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cinsal47 commented about RKO Madison Theatre on Feb 6, 2016 at 8:54 pm

The manager of the RKO Madison in my day (50’s-early 60’s) was a school mate, Paulette Polina’s father. This made Paulette special not to mention she was really cute with this great beauty mark and her initials, P.P., also got a lot of attention from silly kids. It was a magnificently beautiful theater. Huge! Two balconies! They wouldn’t let us kids sit up there…Wonder why?…It had a fantastic wide “CinemaScope” screen. I saw the five Oscar winning (Best Cinematography, Art Direction, Costume Design, Original Score, Adapted Screenplay)DOCTOR ZHIVAGO there, and it remains my favorite all-time movie. I sure would love to see a movie like STAR WARS on a screen like that! It was the most expensive of the three theaters in Ridgewood. And there was no misbehaving in there- they would literally throw your ass out! There was a great Chinese restaurant next door. As a young adult after a fraternity party, we would got there late at night and have chicken chow mien. And we’d get a free scope of ice cream! Ridgewood was a great place to live and grow up in with its three great movie theaters.

cinsal47 commented about Parthenon Theatre on Feb 6, 2016 at 8:26 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