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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Recent comments (view all 32 comments)

kencmcintyre on March 6, 2009 at 11:38 pm

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

LUISMEL on March 14, 2009 at 6:14 pm

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

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 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 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 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.

hdtv267 on May 17, 2015 at 7:26 pm

where else would it be ? On the roof? Men’s Room? I’d bloody well hope that a Wurlitzer would be in the central auditorium.

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.

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