Stanley Theatre

605 Market Street,
Camden, NJ 08102

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LugosiResearch
LugosiResearch on December 29, 2012 at 6:51 pm

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!

Tinseltoes
Tinseltoes on October 29, 2011 at 12:47 pm

Prominently featured in this lecture about Camden Theatres: youtube

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on June 20, 2009 at 3:37 pm

This 1939 photo shows some street ads for the Stanley and the Savar:
http://tinyurl.com/mqf2wp

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on May 14, 2008 at 5:49 pm

The Stanley can be seen roughly in the center of this 1957 photo, across from the distinctive building with the dome:
http://tinyurl.com/5kkc2d

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on May 11, 2008 at 11:48 am

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.

RickB
RickB on May 11, 2008 at 10:37 am

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.

LuisV
LuisV on January 17, 2008 at 12:37 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.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on January 17, 2008 at 10:29 am

Luis, I haven’t been in Camden for many years. I remember that tower, but I couldn’t tell you if it’s still standing. Camden has had some tough times in the past twenty five years or so.

LuisV
LuisV on January 17, 2008 at 8:01 am

Ken…I have a question about the aerial photo. I don’t know if you are familiar with Camden at all, but in the photo it looks like there are two very impressive buildings just across the street from the Stanley. I assume one is City Hall. Are they both still standing or has Camden become one big barren wasteland? (With the exception of the riverfront aquarium and the Campbell Soup Headquarters).

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on January 17, 2008 at 7:07 am

Because my mother refused to take the expressway from Jersey to Philly, we spent a lot of time getting lost in Camden when we were trying to find the Ben Franklin bridge using surface streets. I remember, vaguely, some theaters in Camden, but I think this one was gone before my time.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on January 17, 2008 at 6:59 am

And while I’m doing link repairs, here is an updated link for the postcard posted by TC on Mar 6, 2005.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on January 17, 2008 at 6:52 am

This is an updated link for the 1926 photo that was posted by TC on Mar 6, 2005.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on October 17, 2007 at 6:47 pm

A Wurlitzer theater organ opus 1203 style 260 special was installed in the Stanley Theater on 11/21/1925. Status: sold.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on March 12, 2007 at 11:54 am

Here is an aerial photo from 1952. The theater is at the middle right:
http://tinyurl.com/2hng9l

teecee
teecee on March 2, 2006 at 4:14 am

Listed in the 1944 FDY as part of Warner Bros. Listed as part of Stanley Warner Corp. in the 1961 Film Daily Yearbook.

teecee
teecee on March 6, 2005 at 4:05 pm

Old postcard at this link:
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teecee
teecee on March 6, 2005 at 3:29 pm

A 1926 photo at this link:
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RickB
RickB on March 6, 2005 at 7:50 am

The Stanley site is currently a parking lot (it also hosts a billboard). I don’t think any building larger than a Fotomat booth has stood on any part of that ground since the theater was demolished.

RickB
RickB on January 19, 2005 at 7:03 am

When the Stanley was built the theaters in Philadelphia were closed on Sundays due to state blue laws, so many big-name acts would play Philly on Saturdays and cross the river to play the Stanley on Sundays.

Demolished soon after it closed to make way for a Holiday Inn that never got built.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on January 18, 2005 at 6:52 pm

A 1950’s photo of the Stanley theater can be seen here:
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Lost Memory
Lost Memory on January 18, 2005 at 6:46 pm

The Stanley Theater was built and operated by the Stanley Corporation of America. The Stanley opened on February 19, 1926 and closed in 1968.