The Ridgewood Theater. — Photo by Michael Perlman
In addition to the Gates-Palmetto Mathews flats and the Ulmer Brewery complex on Beaver, the ornate limestone and terra cotta façade of the Ridgewood Theater may be added to the growing list of Greater Bushwick structures up for historic landmark consideration.
A hearing is scheduled for next Tuesday [pdf] to determine if the Landmarks Commission should further consider the theater for Individual Historic Landmark status. A petition is being circulated to convince the Commission of the theater’s importance to the community.
The theater opened in 1916, and for generations served Bushwick and Ridgewood. “It is believed to be one of the oldest continuously operated theaters in the country, having never closed for renovations during its 89-year run.” It closed almost exactly one year ago.