Evergreen Theatre

926 Seneca Avenue,
Ridgewood, NY 11385

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The Evergreen Theatre had a relatively short life. It was built in 1911 near the corner of Myrtle and Seneca Avenues in the Ridgewood section of Queens. It was originally opened as the Evergreen Airdrome, and was an open-air theater. Two years later, in 1913, the Evergreen Theatre was built right next to the Airdrome. Two years later, the Evergreen Theatre was enlarged.

The owners of the Evergreen Theatre also built and operated the Van Cortlandt Airdrome at corner of Van Cortlandt Avenue (now 71st Avenue) and Myrtle Avenue. The Van Cortlandt was never expanded beyone an open air theater.

It is not clear whether the Evergreen Airdrome and Evergreen Theatre operated at the same time. But there were two seperate screens, one in the theater and one in the open air theater. It is doubtful that anything beyond silent movies played there. My opinion is that when they built the Evergreen Theatre in 1913 at the corner of Myrtle and Seneca, they disconinued the use of the Evergreen Airdrome adjacent to it.

In late 1921 the Evergreen Theater was sold and soon after, the building was razed.

Contributed by Chris

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Bway
Bway on March 24, 2008 at 12:53 pm

I don’t think you would need a seperate listing for the “Evergreen Park” as it was the outdoor version of the Evergreen Theater.

As for the Van Cortlandt AirDrome, if it was to be placed at Myrtle and 60th St, instead of one block west at Myrtle and 71st Ave, that would put the AirDrome right around where the Ritz Theater was. I wonder if the Ritz Theater (listed on this site already) was built on the site of the old Van Cortlandt AirDrome.

Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on March 24, 2008 at 1:34 pm

You don’t need a separate listing for open-air theatres that were an adjunct of hardtops. Open-air theatres operated only for a few months of the year, except in tropical parts of the USA and elsewhere. The Van Cortlandt AirDrome and the Van Cortlandt Park are undoubtedly the same venue.

PeterKoch
PeterKoch on November 19, 2008 at 7:44 am

There is a photo of the Evergreen Theatre in the 100-year anniversary supplement of the Times Newsweekly (formerly the Ridgewood Times)dated October 23, 2008. Perhaps a link to it will be posted here on the Evergreen Theatre page.

Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on November 19, 2008 at 8:58 am

The 1922 photo shows only a portion of the Evergreen Theatre. I wonder if the evergreen atop the building is a real potted tree or part of the electric vertical sign?
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Bway
Bway on November 20, 2008 at 8:08 am

I don’t know how big that area between the bank and the theater was. It could have been along the whole property, or it may just have been a few feet in from the sidewalk to an emergency exit or something. But in any event, chances are slim that the first floor of the supermarket is the first floor of the Evergreen. If anything, it could be, as well as the basement, but there’s no way to tell for sure.
Was this the theater that had the roof cave in in a snowstorm? Wasn’t there also a fire?

Bway
Bway on April 19, 2009 at 10:23 am

There’s a story and photo of the Evergreen in this weeks Timesnewsweekly in the “Neighborhood” section. The online version of the should be online in about a week.

Bway
Bway on May 31, 2009 at 8:05 pm

That’s very strange, as I remember the article. The photo showed the Evergreen next to the Bank building.

Bway
Bway on June 1, 2009 at 10:19 am

I looked at he archives too. I remember the article in print….

Bway
Bway on June 2, 2009 at 11:44 am

Yes, I think it was. Some of the weeks don’t have a “neighborhood” section on the online directory, so I think what you said may be the case.

Bway
Bway on December 29, 2013 at 12:12 pm

Very interesting article. The original name for Seneca Ave is Covert St (that’s why the first article mentions Covert St). The article also mentions Van Cortland Ave, which today is known as 71 Ave.

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