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The Garden Theatre, owned by Charles Hildinger and Milton Hirshfild reopened on April 27, 1925.
The Victory was another Hildinger Theater. From the Trenton Times, June 2, 1919, “The Victory Theatre, formerly the Crsecent, at South Broad and Hudson Streets, which was formerly opened Memorial Day, will begin its first full week this afternoon…..
From the Trenton Times April 12, 1914, Charles Hildinger (my husband’s great-uncle, awarded the contract for the construction of the Princess Theatre to Mayer & Margerum to be completed within 90 working days. The architect was Osborne Hunt. It did not actually open until Thursday, November 8, 1914. The headline attraction was “413.” It had 900 seats, orchestra pit, fine ventilating system, and ten exits.
In 1915 Hildinger and LaMonte contracted with James Morris & Fred Parker to rebuild the Bijou at the Clinton address for $20,000 to be completed by November 15.
The Bijou was Charles Hildinger’s (in partnership with C.C. Cutler)1st theatre which opened June 28, 1906 at 23 N. Warren St. In 1909 it was moved, under the name “The New Bijou” to the Chestnut/Clinton location and managed by Russell Lamont. It appears the original Bijou stayed open for some time and was managed by J. E. McClurg.
Additionally, as to David Johnston, he was Charles Hildinger’s brother-in-law (and my husband’s great-grandfather)and he actually lived on Edgewood Avenue & worked at several of the theater’s as a manager including the Strand for a time. He also rented out rooms in his home to organists and other theater workers.
I’m not from Trenton, but Charles Hildinger was my husband’s great-uncle and I have done a lot of research on him. The Strand was originally built about 1916 by the Strand Theatre Company owned by C Hildinger (50 shares) and the Philip & Marie Papier (50 shares). In June, 1915 they filed papers as incorporators" to build the Strand. In 1925 there was a major renovation costing $100,000. “One of the outstanding features…the pipe organ. An instrument costing $7,500 has been installed. It is of such mammoth size that it was necessary to extend the rear of the building in order to accommodate the organ.” (all info from news articles)