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Oddly enough I don’t see any modern photos posted here, so I found one:
Construction photo here:
This was a Fox theatre doing live shows in 1929:
Very old postcard:
Interesting history at this link (see “Did you Know?”):
This theater will close down this August. A number of small theaters have closed recently in NJ or are in financial distress.
Another old photo:
old post card. Incidently, I have a post card for another Shubert Theatre on Washington Street. Any insight on that one?
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I don’t believe that this one has been posted yet:
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How did the theatre fare during the recent flood?
Is this the theater featured near the end of “Ask the Dust”?
I know that most of the movie was shot in South Africa but the imdb lists LA as another filming location. Perhaps the interior shots were somewhere else but there is a brief shot of a Warner marquee.
“By the end of 1976, the Lincoln and all of the other downtown Trenton movie houses were shuttered, deemed obsolete in an era that saw residents and theaters alike desert the inner city for the suburbs.
Only the Brunswick, once a haven for lovers of foreign film, was resurrected briefly in 1979 on the edge of Trenton near Lawrence as an “adult” movie theater. The days when you could share a cup of espresso in the lobby and discuss a movie were long gone.”
from “Arts and Entertainment: 1970-‘79” The Times of Trenton 9/19/1999.
The theatre was demolished in 1976.
per “The sounds of city’s theater organs long silent"
The Times of Trenton, June 4, 2000
Still open in the early 1970s:
“If you wanted to see a movie in the Trenton area at the beginning of the 1970s, you had a choice: In New Jersey, it was the Mayfair, Lincoln, Trent, Greenwood and Brunswick in Trenton; Capitol Plaza Cinema in Ewing; Eric Lawrenceville in Lawrence; Prince in West Windsor; and the Hights in Hightstown.”
from “Arts and Entertainment: 1970-‘79” The Times of Trenton, 9/19/1999
According to The Times of Trenton article “Trenton’s Bijou days are bygone” 5/24/1993, the Centre was at 422 Centre Street and it is now Adams Rental. A web search finds http://www.adamsrental.com/ still an active business.
`As to the nickelodeons, I can't forget the one labeled theTin Dump' due to the outer sheathing of corrugated tin sheets. It featured blood and thunder' westerns starring the likes of Buck Jones, Hoot Gibson, Tom Mix, Dustin Farnum, et al. Actually, its formal name was the Wilbur Palace, but no one called it other than theTin Dump.‘ Moments of high drama at showings of these westerns often soured badly. Impish kids would race up and down on the outside of the theater trailing sticks across the ridges of the corrugated sheathing, giving off rat-tat-tat sound effects. On the inside it overpowered the piano player’s frenzied renditions of the William Tell Overture.
`As to the nickelodeons, I can't forget the one labeled the
blood and thunder' westerns starring the likes of Buck Jones, Hoot Gibson, Tom Mix, Dustin Farnum, et al. Actually, its formal name was the Wilbur Palace, but no one called it other than the
excerpt from “The sounds of city’s theater organs long silent” The Times of Trenton, June 4, 2000
I found out that City Gardens was on Calhoun Street.
On page 68 of Images of America: Downtown Paterson there is a photo of the wall in the main description. The caption confirms my suspicion that the Orpheum later became the State Theatre. The building is now owned by the Islamic Foundation of New Jersey. A Google search puts that Foundation at 61 Van Houten Street.
On page 67 of Images of America: Downtown Paterson there is a close up photo of the crowd in 1919 waiting to see “Passion” starring Pola Negri. Not a good view of the theatre. Caption states that theatre was built in 1915 and was demolished to make room for Hamilton Plaza.