1533-1537 Myrtle Avenue,
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The Irving Theatre was opened on April 11, 1914. In 1914, it also boasted an airdrome theatre located adjacent, and seating 1,600. This small neighborhood theatre was catering to the German speaking population in the greater Ridgewood area of Queens and Brooklyn during the 1930’s and early-1940’s.
My mother mentioned the theatre on occasion as she and my father had attended German movies there in the late-1930’s.
In 1940, it was renamed Mozart Theatre, still screening German movies, and it closed in 1942 when all German language prints were confiscated. However, I do know that after the war and during the 1950’s that the only German language theatre in the Ridgewood area was the Wagner Theatre on the corner of Wyckoff Avenue and Stockholm Street.
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