Owners seek partners for city landmark Ridgewood Theatre
BY DANIEL EDWARD ROSEN
DAILY NEWS WRITER
Friday, April 9th 2010, 4:00 AM
They may have a landmark on their hands, but it’s a quandary what to do with it.
The owners of the Ridgewood Theatre, the storied Queens movie house that was designated a landmark by the city Landmarks Preservation Commission in January, are still looking for partners to help transform the structure into an operational space, said community boosters.
But real estate agent Tony Montalbano, one of the owners, conceded that he is unsure how the situation will play out.
“We don’t know which way we’re going,” he said, declining to comment further on possible plans for the 17,000-square-foot space.
Longtime supporters of landmarking the space say they would like to see the 2,500-seat theater transformed into a dual movie theater/retail space.
“That would be a win-win,” said Michael Perlman of the Rego-Forest Preservation Council.