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I was there the very last week it was open. It became a second-run theater and the ticket prices were $1.99. I saw the re-release Special Edition of “The Empire Strikes Back”…and then it closed. The screen was huge!! We need more theaters like this.
I just uploaded the Exclusive Engagement poster for “The Empire Strikes Back”…I remember seeing this poster displayed on an easel in the lobby. You can see the Menlo Park info on the bottom right.
I live in Newark and I started going to this theater in the early ‘80s. So, I only remember it as a Triplex. I saw “Q, the Winged Serpent”, “Ghostbusters”, “The Last Starfighter”, “The Goonies”, “The NeverEnding Story”. I stopped going there often when the Jackson Street Bridge closed in Newark in '84, which was a quick and easy way to get there. I know I went back a couple times after and saw “Back to the Future”, “Teen Wolf”, “La Bamba”, “Gremlins 2”, “Another 48 Hours”…but it was a craphole by 1990…haven’t been there since.
Been to this theater a few times in the ‘80s. I remember seeing “Rain Man”, “Born on the Fourth of July” and “Desperate Hours” here, a few others but I can’t remember…there used to be an art show event in Millburn not far from this theater in those days and my mother always attended. I’d see a movie to kill the time, as I used to help her.
I went to this theater once in 1989. I’m from Newark, but my mother had an art show right next door to this theater. I’d usually help her out, and when there was a theater in the neighborhood, I’d see a film to kill time till the show ended. Saw a double-feature that day: “No Holds Barred” and “Lords of the Deep.” Nice little theater.
Saw a few films here: “The Hunt for Red October”, “Joe vs. the Volcano” and “Freejack” and then I believe it closed shortly after that in ‘92. I always talk about this theater, because this is where I saw the trailer for the 1990 version of “Captain America”, with the poster hanging in the lobby. As you know that film was never released in states theatrically.
Growing up in Newark, there were three or four theaters that were closer to me than the Blue Star Cinema. When I did travel far, I always went to the Menlo Park Cinema. The first time I went to the Blue Star was in January of ‘87…to see “Little Shop of Horrors”, I thought it was a cool theater so I started going there for a bit, saw “Lethal Weapon”, “Hunt for Red October”, “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation”, “Strange Days”…few others. The last film I saw there, I went on a date to see “Great Expectations”…I think it closed shortly after that.
This theater opened in December of ‘91. I went here almost every week for 3-years straight, and continued to go here for years (saw some great films). I preferred to only go during the day when there was no one around…because at night, punk kids would shout at the movie and you couldn’t hear anything. Extremely annoying. It closed in 2006. The building still stands, it is not demolished.
Many fond memories here when this was a Twin Theater in the 70s and 80s. Among the films I saw “The Empire Strikes Back”, “Altered States”, “Clash of the Titans”, “Return of the Jedi”, “Gremlins”, “Enemy Mine”, “Aliens”, “Crocodile Dundee”, “Star Trek IV”, “Hot Shots”, “Ricochet” and “Beastmaster II”, few others. I haven’t been to this cinema in 20 years, I remember it being getting to be pretty grimey, have they cleaned it up?
I could cry. Thank you for whomever uploaded those pics. I have had MANY fond memories of the General Cinemas Menlo Park Twin. This is where I was first graced with “The Empire Strikes Back” in May 1980, which was a memorable day for me. I’m from Newark, but my mother loved the Woodbridge Mall, so she would take me to this cinema if it was on the agenda that day to see a movie and go to the mall. I saw many films here, off-hand “Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom”, “Cocoon”, “The Fly”, “Predator”…I remember hitting the theater during its final months in ‘91…I saw “Dead Again” and the last film I’d see there would be “The Commitments”…I think it closed right after that.
Ah, yes the “The Lost Picture Show”, what great little cinema that was, located right next to the Union Flea Market. I miss both of those places. I remember they played first-run films in the early ‘80s and such, and then it became an art-house theater in the late '80s till it closed. Off-hand, I remember seeing “My Left Foot”, “The Crossing Guard”, “Four Rooms” and “The Butcher Boy” here.
I remember going here in ‘88 to see “Beetlejuice”, then snuck in to see “Above the Law”.
I started going to Movie City 5 in the summer of 1987. I was 14 years old. It was a first-run theater then, and the first film I saw there was “RoboCop”. I also saw “Jaws: The Revenge” and “Stakeout” that summer as well there. I didn’t particularly care for the theater, the theaters were a bit small, and there was one theater that was always a bit out of focus (and was the theater I always wound up in, go figure). I do remember going back there in January ‘89 for “Deep Star Six” as it was the only theater near me playing that film, and I believe it became a cheap second-run theater not long after that, I went a few more times, particularly in '97 when I caught “The Fifth Element”, “Chasing Amy”, “Con Air”…I think it was $2.50 a ticket.