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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Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on November 19, 2008 at 12:24 pm

The Ridgewood Times 100th anniversary issue has what appears to be a grand opening photo of the Grandview Theatre, dated 1914-15. The entrance is draped with patriotic banners. Admission was 5 cents, according to a sign in the boxoffice. Four relatives of the owners are shown standing on the sidewalk. The photo caption says that the owners were Gaspare Gulotta and Baldassar Livoti, also that “During summer evenings, movies were projected in an open-air area on the side of the building, equipped with benches.”

PeterKoch
PeterKoch on November 19, 2008 at 1:32 pm

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

PeterKoch
PeterKoch on November 19, 2008 at 2:05 pm

It seems likely, Lost Memory, and worth investigating.

PeterKoch
PeterKoch on November 19, 2008 at 2:14 pm

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

Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on November 19, 2008 at 3:42 pm

In 1947, the Majestic and Grandview were being advertised together and showing the same double features, so they were probably under the same ownership and/or management. Both theatres became funeral homes, which suggests that Ridgewood’s population was dying out faster than expanding.

jackahearn
jackahearn on November 19, 2008 at 3:48 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
PeterKoch on November 19, 2008 at 3:51 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
jackahearn on November 19, 2008 at 3:54 pm

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

PeterKoch
PeterKoch on November 19, 2008 at 4:12 pm

Good one, once upon a time !

Bway
Bway on April 19, 2009 at 12:09 pm

Here’s a street view of the Grandview Theater:
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