Grandview Theater

659 Grandview Avenue,
Ridgewood, NY 11385

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Grandview Theater September 2004

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Small neighborhood theater dating back to at least the early-1920’s or even earlier in the Ridgewood section of Queens. In the days of the silents, movies were shown outdoors during the hot summer months due to lack of air conditioning. Closed late-1940’s to early-1950’s and converted to a funeral home, now known as Ridgewood Chapels.

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Contributed by Erwin Markisch

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jackahearn on July 23, 2008 at 2:54 pm

Peter….thank you for your warm and overly generous comments. I’ll look forward to accepting your kind invitation to visit ‘Bushwickbuddies’. I’ll also take your encouraging suggestion regarding future comments. Perhaps one of the the Myrtle Ave ‘palaces’ will be next to cross the stream (screen?) of my memory.

PeterKoch on July 24, 2008 at 8:07 am

You’re most welcome, once upon a time. I look forward to more posts from you. I think you’ll enjoy this site.

I haven’t even mentioned the Bushwick theatres yet, but I’ve put a lot of myself into those, too.

PeterKoch on November 19, 2008 at 11:32 am

Thanks, Warren. I’ll keep that in mind the next time I look through that issue.

PeterKoch on November 19, 2008 at 12:05 pm

It seems likely, Lost Memory, and worth investigating.

PeterKoch on November 19, 2008 at 12:14 pm

It reads likely, Lost Memory. A good working hypothesis to start with.

jackahearn on November 19, 2008 at 1:48 pm

Warren..thank you…I was about to Post the following when your most recent and confirming comments popped in ahead of it

A plausible tie-in as to a joint ownership of the Grandview, Majestic and Belvedere theaters might be; during the 1940’s and (very) early’50’s, all three had their Coming Attractions leaflets processed from the same Printing Company. The folded, single sheet ‘Programs’ were of a deep blue color with the same format and I recall, each of the three theaters were listed on the lower back page.

PeterKoch on November 19, 2008 at 1:51 pm

No, Warren, I think it only meant that there was more money to be made with those buildings waking the dead than showing movies to the living.

jackahearn on November 19, 2008 at 1:54 pm

Peter..Might I suggest…the outcome of those movie houses is now a..Dead Issue…:)

PeterKoch on November 19, 2008 at 2:12 pm

Good one, once upon a time !

Bway on April 19, 2009 at 10:09 am

Here’s a street view of the Grandview Theater:
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