Little Theatre

562 Broad Street,
Newark, NJ 07102

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Little Theatre

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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. Today it is operating 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’.

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Recent comments (view all 21 comments)

dave-bronx™ on February 25, 2007 at 8:39 am

Lost Memory: Please contact me at thanks!

toby0821 on June 20, 2007 at 11:21 am

My, things have been very quiet here.
I am here to ask a question, since I live just south of the Linden airport, I used to frequent Cinema 9 on Route 9.
Does anyone know of a place similar in activity to Cinema 9, preferable in central or south New Jersey?
I really miss that place.

misterrick on October 18, 2008 at 7:16 pm

Here’s a piece of trivia that I’m sure none of you knew, the Motion Picture Machine Operators Union ran their local out of the 2nd floor of this theater and it’s funny not only did they represent the projectionists at a few porn houses but also at most if not all of the major theater chains in Northern New Jersey including Cineplex Odeon, General Cinema and United Artists. Prior to moving to Newark the union was based in an adjacent office in the projection booth at the Millburn Theater in Millburn which I believe was around 1986-1987. The union has since been disbanned.

markp on January 8, 2009 at 8:12 pm

My old local was the same misterrick. I worked at 2 porn houses, and 2 General Cinemas, as well as an independent, all at the same time. One day here, one day there. Thats how us youngins used to make our money in the late 70’s and early 80’s.

ziggycrone on April 11, 2009 at 12:46 pm

any ne info on this place

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on January 28, 2011 at 5:09 pm

Some Unions refused to run Porn.Local 518 finally gave up the WEIS CINEMAS because of X-rated product.

Matthew Prigge
Matthew Prigge on November 12, 2012 at 7:07 pm

If anyone has any stories about going to/ working at this threatre in its adult days, I would love to hear them. I am chronicling the histories of adult theatres in the US. Please contact me at Thanks!

caz on September 29, 2016 at 3:51 pm

very long and detailed history of the Little Theatre here, with a ton of photos and newspaper ads:

Greenpoint on June 26, 2017 at 7:40 pm

I was just near here at 10 am…I had been at a 9 am job interview….dindt venture inside, as I was headed back to the city to deal with other potential work related stuff

HowardBHaas on December 8, 2017 at 4:42 am

I saw yesterday there is a for lease sign outside, confirmed online

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