Princeton Garden Theatre

160 Nassau Street,
Princeton, NJ 08542

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Princeton Garden Theatre

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Located across from Princeton University, the theatre has been modernized yet maintains an old time charm.

The Garden Theatre opened its doors on September 20, 1920, with a showing of “Civilian Clothes”, starring Thomas Meighan. The event also featured a live orchestra and palms and ferns arranged on the stage.

Sameric Corporation ran the theatre from 1975 through 1988, turning the facility into a twin theatre in 1981 known as the Eric Garden Theatre. United Artists then operated the facility for four years before Theater Management Corporation, which operates neighborhood theatres throughout the northeast, began leasing and managing it in 1993, after it was quietly purchased by Princeton University.

The theatre closed temporarily in August 2000 and reopened in June 2001 after a $1M renovation.

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Lost Memory
Lost Memory on March 19, 2006 at 9:31 am

Here is a recent photo of the Princeton Garden Theaters.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on May 21, 2007 at 5:13 pm

This is another photo of the Princeton Garden Theater.

GTheatre on November 27, 2007 at 9:01 pm

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teecee on January 20, 2008 at 1:01 pm

1947 program:

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1948 program:
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Lost Memory
Lost Memory on February 7, 2008 at 12:37 pm

Here is another photo of the Princeton Garden Theaters.

amatin on October 7, 2008 at 11:21 am

The information on this theater is slightly inaccurate. I moved to Princeton in September 1980 and it already had two screens. Also, the theater closed down for a few years in the late eighties and early nineties shortly after the UA Movies at Marketfair opened in 1987.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on April 24, 2009 at 11:08 am

1981 Photo of the Garden Theater.

1986 Photo of the Eric Garden Theater. Eric Garden should be another aka name.

azpuma68 on December 13, 2009 at 3:23 pm

Saw many movies here but the most memorable are The Deep around 1977 and then Poltergeist. Place was packed for both and the experience for Poltergeist was off the hook. The whole crowd was just blown away. Great memory.

RickB on April 3, 2014 at 4:19 pm

Theater will close for renovations in June, then reopen under new management. Renew Theaters, a nonprofit that runs three single screens in Pennsylvania, will be the new operator. story here.

teecee on April 5, 2014 at 8:09 am

With the new management company I would predict a return to more art house movies since the Ambler, HiWay & County offer this genre.

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