Little Theatre

562 Broad Street,
Newark, NJ 07102

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yours truly 6/26/2017

Located at the lower end of Broad Street, near the public library, the Little Theatre was opened August 22, 1928. It was a single screen movie theatre with 299 seats. Formerly showed art and foreign movies, mainly from Germany. From the late-1950’s and thru the 1970’s it screened movies which were exploitive and daring and eventually turning to pornographic movies.

In the 1980’s a second screen was added upstairs which shows gay porn. It operated as an adult theatre, with one auditorium showing straight porn, the other showing gay porn. In November 2017 there is a sign on the building stating it is ‘Available to Lease’. The Little Theatre was closed June 25, 2018.

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HowardBHaas
HowardBHaas on June 24, 2018 at 4:27 pm

Have not seen any photos of the auditorium!

njhistorychic
njhistorychic on July 4, 2018 at 5:37 pm

I just saw this on nj.com and wanted to share of its closing…. https://www.nj.com/opinion/index.ssf/2018/07/this_little_jersey_porn_movie_house_learned_to_sur.html

njhistorychic
njhistorychic on July 4, 2018 at 5:51 pm

I can’t believe this place is closing it was one of the old marquees that I wanted a picture of. Now that I live out of state alas I have missed my chance :(

Scott
Scott on July 11, 2018 at 7:27 am

It doesn’t appear that “the government” closed this theatre, so your assertion that you are being forced back into the closet is baseless.

HowardBHaas
HowardBHaas on September 24, 2019 at 1:20 pm

Sign outside theater today advertises 8000 square feet “Entertainment venue” Good.

markp
markp on September 24, 2019 at 7:36 pm

And the question is…..what kind of entertainment???

Teddybear35
Teddybear35 on February 25, 2021 at 9:10 am

Here’s the real reason why they closed because new buildings are coming to Newark and parents with kids claimed they were afraid to walk around the area because seedy characters would be lurking hanging out front and families claimed they were afraid their kids might get kidnapped and rapped thus this place had to go. I must admit none of that nonsense is true but in attempts to redeveloped Newark and attract new tenants to the area the little theatre had to go. I get it but the reality is Newark has a dark cloud hanging over it and no matter the changes I personally wouldn’t live there. At least the previous owner made a ton of money before selling. I wonder if they’ll turn the little theatre into an office or apt building and the new tenants will never know this was once a hot spot for sex and blowjobs.

markp
markp on February 25, 2021 at 1:54 pm

I will agree with you on one thing Teddybear35, I wouldnt live in Newark either. I wasnt crazy working there before the virus hit. You are right though. A lot of new buildings and old ones being renovated.

nycman
nycman on March 9, 2021 at 6:21 pm

I had so much fun at the Little Theatre through the years. Some of the best times in my youth were spent at the Little Theatre on my days off from work. I first visited the theatre in the late 1990s and made it a regular hang out spot on my days off or when time allowed.

The Cameo Theatre was also located on Broad Street a few blocks away from the Little Theatre. Someone got stabbed to death at the Cameo Theatre. The theatre was forced to close a few years before the Little Theatre closed its doors on June 25, 2018.

I recall the dark room upstairs and the two exit areas on the first floor the left and right side of the main screen. I have tons of memories. The groping action was my favorite activity at the theatre. It’s too bad that Newark allowed parents in the vicinity to have the final word in the decision to close down one of the last remaining dinosaurs of the porn industry.

I miss you BIG TIME Little Theatre. I also miss the Cameo Theatre. We need to bring back adult cinemas in the Newark and NYC areas. Life is not the same without porn theatres. Porn Hub is boring. Internet porn is boring. Bring back the porn theatres.

markp
markp on March 10, 2021 at 2:50 pm

nycman, I was a projectionist at 2 porn theatres from 1978 till 1990. The Sayrewoods in Old Bridge and Cinema 9 in Sayreville. Those were interesting times, Ill give you that.

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