Ridgewood Theatre items

posted by al9999 on December 5, 2008 at 7:50 am

RIDGEWOOD, QUEENS, NY — A few months ago the Ridgewood Theatre closed due to competition from a new near by Multiplex.
Found in this 95 year old theatre was the following:
1- 4 columns about 15 feet tall in the balcony. They are in the
shape of a women or mermaid. They were in a sealed off room.
2- The blower and pipes for the organ (which was not found).
The blower was installed by The Kinetic Engineering Company of
Philadelphia and was certainly used in the silent picture period.
3- Several old light fixtures.

I’m wondering is there is any interest in these items and what their value might be.
Pictures on request.

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Comments (8)

mviragh on December 5, 2008 at 8:19 am

I’m interested in these items and live in NYC. Please email me your phone number so we can discuss. Thanks.

br91975 on December 5, 2008 at 8:51 am

Just out of curiosity, new yorker, how did you come upon these items? Are there plans for a new tenant to move into the Ridgewood Theatre space?

mainegal3 on December 7, 2008 at 10:45 am

Do you happen to have any of the seats? I’m looking to find just a few of the 1900s wooden back style.

minniethemoocher on December 8, 2008 at 11:05 am

Does anybody have any information about the organ? I would love to know more.

arujio on December 10, 2008 at 1:48 pm

Hello: I am looking for old sound systems. Please contact me if you have any old amplifiers, or speakers, or related parts. My email address is:

NativeForestHiller on December 28, 2008 at 1:33 pm

To New Yorker: Please e-mail me photos of the Ridgewood Theatre possessions you came across. I can be reached at I may be interested, or one of my colleagues may be, or I can help point you in the right direction. Please let me know regardless of whether these items are still available. Thank you!

amont on January 15, 2009 at 11:18 am

I am a collector and definately will have interest in some items. You can contact me at 347-219-7943. Thank You

NativeForestHiller on January 22, 2010 at 2:29 am

Has anyone received a response regarding any of the above historic Ridgewood Theatre items?

As a result of our 2-year cause, the theater has been declared an Individual Landmark on Jan 12, 2010. I know it would be nice for a personal collection. However, any historic findings that were original to the theater, Friends of The Ridgewood Theatre feels belong at the theater as part of a restoration &/or put on display, so the entire community and future generations can cherish a 1916 gem by America’s foremost theater architect, Thomas W. Lamb. Please feel free to e-mail me at and I will help point anyone in the right direction.

Thank you,

Michael Perlman
Friends of The Ridgewood Theatre, Chair
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