Queen Anne Theatre in New Jersey?

posted by howell on January 26, 2005 at 10:28 am

HACKENSACK, NJ — Does anyone know about a historic theatre near Hackensack called the Queen Anne Theatre?

It is located right next to Route 80 and is visible from there. It is a reddish brick building with the named facing the highway. It also has a flyloft in the back. It looks like it is no longer in use from the stores in the front and the windows look real shabby.

I could not find a listing for it and wondered if anyone knew about its history.

Comments (8)

chconnol
chconnol on January 26, 2005 at 11:19 am

WOW! I was wondering the other day why that theater isn’t on here. You can clearly see the theater from Route 80. I, too, would like to know more about the place.

Thanks for posting this!

BobFurmanek
BobFurmanek on January 26, 2005 at 12:23 pm

The Queen Anne Theater is in Bogota, New Jersey. It’s been closed for many years. I think the last time it was open was in the mid-80’s when it was a porno theater. I’ve never been inside, but I know that some light fixtures were taken out at some point, so it may have been stripped of salvageable materials.

chconnol
chconnol on January 26, 2005 at 3:59 pm

Must’ve been a nice theater. From the interstate, you can see it was quite large.

lillia
lillia on January 26, 2005 at 4:34 pm

I was inside the theatre in the mid 80’s. The landlord wanted to sell the seats. The interior was in an egyptian motif with sphinxes and egyptian figures on the walls, light fixtures and the end legs of the seats. The owner planned to turn it into a shooting range? He told me that people no longer came to the theatre because there was no available parking. I’ve always wondered what happened to the place. The interior was fascinating.

howell
howell on January 26, 2005 at 5:01 pm

Hey thanks for the comments, I cant believe I got such a quick response, thats awesome. I am going to cruise over there soon and investigate further. When I get some more info I will def post it. The fact that it was done in Egptian style design is fascinating to me. Thanks for the decription, its funny how owners consider the possible uses of grand theatres like that. The facade looks in good shape too and I will take some photos as well.

howell
howell on January 26, 2005 at 5:28 pm

Oh yeah, I also noticed the roof looks like it is different, like a vaulted style that seems to form an angle at the top. Wonder if it had a dome ceiling inside ?

chconnol
chconnol on January 27, 2005 at 8:13 am

What I found interesting about the theater is that it’s kind “off-the-beaten-path” for such a large theater. It’s no where near Route 4 or any major roadway. When it was built (had to be before 1930…just a guess though..) Interstate 80 was years away.

lmb100
lmb100 on March 13, 2005 at 9:01 pm

I was a theatre manager for years and have walked around that building several times trying to get in. I would love to see the decor. Surely it could be used again as a place of assembly – theatres should not be shooting ranges. It is in Bogota and there is a school parking lot close by.

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