Majestic Theater

494 Seneca Avenue,
Ridgewood, NY 11385

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Panzer65
Panzer65 on October 21, 2014 at 2:07 pm

Never knew this was a movie house, appears the exterior was altered extensively. Wonder if any theater remnants remain?

johndereszewski
johndereszewski on January 10, 2014 at 1:16 pm

Welcome back Lost Memory!!

Bway
Bway on August 28, 2013 at 6:20 pm

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

Bway
Bway on August 27, 2013 at 12:53 pm

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

Bway
Bway on August 27, 2013 at 12:12 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
Bway on July 21, 2013 at 9:57 am

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
Bway on April 27, 2009 at 10:22 am

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
Bway on April 27, 2009 at 7:24 am

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.

Bway
Bway on April 27, 2009 at 7:21 am

Here’s a photo of the Majestic Theater which appeared in last weeks Timesnewsweekly:

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As well as a story to accompany it:

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Bway
Bway on April 19, 2009 at 9:56 am

Just renewing my email alerts….
Here’s a google street view of the old Majestic Theater:

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Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on November 18, 2008 at 1:37 pm

A 1941 exterior view of the Majestic Theatre can be found on page 49 of the Ridgewood Times’s 100th anniversary issue dated 10/23/08. The marquee has no attractions displayed, suggesting that the Majestic was at least temporarily closed at the time.

Bway
Bway on October 6, 2008 at 3:55 pm

Lost, did you get my email I sent you this morning? If not, send me an email.

Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on July 3, 2007 at 9:37 am

If you were a pedestrian in Ridgewood or anywhere else in the five boroughs, you might feel differently!

Bway
Bway on July 3, 2007 at 9:26 am

I use that Cypress Ave exit at Vermont from the JR Parkway often. Yes, couldn’t imagine it without a light!!

But I really think they are overdoing the traffic lights in Ridgewood. It’s slowly become like manhattan with lights at every corner, which certainly is not necessary…. I mean really, a light at Harmon and Seneca, and many of the other recent ones are just a but overdone….

PKoch
PKoch on July 2, 2007 at 12:08 pm

Yes. The traffic light at Wyckoff and Cornelia was installed sometime in the first half of the 1990’s.

Decades earlier, the installation of the traffic light at Cypress Avenue and Vermont Place, at the top of the hill, near the entrance to the Jackie Robinson (Cypress Avenue exit) couldn’t have come soon enough. Imagine such a busy intersection without a traffic light for so many years !

Bway
Bway on July 2, 2007 at 11:51 am

I don’t know when they installed the light, but probably recently. They went on a traffic light rampage in Ridgewood lately….too many if you ask me!

Bway
Bway on July 2, 2007 at 10:21 am

Here’s a photo I took of the Majestic when I was in Ridgewood last week:

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And a Street View of Seneca between Harmon and Greene:

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Borstrich
Borstrich on August 27, 2006 at 5:35 pm

As a young boy I lived on Seneca Ave. in 1960 one block from the Majestic Theatre, which appeared to have been closed for many years at that time. The theatre was on the corner of Seneca and Greene Avenues. Across the street from the theatre on Seneca Ave. was a TV repair shop that also fixed bicycles. Diagonally across the street was a barber shop. The side of the theatre was on Greene Ave. Across the street from the Greene Ave side of the theatre was many garages. Since no cars could park there, and since the theatre had a fire hydrant on the Greene Ave side, we used the area to play stick ball, “off the wall”, and handball off the side the theatre. The front of the theatre was boarded up but you could still see where the ticket box office once was. The marque was still there and the name MAJESTIC was still on the marque. When it rained we played Ace King Queen under the marque. The rear of the theatre had a yard that was full of dirt mounds, weeds, and debris. The front and side of the theatre was a great place to hang out. We were all very surprised one day when demolition workers entered the theatre. The left the side (Green Ave.) door open at night and we got our first view of the inside. The screen and seats were still there. I think there was also an orchestra pit. There were stairs that led up to the balcony and projection room. We found old comic books that were probably given out with admission. There were broken dishes that were probably given out to customers so that they would continue to return to the theatre to collect a whole set. I found old ticket rolls that had admission prices of .35 cents, .65 cents and several other amounts I can not rememnber but none were for over a dollar. The theatre became the Seneca Chapels funeral parlor. The new owners did not like it when we continued to play ball on the Greene Ave. side. The funeral parlor continued to use the marque but made it much smaller. You would never know that it was once a theatre marque. I would love to hear from anyone who has childhood memories of playing by the Majestic Theatre.

Bway
Bway on June 7, 2006 at 3:21 pm

Thanks for the info. It appears the Grandview and the Majestic had similar lives. They looked similar, were owned by the same people at one time, and both became funeral parlors…

PKoch
PKoch on June 6, 2006 at 5:41 am

Thanks, Lost Memory. I reviewed Christina Wilkinson’s Forgitten NY article on Ridgewood on August 1, 2005 and directly e-mailed her my comments within a few days afterward. One of them was pretty much what I posted above. I’ve looked at her article a few times since then and she apparently has not made changes to her article based on my comments.

So I propose we continue with our plans to scan newspaper ads to find out exactly when the RKO Madison Theater showed its last film.

This is something I wish I knew, but do not, as I wish in retrospect I had been more observant, passing the RKO Madison at least ten times a week, walking from home to the subway at Myrtle and Wyckoff in the morning, and vice versa in the evening, every weekday, in commuting from my Ridgewood home to school in Manhattan.

One would think I would remember the date, or at least the week or month, the RKO Madison showed its last film, but I do not. Mea culpa.

Pending further evidence, I will assume Halloween 1977 as the date of that last film.

Bway
Bway on June 6, 2006 at 5:15 am

Haha, I think their source may be cinematreasures….

PKoch
PKoch on June 6, 2006 at 4:33 am

Closing date of the Madison : recommend beginning the search in October 1977 and continuing to February 1978. I KNOW, as surely as I know anything, that the RKO Madison was closed by the last Saturday of February 1978, as I have amply posted on this site, perhaps at risk of seeming as if I have “RKO Madison Turretts Syndrome” !

Bway
Bway on June 5, 2006 at 5:27 pm

Lost, just as you can still see your ball on the roof of the Majestic….one day we will find out what was the last movie at the Madison, and when the Majestic actually closed….

PKoch
PKoch on April 5, 2006 at 5:28 am

Thanks, Bway !

Bway
Bway on April 5, 2006 at 4:26 am

Here’s an aerial view of the Majestic Theater:

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