Stanley Theatre

605 Market Street,
Camden, NJ 08102

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Stanley Theatre, vintage street view

From what my parents told me it must have been quite a place…The Stanley Theatre was opened on February 19, 1926 with Richard Dix in “The Vanishing American”. It was closed in 1965 and was demolished.

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LuisV on January 17, 2008 at 8:37 pm

It’s such a shame. There were many bustling small towns/cities in the 40’s and 50’s and it’s amazing to see how far some have fallen. Specifically, in New Jersey, Camden and Patterson. Other cities like Jersey City and Newark fell pretty hard too, but their geographic nearness to New York is allowing them to rebound as they share in New York’s prosperity. I’ve never been to Camden, but it doesn’t sound like there is much hope there.

RickB on May 11, 2008 at 6:37 pm

The tall tower in the aerial photo is City Hall, which is still there. The building with the large dome is the old Camden County courthouse, which was torn down in the ‘50s and replaced by a Lit Brothers department store, which closed in the '70s and was renovated into office space for Camden County.

kencmcintyre on May 11, 2008 at 7:48 pm

I think all the Lit brothers stores closed at the same time. There was one in Atlantic City as well as the flagship store on Market Street.

kencmcintyre on May 15, 2008 at 1:49 am

The Stanley can be seen roughly in the center of this 1957 photo, across from the distinctive building with the dome:

kencmcintyre on June 20, 2009 at 11:37 pm

This 1939 photo shows some street ads for the Stanley and the Savar:

LugosiResearch on December 30, 2012 at 2:51 am

On Saturday 17 March 1951, Bela “Dracula” Lugosi presented his in person Horror and Magic Stage show at RKO Stanley. Currently I am conducting research on all things Lugosi; if anyone out there actually saw this show and/or has memorabilia (poster, handbill, photos) related to this show, please contact Bill at Thanks in advance for any assistance!

Jewelstoyou on July 19, 2014 at 9:31 pm

The Stanley was a wonderful and very beautiful movie theater. I guess I am giving away my age but my graduating class of 1965 from Woodrow Wilson High School was the last to have its graduation in the Stanley before it was demolished. The interior was born in the 20s for sure. Such a shame that she is gone in time, all but forgotten but by a few of us who were lucky enough to have viewed the lavish interior and enjoyed the shows there.

miclar on November 27, 2014 at 3:23 pm

The most lavish theater in central Camden. Matched the Walt Whitman with its beautiful carpets, chandeliers, and balcony railings.

Michael R. Rambo Jr.
Michael R. Rambo Jr. on July 10, 2018 at 1:15 am

kencmcintyre, The Lits Camden closed in 1972; Lits Trenton closed in the early 1970’s.

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