New attitude for saving South Jersey theaters

posted by Michael Zoldessy on May 13, 2009 at 7:44 am

The tide is turning for the mood of saving old theaters in South New Jersey.

South Jersey developers have found that old movie houses in disrepair can make great locations for new pharmacies. The iconic Harwan Theatre in Mount Ephraim became a Walgreen’s. The Century Theater in Audubon became an Eckerd Drug.

But now volunteer groups are trying to rescue some of the remaining theaters.

Neighbors Celebrating the Westmont is dedicated to saving the 1,300-seat Westmont Theatre, in Haddon Township, Camden County, where a young Steven Spielberg once sat mesmerized by the silver screen and Dustin Hoffman sat in disguise to gauge audience reaction to “Kramer vs. Kramer.”

Read more in the Philadelphia Daily News.

Comments (10)

danpetitpas on May 13, 2009 at 8:12 am

That happened about 10 years ago in Boston too. The Paris theater in the Back Bay was stripped to its steel I-beams and turned into a CVS! I guess there’s something about the high ceilings and big open space of theaters that they’re drawn to.

markp on May 13, 2009 at 9:07 am

What about the old theatres along the South Jersey shore?? Ventnor, Wildwood ( where so many have already been demolished ) Cape May ??

MPol on May 13, 2009 at 9:47 am

So……instead of restoring great, venerable old movie palace theatres to their former glory for movies/performances,. etc., they raze them or gut them in order to make them into pharmacies because it’s cheaper??!? This is so sad.

Ron Newman
Ron Newman on May 13, 2009 at 11:54 am

Slight correction: the Paris theatre in Boston was turned into a Walgreens.

nerwall16 on May 13, 2009 at 5:20 pm

pitman did aay with films to add more childrens plays, but when you dont book films people want to see then put them at times people are not home from work how are you to make money

ventnor just sits rotting, wildwood is open but why bother and cape may is far from the theater i run now and the town doesnt respect it…who knows

markp on May 13, 2009 at 7:58 pm

So Newt, am I to understand that you now work for the theatre in Cape May?

kencmcintyre on May 13, 2009 at 8:44 pm

Too late for Atlantic City-all gone.

nerwall16 on May 14, 2009 at 9:54 am

no i am gm in stone harbor at the 5, but same company

markp on May 15, 2009 at 5:02 am

In response to ken mc…too late for many of the shore communities, Asbury Park, Seaside, Point Pleasant, AC as you mentioned, its a sin how they were all destroyed.
And to newt wallen…if my wife and I manage to scrape together enough to take a vacation, perhaps we will stop by the stone harbor 5 and finally meet you.

nerwall16 on May 15, 2009 at 12:37 pm

ill be here and i love nothing more then to show people around these cool old buildings (which isnt as impressive as pitman) and talk movies.

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