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I was there that day 1st day as well … We got there like 1am in the morning, and we were still 5th in line. We brought a cooler of food and drinks and a football which we played with in the parking lot, while one of us always kept our spot in line. Do you have anymore pics of this day!? Does anyone have any pics from Star Wars in 77? I’m really looking for that marquee from 1977 with Star wars branded on it!
Hey everyone, just uploaded 3 pics of our fav theatre for all of us to remember … shot in late 1991. Just passed by the location a week ago, along route 1. I can’t stand the site of what sits there now!
Joe S. (Filmakr1)
Hey Jerry, I took three shots of the theatre right before it was torn down in late 1991, when I lived in Edison right up the street. Could I exchange these for the screen caps you have … especially inside the theatre and the one of the marquee!
I grew up in this theatre as a kid from the mid 70’s throughout its closing … I’m sure to many movies YOU projected yourself for me and the audience. I went to film school and became an independant filmmaker and Menlo Park is largely responsible.
I’m sure there are a million stories you could tell. If you could maybe share a few that would be great. Anything about the theatre itself or it’s personnel. For example when did it become a twin?
I have a great story: While watching Close Encounters of the Third Kind in late 1977, during the part where Richard Dreyfuss’s character is sitting at a train stop … just as the UFO’s appear above him there was a small explosion (well more like a loud POP!) in the theatre and all the power went out! Turned out a car smashed into a pole a ways up on Parsonage Road and killed the power. The timing was great … and CREEPY!
I also have a tape recording inside the theatre during a screening of Star Wars in August 1977. I know I must sound like a nut, but hey, I was 14 years old at the time …
I also have pictures of the theater right before it was taken down in 1991. If you’re interested in seeing them lemme know.
Hey Tom R. the Menlo Park Cinema was kind special to me as I sat in line overnight for both Empire and Jedi, plus saw Star Wars 20 times in the summer of 1977. I’ve been looking for a photo of the marquee while Star Wars was playing. I know you managed there later on, but would you have known who managed or worked there in the late 70’s- 80’s? Please e-mail me at