National Theatre

182 Belmont Avenue,
Newark, NJ 07109

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Opened in the 1920’s. In the 1940’s, it began to cater to the African-American audience. Now closed.

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teecee
teecee on July 7, 2005 at 11:20 am

Still listed as open in the 1951 FDY.

teecee
teecee on March 2, 2006 at 12:49 pm

Listed as part of Independent Theater Service, Inc. in the 1956 Film Daily Yearbook.

Roger Katz
Roger Katz on December 25, 2008 at 1:43 pm

Correct address was 182 Belmont Avenue. Belmont Avenue is now Irvine Turner Blvd.

Roger Katz
Roger Katz on January 1, 2009 at 1:51 am

This may be demolished. There’s some sort of hall (Elks or something like that) at 188. I’m not sure if that was the theatre, or if the theatre was the building next door which is now demolished.

nonsportsnut
nonsportsnut on October 6, 2009 at 5:22 pm

I’m a Three Stooges Fan Club member, trying to confirm a personal appearance by the “3” Stooges (Moe Larry and Shemp), on a bill with Wee Bonnie Baker, the Barretts and Don Hooton, after an appearance by the A.B. Marcus Revue. The movie “Queen of Burlesque” was also shown. I have a display ad, but no dates (or town shown). Believe it was the Summer of 1946, and may have been Shemp’s first appearance after Curly’s strokes. The National was advertised as air cooled and showed a phone number of JA-7863.
Any help will be appreciated.
Thanks Frank Reighter

Tinseltoes
Tinseltoes on March 21, 2010 at 8:45 pm

A 1940 view of the exterior can be found on page 167 of this book of historical photos of Newark:
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TLSLOEWS
TLSLOEWS on March 21, 2010 at 8:58 pm

Nice photo Tinseltoes.

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