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The building still exists. From street level photos, it looks like a late 1920s construction – typical neighborhood theatre. The marquee is wrapped with a banner proclaiming “Our Lady of Sorrows Church” with a street number of 654. But there is painted plywood across the entrance with padlocks. Looks like the church has closed down or moved, but the building is still intact, and presumably also the interior.
Last time i checked, the cinema portion of this shop[ping center was still boarded up.
According to their website, even they do not know what happened to the organ. They estimate conservatively they draw 90,000 patrons per year.
Re-opened. Jesus Christ Superstar opens April 1, 2010!
New official website is:
Actually the Parkway Twin, which was opened by AMC in Kansas City in 1962 was their first multiplex. But this was certainly one of the earliest.
Looking through Google Maps, I followed the entire course of Millpond Parkway (it’s fairly short, running parallel to the main street). I did not see any building which resembled a older cinema, however at the corner of Millpond and Smith Field Court (Just south of the Free Library) is a building labeled Monroe Cinema. No street view available here but from the air it appears to be a modern building, quite new. Perhaps they demolished the old theater and put up a new multiplex recently.
Address should read Lakes St (not Lake St). From Google maps, it’s rather confusing. Going east through downtown you pass by #18, then #20, then #15, then #21 and #23. Between 21 and 23 is early 1950s vintage 1 floor retail buildings. Around #20, is a small building saying (Town of Monroe, John DeAngelis Hall) which looks too small to be a former cinema. Across the street are a couple larger buildings, one of which from the air looks like a former cinema. It’s dark red brick, currently retail. Not sure which was the former Colonial Theatre.
Here is a direct link to the Victory Theatre article in the Valley Advocate:
Here is a direct link to their 360 degree photo tours:
The Aztec is now open! The website listed in the description is active once again.
Starting February 22, 2010 the Aztec is presenting the “Rose Hill Live Show”, a two hour concert of traditional country, western swing and gospel music. The show is running Fridays through Sundays through at least July 2010.
Here is a webpage with some wonderful interior shots of the Stanley theater showing the renovation done by the Newark Gospel Tabernacle. Shows both lobbies and auditorium. This theatre may have served as an inspiration for Fred Wentworth when he designed the Stanley in Jersey City – the auditoriums are remarkably similar, although the Newark Stanley has a fully atmospheric lobby. The building looks in excellent shape!
Their webpage listed above appears to be down.
Here’s a corrected link to the photos at the Conrad Schmitt studios. Some great before and after restoration photos!
From the website listed above in the 1st comment, the Carrolton is now a banquet hall. It appears it is now back in business after Katrina. Looks quite nice inside and I can see the shape of the original auditorium. Nice decor, almost better than when it was a cinema.
There’s a whole bunch (48 total) of interior photos of the Victory at Rambling VanDog’s Flicker site:
Here’s a corrected, direct link to the video tour of the new Paramount:
Sorry, here’s the third one:
And as a bonus: a ten minute scene from the original “Phantom of the Opera”
To get an idea of how a silent film sounds with excellent organ accompaniment, check out these recent Youtube videos of a 1926 film “The winning of Barbara Worth” with magnificent organ accompaniment by Bernie Anderson – real original silent film-type music!
This was recorded during a showing at the Bound Brook theater in September 2009.
That’s over 20 minutes of film and organ bliss!
There are some wonderful clips on youtube of a 1926 film “The winning of Barbara Worth” with magnificent organ accompaniment by Bernie Anderson – real original silent film-type music!
A large highrise stands at this address. Theatre looks to be demolished.
Looks to be demolished. From the Google aerial photos I see a gas station at that address.
From the google aerial photos, the Palace Drugs building is clearly too small to have been a 1,000- seat theater. Also, Palace Drugs is 172 Newark Ave. It’s possible that the low one-floor building to the right of Palace Drugs was where the entrance/lobby was for the Palace Theatre. It would be a fairly long lobby leading back to where there is now a parking lot. Looks like this theater is probably demolished.
Back in November 2008 I was treated to a wonderful tour of the Stanley theatre as a featured part of the â€œWonder Weekendâ€ celebration at the Loewâ€\s Jersey Theatre across the street. About 150 participants were given a thorough tour of the Stanley and it really is as amazing as people have said in the posts above. They did a fantastic job of restoring the theatre, and the tourguides were very friendly and informative. I would encourage anyone attending an event at the Loewâ€\s Jersey to make time in their schedule for a tour of the Stanley as well. There are few places where two top-class movie palaces are located literally across the street from each other. We were able to learn a lot about the history of the theater and restoration, and the witnesses were able to learn a lot more about the theatre history from the â€œwonder weekendâ€ attendees. A couple of the volunteers then came over to enjoy Ralph Ringstadâ€\s concert at the Loewâ€\s!
I did find a few new pieces of information:
The staff of the Assembly hall is very interested in hearing from people with information about the history of the theatre, and peopleâ€\s memories of it – email them at
The big patch in the ceiling above the proscenium arch covers the main speaker system. It is color-matched very well to the ceiling plaster so when youâ€\re actually standing there it doesnâ€\t look too obtrusive.
When the Jehovahâ€\s Witnesses bought the theater, the big lobby murals were deteriorated beyond repair, and a couple were completely missing; hence their replacement with new murals reflecting a more religious them. They are gorgeous!
They no longer offer hot chocolate or iced tea after the tours, but they will give you a beautiful packet of a dozen color postcards of the theater, mostly of the wonderful interiors. Also the free tours now need to be arranged in advance – contact them at
ORGAN INFO! The Stanleyâ€\s Mighty WurliTzer (Opus 1836, type SP-3M, 3 manuals, 27 ranks) was sold off in the early 1970s, and in 1973 was installed in the home of Dick Loderhose in Jamaica, Queens. It was subsequently sold to Ron Walls and installed at the Roaring 20â€\s Pizza in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and later installed in its current home, the Meijer Theatre at the Van Andel City Museum in Grand Rapids. There it entertains a steady stream of local school groups who attend their popular â€œstorytime with the organâ€ presentations, offered weekly on Mondays, and the second Friday of the month. These 35 minute programs include live thematic readings, accompanied by projected images and musical accompaniment on the organ, followed by an explanation of the workings of the pipes. The organ is also used for periodic concerts and is available for weddings. Photo of the console can be found at http://www.grmuseum.org/host/pricing (click on Meijer theater). Itâ€\s great to see the organ is being used so extensively! During these many moves, the Solo String and Solo String Cello were sold and installed onto Opus 2006 in Berkeley, CA, and the 15â€ Diaphonic Diapason were installed on a privately owned organ in Detroit, MI.
The CR-ATOS website has more updates on the organs. Consoles for both the Paramount and Theatre Cedar Rapids organs were damaged “beyond repair” and the soplor chamber of the Barton received heavy water damage. CR-ATOS and Cedar Rapids Barton inc. are working together on restoration and conservation the Barton at theatre Cedar Rapids, which will include a replica of the original console. The city of Cedar Rapids recently approved a restoration plan for the Paramount and in early 2010 planning efforts will begin for the restoration of the Paramount Wurlitzer and replication of the console.
The renovation of the Theatre Cedar Rapids and the Barton has already commenced, and is scheduled for completion by spring 2011.
Here is a photo of the partly submerged console of the Barton at the Theatre Cedar Rapids:
Here is a photo of the toppled console of the Paramount Wurlitzer:
A more detailed set of articles on the restoration progress of both theatres and organs with more photos and updates can be found at the main CR-atos page: http://www.cr-atos.org/
The above listed YouTube video is a loving tribute to the Stanley – an extended slide show with lots of photos – especially closeups of the ornamental details. Here are some other Youtube Videos of the Stanley:
(post-restoration photos – same as the link above)
(narrative and restoration photos)
(nine minute video tour)