Lincoln Cinemas

838 Kearny Avenue,
Kearny, NJ 07032

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Lincoln Cinemas

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Located in the North Arlington district of Kearny, the Lincoln Theater was opened in 1934. By 1041 it was operated by Warner Bros. Circuit Management Corp. I remember this theater as a single screen theater, it had a great lobby and a great old feel to it. It was converted into a triple screen theater in the 1970’s. It’s now a six screen cinema, the original theater just chopped into six pieces.

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Cosmopolite on January 2, 2007 at 10:11 pm

Arlington is the neighborhood in northern Kearny bordering Bergen County.

balisarious on February 24, 2008 at 9:53 pm

I grew up in this theater in the early 70’s. Huge place, Giant single screen, spent every Saturday there for years. I still go in from time to time for a movie, and i’ll close my eyes and remember fondly of the old place. :)

Bill Huelbig
Bill Huelbig on February 28, 2008 at 3:53 pm

This theater will always mean a lot to me because they showed “Journey to the Center of the Earth” in CinemaScope at a Saturday/Sunday matinee in around 1974. It was an all-time favorite of mine, and I’d only ever seen it on TV (pan & scan), so seeing it on the big screen at the Lincoln (then a single screen theater) was a revelation. The print had mostly faded to pink but I didn’t care!

NannyDeb on September 7, 2009 at 7:27 pm

I spent many Saturday afternoons here in the 60’s. I also performed on the stage here every June during those years since I attended dance classes in the Judi Terri Dance School which was above the theatre and the school rented the theatre every year for our recital. It was exciting being “back stage” there – although small it was still very exciting. I cannot even imagine it being split into a 7 screen theatre. I will have to go back just to see how they did this. I am wondering if the bathrooms are still down that awful staircase!!!! Boy did this bring back memories – so much that last night I actually did go to the old Rutherford Rivoli which is now the Williams Center and boy was that a trip!!!!! Me and my granddaughter were the only people in the small theatre to see the 7:00 showing of the movie “Shorts” – I guess because it was Sunday of Labor Day weekend, but still…………….

kencmcintyre on December 24, 2009 at 2:00 am

Here is a January 2009 item about a fire at the theater:

sallypally on May 7, 2010 at 7:32 pm

Dear Debbie Annett, I hope you can help. I am trying to trace a friend from my past. Her name was BETTY THOMSON, married name BETTY CARPENTER, SHE had a son GLEN CARPENTER, and she taught dancing at THE JUDI-TERRI DANCING SCHOOL,in Kearney NJ… she was assistant to MISS HONEY at one time. Originally she came from GREENOCK in SCOTLAND and won many prizes in HIGHLAND DANCING. My website is
***or anyone else who can help me! Thanks Sally Gordon.

NannyDeb on May 8, 2010 at 10:01 pm

Dear Sally Gordon,
I do remember Miss Honey, she was the owner of the dance studio. she had a daughter named Judi Terri which was why it was name that. Their last name was something like Novelli. I remember another dance teacher named Miss Eleanor and it there were others my memory is failing me or they came after I was gone. I took lessons there from around 1958 till 1965-66. I am not sure when your friend Betty was there. Sorry I could not be of help in finding her.


sallypally on May 9, 2010 at 12:58 pm

Thank you so much for your reply. Perhaps when your talking to others someone may remember her, you can pass on my contact info if you wish, All the best, Sally Gordon.

KevinRuddy on August 9, 2010 at 5:40 am

Ok we called this theatre the “Stinking Lincoln” after a fire in the mid 70’s. The last movie I remember seeing was “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” before it was split up. Funny note after the Lincoln was turned into 3 theaters, the marquee read “3x Theater” or as or as our parent thought xxx theater, and would not let us go there any more!

unclejay73 on April 24, 2012 at 7:50 pm

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.

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