations.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on April 21, 2013 at 5:15 pm

JRS40: The theater around the corner on Broadway was the Roxy, not the Ridge. The Glen was called the Ridge when it opened. Your older brothers told you, and that’s how I found out that the Ridge and the Glen were the same theater.

JRS40
JRS40 on April 21, 2013 at 11:22 am

It was never the Ridge. The Ridge was located on Broadway at Ridge Road.

augie53
augie53 on April 21, 2013 at 11:03 am

Prior to the Glen, when did it open as the Ridge? I remember seeing many scary movies there:)

bbfarmer
bbfarmer on February 4, 2013 at 12:50 am

Saw “Trial of Billy Jack” there.

annmarie_andros
annmarie_andros on January 27, 2013 at 10:27 pm

I have many lake county, indiana photos dating back to the early/mid 1900s (Gary/Hobart) on FB. My grandfathers furniture store occupied the building on broadway which was once the Roxy theater. (Andros Furniture) I’m still seeking a photo of the building in its prime as the ROXY from 1930 to 1950.
Feel free to contact me or check on pics on facebook : http://www.facebook.com/annmarieandros or

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on May 18, 2012 at 3:11 pm

MyyaAngel: There is contact information on the Glen Theater’s official web site.

MyyaAngel
MyyaAngel on May 18, 2012 at 3:03 pm

Does anyone know how I can get in contact with the owners of the theater?

JRS40
JRS40 on September 18, 2010 at 5:47 pm

Ken, I don’t remember the hot dog stand. I do remember the Minor Dunn however.

KenK
KenK on September 18, 2010 at 11:48 am

Oops. Pardon me. The Roxy had a balcony with stairs, not stars. (LOL)

KenK
KenK on September 18, 2010 at 11:46 am

The Roxy had a balcony.With stars. The Roxy had a fairly sizeable stage. The balcony became a second story storage area for furniture, for Andros furniture,after the Roxy’s closure.

I had an Aunt who lived on Washington Street.less than half a block from both theaters. So growing up, I spent a lot of time in that part of Glen Park in the latter 40’s and early 50’s.

Jrs40, I do remember Roma Pizza. Also on Ridge Road, with in walking distance of the Glen/Ridge, do recall the hot dog stand that eventually evolved into a full blown restaurant,and then a Minor Dunn?

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on September 18, 2010 at 7:11 am

The Roxy is still not listed at Cinema Treasures. The building at 3764 Broadway still exists, and is occupied by a women’s apparel shop called Best Fashions. From Google Street View it looks like the old marquee is still there, though covered up and stripped of its original signage. It also looks like the upper part of the facade has been altered— probably the decoration jase recalls was removed.

Though KenK remembers the Roxy as being larger than the Glen, in the satellite views the buildings look almost the same size. The Roxy building is higher, and jase said it had a balcony, but I don’t see any indication of upper-level exits. I’m wondering if the “balcony” was not actually a section of stadium-style seating (although I don’t see any front exits at the ends of the building either, which theaters with stadium sections typically had in those days.} But if there was a stadium section, that would account for KenK’s impression of the Glen being much smaller than the Roxy.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on September 17, 2010 at 7:01 pm

Thank goodness for the 2009 picture the earlier one made the place look like a dump and somewhere i wouldn’t want to watch a movie.

KenK
KenK on September 17, 2010 at 6:52 pm

Excellent research by Joe Vogel. Always good to have one’s child hood memories confirmed by someone else.

Talking about memories ! Let’s talk about Y&W. They opened and ran a drive in theater at 6680 Broadway,in Merrillville , that was also a part of my growing up years in the 50’s and 60’s… called the Y&W drive-in theater. Right across the street from the kiddie golf course across the street.

The Y&W drive-in theater is a part of this fine forum. No need to talk about it further. Just check it out.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on September 2, 2009 at 1:56 am

Boxoffice Magazine of July 5, 1941, announced that V.U. Young had bought two lots at 20-26 Ridge Road in Glen Park and planned to build a theater there. The January 10, 1942, issue of Boxoffice said that the Ridge Theatre had recently been opened by V.U. Young’s Gary Theatre Corporation. The new house seated 714 and had been built at a cost of $70,000.

A few years later V.U. Young was head of the Y&W (Young and Wolf) Management Corporation, which at the time of Young’s death in 1948 was operating 27 theaters in Indiana. Y&W was headed by Vern Young in 1968 when, according to the July 1 issue of Boxoffice, the circuit reopened the Glen Theatre after a $50,000 remodeling. I’ve been unable to find any mention of either the Ridge or the Glen in Boxoffice between 1950 and 1968.

The earliest mention of the Roxy I’ve been able to find is an item in the January 27, 1945, issue of Boxoffice which names the operator as Jim Bikos. The only other mention I’ve found is in the February 18, 1956, issue which says that the Roxy was being converted into a commercial building by the widow of the late Jim Bikos.

I’d say this information supports the claims by JRS40 and KenK that the Ridge and Glen were the same theater and the theater around the corner on Broadway was the Roxy. The Roxy is not yet listed at Cinema Treasures.

JRS40
JRS40 on August 24, 2009 at 1:27 pm

Ah yes the Beauty Spot. Let’s not forget Roma’s pizza just down the street on Ridge.

KenK
KenK on July 28, 2009 at 4:40 pm

I see that I spelled the Roxy wrong twice in my previous post. It ends in a Y not IE. Sorry. The Ridge was the original name of the theater on Ridge Road, later renamed the Glen. The Ridge/Glen was much smaller than the Roxy, but was the one I preferred to go to for some unexplainable reason.

And of course, a stop at either theater was not complete without a stop at the Beauty Spot restaurant on the other side of Ridge Road for a cherry coke.

KenK
KenK on July 28, 2009 at 4:28 pm

The Ridge and the Glen are/were one and the same. The theater on Broadway was the Roxy. It was at 3764 Broadway, next to Dickerson’s Drug. The Glen/Ridge is at 20 Ridge Road, next to the alley behind what was Dickerson’s Drug.

The Roxy was built in 1930, and closed in 1950. The Roxie had 1070 seats, and became Andros Furniture, after it’s closure.

You were allowed to exit the Roxie after a movie through the rear of the building. Which meant you were just steps away from the front entrance to the Glen/Ridge.

JRS40
JRS40 on March 27, 2009 at 1:23 pm

http://movie-theatre.org/usa/il/chicago/gary.pdf

This link lists Indiana theaters. Note that the Ridge is listed and the address is the same as the Glen. The mystery continues.

jalvar
jalvar on March 13, 2009 at 2:16 pm

The Ridge theatre was on Broadway next to the drug store. There was an alley behind both buildings and on the west side of the alley and on Ridge Road was the Glen.

The Ridge was an older theatre and designed in the movie palace style with lots of Stucco work on the facade and on the interior. It did have a balcony also and a working full stage although I never did see live entertainment in either theatre.

The Glen was a Deco style theatre and newer. in the mid 40’s I went to both as they were around the corner from where my family lived so I knew them well.

When the Ridge was converted to the furniture store I investigated the stage that was being ripped out. It had several dresing rooms and a fly grid although it was a hemp and rope system.

The Glen being a smaller theatre was probably a more profitable operation at that time with the advent of TV.

The Glen was similar to the Miller Theatre at miller beach and it alternated films with stage shows for a time. It also had a nursery on the balcony level where children could be left while their parents saw the film show. It did not last very long though and it closed not may years after opening. TV again killed it.

JRS40
JRS40 on March 13, 2009 at 1:21 pm

I have two older brothers and in asking them seperately they both insist the Ridge was the same building where the Glen was. Both also remembered another theater right on Broadway that Jase may be referring to that was turned into a furniture store but neither could remember its name. It does make sense though. Why would a theater named the Ridge sit on Broadway and not Ridge Road? Even though we are taling about intersecting roads it makes more sense that the Ridge was on Ridge Road close to Broadway instead of vice versa. Also the status of the theater should be changed to OPEN and its function be LIVE SHOWS.

jalvar
jalvar on October 16, 2008 at 3:39 am

NO! They were two separate theatres. The Ridge beacme a furniture store in the 50’s and the Glen still exists. The Glen was a smaller modern style movie house while the Ridge was a larger movie palace style house. It did have a stage as I remember, with a fly tower although it was not counterweighted.

jase