Princeton Garden Theatre

160 Nassau Street,
Princeton, NJ 08542

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teecee
teecee on April 5, 2014 at 10:09 am

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

RickB
RickB on April 3, 2014 at 6:19 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. NJ.com story here.

azpuma68
azpuma68 on December 13, 2009 at 5:23 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.

amatin
amatin on October 7, 2008 at 1:21 pm

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.

teecee
teecee on January 20, 2008 at 3:01 pm

1947 program:

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1948 program:
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GTheatre
GTheatre on November 27, 2007 at 11:01 pm

our new website www.thegardentheatre.com E-mail us to join our monthly newsletter and you will be the first to know about upcoming films at the garden theatre.

pbubny
pbubny on March 2, 2006 at 6:03 am

The interior photo TC posted of the renovated Garden made me say, “Now that’s more like it.” I’d been to the Garden before it was twinned—both to see movies and to stage a cover photo for the college yearbook (the management graciously gave us the use of the theatre’s marquee and lettering)—and the initial (1981) twinning job was a crime: squalid little shoeboxes with plaster-board dividing wall and tiny screens. I’ll have to make time to take in a movie at this theatre the next time I’m in the area.

teecee
teecee on March 2, 2006 at 5:32 am

Listed in the 1961 FDY as part of Associated Prudential Theatres, Inc.

teecee
teecee on February 11, 2005 at 1:13 pm

Interior photo after the renovation at this link:
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teecee
teecee on January 27, 2005 at 1:10 pm

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As promised, here is the color photo and interesting article on the history of this theater.

teecee
teecee on January 24, 2005 at 7:52 am

Not exactly the picture that I was looking for, here is a link to a fairly recent b&w photo before the restoration.
http://www.princeton.edu/pr/pwb/00/0918/8e.shtml

There are many articles in the local Princeton press about the theater, just finding the one with the nice color photo is proving to be a challenge.

teecee
teecee on January 23, 2005 at 6:42 pm

I had a link with a beautiful modern photo but now can’t locate it. I’ll keep searching.

I haven’t been inside the Garden since the renovation, as I prefer the movies shown nearby in Montgomery. That location, however, is a non interesting strip mall theater.

debbi
debbi on January 23, 2005 at 4:05 pm

Ah, I wanted to add this theater but you beat me to it. :)

This theatre shows the more popular of the art films. My boyfriend and I want to see a film here badly, but they never play anything we want to see when we’re in the area (we live 45 minutes away). A question: is this theatre on an independent circuit or does Princeton University do the bookings?