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This old aerial photo is great. I seem to remember that the entrance was east of the Ledgewood Circle on route 46, but there was also a driveway west of the circle on route 46, which was an exit only, not an entrance.
I attended this theater back when it had one screen. Please note that it is called Cinema 10 because it is on Route 10. I saw the original Star Wars when it first came out, and had to drive all the way to Paramus to see it in 70mm, six track Dolby sound, which this theater did not have, at least not when I lived in the area.
Entrance was on Route 10 westbound, beyond Route 202, but before Route 53. The screen was near the road, and was parellel with Route 10.
Years ago, when I turned 18, the Palace Theater was one of the very few places a person could go to see hard core porno. I went there perhaps half a dozen times. I have a distinct memory of my first time there, loudly hearing the in-progress movie from out in the lobby while buying soda from a vending machine, ….and then walking in for the first time. Yes, this was also a part of the theaters past life. I do remember there were curtains behind the screen that went way up high somewhere. There used to be parking in a dirt lot to the left of the theater, but they sold it off and a bank was built there. Amazingly, it later became Lakeside Moving and Storage, and was also the Lakeside Theater. Glad to read about it having an earlier honorable past, and a positive future.
As a child, I saw movies at this theater. Later, when they switched over to live actors, I saw “Oh Calcutta”, performed live in the nude. Years ago my mother attended Morristown High School. She said that graduation was held at the Community Theater.
As a lad, I went with my mother to the Park Theater to see Mary Poppins. It was a nice location, across from the center square, which is locally called “The Green”. Therefore, it would have been correct to describe the Theaters location as being “on The Green”, even though it was accross from it. A large office building was built in it’s place, that was prominantly marked “AT&T”.
I remember years ago going to an area theater where they put a dividing wall down the middle to create two theaters. Me thinks it was the Jersey Theater. The seats toward the inner side of either theater ended up facing a corner of the dividing wall, and you had to turn your neck somewhat to view the movie. I do now remember the 3rd theater which was origionaly the balcony. It was steep, wide, and not very deep.
I visited this several times decades ago, but always knew it as the State Theater. It would be hard to enter this place without being noticed, since the audience is looking you in the face as you enter. Both sides had several opera boxes. A Kodak film shop rented some space to the right in the lobby.
I went to the Livingston Drive-in many times as a child. The eastern edge of the lot was used by day as a motor vehicle inspection station. Back then, yearly car inspections could only be performed at a state inspection station, not at a garage, but it was free. This inspection site was open-air, had only a small shed, and had 4 metal plates in the ground, on which the inspector would slam on the car brakes as he drove over them, thus measuring the braking ability of each wheel. A simple swing arm gate prevented night time theater patrons from inadvertantly driving over them. The drive-in was located on the north side of route 10, which is also called Mount Pleasant Avenue. The entrance was near Widger Chevrolet and Warnock-Ryan Dodge. I think that this was the place that provided us with a heater to use on a chilly evening.
As a child, I remember being in the parking lot behind the stores on Bassett Highway and asking my father why there was a movie screen over there. He said that the lot was used by day to provide parking for the nearby strip of stores (on Bassett Highway) and was used by night as a drive-in. I remember seeing an elevated parking lot to the east, and the screen was to the west. The screen remained there many years, and was somewhat visible from nearby route 46. Bassett Highway is a short dead-end city road that runs one block parellel with the main drag, which is Blackwell Street. Take a look at an aerial view of Dover on Google maps, and you will see the lot north of Bassett Highway. Please note that the red arrow on the Google map shown here on this overview page is not pointing to the correct place.