Save The 1916 Ridgewood Theatre! sign now

The Ridgewood Theatre (55-27 Myrtle Ave, Queens, NY) has architectural, cultural, & historical significance, and it is of the utmost importance to designate the glazed terra cotta & Indiana limestone facade, and the mostly intact theater lobby, as a NYC Individual Landmark & Interior Landmark for present and future generations to cherish. It would also contribute to the appeal of an up & coming neighborhood, and increase the likelihood of creative adaptive reuse.

The Ridgewood Theatre shuttered in March 2008, marking the end of its nearly 92 years as a first-run theater. Opening its doors on December 23, 1916, it was considered the longest continuously operating neighborhood theater citywide, and potentially throughout the U.S. The theater staged Vaudeville and silent films. It also saw the advent of photoplays i.e. Down To The Sea In Ships (1923), the first 100\% all-Talking feature, Lights of New York (1928), and classics i.e. The Ten Commandments (1958) and Quo Vadis (1964). Its original seating capacity was 2,500, but currently contains 5 screens, seats 1,950, and merits creative adaptive reuse.

Modeled after Times Square's long-demolished Mark Strand Theatre (the 1st movie palace in the world), the $250,000 Ridgewood Theatre was designed by America's foremost Thomas W. Lamb and built by the Levy Brothers. The 3-story Indiana limestone & glazed terra cotta facade is highly ornate, incorporating unique geometric patterns, medallions, a frieze, pilasters, and proudly boasts Ridgewood Theatre across the top. Interior murals originally depicted the history of Ridgewood. Some nearby theaters with an unfortunate fate include the Oasis, Parthenon, Irving, & RKO Madison Theatre (retail), but hopefully the Ridgewood Theatre won't be on that list.


(In addition to this petition drive, it is essential to play a role in the theater's future by joining Friends of The Ridgewood Theatre, established in March 2008:
The website contains status updates, history, press, & photos. Please help spread the word to your colleagues.)

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Latest Signatures

  • 18 December 2015600. Andree P
    (Recommended) Strongly support preservation of theatre Address/City/State (Recommended) 350 First Ave., New York, NY
  • 16 December 2015599. Jack R
    (Recommended) Please save this theater. Movie palaces are part of our national heritage and cannot be replaced at any cost. Address/City/State (Recommended) Palm Bay, FL
  • 13 December 2015598. Barry L
    (Recommended) Save the Ridgewood before it becomes another RKO Keith's Address/City/State (Recommended) Queens New York
  • 07 December 2015597. Linda J
    (Recommended) Please save this historic landmark. Address/City/State (Recommended) 69-10 Forest Ave, Ridgewood, NY
  • 05 December 2015596. Sandra M
    (Recommended) The Rigdbewood Theater is an important part of Ridgewood's history Address/City/State (Recommended) 268 Sears Rd. West Islip, NY 11795
  • 05 December 2015595. Thomas Vw
    (Recommended) Show Queens they count, too! Address/City/State (Recommended) 47 Farrington Rd., Montauk, NY
  • 01 December 2015594. Joanne M
    (Recommended) Please landmark Ridgewood Theatre Address/City/State (Recommended) 85-51 11 st, Richmond Hill, NY 11418
  • 26 November 2015593. Bob G
    (Recommended) All old theaters should be saved! Address/City/State (Recommended) 8437 122 St., Kew Gardens, NY 11415
  • 24 November 2015592. Victoria S
    (Recommended) Please don't allow the destruction of another precious part of our history. Address/City/State (Recommended) Forest Hills, New York
  • 19 November 2015591. Lori D
    (Recommended) Please save our precious historic buildings. Address/City/State (Recommended) Maspeth, NY
  • 19 November 2015590. John A
    (Recommended) Save the History of a great neighborhood Address/City/State (Recommended) 138 La Bon Vie Dr. Apt.F,Patchogue NY 11772
  • 14 November 2015589. Nicole S
    (Recommended) Please re-open the theater Address/City/State (Recommended) 956 Seneca ave, Ridgewood NY11385
  • 07 November 2015588. Christina W
    (Recommended) This is a gem worth saving. It could be put to great use for the community. Address/City/State (Recommended) 69-07 58th Road, Maspeth, NY 11378
  • 03 November 2015587. Gina Simmons
    (Recommended) Save this Landmark Address/City/State (Recommended) 83 Nichols ave, brooklyn, ny, 11208
  • 02 November 2015586. Mary Krause
    (Recommended) landmarks need to ne perserved and respected keep this one!! Address/City/State (Recommended) gwl, ny, former glendale resident
  • 31 October 2015585. David Lara
    (Recommended) a very worthy cause!! Address/City/State (Recommended) 1415 West Randolph Street/Chicago/IL‎
  • 31 October 2015584. Bob A
    (Recommended) I was a long-time resident of Ridgewood (1949-1972 and 1981-1985) and I went to the Ridgewood theater dozens of times during that period. It would be a shame to lose such a vital part of the Ridgewood community. Address/City/State (Recommend
  • 27 October 2015583. Gary D
    (Recommended) What if all the things that make New York special dissappear? What would seperate us from the rest of the world, what would make us greater? I have always believed that I lived in the greatest city in the world. I thank God every day that I
  • 26 October 2015582. Diane H
    (Recommended) The Ridgewood Theatre is an architectural icon and must be saved. Preserve this and other splendid buildings, and neighborhoods. Address/City/State (Recommended) 1001 Seabreeze Boulevard, Daytona Beach, NY (formerly from Brooklyn)
  • 26 October 2015581. Brandon F
    (Recommended) please save this beautiful structure from greedy developers!! Address/City/State (Recommended) 1618 Jefferson Ave Ridgewood NY 11385
  • 24 October 2015580. Rob M
    (Recommended) save precious landmark architecture. Address/City/State (Recommended) 9918 Morehead Lane, Port Richey, FL 34668
  • 23 October 2015579. David D
    (Recommended) save it Address/City/State (Recommended) 1832 George Street, Ridgewood NY 11385
  • 18 October 2015578. Harold S
    (Recommended) save the theatre Address/City/State (Recommended) 1791 NW 82 Avenue Coral Springs. FL 33071
  • 12 October 2015577. Suzanne A
    (Recommended) It's important to me that historic sites in New York City such as this be preserved. Address/City/State (Recommended) Monroe, NY 10950
  • 11 October 2015576. Steven Hanjul
    (Recommended) Old theatres deserve to be preserved! Address/City/State (Recommended) Vancouver, BC, Canada
  • 09 October 2015575. Jackie A
    (Recommended) SAVE RIDGEWOOD THEATRE!!! Address/City/State (Recommended) Brooklyn, NY
  • 07 October 2015574. Prof Sheldonm
    (Recommended) Please save this historic theater and landmark. Address/City/State (Recommended) Westchester Community College; Valhalla, NY 10595

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Sherrie GarrisonBy:
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NYC Landmarks Preservation Commission & NY City Council


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