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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.
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 Parthenon Glenwood Majestic Oasis Grandview
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.
From: Al Mezzapella
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.
From: Anne (AnneFC@aol.com)
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.
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.
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.
Too bad about the Ridgewood not doing good. What was the name of the big pool hall near Palmetto St?
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 H.S.
Info on the Ridgewood Theatre at this link-- http://cinematreasures.org/theater/4021/ Cinema Trasures website has info on nearly every movie theater that ever existed in Brooklyn and all over the country.
From: nancy (email@example.com)
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 better.
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