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From: mikemovies
Date: 08/27/2006

Has anyone heard of the Ridgewood theatre in Ridgewood
Queens? The Ridgewood theatre opened in 1916. The theatre
will be 90 years old this december. The Ridgewood theatre is
open and has five screens I do not work for this theatre so
this is not a plug for the theatre. Perhaps some of you
could share your memories of the Ridgewood theatre or any
neighborhood theater you attended.

Reply #1
From: Lost
Date: 08/28/2006
For those people not familiar with Ridgewood, the Ridgewood
theater is located at 55-27 Myrtle Avenue. Over the years,
Ridgewood has had many movie theaters. All of them, except
for the Ridgewood theater are now gone. A few of the better
known movie theaters that once called Ridgewood home were:

RKO Madison

Reply #2
Date: 08/28/2006
Grew up on Himrod st in the 60s. The Madison Theater was a
beautiful Theater to see a movie. Anybody remember the
Wagner Theater on Wyckoff ave? Showed adult movies in the
late 60s.

Reply #3
From: Al Mezzapella
Date: 08/28/2006
Do you remember the Pool Hall, on the second floor. I forgetthe name, I think it was Ridgewood also.  I made a lot ofmoney up there.

Reply #4
From: Anne (
Date: 08/28/2006
I remember the Ridgewood Theatre very well.  I grew up on
Hancock St. betw Irving and Knickerbocker Aves during the
60's/70's.  The last movie I remember seeing there was about
the Patty Hearst abduction.  The Madison Theatre was my
absolute favorite.  It was just so beautiful with its rich
dark red velvet drapes and grand staircase.  I saw every
vampire movie they showed there.  Pefect setting.

Reply #5
From: Lost
Date: 08/29/2006
In the 1960's, the pool hall above the Ridgewood theater was
Hank's Billiards. Before Hank, I'm told that it was called
Cappy's Pool Hall. 

The Madison theater closed in the late 1970's (1978?). The
Madison theater building is now the Liberty Dept. store.

Reply #6
From: mikemovies
Date: 08/30/2006
Anybody close to the Ridgewood theatre should attend a movie
there. Attendance is down at most theatres. With the opening
of the Atlas Park multiplex theatre in Glendale the
Ridgewood theatre could have a rough road ahead.

Reply #7
Date: 08/30/2006
Too bad about the Ridgewood not doing good. What was the
name of the big pool hall near Palmetto St?

Reply #8
From: Andy
Date: 09/02/2006
I remember the Ridgewood and Madison movie theaters. Went to
Colleti's Ice Cream parlor after a movie sometimes.
Graduated St. Brigid's in 1963 and went to Christ the King

Reply #9
From: ex_brooklynite
Date: 09/17/2006
Info on the Ridgewood Theatre at this link--

Cinema Trasures website has info on nearly every movie
theater that ever existed in Brooklyn and all over the

Reply #10
From: nancy (
Date: 02/26/2007
Even though I did not live in Ridgewood I had many friend
who did. I remember going to the ridgewood theatre after
work on Friday nights.  To me it rivaled many of the
Manhattan theatres. Too bad the kids today cannot remember
when going to the movies was like entering a castle.  The
style of the Ridgewood really did make horror movies a lot

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