Union Theaters

990 Styvesant Avenue,
Union, NJ 07083

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Opened in 1926 as the Union Theatre. By 1941 it was operated by Warner Bros. Circuit Management Corp. It was listed in the 1951 FDY as having 1,303 seats. The owners have somehow managed to carve out seven theaters in the building. Believed to have been showing movies continuously since opening, the Union Theatres was closed in 2014.

In March 2015 it was taken over by Empire Cineplex Cinemas.

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DavidMorgan on July 16, 2006 at 4:20 am

I recall an early ‘70s re-release of “Ten Commandments” there, as well as “Escape from the Planet of the Apes.” I think I also saw the “special edition” reissue of “Close Encounters of the Third Kind” there in 1980.

shany94 on July 20, 2008 at 9:20 pm

I miss the big theaters myself sometimes. They would have been terrific on opening weekend for a film like “The Dark Knight”, but I also remember how utterly empty they could be during weekday matinees.

John Fink
John Fink on April 2, 2009 at 7:35 pm

I was sort of impressed by the size of the screen here – while it wasn’t like a multiplex, it was a good size give the theater I was in the other night to see Fados. Clean and well maintained with a neighborhood feel – it reminded me a bit of the theater the same owners run up in Westwood.

When you walk in there’s one screen to the right, then beyond it a long hallway leading to three screens to the right, and two to the left (2 being the largest I assume), and back in the lobby there is one screen straight ahead. A decent size lobby – no Cineplex Oden-style touches however. The bathroom seemed a bit dated as well (they also had a separate handicap room across the hall from the party room, which is behind the outside box office, to the left when you enter the building). I’d come back if they showed more art house films.

joker on June 8, 2010 at 11:54 am

a ok theater seen alot of movies there.

shany94 on February 9, 2014 at 11:36 pm

As of Feb. 2014 this theater is closed and for sale – a red sign on the front doors states that the building is unsafe for human occupancy … End of an era.

markp on February 10, 2014 at 4:53 pm

Last time I worked here was in Dec 1997, just a day before Titanic came out. It was a twin then and the new owner was taking over the next day and went non-union. Shortly after he made it 7 screens. I know even when I worked there water would pour into the building after heavy snow. I wonder if this could be the reason for the unsafe condition mentioned by shany94.

rrettino on September 9, 2014 at 8:05 am

The theatre is now closed with a “for sale” sign on the marquee. It has been closed for several months now.

shany94 on March 20, 2015 at 1:27 pm

Someone has been doing work on this theater in recent months. New tiling has been put down both inside and outside the lobby, and current movie posters have been installed inside the glass cases mounted on the main wall just past the entrance. The marquee also no longer says “For Sale”.

John Fink
John Fink on March 20, 2015 at 4:32 pm

Looks like Empire Cinemas is taking it over: http://union.empirecineplex.com

shany94 on March 27, 2015 at 6:47 pm

Just passed by tonight, theater has reopened

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