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Queens' Landmark Ridgewood Theater Becoming Supermarket

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After several attempts at a sale, the landmark Ridgewood Theater near the Brooklyn/Queens border has found its next act: a supermarket. Tony Guzman has purchased the building to turn it into an Associated supermarket that will probably open in about six months, the Daily News reports. This after the most recent purchaser, Tony Montalbano, failed to find someone willing to keep the place running as a movie theater and considered transforming it into everything from condos to a laundromat. So will the frozen food aisle replace the lobby's grand staircase? Not if the Rego-Forest Preservation Council has anything to say about it. The group is once again calling for the theater's interior to be landmarked and asking the new owner to lease at least two floors as arts and performance spaces. At least it'll be easy to get popcorn while watching the shows?
· Pre-World War II movie theatre in Ridgewood to hawk food over films [NYDN]
· Ridgewood Theatre Supermarket? [Rego-Forest Preservation Council [RFPC]
· Ridgewood Theater coverage [Curbed]