Majestic Theater

494 Seneca Avenue,
Ridgewood, NY 11385

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Majestic Theater

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The Majestic Theater in the Ridgewood section of Queens, is listed in the American Motion Picture Directory 1914-1915. In the 1945 Film Daily Yearbook, the seating is shown as 550. The Majestic Theater closed sometime in the mid-1950’s.

After standing vacant for almost a decade, the building was purchased in 1964 and converted to a funeral home called Seneca Chapels. It remains a funeral home today.

Contributed by Lost Memory

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Bway on April 27, 2009 at 3:24 pm

The Majestic had a pretty nice “classic” cinema marquee, and must have been something to see lit up at night. it appears to have already been closed at the time of this photo though.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on April 27, 2009 at 5:46 pm

Thank you very much Bway for posting those links. The theater photo is a “keeper”! I wonder why there are no movie titles on the marquee. Maybe they only used posters at that time or the theater might have been temporarily closed. I mentioned somewhere on this site about the house to the right of the Majestic that burned down in the 1950s. The land was later used as a parking lot for the factory building to the right of that property. The drugstore seen on the left side of the photo was long gone when I was growing up. It was a barbershop at one time and later a fruit and vegetable store.

If I remember correctly, the marquee for this theater was similar to the marquee on the Grandview Theater. The funeral home must have removed the Majestic name at the top of the building when they did the alterations around 1964. I could go on and on about how the occupants of those buildings and some of the buildings themselves have changed since that photo was taken, but then I would be in trouble for going off topic. :)

You made my day Bway. Thanks again.

Bway on April 27, 2009 at 6:22 pm

I knew you would love this one!
Unfortunately, since the email notifications were reset, unless you check occasionally every theater you are interested in, messages would be missed, but I knew you wouldn’t want to miss this photo!

Bway on July 21, 2013 at 5:57 pm

Wow, it’s a long time since I have seen a comment in this theater! I just drove by this theater the other day for the first time in years and thought of this site….

Bway on August 27, 2013 at 8:12 pm

Judging by the old photo posted in the photo section of this theater, the Majestic had a beautiful classic marquee. I wonder how old that photo is.

Bway on August 27, 2013 at 8:53 pm

Wow, if that’s a 1939 photo, it appears the Majestic was already abandoned by that point.

Bway on August 29, 2013 at 2:20 am

well, perhaps it just looked run down in the photo, and not abandoned.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on January 8, 2014 at 1:09 am

There is a brief mention of the Majestic in a May 1914 issue of Variety.

There’s a new $15,000 movie theatre planned for Covert and Greene avenues, Ridgewood, L. I., by Baldessane Livoti of Brooklyn.

This is a movie schedule from the August 13, 1922 edition of the Brooklyn Standard Union.

MAJESTIC THEATRE Greene and Seneca Avenues Anthony Livoti, Manager.

To-day—Dustin Farnum in “Iron to Gold.” Monday—All star cast in “Tracks.” Tuesday—Robert McKim in “The Gray Dawn.” Wednesday—Betty Compson in “Ladies Must Live.” Thursday—Constance Talmadge in “Polly of the Follies.” Friday—Jackie Coogan in “My Boy.” Saturday-James Kirkwood in “The Great Impersonator.”

johndereszewski on January 10, 2014 at 9:16 pm

Welcome back Lost Memory!!

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on January 11, 2014 at 1:19 am

Hello John. Its good to be back on Cinema Treasures with my old account!

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