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This will be the 2nd location of the rapidly growing All Nations Apostolic Tabernacle Church, which has outgrown its original home in Jamaica. Their website is http://www.allnationsapostolic.org/
(Click on “one church, two buildings” for a rendering of the renovated building).
The rendering shows that they will be keeping most of the original ornamentation, although now painted white. A new marquee with the upcurve in the middle is reminiscent of some marquees of the 1920s.
No indication on what kind of interior modifications will be done – has anyone been inside to see if it’s actually being gutted, or what the condition was prior to renovation? They indicated a fall 2010 opening, which obviously has passed, but it will probably be opening before too long.
This is practically across the street from the Proctor’s. Narrow lobby, then turn 45 degrees to the right, the auditorium is set at a diagonal. At the Proctor’s, you’d enter and go straight back and then go to the right into the auditorium.
From the front there is a retail business in the store frontage – the narrow theatre entrance is made over, has a very small door as well as a closed garage-style entrance. No signs to indicate what is inside but the building is in very good shape.
The theater is demolished – nothing but an empty lot now.
This has quite a long lobby back to the auditorium which stretches from Halsey Street to Treat Place. The lobby looks like it has a clothing store.
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!
The Stanley Theatre in Newark (cinematreasures.org/theaters/6562/) is a virtual replica of the Stanley in Jersey City, albeit on a somewhat smaller scale (1,949 seats). The lobby is not an exact reaplica but is similar in style and fully atmospheric. That Stanley is also a church.
Some more videos:
nine minute video tour + slide show with history & restoration:
Their official website is at: http://www.newarktab.org/
They have some good photos too – looks like the church is doing very well!
According to the article above and the official website, renovations started in 2010 with opening planned for first quarter of 2011!
This was right north of the Paramount, but the address is just a large empty space now – all covered in grass.
From both the aeriel and street views there is nothing that looks like a former theatre building – the buildings pposite the park are all quite small – nothing that could have been a 1,.500 seat theatre.
The front looks new – and enlarged. it is now a beauty salon. It’s hard to tell about the auditorium – either this is a new building that replaced a long narrow lobby leading back to a large wide non-balconied auditorium or it was a fairly compact auditorium close to the street. I suspect it may have been the former. The old photos show a quite narrow entrance.
Sorry, my comment above should have referred to the Regent theatre, NOT the liberty theatre.
The adjacent building with a marquee mentioned above was not a theatre unless it had a VERY long lobby going all the way behing the Liberty Theatre to available space back there.
I wonder iof there’s any chance any of the Liberty Auditorium survives behind retail modofications. There are no windows cut into the sidwall of the auditorium.
The article has a great interior photograph – it has been nicely renovated; the color scheme is white with gold trim. Nice job!
No indication of an auto parts store there now. The front has been renovated and modernized. Looks like it is now a multilevel parking garage. There are windows cut into a side wall so I assume the interior was gutted during the conversion.
Checked the google aeriel and street photos – this is a real mystery. On both sides of the street it’s all very old buildings none of which looks like a former theatre. To one side of the large building on the south of the street is a small long narrow building which could possibly have been a theatre lobby which leads back to a vacant lot behind the large building to the east. Possibly that was the location of the auditorium but it’s impossible to tell. At any rate I can see no auditorium at this location.
Found the location on Google Street Views. The small building with the big arch from the postcard is still standing (probably was a small bank) but the space where the Palace was on the other side of the street is a large parking lot now. Just across Harrison from the building with the arch is a large sweeping edifice that stretches a whole block on two streets is done up in a nice retro classical early 20th century style – nice and ornate!
Wish I could find a street address! I’ve looked through google areiel views over the entire downtown of Bridgeton (Especially Laurel St. where some other theatres were located) and can find no buildings that look like former theatre buildings, certainly not one this size. It’s probably demolished.
Still standing in Google photos – looks like there’s a long narrow entrance going from the auditorium all the way down to Cookson Avenue to the south – looks like a theatre entrance.
This building is still standing although the front of the building is all modern and looks considerably expanded. Looks like an office building; in good shape, looks like it’s being used but no sign to give any indication what’s in there. The auditorium section is still standing and the roof looks in good shape.
The Playhouse Theatre building is still standing and has a new roof – front facade is also in good shape although looks extensively done over. The main entrance opens into a violin shop. I don’t believe that extends to the auditorium – it would be a fairly large music store. Clearly no balcony, is a fairly low building. No hint of what is in the auditorium but there are a couple garage doors on the back right side. Maybe it’s a warehouse?
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There is a small commercial building at that site which does not look like a former Cinema building. My guess is the cinema is demolished. Behind it is a large parking lot and shopping center.
Looks like its gone under a conversion – facade all redone just a small entry door with a Canadian Broadcasting Logo on it. The other end of theb building faces another street loks like an office tower undergoing interior renovations.