We Can Reopen Ridgewood Theater!

$491 of $20,000 goal

Raised by 12 people in 17 months
Created August 14, 2017
If You are a New York Native, then you know

We are close to losing it forever, But it Doesn't Have To Happen!

Together We Save  The Ridgewood Theater!

Located on Myrtle Avenue, the area’s major commercial thoroughfare, the theater contributed to the creation of a town center for residents moving into nearby row house developments.
The Ridgewood Theater showed movies continuously for more than 90 years, keeping its tradition alive, even as the world inside and out changed: vaudeville and silent films gave way to talkies, trolleys yielded to automobiles, and the surnames of the inhabitants of Ridgewood’s distinctive and beautiful housing stock continued to reflect New York City’s remarkable churning melting pot.
The Ridgewood Theater proved it was a hard jewel: surviving in spite of the competition for eyeballs that television, radio, and (much later) the internet provided. The first all-talking feature film ‘Lights of New York’ was shown at the theater in 1928.
It became part of the United Artist chain in the 1980s and was converted into a five screen multiplex. It was one of the longest-running movie theaters in the country by the time it closed in March 2008, as ticket sales declined.
A hearing was held by the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission [LPC] in March 2009. The theater’s façade was given official landmark status on January 12, 2010, as an exemplar of Lamb’s Beaux-Arts sensibility: straightforward design enhanced with classical and geometric elements such as pilasters and heavily encrusted shields, created in glazed white terra cotta.


Currently the above of Theater has been converted to beautiful Condominiums; with a rustic feel. The Realtors' were more than willing to hear me out on possible plans for commercial (theater) space.
The area is ~15,000 Square Ft. and a basement of about ~8,000 Sq Ft. The community of Ridgewood and surrounding locations would benefit greatly from the theater being reinstalled in all its original Glory, and History!
The Plumbing, HVAC, Lighting, and Roofing of the original theater have been upgraded; and brought to code. The original brick walls still stand strong!

Working with the community, many local writers/bloggers, and Myrtle Development to get the word out on this event.
The idea is not for another "movie theater," but possibly a link to the past, in form of glorious Performing arts theater.
With great room for community involvement,
and independent features.
I also see a silver screen, for special features. Such as "One Night Only' showing; like "West Side Story" or "A Christmas Story".

The Ridgewood Social Blog
 Queens Ridgewood Times Blog

What's The Plan?
This project is a love note to the Ridgewood, Queens community.
The $20,000 we are raising is to Increase publicity of our campaign and strengthen resources.
This amount might seem like a lot but think of TEAMWORK.

Ridgewood: ~70,000
Brooklyn: ~3,000,000
Queens: ~2,500,000
New York: ~8,500,000

So for one, or two, the amount might seem like a lot.
But if 1 Ridgewood resident alone donated $1, we would be way over Goal! 

In order for investors to take us seriously, we have to show them we mean business.
I always speak in a positive term, and I know this can be pulled off...
But if they decide to move forward, the money will be put back into the community. Such as the festivals, and schools.
Until funding increases, and we can start the REBUILDING OF RIDGEWOOD THEATER

Call To Action 
So this is a Roll call for those who love Ridgewood Theater, NYC, or the Arts!
We need all hands on deck;

We can't lose a great piece of History, to another unnecessary Mall...

Any SHARES of this are greatly appreciated!

All donations are welcomed, even that powerful $1!

Let's come together and keep an important piece of NYC right where it belongs; and where it will stay for many more years! 

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Update 16
Posted by Anthony Arroyo
15 months ago
New Article on Ridgewood Theater Coming Very Soon! #WeHeartRT
Original Plans of Lamb
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Update 15
Posted by Anthony Arroyo
16 months ago
Had So Much Fun Today at The Myrtle Ave Street Festival! Great Meeting with Supporters!
Ridgewood Facade
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Update 14
Posted by Anthony Arroyo
16 months ago
I Started an "Ask Me Anything" for The Theater... So Many Great Questions Were Asked!
Thank you
We Can Save The Ridgewood Theater
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Update 13
Posted by Anthony Arroyo
16 months ago
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