Franklin Theater

510 Franklin Avenue,
Nutley, NJ 07110

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Franklin Theater

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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.

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moviebuff82
moviebuff82 on May 6, 2009 at 9:26 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 10:51 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 7:35 pm

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 6:51 pm

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

moviebuff82
moviebuff82 on May 17, 2015 at 6:33 pm

The organ i believe was in the central auditorium. The employees of the theater were very nice.

IBLSKeith
IBLSKeith on May 22, 2015 at 8:51 pm

I grew up in Nutley many years ago and back then the Franklin theatre had only one screen in a single auditorium. The Style B Wurlitzer still exists in a private home in Northern New Jersey.

pnelson
pnelson on June 12, 2016 at 3:27 am

Wonderful pic of this beautiful marquee. A tear like blur of an image. Any interior images of this lovely old theatre?

moviebuff82
moviebuff82 on January 11, 2017 at 12:24 am

The left and right auditoriums were small and had mono sound. The middle screen was the largest and had dolby stereo and 5.1 DTS although the sound was echoey.

hdtv267
hdtv267 on January 11, 2017 at 12:37 am

what about the central auditorium, especially since that had the organ.

When did you attend ? what movies did you see?

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