email: roadarch@outlook.com

New Jersey Movie Theatres

(hit "refresh" to get the most recent version of this page; click on photos for larger images)

Paramount Theatre
Asbury Park, NJ
The Paramount Theatre opened in 1930 with films and live performances. There was a major renovation in 2007 and the theatre is now used mainly for concerts. The theatre is connected to the Convention Hall by an arcade. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2. [map]

Baronet Theatre [gone]
Asbury Park, NJ
The Baronet Theatre opened in 1913 as a vaudeville house known as the Ocean Theatre. It was renovated in 1953 and featured art films in the 1960s. However, it closed in the late 1970s. The theatre closed around 2007. In 2009, the roof caved in. The theatre was demolished in 2010. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2.

Boonton Theatres:
Darress Theatre

Collingswood Theatre
Collingswood, NJ
The Collingswood Theatre was built in 1928 for a half million dollars. It closed in 1962 and, by the early 1970s, it was converted into retail use. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. For more, see this website. [map]

Ritz Theatre
Elizabeth, NJ
Stanley Theatre
Jersey City, NJ
The Ritz Theatre was built in 1865 as the Drake Opera House. In 1926, it became a vaudeville and movie theatre. In the 1980s, the theatre was almost demolished. In 1994, it was restored as a performing arts center. For more, see this website. [map]

The Stanley Theatre is just down the block from the Loew's Jersey Theatre. The Stanley opened in 1928 and closed in 1978. It is now used by the Jehovah's Witnesses as an assembly hall. Tours of the atmospheric theatre are available and include a demonstration of the cloud machine. The huge marquee is made of copper. For more, see these websites: 1, 2, 3, and 4. [map]

Loew's Jersey Theatre
Jersey City, NJ
Loew's Jersey Theatre is a elaborate, baroque style theatre designed by Rapp and Rapp in 1929. It was one of the state's biggest theatres and cost $2 million to build at the time. In 1974, the main auditorium was triplexed - the lower level divided down the middle and the balcony becoming a separate theatre. Luckily, minimal damage was done at this point. The theatre closed in 1986 and developers considered turning it into an office building or demolishing it. In 1993, the City bought the building and volunteers have been hard at work ever since. Currently, the theatre hosts weddings, stage productions, and film festivals while restoration continues. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2. [map]

Strand Theatre
Ocean City, NJ
Surf Theatre
Ocean City, NJ
The Strand Theatre is located on the Boardwalk. It replaced the original Strand that burned down in 1937. The new Strand opened in 1938 with seating for 1,450 patrons. Except for the addition of a candy stand, the building remained unchanged for 50 years. But when the theater was sold in 1989, it was divided into five small-screen theatres with none of the original details. At least its circular box office and marquee are still untouched. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2. [map]

The Surf Theatre is also located on the Boardwalk. It opened in 1929 as a vaudeville theater and added movies later. The Surf closed in the early 1980s and is now used as a shopping complex. For more, see this website.

Paulsboro Theatres:
Hill Theatre: 1, 2

Broadway Theatre
Pitman, NJ
The Broadway Theatre opened in 1926 and has been in continuous operation since then. For more, see these websites: 1, 2, and 3. [map]

Rahway Theatres:
Rahway Theatre (now Union County Arts Center): 1, 2

Harbor Theatre
Stone Harbor, NJ
The Harbor Theatre opened in 1949. It originally had a huge tower behind the curved marquee. The theatre is now a five-plex. For more, see this website. [map]

Landis Theatre
Vineland, NJ
2004:
2009:
2012:
TheLandis Theatre was designed by William H. Lee and opened in 1937. The marquee was composed of over 800 bulbs and nearly a mile of red and blue neon tubing. The theatre closed in 1987 and the building was threatened with demolition. In 2008, restoration work began. It reopened in 2010 as a performing arts center. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2. [map]

Various New Jersey Theatres — Books:
South Jersey Movie Houses

Theatres
Main Page

RoadsideArchitecture.com  
Copyright. All photos at this website are copyrighted and may only be used with my consent. This includes posting them at Facebook, Pinterest, blogs, other websites, personal use, etc.

Tips & Updates. If you have suggestions about places that I haven't covered, historical info, or updates about places/things that have been remodeled or removed, I'd love to hear from you: roadarch@outlook.com.