Evergreen Theatre

926 Seneca Avenue,
Ridgewood, NY 11385

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Evergreen Theatre

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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

Recent comments (view all 110 comments)

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?

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on November 20, 2008 at 8:50 am

Tha area between the bank and the theater could have been used as an emergency exit. I don’t know anything about a snowstorm Bway. If you read the comment above by mrbillyc, he explains that a fire destroyed the building in the 1950s and Bohack was built as a new building.

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.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on May 31, 2009 at 7:35 pm

I looked through the online edition of “Our Neighborhood” but didn’t see anything about the Evergreen.

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.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on June 1, 2009 at 8:42 am

Here are the 2009 archives Bway. Maybe I overlooked something.

Bway on June 1, 2009 at 10:19 am

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

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on June 1, 2009 at 10:32 am

Many newspapers don’t include everything from the print version in the online version. Looks like the Times Newsweekly has adopted that policy. Was it the same photo that was in the anniversary edition?

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 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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