National Theatre

182 Irvine Turner Boulevard,
Newark, NJ 07108

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Opened in the 1914. 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 6:20 am

Still listed as open in the 1951 FDY.

teecee
teecee on March 2, 2006 at 7:49 am

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

Roger Katz
Roger Katz on December 25, 2008 at 8:43 am

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

Roger Katz
Roger Katz on December 31, 2008 at 8:51 pm

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 12:22 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

TLSLOEWS
TLSLOEWS on March 21, 2010 at 4:58 pm

Nice photo Tinseltoes.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on April 25, 2014 at 12:02 am

Unless the project fell through, or something happened to the original building, this theater must have opened by 1914. Here is an item from the August 9, 1913, issue of Motography:

“Contracts are to be given out for a one-story brick moving-picture theater to be erected at 182 and 184 Belmont avenue, Newark, for Joseph Stern. Hyman Rosensohn is the architect of the project, which will cover a plot 42x100 feet. The roofing will be reinforced concrete and steel. There will be a seating capacity of about 650. About $12,000 will be expended on the building.”
It’s possible that the house opened under another name and only became the National Theatre in the 1920s.

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