Newsreel Theatre

800 Broad Street,
Newark, NJ 07102

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Newsreel Theatre

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The Newsreel Theatre was opened in 1938, and was designed by architect John Eberson. It provided one hour of news from one of the five newsreel companies: Fox Movietone News, News of the Day, Paramount, RKO-Pathe and Universal. Located in the ground floor of the City Investment Building. Closed in the late-1960’s as television news replaced the need for newsreel theatres. It was converted into retail use, but has since been demolished.

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RobertR
RobertR on March 12, 2005 at 4:59 am

Was this still showing only newsreels when it closed?

micohen
micohen on March 12, 2005 at 8:52 pm

I believe this one is mentioned in the latest Philip Roth novel “The Plot Against America.”

jimmyt
jimmyt on March 15, 2005 at 4:58 am

In the late sixties a new facade was put on the building, and the theater’s name was changed to the Guild. The Guild operated for several years with old battle films, westerns, horror movies and the like, often repeating bookings of given pictures as little as a few weeks apart. By the mid seventies the prints of most of these pix were wearing out and not being reserviced, and the Guild began running out of product to play. A middling renovation of the theater and policy switch to first run films failed to find local support, and the Guild closed in 1976. The space now serves as a clothing store.

teecee
teecee on November 12, 2005 at 10:16 am

Here is a photo from 12/24/1944:
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Ron Newman
Ron Newman on August 15, 2007 at 5:13 am

I just read Philip Roth’s “The Plot Against America”. A whole chapter takes place in this theatre, and its (fictional) manager is a fairly important secondary character.

Roger Katz
Roger Katz on January 1, 2009 at 1:50 am

I was just in Newark yesterday to photographs cinemas. The building at 800 Broad St. looks much newer, not like a repurposed theatre. I think this one may have been demolished with a new structure built in its place.

teecee
teecee on March 19, 2010 at 9:59 pm

This shows that the theater was once known as the Embassy Newsreel:
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