RKO Proctor's Theatre

116 Market Street,
Newark, NJ 07102

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LugosiResearch
LugosiResearch on December 29, 2012 at 6:31 pm

On Tuesday 20 February 1951, Bela “Dracula” Lugosi presented his in person Horror and Magic Stage show at RKO Proctor’s Palace. Currently I am conducting research on all things Lugosi; if anyone out there actually saw this show and/or has memorabilia (poster, handbill, photos) related to this show, please contact Bill at Thanks in advance for any assistance!

Tinseltoes
Tinseltoes on August 14, 2012 at 1:31 pm

Described in the center columns of this two-page 1916 trade article: archive

BobFurmanek
BobFurmanek on March 6, 2012 at 12:19 pm

I just added a two part article on the photo page about the opening of this grand theater.

Matt Lambros
Matt Lambros on August 16, 2011 at 7:46 am

Thanks so much Ed! I’m humbled by your high praise. I hope I continue to live up to your kind words in all my future projects.

Ed Solero
Ed Solero on August 16, 2011 at 7:29 am

I’m constantly amazed at the photographic documentation Matt Lambros has been able to assemble on his website. Are you the photographer, Matt? Your work is fantastic on several levels, not the least of which includes gaining access to the nooks and crannies of these buildings and the impeccable quality of the images. So glad you are sharing these efforts with Cinema Treasures. Terrific job!

Gaspar
Gaspar on July 31, 2011 at 9:23 pm

Newyork5700 have u gone in the theater and how did u get it ? I might be able to get u in for a few but I need details on how u go in..

Matt Lambros
Matt Lambros on March 31, 2011 at 11:12 am

And here’s a blog posting with recent pictures of the Proctor’s Palace Roof Theatre/Penthouse Theatre

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Matt Lambros
Matt Lambros on March 23, 2011 at 9:23 am

Here’s a blog posting and some recent pictures of the Proctor’s Theatre

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Tinseltoes
Tinseltoes on December 5, 2010 at 9:27 am

On this day in 1961, the Penthouse Cinema, advertised as “Something New in Newark Atop RKO Proctor’s,” was in its final day of “Carry On Nurse” and “Carry On Sergeant.” Opening the next day were two acclaimed Ingmar Bergman dramas, “Wild Strawberries” and “The Magician,” both shown with the Swedish dialogue dubbed into English.

spectrum
spectrum on December 4, 2010 at 9:59 pm

From the google aerial photos the roof looks in very bad shape. If someone’s going to do something to save the building they better do it soon!

enablex
enablex on June 12, 2010 at 8:30 am

I am very interested in this and would like to speak with you about it, I have called and called the owners but they are korean and arabic I believe and I think some people have gone in there and made them mad they are not as interested, I am wanting to do a sweeping and comprehensive survey of all the closed theaters in newark.

newyork5700
newyork5700 on February 2, 2010 at 10:03 am

Hi I have some semi good news about this theatre. Today I found out who owns it and the address to write them. I know it is not very much. But I would like to contact them and see if they would like to sell it and if they do maybe the city of Newark can buy it and make it a landmark or we can all take shares and buy it together. But I really feel we can do something with this theatre. We should make a petition as well. What do you all think? Maybe we can all meet with the owner on a set day and discuss it. I also have the number to the ecocomic development department for the city of Newark and maybe they can help us as well. I also found out the Adam’s and the Paramount are both owned by private owners and I have the addresses for contact information. Anyone interested in helping me with doing some kind of action with this theatre please e-mail me. My name is Kris. I know we can restore this theatre to it’s former self together as a team. I am only 31 years old but I have a huge heart and love for old theatres. I live in Staten Island but this theatre is so amazing we cannot let it go.

newyork5700
newyork5700 on January 31, 2010 at 6:01 am

I also have another question. Does the city of Newark have any interest in declaring this theatre a landmark? Has anyone tried to talk with the city on this? Which office would handle this? City council? I am from Staten Island,NY but I really want to see this theatre open again it cannot go to the waste side or be destroyed. I know we can all do this together everyone! Who is the current owner? Also what ever happened to the lobby when it was destroyed to put a store in? The marquee must still be there? It said it was covered? But what happened to the vetical? When did RKO go out of business all together? Thank you so much everyone.:)

newyork5700
newyork5700 on January 30, 2010 at 1:48 pm

Does anyone know who owns this theatre now? And is it up for sale? I really think this theatre must be saved we cannot let this one go folks. Maybe if some of us all chip in we can purhcase it and form a group of owners. Has anyone been in the theatre recently? Are dressing rooms still intact? Also what else is intact? Is the main curtain intact? How much water damage is there? I also noticed some of the seating was no longer there in the back of the first floor. Which real estate company is this with and is it a private owner or a group? I am a huge huge fan of old vaudville theatres and I know they can come back. I know the area has changed and that is a huge problem but maybe the areas can be changed and wealthy people will move in little by little.

LuisV
LuisV on September 25, 2009 at 8:24 am

What a spectacular photo! What a shame. Ironically, this theater still exists in decay because the area around it is still a shambles. The key question is will the area improve enough to draw redevelopment before the theater reaches a point of no return.

silverscreens
silverscreens on May 26, 2009 at 4:34 pm

A nice but really depressing recent view from the auditorium (that picture was displayed in a gallery in Paris last year):
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BobFurmanek
BobFurmanek on August 20, 2008 at 9:44 am

Boy, imagine that 1986 decay with another 22 years of water damage. There’s probably nothing left!

Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on August 20, 2008 at 9:39 am

Here are new links to previously posted images of the audtiorium in its prime and in decay:
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LuisV
LuisV on July 13, 2008 at 2:55 pm

Based on reading the threads of the Adams, The Paramount and Proctor’s it would appear that The Paramount is best positioned to be the one of the three to have the best (though apparently slim) chance of being saved. Proctors appears to be on the verge of collapse and the Adams is the furthest away from Penn Station.

I believe that Newark will be in a position to restore one of these theaters in the near future as its fortunes improve, but I’m afraid the effort will be too little, too late as all of these theaters appear to be reaching the point of no return.

neilkristian
neilkristian on May 1, 2008 at 8:46 am

Fun piece of trivia:

Did you know that LeRoi Jones/Amiri Baraka’s play A BLACK MASS premiered at Proctor’s Theatre in May, 1966? It was, I suppose, a sort of homecoming for Jones who had had several successes in New York City the previous two years—most notably including DUTCHMAN in 1964.

peconicstation
peconicstation on November 15, 2007 at 10:47 am

I remember Proctors from it’s final years as a Full Time Movie House, when I saw the Jerry lewis classic, Whose Minding The Store there, to the time in the early 1970’s when it was used for “Special Events” only, like Boxing Telecasts (in the days before Cable) and school programs.

Proctors, along with downtowns 2 other closed, but still standing movie palaces, The Adams, and the Newark-Paramount are all within a VERY short walk of the new Prudential Center Arena.
Perhaps NOW, one of them can be rescued.

Ken

BobFurmanek
BobFurmanek on July 18, 2007 at 10:57 am

Plus the Adams theater (formerly the Shubert) sits vacant just around the block. Lots of history at that place, going back to the 20’s. There’s also the Paramount just up Market Street.

Unfortunately, the City sinks all of their arts money into the new Performing Arts Center and neglects the decaying palaces.