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Treasures found amid ruins of old historic Ridgewood Theater during clutter removal estimate
by TrashitMan

The article quoted below, about Dimola Bros (The Trash it Man), was just posted this morning on the Daily News, New York.

Nick Dimola, owner of Trash it Man, often gets called out on unique job sites to make an offer for clutter removal services. Sometimes it is a simple matter of cleaning out a single room. Sometimes Nick gets called to clean out an entire estate after a death in the family or downsizing of posessions. But sometimes there is a little jewel found in the trash, like the old Ridgewood Theater, Queens New York.

The Trash it Man team is called out to quote a cleanout job in an ancient movie theater

The Trash it Man team is called out to quote a cleanout job in an ancient movie theater

Some of the items he found date way back to the origins of the movie theater such as this old movie projector which dates back to the opening of the theater itself in 1917. Such a find is a rare treasure indeed. This was an original oil cooled movie projector, one of the first in America.

Found this ancient movie projector from 1917 during a building cleanout quote

Found this ancient movie projector from 1917 during a building cleanout quote

Often the Trash it Man team is called to clean out old buildings, businesses and even historic sites such as this one. We do full house cleanouts or just clean out the garage if needed. Nick saves and preserves treasures that he finds in the trash, instead of leaving them to the crusher. He loves to share his treasures with the world through his blogging and personal museum. Rather than taking everything blindly to the landfill, Nick sorts and saves anything of value during a house or estate clean out job and keeps it from being destroyed. With time, people just want to simplify their lives and part with all the rubbish without turning back. This is understandable and why the Trash it Man is here. We help you clean out unwanted waste from your room. The TrashitMan works discretely and offers express cleanout service to all of our clients.

Here is the article from the Daily News.


The nation’s oldest continuously operated movie theater – now shuttered for two years – may offer more historic treasures than originally thought, the Daily News has learned.

Exclusive photographs obtained by The News show that the historic Ridgewood Theatre, though largely deteriorated, still bears gems from its heyday, from an aging projector to wooden armrests.

Snapped by a local rubbish remover, the images offer a rare glimpse inside the Myrtle Ave. mainstay, whose interior condition has been largely unknown since it closed in 2008.

The News first reported last month that the theater is set to be transformed into an Associated supermarket next year.

The photos show much of the theater is beyond saving, but some carvings, seats and other aspects seem intact. That could lead to new concerns about preserving the Ridgewood or rescuing artifacts.

“There’s little, tiny things that are lying around,” said rubbish remover Nick DiMola, who snapped the pictures when called to estimate cleanup costs in July.

The city declared the Beaux-Arts structure a landmark in January, crediting The News for alerting city officials to the site.

Landmarking bars major alterations on the facade, but the protective status does not extend to the interior.

It’s unclear how Associated will renovate the five-screen theater. Max Figueredo, a lawyer for the new owners, said he did not know their plans.

Preservationists applied for interior landmark status in 2008, but the city is “very selective” with interior landmarks, designating only 110, said Lisi de Bourbon, a spokeswoman for the Landmarks Preservation Commission.

Queens boasts only a handful of interior landmarks, which must be regularly open to the public, including the RKO Keith’s movie theater in Flushing and the Marine Air Terminal at LaGuardia Airport.

DiMola said he will post all his photos within the next week on his blog, WeLoveGarbage.wordpress.com.

Ted Renz of the Myrtle Ave. Business Improvement District said he hopes the theater would be adaptively reused, but added that option may not be economically viable.

“There are artifacts particularly in the lobby that are still intact, but I don’t know the cost that would be involved,” Renz said.

Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/ny_local/queens/2010/12/08/2010-12-08_movie_house_relics_treasure_amid_ridgewood_ruins.html#ixzz17Wvih5Fd

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