Ridgewood Theatre, then (left) and now
The Ridgewood Theatre, which was the country’s oldest continuously operating movie house until its closure a year ago, will reopen in July. The Landmarks Preservation Commission held a hearing yesterday on whether to give the exterior of the building, at 55-27 Myrtle Avenue, landmark status, and a vote is planned for sometime this year. In its upcoming incarnation, the building, which was opened in 1916, will have a three-screen cinema on the upper level and retail on the first floor. Mario Saggese, co-owner of the theater, told the commission he would not oppose the landmark designation as long as it applied only to the exterior of the building.