End of an era: Ridgewood's historic Warner Theater to close its doors
The historic Warner Theater in downtown Ridgewood is set to shut down movie operations and officially close on Sunday.
From local historians to town politicians, to residents and workers at the theater, many are sad to see it come to an end.
The theater originally opened back in June 1932 as a single screen movie theater before it upgraded to four screens. Its premiere film was "The Dark Horse" starring Bette Davis.
It was in 2013 when the group Bow Tie partners, purchased the theater.
The theater said the COVID-19 pandemic caused numerous changes to the movie theater business, especially at older venues. Ultimately, it said the business is no longer viable in Ridgewood.
The mayor said the goal will be now to eventually redevelop the theater back to a single auditorium and transform it into a performing arts center of sorts. Officials said it’s in the very early stages, but that is the ultimate goal. It’s leaving residents somewhat encouraged.
The final showing at the theater will be the musical remake of the 2004 film "Mean Girls" at 7:45 p.m.