From the Daily News:
The Ridgewood Theatre, once the longest continuously operated moviehouse in the country, may have run its final flick.
The Myrtle Ave. landmark - shuttered in 2008 and now being sold - has garnered just a few potential buyers who want to show films again, according to several sources close to the negotiations.
In fact, the theater's auditorium has deteriorated so much that restoration costs may exceed $25 million, said Ted Renz, executive director of the Myrtle Ave. Business Improvement District.
Locals who have been allowed inside the Ridgewood in recent months described an unsalvageable mess with half-collapsing ceilings and busted statues.
"It's all gone," said Paul Kerzner of the Ridgewood Local Development Corp. "There's absolutely nothing left. What you got left is the facade, and you got the lobby and the staircase."
The city designated the Beaux-Arts theater as a landmark in January, crediting the Daily News for "crusading" reports that had alerted city officials to the structure.
But landmarking protects only the ornate exterior of the theater, which was designed by renowned architect Thomas Lamb and welcomed its first customers in 1916.
Sources said that the lobby and staircase, which remain in good condition, are slated to be incorporated in any plans for the site.
But the auditorium, which originally offered films and vaudeville acts for crowds of 2,500, will likely be gutted due to its poor state.
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