Westwood Theater

142 Westwood Avenue,
Westwood, NJ 07675

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Now a Gap store on Westwood Avenue, this building was still operating in 1950, but closed soon after and has not been a theater for almost 60 years. However, the retail space has been built in a “box” inside the large theater space, with ceilings not exceeding ten feet. The stage, screen and ceiling details are said to be preserved in this huge void space, though I have not been in this abandoned area.

From the outside it is clear that it was a theater because of the massive bulk of the building, though no marquee remains.

The reason for this theater’s demise is not completely clear, though somehow the Pascack Theatre around the corner overtook it.

Contributed by Michael Sheehy, Dave Bonan

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teecee
teecee on May 17, 2005 at 2:01 pm

Must have been a live theater at one time. This summary is from the Record of Bergen’s website (paid subscription required for full text of the article):

The Record (Bergen County, NJ)
08-28-1994
Westwood’s two theaters competed for talent and audiences. Dinah Shore (third from left above) and Tex Ritter (second from right) performed at the Westwood Theater in 1941. Below, miniature circus elephants with Police Officer Gary Cronk Jr. in fr…
Date: 08-28-1994, Sunday
Section: SPECIAL SECTIONS
Edition: All Editions — Sunday

teecee
teecee on June 17, 2005 at 2:39 am

Not listed in the 1951 FDY, so yes, it has been closed for many years.

teecee
teecee on July 5, 2005 at 9:18 am

A Robert-Morton organ was installed in this theater in 1921. Later, a Kilgen organ, opus 4161B, was installed in this theater in 1928.

CSWalczak
CSWalczak on October 7, 2010 at 7:17 am

This article focuses upon the Westwood’s history and includes an old picture; according to this article, the theater opened in 1919 and ceased functioning as a movie theater in 1943: View link

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