Cameo Theatre

81 Elizabeth Avenue,
Newark, NJ 07108

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Cameo Theater

Managed by Eddie Steinberg briefly in the early-1950’s. When he took over, it had been closed as a movie theater. Eddie ran it as a live theater. Closed after a brief time running in this format. Re-opened sometime thereafter and re-named Teatro Caribe, offering Spanish language movies until it closed on January 1, 1972, and the business was moved to the Elwood Theatre on 642 Broadway Avenue, Newark.

Now in use as a Baptist church.

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jimmyt on March 15, 2005 at 4:50 am

This was not the Cameo that operated as a porn house… that was the former Treat theater on Orange Street. The Cameo on Elizabeth Ave. spent several years as a Spanish language theater under the name Teatro Caribe. In the mid seventies changing demographics caused then-owner Dick Nathan to move the Spanish operation across town to the Elwood theater on Broadway.

teecee on March 17, 2005 at 1:49 pm

Thanks for the clarification. I found a Treat theater with the following address:
NEWARK, NJ 07102
Is this the same one that you believe to be on Orange?

jimmyt on March 26, 2005 at 1:33 am

The same one… it is situated on the corner of Broad and Orange Streets. Best…jt

DougDouglass on April 28, 2005 at 12:43 am

Passed Broad & Orange today. Marquee reads Cameo. Their recording announces “Cameo Twin Theatres”. One straight, the other gay.

LUISMEL on December 26, 2005 at 9:42 pm

The one you saw on Broad and Orange is not the original TREAT THEATRE, the original one was demolished in the early 80’s to make way for the new building for the phone company. The owners of the TREAT then moved to where you cand find it now. Now, for the spanish CARIBE moving to the ELWOOD it was on January 1st in 1972 on a saturday. When to see the 1st showing of a double spanish feature. What wonderful memories, it was great.

kencmcintyre on July 7, 2008 at 4:10 am

The church has a slideshow with several views of the interior:

LUISMEL on September 8, 2014 at 1:00 am

According to the ads I just uploaded the address number is not 83 but 81.

markp on September 8, 2014 at 10:29 pm

From a porn palace to Gods palace. Pretty Amazing.

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