Parthenon Theatre

329 Wyckoff Avenue,
Ridgewood, NY 11385

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Previously operated by: Fox Circuit, Randforce Amusement Corp.

Architects: Harry A. Yarish

Functions: Drugstore, Gymnasium

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Parthenon Theatre

Located in the Ridgewood section of Queens. The Parthenon Theatre was a neighborhood house a few blocks away from the RKO Madison Theatre and the Ridgewood Theatre. It opened February 25, 1921 with Priscilla Dean in “Outside the Law”. Seating was provided for 1,600. In later years it played move-overs from the nearby Ridgewood Theatre and Madison Theatre, and mostly sub-run double bills.

For many years after closing it was occupied by a bingo hall and a supermarket. In 2012, renovations were carried out and it was converted into a gymnasium and a CVS.

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Recent comments (view all 251 comments)

Bway on August 27, 2013 at 12:14 pm

There is also a CVS on the site now.

johndereszewski on December 17, 2013 at 1:06 pm

Ken, thanks for posting the picture of the current configuration. I guess the only thing that reminds one of the old Parthenon is the pointed roof that still – and barely – projects itself outward.

Still, this is an improvement over the dreary old bingo hall.

johndereszewski on December 28, 2013 at 7:31 am

Recently, Ridgewood Ken posted a terrific ad telling us what the Parthenon was presenting during the week of June 7 1925 – or just shortly after the theater “moved” into Queens. Just go into the photo section and enjoy.

johndereszewski on May 18, 2015 at 4:56 am

The local papers have now announced that – believe it or not – a Starbucks will open at this location. This will make it the first Starbucks to open in either Ridgewood or Bushwick.

dallasmovietheaters on January 8, 2016 at 3:46 am

Grand opening shot of the Hermon Weingarten Parthenon on February 26, 1921 in photos section. The $300,000 complex opened with 1,600 seats and Type S Simplex projectors

johndereszewski on January 8, 2016 at 4:43 am

Thanks so much for posting the three photos from 1921. They are certainly worth a look – and the Parthenon was still in Brooklyn!

cinsal47 on February 6, 2016 at 5:26 pm

I grew up in Ridgewood. We would go to the Parthenon on Saturday mornings for 26 cents. For that we would get 25 cartoons (and we would count them!), two features and a serial. Not to mention a free small bag of popcorn. And our mother would get a great baby sitter. We would raise hell in there. Drive the “matrons” crazy. Throw things. Run around playing tag or hide-and-seek. Make lots of funny noises. A real kids' paradise! “I wish, I wish, I wish in vain That we could sit simply in that room again Ten thousand dollars at the drop of a hat I’d give it all gladly if our lives could be like that” -Dylan

Panzer65 on August 5, 2017 at 6:02 am

Just like the Madison, if you look close enough you can find theater remnants.

Moondog on December 19, 2017 at 9:15 pm

I remember waiting for the Daily News Evening Edition on that corner newsstand. There was always a guy working there with crutches.

Texas2step on April 23, 2018 at 5:25 pm

Actually, this one opened on February 25, 1921. The feature film was “Outside The Law” with Priscilla Dean.

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