Warren Theatre

2015 Boardwalk,
Atlantic City, NJ 08401

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VincentParisi
VincentParisi on January 20, 2005 at 8:42 am

Does anybody know how much of the auditorium was retained when it was a bowling alley? I remember seeing a photo somewhere of Frankie and Annette at the opening holding a bowling ball.

veyoung52
veyoung52 on November 27, 2004 at 8:02 pm

If these pictures were taken recently, then this is a replica of the exterior. The entire frontage along the famed AC Boardwalk at Arkansas Ave. is a faux, and is now a wall of Bally’s Wild Wild West casino. In the 1959 or 1960 Summer season, the 3-projector CineMiracle film “Windjammer” was presented there. The screen, advertised as being 100 feet wide by 40 feet high and “the world’s largest screen” covered the entire front wall of the auditorium and was actually propped up between two rows in the front of the orchestra section. The 3 CineMiracle projectors were out in the open in the crossover aisle in the balcony. The CineMiracle 7-track sound system allowed for one track to contain a monophonic mix which was what was used here. Two or three performances only a day, seats were not reserved.

DavidHurlbutt
DavidHurlbutt on November 18, 2004 at 1:32 pm

Thank you for the great picture of the Warner. Morning Glory was released in August 1933. Does anyone know if the marquee as shown in the picture was ever replaced with a more modern marquee?

MillvilleOutpost
MillvilleOutpost on November 18, 2004 at 1:20 pm

I recently came across a photo of the Atlantic City Warner Theatre… I think about 1932.. “Morning Glory” with Katharine Hepburn is playing

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Mikeoaklandpark
Mikeoaklandpark on October 21, 2004 at 1:52 pm

When we started spending summers in Atlantic City around 1966, the theater was already converted into a bowling alley. I spent many wonderful years bowling there until the casinos came in and it was knocked down and turned into a parking lot

BobFurmanek
BobFurmanek on September 13, 2004 at 6:10 am

They have certainly cleaned and brightened it up. When I last saw it, the marquee was still on the front and the facade was dirty and faded.

BobFurmanek
BobFurmanek on September 3, 2004 at 1:35 pm

In 1954, Atlantic City celebrated Martin and Lewis' 8th anniversary as a comedy team with a weekend of festivities. They included a parade on the boardwalk, performances at the 500 Club (where they first teamed up in 1946) and the world premiere of their new movie “Living It Up” at the Warner. Dean, Jerry and co-star Janet Leigh took part in the event, which included the cutting of a giant cake under the marquee, and a gala stage show.

When they first brought gambling to Atlantic City in 1978, both the facade and lobby of the Warner were still standing. The long lobby was used as a pizza parlor. I talked to the manager and she walked me up several flights of stairs to a storage room. There was a drop ceiling and it was fairly easy to look above it by moving one of the tiles. The entire lobby ceiling was above it, and was absolutely beautiful!

Sadly, the lobby portion was eventually demolished and all that remains today is the facade. It’s been incorporated into the design of a new casino which takes up the entire block.

RobertR
RobertR on April 14, 2004 at 6:35 am

Was the Warner a first run theatre with vaudeville? When did it close?

JimRankin
JimRankin on April 14, 2004 at 5:42 am

The full story of the WARNER is told in a nine-page article in MARQUEE magazine of First Qtr., 1980 of the Theatre Historical Soc., titled: “The Atlantic City Story” by the late Irvin Glazer. The ten b/w photos there reveal the opulence that was the WARNER, and the issue also includes stories on other WARNERs around the nation in: Erie and West Chester, PA; Milwaukee, and Washington DC, along with a biography of the Warner Brothers.

PHOTOS AVAILABLE:
To obtain any available Back Issue of either “Marquee” or of its ANNUALS, simply go to the web site of the THEATRE HISTORICAL SOCIETY OF AMERICA at:
www.HistoricTheatres.org
and notice on their first page the link “PUBLICATIONS: Back Issues List” and click on that and you will be taken to their listing where they also give ordering details. The “Marquee” magazine is 8-1/2x11 inches tall (‘portrait’) format, and the ANNUALS are also soft cover in the same size, but in the long (‘landscape’) format, and are anywhere from 26 to 40 pages. Should they indicate that a publication is Out Of Print, then it may still be possible to view it via Inter-Library Loan where you go to the librarian at any public or school library and ask them to locate which library has the item by using the Union List of Serials, and your library can then ask the other library to loan it to them for you to read or photocopy. [Photocopies of most THSA publications are available from University Microforms International (UMI), but their prices are exorbitant.]

Note: Most any photo in any of their publications may be had in large size by purchase; see their ARCHIVE link. You should realize that there was no color still photography in the 1920s, so few theatres were seen in color at that time except by means of hand tinted renderings or post cards, thus all the antique photos from the Society will be in black and white, but it is quite possible that the Society has later color images available; it is best to inquire of them.

Should you not be able to contact them via their web site, you may also contact their Executive Director via E-mail at:
Or you may reach them via phone or snail mail at:
Theatre Historical Soc. of America
152 N. York, 2nd Floor York Theatre Bldg.
Elmhurst, ILL. 60126-2806 (they are about 15 miles west of Chicago)

Phone: 630-782-1800 or via FAX at: 630-782-1802 (Monday through Friday, 9AM—4PM, CT)

Crazy Bob Madara
Crazy Bob Madara on April 13, 2004 at 6:01 pm

Located at Arkansas (AR-Kansas)Ave and the Boardwalk. My mom told me she saw a Miss America Pagent there in the ‘40s. She said that the ceiling was lit up with the stars and constellations. I believe that George Hamid corveted the Warner into the “Boardwalk Bowl” bowling alley in the eary '60s.

GaryParks
GaryParks on April 18, 2002 at 11:17 pm

The architect of the Silver Legacy Casino in Reno, NEVADA chose to imitate almost precisely the still-extant facade of the Warner. Definitely a conscious decision, as it makes for a great casino entrance.

WilliamMcQuade
WilliamMcQuade on March 20, 2002 at 11:11 am

Architect was Hoffman & Henon who did many theaters on the east coast for the Stanley Warner Chain