Franklin Theater

510 Franklin Avenue,
Nutley, NJ 07110

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For decades, this was the movie house of my parents and grandparents in Nutley, New Jersey. Sometime in the 1970’s, it was split into three separate screens. Whenever I visited my grandmother, I always loved going here. There was always zero advertising, very resonable prices, and excellent service.

It closed in 1999 due to an issue with the building lease and sits empty and unused, though there were talks about reopening this absoutely wonderful theater.

Contributed by Thom

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moviebuff82
moviebuff82 on December 26, 2008 at 4:27 pm

next year will be nearly 10 years since the theater closed. Status should be changed to demolished and the year of closing is the fall of 2000. The last movie that played there that was huge was Charlie’s Angels 1.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on March 6, 2009 at 10:07 am

What is the building at 510 Franklin that is seen in the Google photo? It looks to be in good shape. Is that the theater, or a new building?

LUISMEL
LUISMEL on March 6, 2009 at 3:33 pm

Hi Justin the building is still there but you would not think that it was a movie house once I had taken some pictures but lost the film but I will go this weekend and take new pictures with my cell phone.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on March 6, 2009 at 3:38 pm

It looks like it has quite a few tenants. I think it’s now called “Franklin Center”.

LUISMEL
LUISMEL on March 14, 2009 at 11:14 am

Ok here are the pictures for the Franklin Theater and sorry for the delay :)

http://img5.imageshack.us/gal.php?g=image1mew.jpg

moviebuff82
moviebuff82 on May 6, 2009 at 1:26 pm

According to what I read on some online forum, the wall collapse happened during a movie showing, of which none attended.

moviebuff82
moviebuff82 on April 24, 2010 at 2:51 pm

Later this year marks the 10th anniversary of when this theater was closed and then transformed into a shopping center. Did this theater have 70mm projection in the center auditorium?

moviebuff82
moviebuff82 on May 17, 2010 at 11:35 am

I think this theater didn’t have that kind of projection as the closest theater in that area were Cinema 23 (now closed as of last week), the Bellevue, Clairidge (now cut down to a six-plex showing indie films), and the original Essex Green triplex.

Will Dunklin
Will Dunklin on February 26, 2014 at 10:51 am

A small Wurlitzer pipe organ opus 1383, a Style B, was installed here in the summer of 1926.

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